League of Legend 9.9 update will bring "the biggest patch of the year" - Aatrox balance changes, Tahm Kench nerfs, and more - Dexerto
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League of Legend 9.9 update will bring “the biggest patch of the year” – Aatrox balance changes, Tahm Kench nerfs, and more

Published: 1/May/2019 0:14 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 19:48

by Alan Bernal


The League of Legends developers released the 9.9 patch on April 30, which is going to unload massive changes to the game’s most popular champions and  might force some players to rethink how they approach their favorite characters.

With MSI drawing ever closer, the minds at Riot Games are going to introduces tons of changes that will hopefully bring more balance to the Rift.


In the 9.9 patch notes, Rioters Paul ‘Aether’ Perscheid and Hanna ‘shio shoujo’ Woo keyed in on what updates are coming to the Rift which will once again make huge changes to Aatrox while introducing smaller tweaks to other champions’ ability kits.

Riot GamesThe Darkin Blade has seen a lot of changes since his reworks, and that trend will keep going on patch 9.9.


Aatrox abilities look different

The Riot team are making “mechanic changes across the board” which they hope will make the champion less reliant on the valuable revive from his World Ender ultimate.

“Since his rework, Aatrox has settled into a diving, one-shot playstyle that’s protected by the guaranteed safety of a revive,” the Rioters said. “…The revive on his ultimate is much less reliable, freeing up a lot of room to give him buffs (which make up the majority of the other changes here).”

To that effect, Aatrox is going to get his Q buffed with both damage and a lower cooldown. Though his W will get a slight CD increase, the applied slow is now 25% across all ranks.


Riot GamesTahm Kench has been a go-to pick because of how useful Devour can be, but the next patch is going to bring a huge downside for eating up allies.

Tahm Kench will start to hurt from Devour

The River King has been a high priority pick in pro play for his ability to save an ally from all harm with his Devour, but there’s going to be significant changes made when the 9.9 patch lands.

Even though his other abilities got a healthy serving of balances, the champion’s main draw always lied in his W.


So players might want to take note that when Tahm Kench Devours an ally, it’ll ground and slow him by 95%, the same slow applied when gobbling up an enemy.

Riot Games via FandomThe Charmer is going to have his play making ability marginally reduced to open up counter play potential.


Rakan can still make plays, just with a slight delay

The Charmer has been the focus of balancing talks for a long time, and it looks like the 9.9 patch will again see that their playmaking ability gets tweaked.

Riot feels his explosive R > W combo “consumes too much of the power budget of his kit,” so they’ll be fine tuning The Quickness ultimate to give room for meaningful buffs.

In that spirit, Rakan is no longer able to cast Flash or his W for 0.5 seconds after activating his R. Meanwhile, the dash speed for his Grand Entrance has been slightly increased along with various base stats to beef him up.

Even though the change shouldn’t be too crucial, Rakan players should definitely take note of that before spam pinging for an immediate engage.

There were tons of other priority changes made across some of the game’s long patch notes listing, and players should give it a quick read through to make sure they’re caught up to the changes coming to League of Legends.


League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos


Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.


However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.


“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.


“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.


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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!