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League of Legends dev reveals massive Akali nerfs coming in Patch 10.3

Published: 24/Jan/2020 10:03

by Joe O'Brien

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Akali is set to receive some major nerfs in the next League of Legends update, patch 10.3.

Having been one of the most powerful champions in the game over the last couple of years, it seems Akali is about to take a significant hit in the next update.

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Lead Gameplay Designer Mark Yetter often offers fans a preview of what’s coming in the next League of Legends patch, and after some testing on the PBE he revealed the finalized changes that will be introduced for Akali in patch 10.3.

Perhaps most significant is the change to her Five Point Strike, which is getting a massive increase in energy cost across the board. Not only does the ability start at a much higher cost, but what once was the energy cost at level 1 is now only hit at level 5.

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Meanwhile, a change to her ultimate will now require the ability’s first use to be targeted on a champion within range, rather than simply allowing her to dash in whatever direction the player chooses. This change is likely to significantly reduce the versatility of the ability.

Finally, likely the least significant of the three is an adjustment to her movement speed while in her Twilight Shroud, with the speed increased slightly but now decaying over two seconds.

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Akali has been one of the most powerful champions in the game for some time.

The full change list can be seen below:

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Five Point Strike (Q):

  • Energy Cost: 100/95/90/85/80 >>> 140/130/120/110/100

Twilight Shroud (W):

  • Akali gain 20/25/30/35/40% movement speed while in her shroud >>> Akali gains 30/35/40/45/50% decaying movement speed for 2 seconds on cast.

Perfect Execution (R):

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  • R1 Targeting: Free Targeted >>> Enemy Champion Targeted
  • R1 Target Range: 625
  • R1 Dash Distance: 625-675 based on distance from enemy

While many fans will undoubtedly be pleased to see Akali finally getting a big nerf, others have argued that the changes might be overkill, with the champion potentially set to go from being overpowered to being irrelevant, without landing in the competitive middle ground that players are hoping for.

Exactly how the changes will affect the champion’s win rates remains to be seen, with update 10.3 scheduled for February 5.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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!

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