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League of Legends Patch 9.9 includes major secret buff for Neeko

Published: 3/May/2019 14:44 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 15:06

by Chris Marsh


The most recent update to League of Legends, Patch 9.9, appears to have included a secret buff to Neeko.

Patch 9.9 is already the biggest patch of the year so far, with a huge number of changes including another major adjustment to Aatrox, as well as significant changes to Tahm Kench and Rakan being among the highlights.

Despite the incredibly lengthy patch notes, however, it seems a rather significant adjustment was left out, with players noticing a hidden change to Neeko, one of the game’s newer champions.

Neeko’s “Shapesplitter” ability – her W skill – sees the champion become invisible for a short time while sending out a clone to take her place, as well as granting additional movement speed.

Riot GamesNeeko is the second most-recent champion to join the League of Legends roster.

The ability is designed primarily as a means of deception – if used well, it can distract enemy players with the clone, ideally drawing some abilities, while giving Neeko an opportunity to either escape or reposition for an attack.

While the clone doesn’t perform any actions other than movement – like other “clone” abilities that champions like LeBlanc also have – it can interact with obstacles and projectiles. Previously, however, there was a short delay while the clone became visible before it could be hit by a projectile attack such as Zoe’s Sleepy Trouble Bubble or an incoming Lee Sin kick.

Due to the delay before the clone could block projectiles, previously Neeko players typically had to use the ability in anticipation of a threat, rather than using it reactively, if they were to defend against the attack. With this delay having been removed, however, it’s now possible to use the ability as a defensive shield, so long as you can react quickly enough to an incoming ability.

Riot GamesDespite being in the game for less than six months, Neeko has already seen play at every position.

The change, therefore, constitutes a massive buff to Neeko, effectively granting her a shield that can be particularly effective against champions like Zoe that rely on projectile attacks. The ability does still have between a 16 and 20-second cooldown depending on rank, however, and so must be used wisely for maximum impact.

As this change wasn’t documented in the patch notes, it’s also possible that it’s not actually deliberate. Especially given the size of the 9.9 update, unintended side effects are not beyond the realms of possibility.

It remains to be seen whether Riot will revert this change, but it’s certainly something that Neeko players should be aware of in the meantime.


League of Legends cosplayer ready to rebel as Vastayan “baddy” Xayah

Published: 30/Oct/2020 6:18

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends cosplayer Wanderlustica, who made a name for herself as a cosplay extraordinaire, has brought feisty ADC heroine Xayah to life in all her Vastayan glory ⁠— you won’t see many LoL cosplays much better than this!

In 2017, League of Legends developers Riot Games decided to try something a little outside the box for their next champion release. Instead of dropping just one character, they debuted a duo ⁠— feathery Vastayan lovers Xayah and Rakan.

The pair fit like a glove. She was an ADC, and he was her support. The pair ⁠— and their sassy love ⁠— soon became fan-faves in the League of Legends fandom.

League cosplayer rules roost as Xayah

Of course, like any League favorite, there’s been plenty of cosplay takes on the pair. Now, that includes famous cosplayer Wanderlustica, who donned a stunning costume of the LoL “baddy” for an Instagram photoshoot earlier this month.

Wanderlustica’s stunning Xayah cosplay is absolutely amazing. She’s got every detail on point, from the Vastayan’s big busy ears, to her blue and red battle robe, and even the skull adorned on her shoulder from her old victories.

The Xayah outfit also had the purple hood the ADC wears into every game on Summoner’s Rift, as well as her glorious purple and blood-red feathers. Luca rounded out the cosplay with knee-high wrap boots, and tough steel vambraces.


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“I definitely loved wearing this cosplay, I love badass characters and Xayah is definitely one of them!” the Dutch cosplayer said of her League cosplay. “I’m so in love with it.”

Luca, who often makes her cosplays before showing them off on Instagram, was actually sent this Xayah outfit from Ezcosplay. The cosplay company had put the outfit together for Wanderlustica, who then added makeup and effects.


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Wanderlustica is far from the only League cosplayer to unveil a fancy new outfit recently either. Ariatamagotchi got into the Halloween spirit earlier this month with a perfect take on Bewitching Nidalee, and Sweet Angel donned an awesome Akali cosplay in late September.

Luca also has more LoL projects in the works too. She’s already set to reveal her new K/DA cosplay soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that in November!