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League Patch 10.4 hotfix nerfs Sona top again, buffs Soraka

Published: 21/Feb/2020 1:28

by Andrew Amos

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Some of League of Legends’ latest changes have fallen flat, with the developers “reacting quickly” to hotfix problem areas of Patch 10.4, including Sona top, Soraka support, and Immolate items.

League’s Patch 10.4 targeted some of the game’s most oppressive champions, especially in the top lane like Soraka and Sona. The two enchanter supports have been wreaking havoc in solo queue and pro play, with Riot keeping the duo on a short leash.

However, the changes introduced in the February 19 update fell a bit of out line, with a hotfix required to get everything up to scratch.

DJ Sona skin for League of Legends
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Sona is still being picked in the top lane on Patch 10.4 despite being hit with nerfs.

The hotfix, which will be implemented later on February 20, will look to “make sure everything ends up as intended,” according to lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter.

“We expect to sometimes have to follow up on changes and want to react quickly,” he added on Twitter following the hotfix update.

The major talking points of the 10.4 hotfix are the newly-reworked Immolate items, Sona top, and Soraka support. Immolate made items like Sunfire Cape a much more appealing prospect ⁠— maybe too much so, after giving tanks more access to burst damage than Riot may have intended.

To stop people abusing the new passive in the top lane and jungle, Immolate will have its pulse cooldown increased across all four items from 10 to 12 seconds.

On top of that, it’ll do less damage across the board, losing 1% bonus HP damage on Bami’s Cinder, Sunfire Cape, Forgefire Cape, and the Cinderhulk jungle upgrade.

Sona top also came out of her Patch 10.4 nerfs looking a bit too strong for Riot’s liking. The Maven of the Strings will be losing a chunk of her base AD and her AD scaling to make it harder to last hit, while her E movement speed bonus has been almost halved from 20% to 10-14%.

Star Guardian Soraka skin for League of Legends
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Soraka came out of Patch 10.4 a bit worse for wear, with a hotfix being implemented to boost her support power.

However, one champion who didn’t fare so well after the recent patch was Soraka. After dominating the top lane for the last couple of patches, Riot were happy with her current state up there, but she was lacking in the support role.

To help her, the hotfix will include a cooldown buff at early ranks on her W, down from eight seconds to six, as well as a lower mana cost and health cost when rejuvenated.

A number of bug fixes are also being shipped, including the Rengar Tiamat bug which allows him to proc it at range while in bushes, and the Rakan Guardian bug that allows him to shield allies from across the map.

The League Patch 10.4 hotfix is expected to ship later on February 20.

League of Legends Patch 10.4 hotfix notes

Immolate items

  • Pulse cooldown: 10 > 12
  • Bami pulse damage: 6-23 (+2% bonus HP) > 6-23 (+1% bonus HP)
  • Sunfire pulse damage: 26-43 (+5% bonus HP) > 26-43 (+4% bonus HP)
  • Forgefire pulse damage: 26-43 (+5% bonus HP) > 26-43 (+4% bonus HP)
  • Cinderhulk pulse damage: 12-29 (+4% bonus HP) > 12-29 (+3% bonus HP)

Sona

  • Base AD: 49 > 45
  • AD per level: 3 > 2
  • E self-haste: 20% > 10-14%

Soraka

  • W cooldown: 8-2 > 6-2
  • W mana cost: 50-70 > 40-60
  • W health cost reduction when rejuvenated: 40-100% > 60-100%
Cosplay

League of Legends cosplayer serenades the crowd as stunning K/DA Seraphine

Published: 4/Dec/2020 8:13

by Andrew Amos

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Seraphine has been a hit in the League of Legends fandom, serenading millions as part of K/DA, as well as a solo artist. Few have managed to capture the Zaun and Piltovan artist’s essence as well as Brazilian cosplayer ‘kitsuneraposa’.

Seraphine might be one of the newest additions to League of Legends, but the popstar has already made it big. The support / mid laner has been a hit with fans, thanks to her @seradotwav Twitter account and K/DA collaboration on release.

Her story is the ultimate rags to riches one, and many fans have resonated with that. It also helps that she makes some pretty good music too.

All-Out-Seraphine
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Seraphine has become an iconic part of the Riot musical universe.

It’s made her a fan-favorite from well before she was even released, with many lining up to do casual cosplays of the League star. However, this one of her K/DA skin by ‘kitsuneraposa’ is one of the most decked out ones we’ve seen yet.

Raposa took on Seraphine’s ALL OUT design ⁠— stage and all ⁠— in their cosplay. No expense was spared, and it shows. From the wig all the way down to the platform, everything is absolutely picture perfect.

Raposa was actually brought on by Riot Brazil to do the cosplay, and said her experience was just like Seraphine’s growth.

“Everything worked out in the end and the result was stunning. I ended up identifying myself as [Seraphine], and like her, I lived the dream of being part of K/DA for a day,” they said on Instagram.

While Raposa is more known for her Ahri cosplays in the community ⁠— after all, Kitsune is in her name ⁠— her Seraphine one is easily her best work yet.

From the stunning metallic dress, to the crystal powered stage and microphone, every detail was meticulously combed over.

Her cosplay has won the world over, much like Seraphine herself did, and it’s for good reason. It’ll be hard to top this one for some time, and it’ll be one many cosplayers come back to so they too can transform into the Piltovan star.