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League Patch 10.4 PBE update targets “overpowered” Soraka top, Aphelios

Published: 6/Feb/2020 2:12

by Andrew Amos

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An update pushed to the League of Legends PBE on February 5 has some pretty big changes on the way for Soraka top, Aphelios, and the Phase Rush keystone for Patch 10.4.

Soraka’s days as a solo laner are numbered. After being labelled “overpowered” by senior champion designer August ‘August’ Browning, nerfs are on the way for Soraka top in Patch 10.4.

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On top of that, a long-awaited change to Aphelios’ UI is just around the corner, as well as smaller balance changes to under-utilized runes and champions, all of which have been listed in February 5’s PBE update.

Nightbringer Aphelios skin for League of Legends
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Aphelios finds himself on the change list for the fifth patch in a row, although this time it’s not for a nerf.

Soraka was glossed over in the recently released Patch 10.3, with Riot opting to take some extra time to nail down the right changes.

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The Starchild dominated pro play and ranked across Patch 10.2, maintaining a 56% win rate in Diamond+, although that will change with the new update.

Her Q, Starcall, will now only deal 60% damage to minions, drastically reducing her waveclear in the top lane while having minimal impact on her intended role, support. The changes should kick her out of the top lane for now, as well as mid, where she was also seeing a spike in play.

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Soraka should slink back into support after losing almost half of her waveclear.

Aphelios is once again under the microscope for Patch 10.4, having been nerfed in every update since his release back in December. This time, Riot is trying to deliver on promises to make the champion easier to understand by reworking his UI.

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“We are currently working on adding both the main gun and off-hand gun to Aphelios’ UI,” said lead champion producer Ryan ‘Reav3’ Mireles on a February 5 Reddit post. “We are targeting this change for 10.4, as well as making his ult VFX more readable in-game.”

While Riot hasn’t shipped the changes to Aphelios yet, their intention to increase the champion’s clarity has eased community concern.

A significant change is also on the way to Phase Rush, which might draw melee champions like Ekko back into using the rune.

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Players will now have four seconds to activate the rune instead of three, and melee champions will get 30 to 50% bonus movement speed compared to 20 to 40% for ranged champions.

While it might not be a big enough change for some melee champions to swap off Conqueror or other keystones, Phase Rush will certainly have its place in the game once again.

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Phase Rush might have a resurgence with these changes planned for Patch 10.4.

These changes are amongst others which are currently live on the PBE, ready for Patch 10.4’s release on February 19. Wukong’s rework is still being tinkered with, while Amumu, Garen, Kayle, and Sett are in line for some buffs.

As with anything on the PBE, all changes are subject to change. However, the February 5 update is a step in the right direction to toning down some of League’s most oppressive champions.

Cosplay

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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