League of Legends

Riot denies artist’s accusations that LoL’s Seraphine is based on her

Published: 12/Nov/2020 23:59 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:05

by Theo Salaun

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Riot Games have publicly refuted claims from an artist and ex-girlfriend of an employee, who claims League of Legends’ Seraphine is based on her. Citing troubling similarities between herself and Seraphine, accusations and potential legal action were levied before Riot’s response.

Seraphine, League’s latest controversial character, is a pink-haired musical artist with glasses, a cat, and a tendency to draw herself in whimsical ways. Stephanie, a girl with close ties to Riot, is a pink-haired artist with glasses, a cat, and a tendency to draw herself in whimsical ways.

The similarities between Stephanie and Seraphine extend much deeper than the closeness of their names and, although there are tons of quirky e-girls with pink hair and Instagram art profiles, this situation is oarticularly intriguing. 

At its basis, Stephanie’s discomfort stems from the fact that her ex-boyfriend worked at Riot and made numerous indications that he’d like to use her as inspiration for League’s champions or skins. Still, Riot has denied that any of those conversations, and current Seraphine content, constitute legitimate evidence.

In a thorough Medium article, Stephanie makes her claims that Serapine is based on her. While inconclusive, she does a strong job of qualifying her ex’s uncomfortable messaging about using her as a muse and of showing similarities between herself and Seraphine. 

In sum, she states that “this whole situation has been really violating” with the qualification that this “may be just another way a giant videogame company has screwed over a woman without a second thought — and massively profited off it.” 

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Stephanie’s art and Seraphine’s art feel eerily similar.

Since pink hair and glasses are by no means undeniably unique character traits in 2020, the more interesting content raised includes similarities between Seraphine and Stephanie’s self portraits. Both go black and white, with minimalist noses and eyes, underneath pink hair. But, more damning would be the ex’s messages.

Stephanie shares communications between her and her short-lived ex, suggesting that he intended to use her as a muse for different iterations of LoL characters. Some of those troubling signs included sharing her writing internally, gifting her Riot art of herself “as K/DA Ahri,” and the idea of “an ‘e-girl’ or ‘awkward’ skin for Ahri … that he implied was inspired” by Stephanie.

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Stephanie’s photo comparison, as shared on Medium.

Ultimately, Riot have shut this issue down and stated that the results of their investigation conclude that Seraphine “was not based on any individual.” Further, they explained that Stephanie’s ex “left Riot more than a year ago and was in a department and role that has no input whatsoever into the creative design process.”

The possibility of this bizarre situation going to courts is, like migrating birds, still up in the air. But, with Riot indicating that their response has been ignored by Stephanie’s attorney, it’s entirely unclear what will happen.

Valorant

Valorant weapon guide: Damage stats for all guns

Published: 25/Feb/2021 15:12 Updated: 25/Feb/2021 15:13

by David Purcell

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There are 17 different weapons to play with in Valorant and knowing which one is the most powerful for your play style could give you the edge in gunfights. 

Valorant is a pretty complex game for both newcomers and FPS veterans alike. Grappling with using Abilities while simultaneously making sure your gunplay is up to par can be quite the brain teaser.

Not only this, a quick look at the in-game gun store can have you totally baffled as to which weapon is the best for you. We’ve rated the top tier guns here for you to take a look at, but it’s always handy to know exactly what each piece of your arsenal can do.

We’ve compiled an up-to-date list of all of the current statistics for Valorant’s weapons to make sure that you’re a step ahead of the game.

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Knowing your stats will have you popping heads in no time!

Valorant weapon damage stats

Each table tells you the rate of fire in the stats section, as well as wall penetration, along with damage stats for no armor, light armor, and heavy armor – for each part of the enemy’s body you hit.

The weapons are divided by class: sidearms, submachine guns (SMGs), shotguns, rifles, snipers and heavy machine guns.

Sidearms

Damage, prices, stats vs armor

In the table below, you can see the complete and latest damage stats for Classic, Shorty, Frenzy, Ghost, and Sheriff.

The first number is without armor, the second with light armor, and the third with heavy armor.

Weapon Price Stats (Penetration) Head Body Legs and Arms Dropoff distance
Classic Free 6.75/2.22 (Low) 78 | 66 26 | 22 22 | 18 30m
Shorty 200 3.3 (Low) 36 | 24 12 | 8 10 | 6 9-15m
Frenzy 500 10 (Low) 78 | 63 26 | 21 22 | 17 20m
Ghost 500 6.75 (Medium) 105 | 88 30 | 25 26 | 21 30m
Sheriff 800 4 (High) 160 | 145 55 | 50 47 | 43 30m

 

SMGs

Damage, prices, stats vs armor

In the table below, you can see the complete and latest damage stats for the Stinger and Spectre.

Weapon Price Stats (Penetration) Head Body Legs and Arms Dropoff distance
Stinger 1100 18/4 (Low) 67 | 62 27 | 25 23 | 21 20m
Spectre 1600 13.33 (Medium) 78 | 66 26 | 22 22 | 18 20m

 

Shotguns

Damage, prices, stats vs armor

In the table below, you can see the complete and latest damage stats for the Bucky and Judge.

Weapon Price Stats (Penetration) Head Body Legs and Arms Dropoff distance
Bucky 900 1.1 (Low) 44 | 34 | 18 22 | 17 | 9 19 | 14 | 8 8-12m
Judge 1600 3.5 (Medium) 34 | 26 | 20 17 | 13 | 10 14 | 11 | 9 10-15m

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Hopefully these damage stats will help you pick which weapon you want to play with.

Rifles

Damage, prices, stats vs armor

In the table below, you can see the complete and latest damage stats for the Bulldog, Guardian, Phantom, and Vandal.

Weapon Price Stats (Penetration) Head Body Legs and Arms Dropoff distance
Bulldog 2100 9.15 /4 (Medium) 116 35 30 N/A
Guardian 2400 6.5 (Medium) 195 65 49 N/A
Phantom 2900 11/9.9 (Medium) 156 | 140 | 124 39 | 35 | 31 33 | 30 | 26 15-30m
Vandal 2900 9.75/8.78 (Medium) 160 40 32 N/A

Snipers

Damage, prices, stats vs armor

In the table below, you can see the complete and latest damage stats for the Marshal and Operator.

Weapon Price Stats (Penetration) Head Body Legs and Arms Dropoff distance
Marshal 1000 1.5 / 1.2 (Medium) 202 101 85 N/A
Operator 5000 0.75 / 0.75 (High) 255 150 120 N/A

Heavy weapons

Damage, prices, stats vs armor

In the table below, you can see the complete and latest damage stats for Ares and Odin.

Weapon Price Stats (Penetration) Head Body Legs and Arms Dropoff distance
Ares 1600 10/13 (High) 72 | 67 30 | 28 25 | 23 30m
Odin 3200 12/15.6 (High) 95 | 77 38 | 31 32 | 26 30m

So, there you have it! Those are the damage stats for every gun in Valorant. With all this info, you should be able to jump right into the game with a good idea of which one to buy when the opportunity arises.

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