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Riot dev reveals secret animation with new League champion Samira

Published: 13/Sep/2020 16:33

by Daniel Cleary


A Riot Games dev has revealed that there is a secret animation in one of the abilities, Blade Whirl, for the new League of Legends champion, Samira.

After Lillia and Yone joined the League of Legends roster in the Spirit Blossom event, Riot quickly teased that the next champion that they were working on would be a flashy “assassin marksman.”


This new champion, Samira, was revealed on August 30 and has since been made available for League fans to try out on Riot’s PBE servers.

However, while many players have already experienced the champion’s flashy playstyle and skillset, there is one detail in her abilities that seems to have gone unnoticed.

Samira in League of Legends
Riot Games
Samira has a hidden animation in her W ability.

Riot Games’ Senior Animator Tom Robbins highlighted the champion’s W ability, which can block all incoming projectiles, similar to Yasuo’s Wind Wall, and said there was more to it than fans initially expected.

The League of Legends dev explained that, although her W is called the “Blade Whirl,” it not actually Samira’s blade that is preventing all the damage, revealing a closer look at the secret animation within her ability.

After sharing a slow-motion clip of an in-game exchange, Robbins revealed that Samira would actually shoot every projectile that comes her way, while still putting out damage with her blade.


“Though it may appear Samira slashes projectiles on first glance, she’s really shooting them down out of the air!” he explained.

While it can be difficult to notice it at first, Samira’s hidden animation looks extremely impressive against abilities like Kai’Sa’s “Icathian Rain,” as seen in the clip above, with Samira showing off her rapid-fire abilities to deal with each missile.

Robbins also revealed that her W animation was inspired by the Method Grab trick, where you grab the heelside of the board while in the air, which is often seen in Snowboarding and Skateboarding.


The clever animation received plenty of support when it was shared to Reddit and it will soon be available for all players to experience, once League patch 10.19 drops on September 16.


League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos


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.


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
Riot Games
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.


“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.


“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!