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Riot forced to nerf “broken” Samira in League Patch 10.19 after backlash

Published: 23/Sep/2020 2:37 Updated: 23/Sep/2020 4:37

by Isaac McIntyre


Riot has already pulled the trigger on a hefty set of nerfs for new champion Samira in LoL patch 10.19, after a wave of backlash from the League of Legends community about her “broken” abilities and overpowered state at launch.

Samira has only been out on live League of Legends servers for a day, but Riot has already been forced to reign in the power of the gun-loving Desert Rose.

Riot game developer Mark “Scruffy” Yetter confirmed the fast-tracked League patch 10.19 nerfs in a tweet on September 22. The lead designer also admitted they had to “act fast” due to her mountainous early win rates on the ladder.

Samira has been taking over the League of Legends ladder since her September 22 release.
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Samira has been taking over the League of Legends ladder since her September 22 release.

The new Samira nerfs were shipped onto the live server immediately. They include a huge drop for the Desert Rose’s base health ⁠— 530, down from her original 600 stat line ⁠— as well as a hefty decrease in overall damage for her ultimate.

LoL’s newest champ will now deal 0–200 (+500% total attack damage) when she activates her ultimate, “Inferno Trigger”. The style-based ability originally dished out between 100 and 300 damage, with +600% total attack damage added to the burst.

“We’re still very committed to releasing new champions long-term balanced. Sometimes we get lucky and nail on launch, but most of the time it’s about fast follow-up,” Yetter explained.

“Based on estimates, she looked too strong on day one, so we’re acting fast.”

League fans furious over “broken” Samira release

Riot’s fast-pace LoL patch 10.19 hotfix was, in part, due to the backlash the champion had already been receiving online. Many believed Samira had been released in a “broken” state; something her win rates seemed to back up too.

Samira has had a 49.28% win rate in platinum and above, according to popular LoL stat-tracking website Lolalytics. On top of that, the Desert Rose has been picked in 2.52% of games.

That may not seem like much, but considering some new LoL champs have been released with win rates as low as 40%, including last year’s Worlds debutant Qiyana, to land with her overall win rate so high had Riot’s camp worried.

The Desert Rose may receive follow-up nerfs in League Patch 10.20, Riot has confirmed.
Riot Games
The Desert Rose may receive follow-up nerfs in League Patch 10.20, Riot has confirmed.

Riot have also confirmed they will be keeping an eye on Samira all the way into patch 10.20: “We will re-evaluate her state in a few more days,” Yetter said.

The new ADC will likely join champions like Katarina, Lulu, Kled, and more in having their kits reduced in power slightly in patch 10.20. Catch up on all the buffs and nerfs in the next LoL update, coming on September 29, right here.


How to unlock Aiden Pearce in Watch Dogs Legion

Published: 29/Oct/2020 16:01

by James Busby


Watch Dogs’ Aiden Pearce has been a fan-favorite ever since he first graced our screens back in 2014. This highly skilled hacker is no stranger to the high-tech world of Ubisoft’s hit series, so many players will want to add him to their roster. Find out how you can get Aiden Pearce in Watch Dogs Legion. 

Watch Dogs Legion allows you to constantly recruit and switch between new operatives, giving you a great deal of control when it comes to creating the perfect roster. From money-grabbing brokers to expert assassins, there are plenty of unique operatives that you can recruit as your journey through the streets of London. 

While a lot of Watch Dogs Legion’s best NPCs can be recruited through completing various missions and tasks, you’ll need to be prepared to splash out the big bucks when getting your hands on Aiden Pearce. In order to help you add Aiden Pearce to your team, we’ve put together a quick guide that covers how you can acquire him. 

How to unlock Aiden Pearce

Aiden Pearce Watch Dogs legion screenshot
Aiden Pearce may look older in Watch Dogs Legion, but he is still one of the best hackers in the game.

Aiden Pearce can be obtained by purchasing Watch Dogs Legion’s Season Pass. The Season Pass includes an exclusive story arc named Bloodline that continues the story of expert hacker, Aiden Pearce. Players that have bought either the Gold, Ultimate, and Collector’s Editions of the game will already have access to this DLC. 

Once you’ve purchased the Season Pass, you’ll be able to play Watch Dogs Legion’s main campaign as Aiden, Wrench, and Mina, a human experiment that possesses mind control powers, and Darcy, a member of the Assassin’s Creed’s Assassin Order. 

The Season Pass will set you back $39.99/£32.99 on the Microsoft Store, so you’ll need to purchase this if you wish to play at Aiden Pearce in Watch Dogs Legion. 

Make sure you stay updated with all the latest Watch Dogs Legion news and guides right here, at Dexerto.