Xayah, Kai’Sa, Kayle, Pantheon finally nerfed on LoL Patch 9.22 - Dexerto
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Xayah, Kai’Sa, Kayle, Pantheon finally nerfed on LoL Patch 9.22

Published: 6/Nov/2019 0:14 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 1:03

by Andrew Amos

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Some of League of Legends’ most overpowered champions, including Xayah, Kai’Sa, Kayle, and Pantheon will finally be receiving some much-needed nerfs on Patch 9.22.

While there’s been more champions viable in League of Legends than ever before in the last six months, there’s been a few that have been head and shoulders above the rest. Xayah and Kai’Sa have made the bot lane meta stale, while Kayle and Pantheon are must-picks if they are open.

However, Patch 9.22 looks to trim that back a little, hoping to put a stop on the domination these champions have held on the League meta nearing Season 10. While the changes aren’t major, they are taking away some power and bringing some balance to the Rift.

Riot GamesXayah was hit the hardest out of the four OPs on Patch 9.22.

First off the list, Xayah is receiving the largest nerf out of the four. Her late game is taking quite the hit with a nerf to her W, Deadly Plumage’s, attack speed. At rank five, it only grants 55% bonus attack speed compared to 70%, meaning her overall damage will be much lower in fights.

Her marksman counterpart, Kai’Sa, is getting a nerf on her Q, Icathian Rain. It will now do only 25% damage per missile to non-minions after the first hit instead of 30%. While it doesn’t impact her laning or team fighting, it does mean that in duels she will be dishing out less damage.

On the top half of the map, it will now be even harder for Kayle’s to hit that level 16 power spike. 

Her Q, Radiant Blast, is getting a damage nerf at all levels, while her W, Celestial Blessing, will cost more mana. This will hamper her lane sustain, especially in the early game when she’s extremely reliant on mana.

Riot GamesKayle’s been dominating League since her rework, but now she’s going to be toned down a bit.

Pantheon has been 100% pick-ban at Worlds – and for good reason. While he’s been touched a little bit since Patch 9.19, the nerfs will keep on coming in Patch 9.22 with his Q, Comet Spear, now doing less damage to minions. The execute threshold has also been reduced to 20% of the target’s maximum health, meaning it’ll be harder for Pantheon to one-shot his foes.

They aren’t the only champions receiving changes from Riot though. Dominant supports Blitzcrank and Nautilus are getting their damage nerfed on Rocket Pull and Depth Charge respectively in an attempt to balance out the very one-dimensional support meta.

It’s not all nerfs though. Kalista is getting a buff that might bring her back to pro play, with her W, Sentinel, now becoming a relevant ability. The mark from being spotted now lasts longer, and the bonus damage doubled at rank one to 10% of the target’s maximum health.

Riot GamesPantheon is the only champion with a 100% presence at Worlds 2019.

With preseason on the horizon, Riot are saving their major changes for a mega Patch 9.23, expected in two weeks on November 19. 

The ranked season will also be ending on the same date, so players have 14 more days to grind to their coveted rank and maybe earn the Victorious Aatrox skin.

You can find the full patch notes on the League of Legends website.

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.

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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.