Welcome, Rakan and Xayah

Love is in the air, and it isn’t even February! League’s newest champions are now on the PBE, and what a sight they are. Enter Rakan, the Charmer and Xayah, the Rebel! This is the first time that two champions have ever been released as a pair. They are also the first champions to enter the Rift as an entirely new race, the mysterious Vastayan.

Rakan

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I think I’m in love. Meet Rakan. Devilishly handsome and he knows it.

Abilities

Rakan is a support mage whose abilities truly go back to the roots of a true support champion.

Rakan’s passive, Fey Feathers, grant him an occasional shield, by means of his coat. The cooldown of this ability can be reduced by attacking enemy champions.

Rakan’s Q ability, Gleaming Quill, has Rakan sling an enchanted feather forward. If the feather makes contact with an enemy champion or epic monster, damage is dealt and his coat surges with magic. After a short time, a heal will trigger. If Rakan touches an ally before this time passes, the heal will trigger immediately.

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Rakan’s W, Grand Entrance, consists of Rakan dashing to an area. Upon arrival, Rakan damages any enemies in the area and knocks them up for 1 second.

Rakan’s E is Battle Dance. Rakan flies to an allied champion, granting them a shield for 3 seconds. The ability can be recast once within 5 seconds. If it is Xayah that Rakan is flying to, he can do so from a greater distance (relationship goals).

Rakan’s R (ultimate) ability is The Quickness. Rakan gains 50% movement speed for 4 seconds. During this time, touching enemy champions deals magic damage and charms them the first time they are hit. The first champion Rakan touches will grant him an additional 150% movement speed, which decays over a short period of time.

Xayah

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Meet the love of Rakan’s life, Xayah. She’s also a murderous rebel with a mysterious past.

Abilities

Xayah is an Attack Damage Carry (ADC), whose abilities feature feathers that cause a world of hurt.

Xayah’s passive is Clean Cuts. After using any ability, Xayah’s next 3 basic attacks will pierce through their targets, leaving a  feather wherever they land. These feathers remain on the ground for 8 seconds and serve a purpose in her other abilities.

Xayah’s Q, Double Daggers, features Xayah throwing 2 knives that deal attack damage and leave behind 2 feathers.

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In Xayah’s W, Deadly Plumage, she creates a storm of blades that surround her for 4 seconds. This storm grants Xayah additional attack speed and also allow her basic attacks to strike an additional time for 20% damage. If Deadly Plumage hits an enemy champion, Xayah gains 30% movement speed for 1.5 seconds. If Rakan is nearby, he will also gain the effects that this ability grants.

During Xayah’s E, Bladecaller, she calls forth all of the feathers that are on the ground. Any enemies these feathers strike through upon return to her will take attack damage. If at least 3 feathers hit an enemy, they will be rooted for 1 second. Minions will take 50% damage from Bladecaller.

Xayah’s R (ultimate) ability is Featherstorm. Xayah leaps into the air and becomes untargetable (that will be so much fun to do but so annoying to play against). She then rains down feathers which deal physical damage and leave behind a line of feathers. As if this ability were not amazing enough, she can also move while in the air.

Overview

These new champions seem amazingly impressive. And who doesn’t love a love story? I have personally never been as excited as I am now for new champions. I enjoy playing both support and ADC, and my boyfriend and I often play in bot lane together. In addition to the fact that they look stunning, they seem genuinely fun to play. I also like that some of their abilities grant them perks when used nearby one another. I am also excited for their lore. It will be nice to have a background for them. This new race seems very promising, as do they. ALL ABOARD THE HYPE TRAIN!

I mean, come on. Look at that. How can you not be in love?

What do you think of this pair? I’d love to know! Stay tuned for next week, where I will be discussing the new skins in Patch 7.8, and yes, Rakan and Xayah will each have one. I suppose you’ll have to come back to see them. 😉

Photos obtained via League of Legends.

Champion Showcase: Lux

It’s been a quiet week on Summoner’s Rift, with the majority of new upcoming content being comprised of the contents of last week’s blog post. Because of this, I thought it might be fun to do things a little differently this week.

There are over 100 champions in League of Legends, and everyone has a favorite. There are mages and marksmen, as well as tanks and supports. A current favorite of mine has got to be Lux: The Lady of Luminosity. 


Lux is a magician (mage), whose abilities deal solely with the light that she is is captivated by. She was one of the very first champions that I purchased, and her Spellthief Skin was the first skin that I bought for her. I was much younger back then, so the fact that I had saved up enough money to buy a skin for her made me really proud.

Spellthief Lux

Lux’s Abilities

Lux’s abilities are fairly straightforward.

Her Q ability, Light Binding, binds and deals damage to up to two enemies. This is a great ability to use when wanting to initiate a fight. Landing a successful Q gives your team the signal to unleash everything they have upon the enemy.

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Light Binding

Lux’s W ability, Prismatic Barrier, is a protective ability that grants a shield to any ally that it touches. A shield is received when the Barrier is thrown out and another shield is received when the shield is attracted back to Lux, like a boomerang.

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Prismatic Barrier

Her E ability, Lucent Singularity, is one in which Lux tosses out an orb of light into an area, creating a field that slows any enemies that are within it. The orb detonates after five seconds, damaging any enemies in it’s area. Lux can activate the ability again if she wishes to detonate the orb before the five seconds passes.

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Lucent Singularity

Possibly her greatest ability of all, her ultimate (R) ability, Final Spark, is used to damage enemies that are further away. Lux gathers all of the light energy in her arsenal and fires a beam of light that damages all enemies in its wake.

A successful combo of her Q, E, and R abilities can have an enemy taken care of in a split second.

Skins

Lux’s arsenal of skins is incredible. As an old champion, she’s amassed quite a few skins over time. Her most recent skin is Elementalist Lux. This is the fourth ultimate skin to grace League of Legends, and easily my favorite. Ultimate skins are different in that they offer a completely revisualised champion look. Everything is new, from the outfit and animations to the voice and sound effects. In this particular skin, Lux can wield the power of different elements, which make her abilities look different according to whatever element she chooses to wield.

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Elementalist Lux

Another favorite is Star Guardian Lux. As the first skin in the Star Guardian skin line, Star Guardian Lux was an immediate fan favorite.

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Star Guardian Lux

The next few skins are her older skins and there really isn’t anything special about them. They are basic skins that basically just grant her a new outfit.

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As one of League’s oldest champions, Lux has seen her fair share of changes over the years, but they have all come together to make her the powerful sorceress that she is. As of Patch 7.6, Lux is sporting a completely revamped voice-over, bringing her more in line with the updated voice from the Elementalist Skin. Her old voice lines were reworked and some new ones were added, as well.

That about sums it up for The Lady of Luminosity. Lux is one of the very first champions that I played, and I have loved her ever since. She is not too hard to play that a beginner couldn’t learn her, but once she is mastered, she’s near unstoppable.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different blog. What did you like about it? What didn’t you like? What champion is your favorite? I’d love to know!

Photos obtained via a combination of League and Surrender at 20.