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Riot plans to shift Seraphine’s primary position to mid for upcoming patch 10.23
The latest Champion in League of Legends and newest addition to virtual pop group K/DA has had an underwhelming impact since her arrival to the game a week ago, with subpar win rates.
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It is certainly not out of the ordinary for Riot Games to introduce buffs to new champs after their initial release, due to inadequate win rates, low impact and overall inadequacy to hit the desired mark. The newest champion and K/DA singer Seraphine is the most recent subject to this treatment after an underwhelming entrance to the game.
Seraphine is due to receive some tweaks for the next patch of 10.23, as, in her current form, she has been geared and mostly played in the support role, which was not intended for her. Riot will be buffing three of her abilities in a bid to shift her primary position to the mid lane.
According to Riot dev Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter, he revealed on Twitter that the buffs are not aimed to completely isolate her from the bot lane, but rather to bolster her potential as an AP carry mage in the solo lane, whilst also aiding those who choose to use her as a support.
First patch is showing us that Seraphine has been skewed towards Support more than intended so we're adding adjustments to 10.23 to shift her primary position to Mid.— Mark Yetter (@MarkYetter) November 3, 2020
Support is quite good right now, so these shouldn't remove the position, just bring it to a reasonable state. pic.twitter.com/22UiHQN3ML
“We’re pushing the distinction between mid and support Seraphine,” explained Yetter.
“Mid lane Seraphine, who will be a higher level throughout the game, will have better access to scaling damage via her new passive and Q changes. She can now use E more comfortably for wave clear when needed.
“Support Seraphine won’t be able to hit those same damage numbers, but will still be able to lean on E-max to provide consistent crowd-control for her team.”
Seraphine patch 10.23 changes
- Base mana regeneration 10 ⇒ 8.
- Stage Presence (P) note ratio 7.5% ability power ⇒ 6/7/8/9% ability power (levels 1/6/11/16).
- High Note (Q) damage 55/65/75/85/95 (+55% ability power) ⇒ 55/70/85/100/115 (+40/45/50/55/60% ability power).
- Beat Drop (E) base damage 60/85/110/135/160 ⇒ 60/80/100/120/140, damage to minions 60/70/80/90/100% ⇒ 100%.
According to Lolalytics, a statistics website that offers values of pick rates, win rates, champ builds, rune selection guides and more, Seraphine boasts a below average 46.68% win rate and a 2.72% pick rate in the mid lane, compared to better but not ideal 48.65% win rate, and 11.42% pick rate in support.
To improve these numbers, the slight buffs to her kit should allow Seraphine to be a stronger contender in the solo lane. Her base mana regeneration is a very slight buff, but a buff nevertheless, whilst her passive “Stage Presence” has been changed from a fixed AP scaling to a gradual one, which will enable all of her abilities to scale better and deal some extra damage.
Her Q, “High Note” will deal more flat out damage but has had its scaling reduced from 55% fixed to a gradual scaling which begins at 40% and caps at 60%. The base damage of her E, “Beat Drop” has had its base damage reduced but to compensate for this, will do more damage to minions, which will prove to be useful for those who wish to play Seraphine in the mid lane.
(Image Credit: Riot Games)
As well as her impact in the game, the Starry-Eyed Songstress has been subject to a lot of criticism from the League community overall, who have not been impressed with the originality of the champ, alikening her to existing champion Sona, with some others adding Seraphine is a cross between Sona and Zoe.
Her official reveal and champion spotlight on YouTube has received the most amount of dislikes in the history of the game, amassing 70,000 dislikes and 40,000 likes at the time of writing, giving the video a negative ratio.
It appears that Riot have responded to the criticism through the news of her buffs as her teasing and build-up was one of the longest in League of Legends history. Seraphine had her own Twitter and Instagram pages that were personified and regularly updated with her feelings and thoughts on becoming the latest member of virtual pop band K/DA.
The members of K/DA, Akali, Kai'Sa, Seraphine, Ahri, Evelynn, from left to right. (Image Credit: Riot Games)
The character has also had a variety of official songs posted under her name and they can be listened to on platforms such as YouTube and Spotify, whilst her Twitter and Instagram pages have accumulated 340,000 and 429,000 followers respectively (at the time of writing).
The amount of effort that Riot have put in to really personifying Seraphine and making her seem like a real person, added to the months of teasing, is certainly a huge disappointment to the negative reception from the community, with the title for the most disliked champ spotlight ever adding further salt to the wound.
Only time will tell if fans will begin to like Seraphine as much as her character’s personality and music, but we anticipate that the buffs to her kit should help to do so. But for now, we just have to wait and see if players can overlook the similarities of her kit to already existing champions and accept the Starry-Eyed Songstress in her original form.
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