Fan interactions and pre-release content with Seraphine, Riot Games’ upcoming champion, is making League of Legends history.
Seraphine is that support champion we’ve been waiting for from League of Legends. Following the horrendous slaughters delivered by Yone (imagine playing ADC in 2020) since Patch 10.6, this new addition to the lineup will be a nice change in pace from the current state.
Riot Games have already crossed the line between the virtual and the real in 2018, but the social media presence of this new champion has created hyped followers in addition to some amazing fan interaction.
This will be the second time League of Legends has pulled off such a grand publicity scheme. K/DA was the virtual pop group created by Riot Games in 2018 to tap into the K-Pop scene and infuse it with their own personal touch. The girl group unit featured four League of Legends champions voiced by both American and Korean singers, and the pay-off was huge. With the music video garnering over 380 million views and the release of profitable in-game skins, the stunt was successful in every way.
Seraphine isn’t far off from the music scene; her social media accounts label her as an aspiring songwriter and producer. As a result, we get some pretty sweet visuals and audio clips from her. With around 300,000 followers on Twitter, it’s incredible to see how much traction she’s getting.
This whole concept of creating an idol within the virtual world is pretty groundbreaking. Going beyond the physical, these dynamic characters have already taken over Youtube in the form of virtual Youtubers. If K/DA was jumping onto the K-Pop scene, then this is most likely a leap towards the Vtuber market. The most popular Vtuber (Kizuna AI) has over six million fans and has made waves on different social media platforms.
Although not quite as internet-breaking as the most popular Vtubers, Seraphine has gained many fans of her own.
thanks for the inspiration everyone, here’s my take on @kda_music ‘s POP/STARS 🎆🌟#kdaisback pic.twitter.com/n4IvVEbcv3
— Seraphine⭐🌊 (@seradotwav) August 22, 2020
Riot Games has finally confirmed Seraphine as their new champion by giving her a place within their in-game universe. An official collaboration between her and K/DA has finally quelled all doubts, Riot Games has now released her abilities.
Passive – Stage Presence: Every third basic ability Seraphine casts will echo, automatically casting a second time. Additionally, whenever she casts an ability nearby an ally, she will create a Note. Each Note gives her basic attacks more attack range and deal additional magic damage, consuming the Note.
Q – High Note: Seraphine projects a pure note, dealing magic damage that’s increased by the target’s missing health percentage.
W – Surround Sound: Seraphine surrounds her nearby allies in a song, granting herself and her allies movement speed and a shield. If Seraphine is already shielded, she can heal her nearby allies, restoring health based on how many allies are near her.
E – Beat Drop: Seraphine unleashes a heavy soundwave, dealing magic damage to enemies in a line and slowing them. Enemies that are already slowed are rooted, and already rooted enemies are stunned.
R – Encore: Seraphine takes the stage, projecting a captivating force that charms enemies and deals magic damage. Any champions struck (allies included) become part of the performance, extending the range of the ability and granting allies maximum Notes.
With the virtual pop idol group headlining the World Finals opening ceremony back in 2018, we can expect something similar towards the end of October with the upcoming 2020 Worlds in Shanghai. Here’s the comeback teaser with Seraphine as the newest addition.
League of Legends has a habit of releasing a variety of champions into different roles each year. Functioning as an alternative to Sona, you can be sure that Seraphine will be the new support everyone will have their eyes on. Until her release in patch 10.22, check out her content and fan interactions on Twitter.