'League of Legends' unveils two new champions and they are in love

Two new ‘League of Legends’ champions Rakan and Xayah.
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Two new champions have arrived on the League of Legends public beta to shake up the bottom lane: lovers-in-arms Rakan and Xayah.

Rakan the Charmer is the support-half of the relationship. He’s a flashy and highly mobile instigator with abilities that allow him to leap or sprint into action to land damage on opponents or offer a shield to an ally. Xayah the Rebel is the AD carry-half of the relationship. She’s a deadly and tactical reactor that prefers to dance around the edge of battle and dish out sweeping attacks against multiple enemies.

Not only does this dangerous new couple look like they’ll play well together, they actually get specific benefits when they’re on the same team, including shared speed and damage buffs when they trigger abilities near each other, and the option to sync up recalls. Talk about champion synergy.

Let’s take a look at Rakan’s and Xayah’s abilities:

Rakan’s abilities

  • Passive: Fey Feathers — Rakan’s coat occasionally generates a shield, even in combat. Rakan can reduce this ability’s cooldown by attacking an enemy champion.

  • Q: Gleaming Quill — Rakan slings an enchanted feather forward. If it connects with an enemy champ or epic monster, it deals damage and Rakan’s cloak surges with magic. After a brief moment a heal triggers in the area around Rakan. The heal activates immediately if Rakan touches an ally.

  • W: Grand Entrance — Rakan leaps forward, landing (stylishly) at his destination. He then pauses for dramatic effect before launching into the air and knocking up nearby opponents.

  • E: Battle Dance — Rakan leaps to an ally’s side, shielding them from harm. He can cast Battle Dance again for a few seconds after, even on the same target. If Xayah’s the target, Rakan rushes to her aid from an increased distance.

  • R: The Quickness — Rakan breaks into a sprint, enchanting his coat and captivating his audience. While The Quickness is active, Rakan charms and damages all enemies he touches (works once per champ). The first champ he touches grants him a huge burst of movemenet speed.

Rakan in action.

Rakan in action.

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Rakan works similarly to an assassin, waiting for the right moment to enter the fray. But instead of tearing down single champions on his own, he’s much better at setting up multiple champions like bowling pins for a marksman to knock down. Rakan can make a grand entrance with Grand Entrance, swiftly charming a group of enemies with The Quickness and making a speedy escape with Battle Dance.

Xayah’s abilities

  • Passive: Clean Cuts — After casting an ability, Xayah’s next few basic attacks will pierce through all enemies in their path (dealing reduced damage to all targets after the first). They’ll also leave a feather where they land. Feathers remain on the field for a moderate length of time.

  • Q: Double Daggers — Xayah throws two blades in a line, damaging all enemies hit. The blades leave a feather where they land.

  • W: Deadly Plumage — Xayah conjures a storm of feather blades that increase the strength and speed of her next few basic attacks. If Xayah attacks an enemy champion while empowered by Deadly Plumage, she’ll gain a short burst of movement speed. If Rakan is nearby when Xayah activates Deadly Plumage, he’ll also gain the ability’s effects.

  • E: Bladecaller — Xayah recalls all feathers, which deal damage to any enemies they strike on the way back to Xayah. If a target is struck by several feathers at once, they’ll be briefly rooted.

  • R: Featherstorm — Xayah leaps into the air, becoming briefly untargetable. After a short delay, she hurls a storm of blades in a cone, each of which deals damage to struck enemies and leaves a feather upon landing. Xayah may continue to move while airborne.

Xayah getting the job done.

Xayah getting the job done.

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Xayah is a champion that requires some forethought before engaging in fights. She can set a feather-filled trap with her basic attack and Double Daggers, then thwart her attackers with Bladecaller. She can also get away in a pinch with Featherstorm, which makes her untargetable as she makes her escape.

Both champions also have a special recall called Lover’s Leap — If either Xayah or Rakan is recalling, their lover can sync up with them, choreographing a perfect return to base.

The new champions are available to test on the League of Legends public beta environment today. Their full release has not yet been announced.

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