Bird is the word. In this case, Riot Games is giving you two of them in the form of new champs for League of Legends (LoL). Rakan and Xayah will both hit the Summoner’s Rift at the same time together soon. Riot Games teased the two champs on Facebook the other day, showcasing how great of a couple these two lovebirds are.
In fact, an important dynamic between the two champs is how they complement each other on the battlefield as well. Rakan acts as the mobile support, whereas Xayah fills the AD carry role. A match made in (bot lane) heaven, right?
Rakan, the Charmer
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 movement speed.
Xayah, the Rebel
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.
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.
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.
A first for the game, Rakan and Xayah have a special Recall animation. It’s quite cute to be honest. Riot Games should add in a lot more special interactions like this.
Birds of a Feather (Lane) Together
Of course, players do not necessarily need to pick both champs in every game. You can pick either champ separately like usual, but both of their skill kits synergize well with each other by design.
In regards, to which champ I personally prefer between the two at face value, I think Xayah is more appealing. She has a pretty name, and I think her playstyle looks promising. Regardless, Rakan and Xayah will be a special release for LoL for sure.
Which bird of this power couple do you think will rock on Summoner’s Rift?
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