Riot defends Seraphine from all the Sona 2.0 hates stating “people should try out first before judging”

League of Legends’ new champion Seraphine didn’t even make it to the Summoner’s Rift yet she’s getting more hate than any other champions.

After Samira, Yone, and Lillia, Riot Games has officially unveiled League of Legends’ 152nd champion Seraphine, The Starry-eyed Songstress. However, after her ability reveal a lot of players were showing hate towards Seraphine and referring her as Sona 2.0.

Players hate towards Seraphine

The main reason behind all these hates are, Seraphine has a comparable kit as Sona. Her W, Surround Sound is very similar to Sona’s W and E. Additionally, her ultimate Encore also has similarity to Sona’s ultimate which resulted in players to refer her as Sona 2.0.

So many people are talking about Seraphine and Sona that Sona is currently trending on Twitter. And a lot of people are discussing and arguing about how Seraphine is just a rework of Sona.

Moreover, on Reddit, a lot of players are complaining about Seraphine as well. Reddit user u/SoupySpud questioned Riot Games saying “How is Seraphine actually different enough from sona to be her own champion??” And they also think “Seraphine legit looks like a vgu for Sona.”

Furthermore, some players are also saying that “Seraphine is the biggest disappointment of this year.” A lot of players are also complaining about how simple her bio is comparing to other new champions.

Seraphine Sona 2.0
Image via Riot Games

Riot’s Response

After getting all these hate, League of Legends’ lead champion producer Ryan “Reav3” Mireles has stepped up saying “people should try out first before judging.”

Riot's Response on Seraphine

“I have played plenty of Sona, and also I have played a ton of Seraphine internally, and I don’t think she feels anything like Sona,” Riot Reav3 said.

“For one, she is a VERY skillshot reliant champ which feels way different than Sona,” Reav3 added. “The big reason she feels unique though is her music passive which makes each 3rd spell you cast, cast twice. This leads to having to think about which order you use your spells in to get different effects, and gets you into like a musical 1, 2, 3, and 4 rhythm when you play her that feels really different than any other champ.”

As Seraphine is the second music champion in League of Legends, Riot Reav3 also believes it is ok for champions to have thematic overlap as long as the champs feel different enough from each other.

Role-wise, Riot thinks Seraphine will be primarily a mid lane mage even though they believe she will be played in support as well. And one more thing that they added is, Mid Seraphine will be like a “wombocombo AoE ranged damage” mage which will make her a lot different from Sona.

There are few champions in League of Legends that have some similarities like Yasuo and Yone, including some other champions. And now for the Sona and Seraphine debut Riot wants players to play her first before judging.

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