Riot's League of Legends is not only one of the most popular esports games, it also gives you the opportunity to fight with a lot of different champions and different skill sets. The number of champions grows to 152 with the latest addition - Seraphine!
Seraphine has joined the roster as the 152nd champ and she gives you musical skills to support your team. Her debut in her idol band K/DA also provided a lot to talk about! The new single "MORE" is absolutely amazing, and we are happy that the five singers bring the champs to life perfectly with their voices!
Since Seraphine was announced, the fans' opinions about her are very divided. This is nothing unusual - many of the champs are hated when they come out or have caused discussions when their skills seemed too strong or didn't fit into the game. With Seraphine, these discussions seem to have an almost personal touch. There are only two factions among the fans: those who like Seraphine and those who hate her.
We wanted to investigate this and find out where this hatred for Sera might be coming from and what Riot could do to please the community.
Let's get straight to the main point. The reason why die-hard LoL fans have a problem with Seraphine:
Seraphine's parents gave up everything in Zaun to come to Piltover, where she was born. They built a workshop where they work with Hextech to repair sound systems. Sera herself was not a mechanic, so she listened to the world around her and realized the older she got, the more she could hear the souls of living beings and the music of the world. In order to escape the chaos of sounds and voices, her parents built a Hextech device that would silence these voices. This saved them from madness. But then she noticed the voice of a brackern in the Hextech crystal of her device. With the help of this device Seraphine manages to unite the voices of the world in her songs. From then on she tries to help people by giving them a feeling of optimism and trying to bring together the angry voices of the living beings. She herself is so cheerful and optimistic, because she thinks that every person and every voice counts.
This is the short form of the story but contains the most important points. As you'll soon realize, there's not much to her Runeterra lore. Among other things, you can hear YouTubers like Necrit and Skooch philosophizing about why it's hard to make her story believable in the world of Runeterra. Among other things, they mention how many inconsistencies the story contains and how much information is missing. Why did she suddenly become famous? What is Seraphine's motivation - her love for music alone can't make her risk going mad just to unite the voices.
Necrit also mentioned that he finds a darker side of Sera missing. A fight or struggle that would deepen her character and make fans understand why she acts the way she does. There's no struggle and even the imminent madness caused by the chaotic voices was solved without further ado by a Hextech crystal. Mary Sue might be the correct we're looking for here.
This also brings us straight to the next point: The Brackern become crystals that hold on to their memories and hopes when they die. They are collected by younger Brackern and thus lead to the survival of the breed. However, since humans use Hextech crystals as their drive, the race is on the verge of extinction. The fact that the voice of the crystal is so friendly to Seraphine and just helps her, even though its race hates humans, makes many people ask "Why? In fact, Skarner fans are so passionate about this topic that the hashtag #JusticeForSkarner is making the rounds on the Internet!
The fans also have something to say about her outfit, as her original skin is not the way you would imagine it. Although she is from Piltover, you can't tell that by Sera's outfit. If you look at her, you would rather think that she is another Star Guardian. Reddit users have made it their business to show what her outfit could look like to better represent her heritage. Many say that this change alone could help Seraphine to better integrate into the world of Runeterra.
In general, it is very clear that Riot Games must have created Seraphine's K/DA version first. Compared to her Runeterra story, the pop star K/DA Sera - in this alternative dimension - is much more mature. She has even got her own social media accounts, which allow her to be in touch with her fans like a real star. Her dreams and achievements in the world of K/DA are understandable and there is simply much more to learn about her.
That's why for many fans it feels like Seraphine is an OC (Original Character) who has fallen into the world of Runeterra without having a place or purpose. This might be one of the reasons why people are not too enthusiastic about her voice lines. The voice actress is good, no question, but the constant cheerfulness, the naive, overflowing optimism, make her lines annoying for many. You often read that the players like to see darker and more playful sides of Seraphine. We also think that it would deepen her character and better show that Seraphine is a real person - with positive as well as negative feelings and reactions.
Gamers are not very happy about the fact that Seraphine gets an Ultimate Skin directly with her release. It was a risk on Riot's side to release her with K/DA and Ultimate Skins and whether it was worth it or not only time will tell.
And finally: Do we have to say anything about "Sona 2.0"? Many players are annoyed that Seraphine is basically a rework of Sona. Musical skills and almost identical in appearance. We hope that Sona will still get her own rework and become a popular pick again! What do you think about Seraphine? Are you also rather negative towards her? Share it with us via Twitter and Facebook!
Original article by EarlyGame's Tamara Dodlek.