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Leaked Harpy and Phoenix may be League of Legends’ next champion, according to Riot tease

The new champion tease

Riot have teased a new champion for League of Legends, and it seems they’re a lovestruck couple of bird-people. That’s interesting in itself, but it’s even more so given that a major leak last week seems to have predicted the announcement – among other things.

What’s going on in League, anyway? Check out our comprehensive notes on the latest patch cycle, 7.7.

Riot teased the new champion via Facebook,Instagram and Twitter, where there was a short video:

It should be noted that it’s unconfirmed what this teaser is teasing – it could be a new skin rather than a new champion – but fan site Surrender@20 are cautiously guessing at the latter. Expect more information as the patch 7.8 PBE cycle gets underway later this week.

This is big news for reasons beyond the obvious. A new champion named ‘the Harpy and the Phoenix’ was leaked in a since-deleted Reddit thread about a week ago, described as being “humanoid birds”. Nothing’s known officially about how they’ll play, but according to the leak, the Phoenix will be a male support champion, while the Harpy is a female marksman (ranged ADC), and you’ll be able to play one without the other.

Given that this new champion is both a couple and clearly avian in theme, it lends some credibility to that leak. If the rest of it is accurate, it would confirm a few new skins and champion reworks. Possible skins include Darkstar Kha’ Zix and Orianna, Star Guardian Ezreal and Syndra, and Pulsefire Caitlyn, which will be legendary. Champions that could get reworked are Maokai, Urgot, Evelynn and Zac. For a full account of the leak, Dot esports have a screengrab.