League of Legends’ next new champion (after the whimsical support that may have been teased in a tweet earlier today) will be “a solo lane AD assassin.” In a champion roadmap released this evening, lead champion producer Ryan ‘Reav3’ Mireles offered a hint at the new character.
Details are unsurprisingly scarce at this point, but we can glean a little from Reav3’s descriptions. He says that “the new champion’s arrival will send you deep into the jungles on Runeterra where a brand new faction, hidden from the world, will reveal itself.” That’s an interesting insight into wider League of Legends’ lore, and the image at the top of this article could provide a little more information – it depicts a bunch of what look like jungle-dwelling people watching what looks like a hextech bulldozer.
Beyond that, there’s a small hint as to what the character will actually do. Reav3 says that “this assassin has powers which give them all the elements they need to use their surroundings in clever and innovative ways.”
He also suggests that players should stay away from the walls, potentially suggesting an ability similar to Kayn’s Shadow Step, which lets him walk through walls, or Camille’s Hookshot, which lets her go catapulting over obstacles.
That’s all Reav3 has revealed so far, so there’s no further word on the lore, abilities, or release date of the new champion. If I had to guess, based on the timing around the release of some of League of Legends’ more recent new additions, this new champion will probably pop up in the late summer or early autumn.
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Before that, however, we’ve got that aforementioned support, and the Mordekaiser rework to contend with. It’s worth pointing out that Reav3 says new champion arrivals should speed up after the upcoming Mordekaiser rework, which will be the last pressing visual gameplay update Riot has planned for a while (apart from Pantheon’s), but I don’t imagine we’ll see this assassin for several months yet.