Yone is the next LoL Champion. It was highly likely after the recent short animated video and leaked splash art that Yone would be coming to the Rift, but now we can officially say Yone is the next LoL Champ.
So who is Yone? According to League of Legends lore, Yone is Yasuo’s conscientious older half-brother. Yone and Yasuo were close as children, both studying at the village’s sword school – until war came to Ionia and Yone was called away, leaving the impetuous Yasuo to defend the elders. After abandoning his post to seek battle and returning to find his master Elder Souma dead, Yasuo was accused of murder, and fled his home. He was eventually tracked down by Yone, who believed in his younger brothers’ guilt and sought to bring him to justice. Yasuo was forced to battle Yone, who he easily bested, and though Yasuo begged Yone for his forgiveness and tried to convince him of his innocence, Yone died still believing in his brothers’ betrayal.
Yone is well known to Yasuo fans, and he’s also a Legends of Runeterra card, carrying the quote: “When I was a child, I asked my brother: ‘Does the wind flee, or does it follow?’ He followed me then for guidance. I follow him now for justice”. Here’s everything we know about Yone, the next LoL champ.
The cinematic reveal trailer for Yone can be seen below:
You can watch the initial short animated video titled ‘The Path, An Ionian Myth’ below, which shows a character wandering through a beautiful spirit world, only to be distracted by a darker path. The character can be seen spiralling out of control, and the words ‘you could have saved them’ are whispered into the darkness. After a close fight with an azakana, the character is transported back to what appears to be the real world.
Yone is a dual wielding champ, with two swords, one of which he took from his fight with the azakana. Riot says in Yone’s reveal that the azakana was “feeding on the negative emotions he harboured while tracking Yasuo. But Yone died before it had the chance to strike, and when he arrived in the spirit realm it saw an opportunity and struck, intent on devouring Yone’s soul. Yone managed to defeat it – or so he thought – but the consequences were severe.”
When he returns from the spirit world, he’s wearing a mask, that of the azakana. This ties in to a lot of Yone’s abilities and his ability to traverse the spirit world and return to his mortal form. “Yone was originally designed to be a skirmisher,” Riot says, “which his dual swords lent themselves to well. His human blade deals physical damage and his azakana sword deals magic damage, which gives Yone a mixed damage profile, letting him go toe-to-toe with even the beefiest of bois.”
Yone’s abilities are:
Way of the Hunter – Passive
“Yone uses two blades, causing every second attack to deal more magic damage. His critical strike chance is also doubled, but his critical strikes deal reduced damage.”
Mortal Steel – Q
“Yone thrusts forward, dealing physical damage to opponents. On hit, he gains a stack of Gathering Storm. At two stacks, Yone can dash forward with a wave that makes enemies airborne.”
Spirit Cleave – W
“Yone cleaves forward in a massive arc, dealing a portion of the target’s maximum health. After successfully hitting an enemy, Yone also gains a temporary shield. The shield’s power increases per champion struck.”
Soul Unbound – E
“Yone can enter his Spirit Form, gaining movement speed and leaving his body behind. When Yone’s Spirit Form expires, he’ll snap back into his body and deal a percentage of all the damage he dealt while in Spirit Form.”
Fate Sealed – R
“Yone strikes all enemies in his path, blinking behind the last enemy hit and knocking everyone airborne towards him.”