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A champion is a being or person that has been summoned to wage battle on the Fields of Justice.

Lore

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As the League of Legends was established to prevent further Rune Wars on Valoran, the neutral aligned summoners called forth exceptional individuals, referred to as "Champions", to battle on the Fields of Justice in order to settle disputes. These champions have joined the League for various reasons. Some are soldiers who have pledged their allegiance to a particular nation and fight in their nation's interests. Some are renowned warriors who seek to prove themselves against Valoran's most powerful beings. Some are prisoners of the League, forced to do the League's bidding as punishment. Some may even be strange creatures from other worlds, hoping to bring stability or further discord to Runeterra. For whatever the champion's reason, they have gained the interest of the League of Legends.

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Champions in battle

In order to join the League, a potential champion, who has proven to possess extraordinary qualities, must travel to the Institute of War to undergo a Judgement. There, a designated summoner will probe their mind in order to determine the individual's motives. In truth, the intentions of the potential champion has little bearing on whether they are accepted into the League or not. The primary purpose of the Judgement is to determine whether the individual is capable of exposing their mind to the summoner, which would allow the two to share their mental thoughts and act as one. Should the potential champion pass their Judgement, as well as agreeing to the call of the summon, they will have become an official League champion.

Development

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Riot Games develops new champions for League of Legends, and each champion is individually designed to have unique abilities and traits that a player must use wisely. Some champions use brute strength and power, others use deadly and cunning precision, while others use supernatural vision and magic, etc.

There were 40 champions released at launch, with one released approximately every two weeks. About 8–10 champions are in development at any moment. Each week there is a rotation of ten champions that are available to play for free. For those that bought the Collector's Edition, 20 champions are automatically unlocked; another 20 can be unlocked by buying the Champion Bundle through the game client. All champions, however, can be unlocked with Influence Points or Riot Points at the Riot Store in-game.

Champions Retrospective

Announcement made by NeeksNaman:[1]

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Between a  Sad Mummy, a  Madman of Zaun, a  Blind Monk, a  Nine-Tailed Fox and a  Dark Child, the League of Legends has seen the introduction of some crazy, unconventional, and downright badass characters over the years.

Creating compelling champions is our passion, and a great deal of care and effort goes into handcrafting every one of them. Your passion fuels our own, and we learn a lot from your forum discussions and heated battles on the Fields of Justice. In this Retrospective, our co-founders, Brandon “Ryze” Beck and Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill team up with some of the Rioters behind the champions to give you a taste of the “secret sauce” that makes a League of Legends champ.

League of Legends Champions Retrospective(06:14)

Attributes

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Champions generally fall into certain categories based on their skills. These are also called tags and are used on the attributes space on each champion main page and Ability Details page.

Status

  • Unlocked: The champion has been unlocked and can be used at any time.
  • Free to Play: Reserved for the 10 free champions of the week. They are indicated with a (!) sign in the top right corner of the champion icon.
  • Locked: The champion is unavailable for use. They are indicated with a grey picture of the champion.

Pools

Every champion is assigned to an IP epicness class, which is generally determined by the uniqueness of its design:

Every champion is also assigned to a RP tier class.

List of champions

As of 27 February 2014 there are currently 118 released champions, with the latest being  Vel'Koz, the Eye of the Void.

Upcoming champions

  • The next Champion will be a Supporter, as already known, due to Riot confirmed a Support in early 2014[2]. Can be  Braum.
  •  Ao Shin, a storm based dragon, strongly influenced by Chinese mythology[3]

Completed champion Visual Upgrades

This is a list of champions who have received a visual upgrade along with the date.

Champion Link Date
 Janna Visual Upgrade 2011-07-25
 Kayle Visual Upgrade and Kit Rework 2011-07-25
 Tryndamere Visual Upgrade and Kit Rework 2011-07-25
 Gangplank Visual Upgrade 2011-11-25
 Ashe Visual Upgrade 2012-05-23
 Katarina Visual Upgrade and Kit Rework 2012-08-09
 Soraka Visual Upgrade 2012-09-19
 Twisted Fate Visual Upgrade 2012-10-03
 Nidalee Visual Upgrade 2012-11-14
 Annie Visual Upgrade 2013-01-16
 Karma Full Relaunch 2013-03-14
 Sejuani Visual Upgrade and Kit Rework 2013-04-02
 Trundle Full Relaunch 2013-04-02
 Master Yi Visual Upgrade and Kit Rework 2013-07-30
 Garen Visual Upgrade 2013-10-01
 Rammus Texture Upgrade 2013-10-29
 Sivir Visual Upgrade and Kit Rework 2013-10-29
 Nasus Visual Upgrade 2013-11-21
 Anivia Texture Upgrade 2013-12-13
 Heimerdinger Visual Upgrade 2014-03-18

Upcoming champion reworks

Kit Rework
This scale of rework covers changes to a champions kit beyond number tweaks. Animations and other visual effects may be updated, but the champions model and core theme are untouched. In some cases, the kit rework will "correct" the kit to match the intended theme. For example:  Evelynn,  Taric and  Xin Zhao.
Visual Upgrade
This scale of rework covers changes to a champion's model and artwork. This will often include a more up-to-date voice-over and lore, and may include bug-fixes and minor balance changes - but will not change the champion's core theme. For example:  Soraka,  Annie and  Twisted Fate.
Kit Rework and Visual Upgrade
This combines the above two categories. The scale of the kit rework is usually slightly larger than a kit rework alone as the developers can plan for more in-depth visual effects and model changes. The champion's core theme remains in-tact. For example:  Katarina,  Master Yi and  Sejuani.
Texture Update
This scale of rework focuses on champions whose models, rigs, animations, and other framework are in pretty decent shape, and all they need is some geometry tweaking on the model and texture polish for quality and readability's sake.
Complete Relaunch
Unlike the previous classifications, a complete relaunch involves an overhaul to the champion's identity - focusing on some aspects while abandoning others. This affects the champion's lore, personality, art and model. The degree of the kit rework varies. For example:  Karma and  Trundle.
Unknown Scale

Concept

Hinted/Leaked

  • A new support champion has been confirmed to be released in early 2014. Further information about this champion has not yet been revealed. It is believed to be Braum.

Other

The following champions were placed on hold or otherwise:

Cancelled

Gallery

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References

  1. League of Legends Champions Retrospective
  2. Next Champion confirmed to be a Supporter
  3. Ao Shin Sneak Peak
  4. Morello foreshadows Fiora changes
  5. ricklessabandon on Galio changes
  6. ricklessabandon mentions possible Viktor gameplay rework
  7. Solcrushed reveals that he is working on Viktor
  8. Xelnath discusses Yorick's rework
  9. Meddler talks about Urgot's upcoming rework
  10. Gangplank And Darius Reworks In Development
  11. Gangplank And Darius Reworks In Development
  12. Alistar has plans for VU but he's not on high priority
  13. RiotNarya mentions Cho'Gath update
  14. Morello mentions that Evelynn and Twitch will at some point receive art upgrades
  15. IronStylus confirms Karthus is on "The List"
  16. IronStylus confirms Kassadin is on "The List" for a Visual Upgrade
  17. IronStylus confirms Nunu is on the way for VU
  18. PAX - Ryze VU
  19. IronStylus confirms Singed is on "The List"
  20. GrumpyMonkey confirms future Taric visual upgrade
  21. Zileas mentions Poppy Upgrade
  22. Morello admits that Warwick's kit is a lackbuster
  23. Warwick will have VU
  24. Kit rework
  25. Red Post Collection: More on Rammus "TU"Tentative 3.13 Ahri discussion, 3.13 Zyra context, and MORE!
  26. ricklessabandon mentions Annie, Nidalee, Sion and Sivir Upgrades
  27. Grumpy Monkey responds to Man... Sion's model is terrible Thread
  28. Meddler talks about wanting to update Zilean once other champions are taken care of
  29. IronStylus states Grumpymonkey has ideas for the new Zilean
  30. @Morello, was 'Seth' shelved?
  31. [1]
  32. Ezreal hydra
  33. http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?p=36477808#36477808
  34. Xypherous confirms that Komachi is canceled
  35. Community Infographic
  36. Ezreal mentions Tempus in his 14th answer
  37. Tempus on "permanent hiatus"
  38. @Ezreal

Start a Discussion Discussions about Champion

  • The Champion article

    • Seth is in the section for both "Other" and "Cancelled" in the champion  page, is this intentional? Seems a little bit of a continuity error,...
  • Champion Reworks - Remove them without quote/proof

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    • Gurutsu wrote:well anyway community is fighting to keep him ad :0. Maybe because he's better off as an AD than AP?
    • Why are you telling this me? not riot? I play him ad but i can see that Ap i quite viable or maybe even little better than ad. dmg wise
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