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Champions (by Riot Artist Suke Su)

A champion is a being or person that has been summoned to wage battle in the League of Legends on the Fields of Justice. They are the player-controlled character in League of Legends.

Lore

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Champions in battle (by Riot Artist Suke Su)

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.

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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Champions in battle(by Riot Artist Suke Su)

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 for some time. 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]

LoL Promotional Piece

Champions in battle (by Riot Artist Knockwurst)

Between a AmumuSquare.png Sad Mummy, a DrMundoSquare.png Madman of Zaun, a LeeSinSquare.png Blind Monk, a AhriSquare.png Nine-Tailed Fox and a AnnieSquare.png 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 Retrospective06:14

League of Legends Champions Retrospective

Attributes

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Champions in battle (by Riot Artist Suke Su)

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

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Champions in battle (by Riot Artist Suke Su)

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

Riven v shyvana

Champions in battle (by Riot Artist Suke Su)

Every champion is also assigned to a RP tier class.

List of champions

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Champions in battle (by Riot Artist Suke Su)

As of 19 November 2014 there are currently 122 released champions, with the latest being KalistaSquare.png Kalista, The Spear of Vengeance.

Upcoming champions

  • AoShinSquare.jpg Ao Shin, a storm based dragon, strongly influenced by Chinese mythology [2].

Champion Updates

Main article: Dev Blog: Champion Updates

This is a list of champions who have received any form of update from visual, to gameplay updates and full relaunches. For a more detailed list, visit this article.

Champion Link Date
KayleSquare.png Kayle Gameplay Update 2010-07-06
MordekaiserSquare.png Mordekaiser Gameplay Update 2010-11-01
RyzeSquare.png Ryze Gameplay Update 2011-02-15
SonaSquare.png Sona Gameplay Update 2011-03-14
AlistarSquare.png Alistar Gameplay Update 2011-04-25
FiddlesticksSquare.png Fiddlesticks Gameplay Update 2011-04-25
GangplankSquare.png Gangplank Gameplay Update 2011-04-25
JannaSquare.png Janna Visual Update 2011-07-25
KayleSquare.png Kayle Visual and Gameplay Update 2011-07-25
TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere Visual and Gameplay Update 2011-07-25
GangplankSquare.png Gangplank Visual Update 2011-11-25
AsheSquare.png Ashe Visual Update 2012-05-23
KatarinaSquare.png Katarina Visual and Gameplay Update 2012-08-09
SorakaSquare.png Soraka Visual Update 2012-09-19
TwistedFateSquare.png Twisted Fate Visual Update 2012-10-03
NidaleeSquare.png Nidalee Visual Update 2012-11-14
AnnieSquare.png Annie Visual Update 2013-01-16
KarmaSquare.png Karma Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2013-03-14
SejuaniSquare.png Sejuani Visual and Gameplay Update 2013-04-02
TrundleSquare.png Trundle Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2013-04-02
MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi Visual and Gameplay Update 2013-07-30
GarenSquare.png Garen Visual Update 2013-10-01
OlafSquare.png Olaf Gameplay Update 2013-10-01
RammusSquare.png Rammus Visual Update (Texture) 2013-10-29
SivirSquare.png Sivir Visualand Gameplay Update 2013-10-29
HeimerdingerSquare.png Heimerdinger Gameplay Update 2013-10-29
NasusSquare.png Nasus Visual Update 2013-11-21
AniviaSquare.png Anivia Visual Update (Texture) 2013-12-13
XerathSquare.png Xerath Gameplay Update 2014-02-11
HeimerdingerSquare.png Heimerdinger Visual Update 2014-03-18
KassadinSquare.png Kassadin Visual (VFX) and Gameplay Update 2014-03-18
GragasSquare.png Gragas Gameplay Update 2014-04-03
RengarSquare.png Rengar Gameplay Update 2014-04-03
TwitchSquare.png Twitch Visual Update 2014-04-22
KarthusSquare.png Karthus Visual Update 2014-06-04
NidaleeSquare.png Nidalee Gameplay Update 2014-06-18
SkarnerSquare.png Skarner Visual (Texture) and Gameplay Update 2014-06-18
SonaSquare.png Sona Visual and Gameplay Update 2014-07-30
CassiopeiaSquare.png Cassiopeia Visual (Texture) and Gameplay Update 2014-09-10
RenektonSquare.png Renekton Visual Update 2014-09-10
SorakaSquare.png Soraka Gameplay Update 2014-09-25
ViktorSquare.png Viktor Visual (Texture) and Gameplay Update 2014-09-25
SionSquare.png Sion Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) 2014-10-09
SingedSquare.png Singed Visual Update 2014-11-05
MaokaiSquare.png Maokai Visual Update 2014-11-19
TristanaSquare.png Tristana Visual and Gameplay Update Upcoming update
PoppySquare.png Poppy Visual and Gameplay Update (Full Relaunch) Upcoming update

Upcoming champion Updates

Gameplay Update
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: EvelynnSquare.png Evelynn, TaricSquare.png Taric and XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao.
Visual Update
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: SorakaSquare.png Soraka, AnnieSquare.png Annie and TwistedFateSquare.png Twisted Fate.
Texture Update
This scale of Visual Update 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. For example: AniviaSquare.png Anivia, RammusSquare.png Rammus and SkarnerSquare.png Skarner.
Visual and Gameplay Update
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: KatarinaSquare.png Katarina, MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi and SejuaniSquare.png Sejuani.
Full 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: KarmaSquare.png Karma and TrundleSquare.png Trundle
Unknown Scale

Concept

Hinted/Leaked

Cancelled

This is a list of champion concepts that started as an idea, but never reached a final product that could be shipped into the game. Some of these ideas have evolved into the art and/or design of certain champions that are in the game now.

Concept name Notes
Avasha Concept art later incorporated on RivenSquare.png Riven
AverdrianSquare.png Averdrian -
Eagle Rider Likely redesigned into QuinnSquare.png Quinn
Elemental hydra Originally hinted by Ezreal[27], the concept got passed up early on as a personality couldn't be found for the idea.[28]
Female engineer/mechanic Concept was later heavily re-purposed as ViSquare.png Vi[29]
GavidSquare.png Gavid, the Plant King Likely redesigned into MaokaiSquare.png Maokai[30] with several abilities later implemented onto ZyraSquare.png Zyra
Iron Engineer Concept art likely incorporated on BlitzcrankSquare.png Blitzcrank
Komachi[31] A pure tank, scythe champion. Was in development by Xypherous before its concepts were recycled onto ThreshSquare.png Thresh
OmenSquare.png Omen Shelved concept that Riot couldn't find a suitable personality for.[32]
PriscillaSquare.png Priscilla, the Spider Queen Concept redesigned into EliseSquare.png Elise
RobBlackbladeSquare.png Rob Blackblade, the Dashing Rogue -
Seth Codename for an unnamed Sand Mage. Couldn't get the concept just right in the allotted time. Was shelved possibly in a similar fashion as Omen.[33] Eventually released as AzirSquare.png Azir [34]
TabuSquare.png Tabu, the Voodoo Shaman -
Tempus[35][36] -
Tiki Concept art likely incorporated into the MaokaiSquare.png Totemic Maokai skin
Twin Yordle Concept[37] One has bombs and the other has a rocket launcher while being on a motorcycle plus side car. Idea was being developed by FeralPony before half of the concept turned into ZiggsSquare.png Ziggs
WellSquare.png Well, the Water Wizard Likely redesigned into NamiSquare.png Nami


Other

The following champion was never released, but does contain lore, appears in several Champion Skins and is an Easter egg in several artworks:

Media

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References

  1. League of Legends Champions Retrospective
  2. Ao Shin Sneak Peak
  3. Morello foreshadows Fiora changes
  4. ricklessabandon on Galio changes
  5. Xelnath discusses Yorick's rework
  6. 6.0 6.1 Gangplank And Darius Reworks In Development
  7. Alistar has plans for VU but he's not on high priority
  8. RiotNarya mentions Cho'Gath update
  9. Morello mentions that Evelynn and Twitch will at some point receive art upgrades
  10. IronStylus confirms Kassadin is on "The List" for a Visual Upgrade
  11. Grumpy Monkey confirms Mordekaiser VU
  12. IronStylus confirms Nunu is on the way for VU
  13. PAX - Ryze VU
  14. GrumpyMonkey confirms future Taric visual upgrade
  15. Grumpy Monkey states Malzahar might be in line for a TU
  16. Red Post Collection: More on Rammus "TU"Tentative 3.13 Ahri discussion, 3.13 Zyra context, and MORE!
  17. IronStylus says that LeBlanc is listed both on "Visual and Gameplay Update section"
  18. Tristana Update
  19. Morello admits that Warwick's kit is a lackbuster
  20. Warwick will have VU
  21. Kit rework
  22. Meddler mentions the next big project after Sion is Urgot and Poppy
  23. Meddler gives insight how big Urgot rework is
  24. Meddler mentions the next big project after Sion is Urgot and Poppy
  25. Meddler talks about wanting to update Zilean once other champions are taken care of
  26. IronStylus states Grumpymonkey has ideas for the new Zilean
  27. Ezreal hydra
  28. Ezreal confirms the Elemental Hydra concept was scrapped
  29. Meddler on postponed Champions
  30. Seed of inspiration
  31. Xypherous confirms that Komachi is canceled
  32. IronStylus explains Omen's problems
  33. Morello confirms Seth was shelved
  34. [1]
  35. Ezreal mentions Tempus in his 14th answer
  36. Tempus on "permanent hiatus"
  37. Ezreal Q&A

Start a Discussion Discussions about Champion

  • The Champion article

    2 messages
    • 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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