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Champions

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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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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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]

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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.

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League of Legends Champions Retrospective

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

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

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Every champion is also assigned to a RP tier class.

List of champions

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As of 12 May 2014 there are currently 119 released champions, with the latest being  Braum, the Heart of the Freljord.

Upcoming champions

  • The next Champion (after Braum) will be male [2].
  •  Ao Shin, a storm based dragon, strongly influenced by Chinese mythology [3].

Champion Visual Upgrades and Kit Reworks

This is a list of champions who have received any form of rework from visual upgrades, to texture updates, kit changes, and full relaunches.

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 Update 2013-10-29
 Sivir Visual Upgrade 2013-10-29
 Sivir Kit Rework 2013-10-29
 Heimerdinger Kit Rework 2013-10-29
 Nasus Visual Upgrade 2013-11-21
 Anivia Texture Update 2013-12-13
 Xerath Kit Rework 2014-02-11
 Heimerdinger Visual Upgrade 2014-03-18
 Kassadin Kit Rework and New VFX(same model) 2014-03-18
 Gragas Kit Rework 2014-04-03
 Rengar Kit Rework 2014-04-03
 Twitch Visual Upgrade 2014-04-22
 Karthus Visual Upgrade 2014-06-04
 Nidalee Kit Rework 2014-06-18
 Skarner Texture Update and Kit Rework 2014-06-18

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. For example:  Anivia,  Rammus and  Skarner.
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

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  Riven
 Averdrian -
Eagle Rider Likely redesigned into  Quinn
Elemental hydra Originally hinted by Ezreal[32], the concept got passed up early on as a personality couldn't be found for the idea.[33]
Female engineer/mechanic Concept was later heavily re-purposed as  Vi[34]
 Gavid, the Plant King Likely redesigned into  Maokai[35] with several abilities later implemented onto  Zyra
Iron Engineer Concept art likely incorporated on  Blitzcrank
Komachi[36] A pure tank, scythe champion. Was in development by Xypherous before its concepts were recycled onto  Thresh
 Omen Shelved concept that Riot couldn't find a suitable personality for.[37]
 Priscilla, the Spider Queen Concept redesigned into  Elise
 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.[38]
 Tabu, the Voodoo Shaman -
Tempus[39][40] -
Tiki Concept art likely incorporated into the  Totemic Maokai skin
Twin Yordle Concept[41] 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  Ziggs
 Well, the Water Wizard Likely redesigned into  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:

Gallery

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References

  1. League of Legends Champions Retrospective
  2. Gypsylord works at the next Champion after Braum
  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. 9.0 9.1 Gangplank And Darius Reworks In Development
  10. Alistar has plans for VU but he's not on high priority
  11. RiotNarya mentions Cho'Gath update
  12. Morello mentions that Evelynn and Twitch will at some point receive art upgrades
  13. IronStylus confirms Kassadin is on "The List" for a Visual Upgrade
  14. Grumpy Monkey confirms Mordekaiser VU
  15. IronStylus confirms Nunu is on the way for VU
  16. PAX - Ryze VU
  17. IronStylus confirms Singed is on "The List"
  18. GrumpyMonkey confirms future Taric visual upgrade
  19. IronStylus says that LeBlanc is listed both on "Visual and Gameplay Update section"
  20. Morello admits that Warwick's kit is a lackbuster
  21. Warwick will have VU
  22. Kit rework
  23. Grumpy Monkey states Malzahar might be in line for a TU
  24. Red Post Collection: More on Rammus "TU"Tentative 3.13 Ahri discussion, 3.13 Zyra context, and MORE!
  25. ricklessabandon mentions Annie, Nidalee, Sion and Sivir Upgrades
  26. Grumpy Monkey responds to Man... Sion's model is terrible Thread
  27. Meddler mentions the next big project after Sion is Urgot and Poppy
  28. Meddler gives insight how big Urgot rework is
  29. Meddler mentions the next big project after Sion is Urgot and Poppy
  30. Meddler talks about wanting to update Zilean once other champions are taken care of
  31. IronStylus states Grumpymonkey has ideas for the new Zilean
  32. Ezreal hydra
  33. Ezreal confirms the Elemental Hydra concept was scrapped
  34. Meddler on postponed Champions
  35. Seed of inspiration
  36. Xypherous confirms that Komachi is canceled
  37. IronStylus explains Omen's problems
  38. Morello confirms Seth was shelved
  39. Ezreal mentions Tempus in his 14th answer
  40. Tempus on "permanent hiatus"
  41. Ezreal Q&A

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,...
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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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