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Champion Reveal: Ivern, the Green Father

Once, long ago, Ivern Ivern Bramblefoot was called Ivern the Cruel - that was before he tangled with a God-Willow. In the centuries since, Ivern has roamed the forests of Runeterra, cultivating life wherever he goes. Wildflowers bloom in his footsteps as he laughs with trees, plays tricks on rocks, and dines with moss on the sun's delectable rays. When the Green Father traipses into your lane, he brings all the secrets of the forest along with him. [1]
Abilities

Friend of the Forest
Friend of the Forest

Ivern loves jungle monsters and would never harm them. Instead, he sets them free! Clicking on any jungle camp creates a grove using some of Ivern's health and mana. The grove matures over time; when fully grown it can be clicked on again to free the camp's denizens, granting Ivern gold and XP. Smite.png Smiting a camp with a grove on it instantly sends the monsters to safety.

After level five, the Green Father creates copies of the Crest of Cinders.png red and the Crest of Insight.png blue buffs whenever he frees the Red Brambleback Red Brambleback or Blue Sentinel Blue Sentinel - they'll leave behind a sapling which can be picked up by allies.


Rootcaller
Rootcaller

Ivern shoots out a ropey root that deals magic damage and (as you'd expect) Root icon roots the first enemy it hits. Allies who use a basic attack on the Root icon rooted target will automatically dash to get within attack range.


Brushmaker
Brushmaker
  • Passive: When hiding in brush, Ivern's basic attacks have increased magic damage and increased range. This effect lasts for a couple seconds after Ivern leaves the brush.
  • Active: Ivern creates a patch of brush, temporarily Sight icon revealing the area around it. The amount of brush created is slightly greater if it's placed near a wall or any other brush. The Green Father's grassy patches disappear on their own after a moderate delay.


Triggerseed
Triggerseed

Ivern places a protective seed onto his ally, granting them a shield. After a short delay the seed explodes, damaging and Slow icon slowing all nearby enemies.


Daisy!
Daisy!

Ivern summons Daisy, an enormous sentinel who loves hugs. Daisy scampers around joyfully, Airborne icon knocking up Ivern's target after a few hits. Ivern can recast this ability to Daisy! 2 direct his boisterous friend toward new targets. She'll hang around until her hankering for hugs has been satisfied, or until her health bar is depleted.


Ivern Screenshots
Laning Phase and the Mid-Game

Who says supports have to hang in the bot lane? Ivern Bramblefoot is a true support-jungler, arguably the first of his kind. Most supports can't hack it in jungle because they lack the sheer damage output to beat up rascally woodland creatures in a timely manner. Ivern gets around that with his ability to evacuate camps without ever fighting anything - the green man just tends to his Friend of the Forest.png groves and soon enough the critters go prancing away on their own, happily handing over their juicy XP and gold as they leave.

It only takes Ivern a few moments to lay down or harvest his Friend of the Forest.png grove on camps, so he has access to jungle routes that just aren't an option for those who have to fight and kill their prey. One valid strategy: take Smite.png Smite and Teleport.png Teleport, then go into the enemy jungle and drop a Tracker&#039;s Knife item.png ward near an entrance. After sprinting through and gettin' Friend of the Forest.png grovey with all the camps, Teleport.png TP back to the starting point for another lap to set the whole zoo free.

A more common pattern will see Ivern dropping Friend of the Forest.png groves on all the camps in his own jungle, then using his remaining free time to prance into a lane for a quick gank. Regardless of whether the gank is successful, Ivern can then stroll back into the jungle to claim his ripe rewards.

Whenever Ivern's ganking, Brushmaker.png Brushmaker gives him a thick playbook of ways to sneak into side lanes. His brush doesn't appear on opponents' minimaps, so it's on them to keep a close eye out for any creeping forestry sprouting up around them. The bushes block off vision granted by minions, making it possible for Ivern to create a grassy curtain that'll keep soon-to-be-Rootcaller.png rootcalled opponents in the dark.

Once the Green Father gets access to his old friend, Daisy!.png Daisy, he's got a powerful way to disrupt enemy carries and peel for his own backline. In some of those crucial early skirmishes (like for first Dragon Dragon) a rampaging hug monster taking an ADC or mage out of the fight can be all your team needs to build a major lead.

Teamfighting and Late-Game

Once the teamfight phase hits, Ivern's role couldn't be more clear: he's there to make his team's frontline more deadly. If the droll druid lands a Rootcaller.png Rootcaller on an enemy squishy, it grants every teammate within range a free dash toward the rooted target. One root hits, and all at once your friendly Braum Braum's giving 'em a Winter&#039;s Bite.png mouthful of Glacial Fissure.png mustache, your Vayne Vayne's spouting Condemn.png condemnations, and your Garen Garen's in the Judgment.png spin zone.

Most of the time, you'll want to save Triggerseed.png Triggerseed for that moment just after you've landed a sick pick with Rootcaller.png Rootcaller. Since the root's dash effect is much greater on melee allies, you'll probably want to grant them Triggerseed.png Triggerseed's shielding and slowing properties. They can ride the root in, pop some fools with the bursting Triggerseed.png Triggerseed, then tank any retaliatory hits while the triggering intensifies. While all that's going down, Mr. Bramblefoot is free to spank nearby baddies using the extended auto-attack range he receives while in Brushmaker.png brush.

The biggest benefit of Ivern's Brushmaker.png brushmaking hobby is its potential to create mind games. Many of us have played on Summoner's Rift for years at this point, and brush locations have been pretty consistent throughout. We unconsciously track our distance from any and all Warding Totem item.jpg unwarded brush, taking pains not to facecheck it. So when you're halfway down bot side's river and find yourself encountering a whole grassy field, it can seriously mess with your mind.

The range on Brushmaker.png Brushmaker is crazy big, so Ivern can use it scare opponents into thinking he's somewhere he's not. Stand on one side of the midlane and drop a bunch of brush near the opposite side, just to drive them toward you. Or, just plant some on top of your own carries in the middle of a teamfight to make them untargetable.

Ivern's designer, Blake 'Squad5' Smith, says he once stole a Dragon Dragon just by filling the pit up with Brushmaker.png grass and hanging out in it. When he Smite.png smote the Dragon Dragon for the kill, the other team didn't think to check the grassy knoll where he was still hiding. Instead, everyone just wandered off, dejected, and Recall.png recalled to base. Victory through trickery: the true way of the Green Father.

Synergy
Works well with: Struggles against:
RengarSquare
Rengar - the Pridestalker

This one is obvious. Kitties love Unseen Predator.png brush, and Ivern can make plump patches of Brushmaker.png turf appear literally anywhere. Duo up as the Pridestalker and the Green Father to let the Thrill of the Hunt.png hunt begin.

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Master Yi - the Wuju Bladesman

Ivern's kit lets him do many things well, but dueling with Double Strike.png speedy Wuju Style.png swordsmen is not one of those things. A good Yi will Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike right around Daisy!.png Daisy's hug attempts, leaving Ivern with almost no chance to escape the Wuju Bladesman's excessively-goggled Highlander.png wrath.

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Diana - the Scorn of the Moon

Ivern's Rootcaller.png Rootcaller gives allied bruisers and juggernauts a quick, reliable way to engage fights, but it can also work as a mid-fight life preserver ring for assassins who've gone too deep into enemy lines. Just Rootcaller.png rootwrap any target near the outskirts of the fight, and Lunar Rush.png divers like Diana will have a free dash to safety.

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Annie - the Dark Child

Brushmaker.png Grass types are weak to Pyromania.png fire! Most of Ivern's abilities help him keep teammates ahead in longer, drawn-out fights. He can Triggerseed.png shield here, Rootcaller.png root there, all while Daisy!.png Daisy disrupts the backline. This doesn't work so well when the other team brings burst. Like, for instance, a big, fat, Tibbers flaming bear that drops out of the sky and kills everyone in an instant.

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Darius - the Hand of Noxus

Normally, the only thing keeping Darius from Hemorrhage.png bleeding out all your carries is his inability to close the gap between his team and yours. Not so when he's got Ivern on his team. A clutch Rootcaller.png Rootcaller on an enemy carry is the alley-oop the Hand of Noxus needs to start Noxian Guillotine.png dunking.

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Teemo - the Swift Scout

Brushmaker.png Brush doesn't have allegiances. Any time Ivern lays down a patch of the green stuff to help out his own team, he's giving any and all Camouflage.png invisible yordles (and/or eldritch fuzz demons from the 666th circle of hell) another place to hide.

Media

Ivern Friend of the Forest New Champion Teaser – League of Legends00:41

Ivern Friend of the Forest New Champion Teaser – League of Legends

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