Champion Sneak Peek - Leona, the Radiant Dawn
By Average Gatsby 
Since we launched League of Legends, there's been quite a bit of clamor about equal rights amongst tanks. Well, at Riot Games, we like to think of ourselves as a progressive company, and today we're here to show our commitment to equal opportunity tanking.
Allow me to introduce, the Radiant Dawn. In addition to being a defender of all that is good and light, Leona is a strong, independent woman ready to throw down and tank with the best of them.
Leona Mechanics Preview
We wanted to give you a glimmer of insight into the mechanics of our newest champion,, the Radiant Dawn.
Leona is a bit special because she's our answer to a pretty popular fan request; a female tank! I think a good place to start is to answer "what exactly does 'tank' mean to us at Riot?"
- Starts and initiates teamfights (usually via CC)
- Soaks up damage.
- May peel dangerous attackers off other vulnerable team mates.
- Presents itself as an attractive target by causing long-term 'threat' as the fight continues.
Leona does this by providing a low-cooldown, low-duration, single-targetwith a skillshot to start. After she closes the gap to the enemy, she'll be performing regular single-target that really disrupt the fight or peel off a target from an ally once a fight has begun. Additionally, she has a that allows her to soak up punishment pretty effectively and also discharges a wave of sunlight outward that causes significant damage. This mechanic acts as a sort of 'soft taunt' that causes her to have some threat when she's about to unleash a big chunk of damage, and makes her an attractive target.
Finally, her, , causes all of Leona's spells to debuff the target, causing the next attack from an ally to do additional damage. This really encourages Leona to mark high-priority targets and let her set up opportunities for her teammates. Her power increases with the length of the fight, a common tank trait (like or , for example)
We're excited to be able to deliver something we're really proud of to meet our players' requests and expectations. Keep letting us know what you want - we do take your feedback seriously.