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Champion Sneak Peek - Leona, the Radiant Dawn

By Average Gatsby [1]

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 Leona Leona, 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

By Ryan 'Morello' Scott [2]

Greetings Summoners!

We wanted to give you a glimmer of insight into the mechanics of our newest champion, Leona Leona, 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-target Shield of Daybreak.png stun with a skillshot Zenith Blade.png gap-closer to start. After she closes the gap to the enemy, she'll be performing regular single-target Shield of Daybreak.png stuns that really disrupt the fight or peel off a target from an ally once a fight has begun. Additionally, she has a Eclipse.png defensive stance 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 passive, Sunlight.png Sunlight, 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 Singed Singed's Poison Trail.png Poison Trail or Amumu Amumu's Despair.png Despair, 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.

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  • Leona Concept 1 (by Riot Artist Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino)
  • Leona Concept 2 (by Riot Artist Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino)
  • Leona Concept 3 (by Riot Artist Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino)
  • Leona Sword Concept (by Riot Artist Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino)
  • Leona Shield Concept (by Riot Artist Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino)
  • Valkyrie Leona Concept (by Riot Artist Larry 'TheBravoRay' Ray)
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  • Lionheart Leona Concept Unused (by Riot Artist Kirsten Zirngibl)
  • Iron Solari Leona Promo
  • Iron Solari Leona Concept 1 (by Riot Artist Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino)
  • Iron Solari Leona Concept 2 (by Riot Artist Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino)
  • Pool Party Leona Concept (by Riot Artist Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino)
  • PROJECT: Leona Concept (by Riot Artist Michael 'IronStylus' Maurino)
  • PROJECT: Leona Weapons Concept


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