- This blog is now retired. Vel'Koz has been revealed - terror is coming!
Here's all the hints we have about the next champion:
I'm a little sad it's premature to start hinting at the next champ. I've been eyeballing some amazing puns for when the time is right. Since you guys will read way too much into everything I say, I'll try to remember that silence is golden and.―Xelnath
I haven't checked the launch date of the next champ yet. [...] It will be a fun champ, though. Nothing you'll see coming.―RiotBrokenSword
Oh, and keep an eye out for an invasion from the Outside.
So, without further a-do, meet Vel'Koz!
You may recognize him from Creator Viktor's splash artwork:
Or from the iconography used by the Frostguard, presumably of the Watchers:
You may have even been unfortunate as to have Vel'Koz interrupt your Youtube videos:
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVqH9mrMw0U @ 2:06
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPz2sHHcECA @ 1:28
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87CPCj5zN0k @ 2:05
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14p8yUUCGOw @ 0:13
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL5L2Q_k7jo @ 1:35
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUbNoAoz6Dw @ 0:18
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnqeckoTZHM @ 0:09
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w9IOe5cN1k @ 3:01
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJxQqvFmR4A @ 4:29
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEZ4wJQ6ZVw @ 2:17
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUaEtpv5Ntk @ 21:15
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOv6Nfo4qCQ @ 1:42
And here's his leaked abilities:
Here's my interpretation of the in-game tooltips and the images:
The Year of the Void
For a second, imagine that Vel'Koz is one of Lissandra's Watchers.
Now, imagine for a second that the iconic canyon within the Howling Abyss is completely irrelevant to the lore.
"A bottomless crevasse surrounded by an ancient fortress carved into a glacier. [...] Avarosa drove them howling into the Abyss. "
That bottomless crevasse, that abyss... it's the Void. Lissandra wasn't being poetic. The Watchers were literally banished into The Abyss. That gate, set into a glacier, surrounded by a fortress and locked with a carving of Vel'Koz: maybe it guards a portal to the void. Lissandra states that only she knows the true purpose of that place. If this is true: the Iceborn and Voidborn are both servants of the Watchers, and not even Lissandra knows where the Watchers originate from.
"The Watchers return and they are so pleased with you."
Lissandra states that the Watchers return. Present tense. Cho'Gath, Kha'Zix and Kog'Maw. Tentacles can be seen destroying a city in Hired Gun Lucian's splash artwork and luring Kassadin in the the Void.
It's all connected.