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Everything we know about new LoL champion Lillia: abilities, release date

Published: 7/Jul/2020 23:40 Updated: 8/Jul/2020 3:01

by Isaac McIntyre


League of Legends is finally getting another new jungle champion ⁠— the first since 2017 ⁠— in a “big” summer event. Here’s everything we know about Lillia, the whimsical woodland jungler, including her abilities, release date, splash art, and more.

Earlier this year, Riot promised two new champs would be released in a “big” summer event, and handed out a few hints about the characters. One was a “dreamy” jungler with the power to put opponents to sleep at a whim.

Now, we know exactly what that jungler looks like. Champion 149, Lillia, will be arriving on Patch 10.15. Here’s everything we know about the Bashful Bloom, from her lore and abilities, to her release date, and more.

Lillia, the Bashful Bloom

Lillia hails from Ionia, the spiritual heartland of Runeterra. Living amongst the trees in her “garden,” she doesn’t venture far, afraid of what’s beyond the scrub.

She long didn’t interact with humanity, for as long as she was intrigued by their dreams, she was terrified by their nature.

Lillia will be the first dedicated jungle champ released in League of Legends since 2017.
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Lillia will be the first dedicated jungle champ released in League of Legends since 2017.

Lillia isn’t just a dreamcatcher, or a dreamchaser though. She is the living embodiment of it. She was born from the bloom of the Dreaming Tree, with a stray bud that fell on the ground.

Despite her shy nature, Lillia is determined to figure out why the dreams of “mortals…no longer reach the ancient Dreaming Tree.” She has stepped out of her comfort zone, branch in hand, “in an effort to find people’s unrealized dreams.”

What will Lillia look like?

Lillia’s in-game splash art has now also been revealed, following leaked game files on July 3, which provided an early look at the champ.

The jungler’s splash art seems to match the description that Riot had initially teased, but pictures the champ with some deer-like features, not seen with any other champions.

Lillia is also equipped with a censor, which is her weapon of choice in-game.

Many League fans were quick to point out her likeliness to Neeko, the Curious Chameleon, another woodland spirit who rocks a similar blue/purple hairstyle.

Lillia’s abilities

Riot have revealed Lillia’s abilities as a “mid-range skirmisher” on Patch 10.15’s PBE. They were torn between making her an assassin or a bruiser however, according to a July 7 dev blog.

“[Originally] Lillia would swap between teamfight bruiser (dreams) and assassin (nightmares) every five minutes, no matter what,” said the dev team. However, they scrapped that for her current kit, which incorporates a lot of consistent magic damage, and the controversial sleep mechanic.

Her abilities are as follows:

  • Passive: Dream-Laden Bough — Lillia’s skills apply Dream Dust, dealing percent max Health magic damage over 3 seconds.
  • Q: Blooming Blows
    • Passive: Lillia’s skill hits grant extra Move Speed for 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
    • Active: Lillia whirls her censor, dealing magic damage, changing to true damage at the outer edge.
  • W: Watch Out! Eep! — Lillia winds up a huge strike, dealing magic damage. Enemies in the center take bonus damage.
  • E: Swirlseed — Lillia lobs a swirlseed overhead, dealing magic damage where it lands, and revealing and slowing enemies it hits for 3 seconds. If no enemies are hit, the seed rolls until it hits an enemy or collides with terrain.
  • R: Lilting Lullaby — Lillia causes all enemy champions with Dream Dust to become drowsy. Afterward, they fall asleep for seconds. When awakened by damage, they take additional magic damage.

Lillia’s release date

Riot has already told players to expect the next two League champions in the “big” summer event coming up soon. Lillia will be arriving on Patch 10.15, which is the same time the Spirit Blossom event drops. Coincidence? 

Patch 10.15 arrives on July 22, so players will only have to wait a couple of weeks. It’s unclear if Lillia will release when the patch launches though, or mid way through. As always, we will keep you posted.

The Lillia release does leave questions about Champion 150. While it’s been long rumored to be Yasuo’s brother Yone, there’s been not a single hint outside of the “masked assassin” clue players have been fed for the last few months.

Spirit Blossom Lillia in League of Legends
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Lillia will be released in Patch 10.15 alongside the Spirit Blossom event.

So, there you have it ⁠— everything you need to know about Lillia, League of Legends’ new “dreamy” jungler.

Want to get involved in the discussion about the new champion before her full release, or have already decided (for whatever reason) to make her your new main? There’s a new Reddit community already live at /r/lilliamains just for you.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin


Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.