League of Legends’ newest virtual hip-hop group True Damage has finally stepped out into the global limelight, with Riot Games revealing splash arts and teaser images for band members Yasuo, Senna, Qiyana, Ekko, and K/DA superstar Akali.
True Damage has long been rumored to be Riot’s next musical project, and on October 28 it was officially confirmed the hip-hop group existed, and would be helmed behind-the-scenes by Becky G, Keke Palmer, Thutmose, DUCKWRTH and returning K-Pop star Soyeon of (G)l-DLE.
Now fans have been given their first peek at what the five members of the group in a new teaser video, along with a short snippet of the band’s debut track "GIANTS," as well as an in-universe explanation for how the rising stars first joined into the five-piece act.
“Virtual hip-hop group True Damage was born when K/DA’s lead rapper Akali sought to bring together the distinct talents of Ekko, Senna, Qiyana, and Yasuo in an ambitious, genre-defying collaboration,” the teaser video’s description read.
K/DA superstar Akali, whose character was a massive hit in the POP/STARS music video for her bold and bright costumes, lyrics, and spray paint, also commented on the formation of the group, and her own personal projects.
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“So a lot of people have been asking where I’ve been since POP/STARS. I’ve kept it quiet so far but I’ve been working on a side project with some new giants,” Akali said after taking over League of Legends’ social media accounts. “Don’t sleep on us.”
Alongside the teaser video, which re-confirmed the group’s debut track would be premiering two days before the 2019 World Championship grand final in Paris on November 10, Riot released details and splash arts for the upcoming skins.
Riot also confirmed the expected release price points for the five upcoming band skins. Akali, Qiyana, Yasuo, and Senna’s new in-game looks will cost players 1350 RP, while Ekko’s Legendary skin, a first for the Boy Who Shattered Time, will be a little pricier at 1820 RP.
— 1350 RP
Ekko — 1820 RP
Qiyana — 1350 RP
Senna — 1350 RP
Yasuo — 1350 RP
True Damage follows Riot’s global success with K-Pop-flavored virtual group K/DA, which remains one of the developers’ biggest musical successes. The track’s YouTube video already boasts more than 275 million views since its November 2018 release.
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The new hip-hop group is also expected to make at least a virtual appearance at the Worlds grand final, which will feature two of defending champions Invictus Gaming, hometown favorites G2 Esports, three-time victors SK Telecom T1, and FunPlus Phoenix.
SKT and G2 face-off for their MSI semifinal rematch on November 3, while IG and FPX will contest their all-Chinese final-four decider on November 2. Keep up with all the action and results in our dedicated World Championship tracker.