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League of Legends devs share first look at new champion Qiyana

Published: 6/Jun/2019 18:39 Updated: 7/Jun/2019 23:48

by Alan Bernal


Riot Games are drawing ever near to the next big release for League of Legends new champion, and have given fans a big look into the Empress of Elements who will soon be fighting on the Rift.

The developers already have a loaded roster of characters for players to choose from as it is, but to continue the evolution of their 10-year-old MOBA they’re routinely introducing new champs to mix up the game’s formula.

It seems like the next big release from Riot is going to do just that by bringing a more aggressive assassin to the fray who’ll have all the elements in Runeterra at their disposal.

Riot GamesIt looks like players will take control of more than one element to lay waste to their opposition.

In a June 6 video, the League of Legends team gave fans a first peek into Qiyana, who seems to be very in-tune with nature and is going to look for any way to use it against her opponents.

“I have raised jungles, shaped lands, and commanded rivers,” Qiyana said in the teaser. “This world answers to me!”

Throughout the teaser, fans can see the champion wielding a sort of circular weapon with three elemental runes of some kind spread evenly throughout its shape. As the camera pans to each rune they activate by glowing red, green and blue, respectively.

As they activate they’re influencing the world around them as the forces of nature, earth and water start to be manipulated by Qiyana’s weapon.

Who is Qiyana?

While not much is known about the Empress of Elements’ abilities, players already have a good idea of how she’ll fit into the team comps as revealed by the Riot devs in a previous Champion Roadmap.

“This new champion will be a solo lane AD assassin,” the Riot devs said. “This champion’s arrival will send you deep into the jungles of Runeterra where a brand new faction, hidden from the rest of the world, will reveal itself. This assassin has powers which give them all the elements they need to use their surroundings in clever and innovative ways.”

That “brand new faction” is in reference to the people of Ixaocan, and while Qiyana is obviously celebrate in her home, she’ll now be taking her talents to the Rift to rule over the competition.

via SkinSpotlights TwitterA leaked look at Qiyana’s alternate skin, that will probably drop upon the champion’s release.

When is Qiyana coming out?

If we look at the previous champion release, Yuumi, then fans can start to get a sense of Qiyana’s timeline in regards to her release.

For Yuumi, the devs released a teaser video on April 25, and shortly after a full champion reveal trailer the following day on April 26. From there it took about 19 days for Yuumi to land on the Rift.

Following that sample size of one, the Empress of Elements should be getting a more revealing trailer in the coming days which means she should land on live servers around two to three weeks after that.

Riot GamesIt seems like Qiyana is going to have a strange kit to make use of all the elements.

If the full reveal comes soon, rough estimations would suggest that Qiyana will launch as the 145th champion anywhere between June 24 to the 29.

It should be noted that previous champions like Sylas and Neeko also followed a loosely similar trend, being released 17 and 16 days after they were fully unveiled, respectively.

Regardless, players are going to be getting an entirely new champion to dive into shortly that will no doubt keep everyone on their toes upon release.

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Team Liquid reportedly set to make Alphari next LCS million-dollar man

Published: 26/Oct/2020 0:32

by Isaac McIntyre


Team Liquid are reportedly on the verge of signing European top lane star Barney “Alphari” Morris on a multi-million dollar deal spanning at least two years after beating out Rogue and Fnatic for the former Origen star’s signature.

Alphari’s contract with Astralis ⁠— recently rebranded from Origen ⁠— ends on Nov. 16, at which time the Englishman, 21, becomes available to sign. The top laner, who played 171 games for Origen from 2018 to 2020, is one of 2021’s hottest free agents.

It appears four-time LCS champs Team Liquid will win the race for his signature, according to ESPN. Alphari’s transatlantic switch would see him replace Jung “Impact” Eon-yeung, who was the highest-paid player in North America last season.

Liquid, Rogue, and Fnatic were reportedly among Morris’ prospective suitors.

Fnatic, who exited Worlds 2020 in the quarterfinals, are believed to have pulled out of the race after Gabriël “Bwipo” Rau shone in groups and against Top Esports.

Impact is set to become one of the hottest free agents on the LCS market.
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Impact is set to become one of the hottest free agents on the LCS market.

As Dexerto understands, Liquid has already tabled the multi-year deal for Alphari, and now the LCS org is waiting for the League of Legends free agency window to open. LoL’s global transfer window opens on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11pm GMT.

Alphari joining the North American competition is the second big shift in the LCS top lane pool heading into the 2021 season. Cloud9 has already made a swap, promoting Australian talent Ibrahim “Fudge” Allami to the starting roster over Worlds semifinalist Eric “Licorice” Ritchie.

Liquid is reportedly also set to make more changes ahead of next season too. The team’s first step will be to tie up Nicolaj “Jensen” Jensen, who is off-contract in November. The org will not, however, retain jungler Mads “Broxah” Brock-Pedersen.

Edward “Tactical” Ra (2021) and Jo “CoreJJ” Yong-in (2022) remain under contract for now. The LCS heavyweights are believed to be building future plans around AD carry Tactical, who was a standout in Shanghai.

ESPN also suggested Liquid are eyeing FlyQuest jungler Lucas “Santorin” Larssen to fill out their 2021 roster. The Danish shotcaller has not been given permission to talk to other teams ahead of his upcoming Nov. 17 free agency, however.

Tactical will be Team Liquid's focal point in the LCS heading into 2021.
Riot Games
Tactical will be Team Liquid’s focal point in the LCS heading into 2021.

The lineups of all ten LCS rosters are likely set to change drastically heading into 2021. North America’s struggles at Worlds, and roster moves like Søren ‘Bjergsen’ Bjerg’s shock retirement have already set the wheels in motion.

In Shanghai, G2 Esports were punted out of Worlds contention by Damwon Gaming after suffering the fastest defeat in the event’s history. On the other side of the bracket, Suning upset Top Esports to book their spot in the Oct. 31 decider.