The League of Legends developers revealed on October 16 how upcoming champ Senna will play, while giving more details on the anticipated reworks for Volibear and Fiddlesticks.
Riot Games followed up a flurry of announcements from League of Legends’ 10th anniversary with a closer look into the new additions they’re preparing for the popular MOBA, including the Visual and Gameplay Updates (VGU) planned for two longtime characters.
While there’s a ton of hype surrounding the other projects Riot Games has been working on, the devs brought the focus back onto the gun-wielding support marksman that will soon be making her introduction to the Rift.
Senna the Redeemer
Fans have been talking about Lucian’s long lost lover since the dramatic lore between him and Thresh released. But players might finally get closure as the “non-traditional marksmen”’s release quickly approaches.
Fittingly, it seems like Senna and Lucian will have a ton of synergy in lane. The devs plan to see combos that have “Lucian up close and personal and Senna backing him from a distance with a massive Relic Cannon.”
As a marksman, Senna is being built up to “blend damage and utility,” and players got a peek of her protective abilities in her animated trailer when she protected Lucian from a distance from Thresh’s hook.
The devs are also recording new lines for Lucian which will develop his relationship with Senna. Riot will reveal more about the new champ on October 27 during the second day of Worlds Quarterfinals.
New champ teasers
Riot also gave some more clues for the next couple of champs coming after Senna.
One will be a “faithful” marksman who could come into the Rift with “diverse weapons” that adhere to their religion. The teaser image shows a 12-beaded ornament and Riot said players will have to have “zen-like" focus order to reap the rewards.”
So far the teasers are reminiscent of Zenyatta from Blizzard’s Overwatch, but it remains to be seen what the champ will play like.
Meanwhile, a new juggernaut from “the Underground” will be coming into the game, with the last one being Darius released in 2012 in patch v220.127.116.11.
The champ will have a mechanic that has them “laughing as they take hit after hit then furiously punching back..”
That sounds a lot like Gnar’s Rage-meter, but it seems like this champ will go from tank to temporary DPS by “releasing all that stored aggression on their enemies’ faces.”
Voli and Fiddle VGUs
Fiddlesticks is getting creepier. The Harbinger of Doom looks more intimidating so far in his VGU rebuild.
The devs have reassured Fiddle mains that his “new kit will be centered around the concept of fear” which will “wreak mental havoc” on opponents.
Neeko already incorporates a bait-n-switch illusion, as does LeBlanc. Seeing as Fiddlesticks is a living scarecrow, it would be interesting to see fake Fiddlesticks on the other side of bushes.
Leaving players to guess if they should Flash to safety, or if they just got baited by a convincing illusion.
Moreover, Riot have moved away from the “permanent unstoppability” they were considering for Volibear and will instead make him feel like a “god of storms, bringing the thunder down on his enemies and the structures they hide behind.”
Meanwhile, it sounds like they’re sticking to more tame designs for Voli’s VGU, instead of the “more grotesque-horror visual designs” that they were previously thinking of.
Riot also touched on a “whimsical jungler” and “edgy solo-laner melee carry” that will come out later down the line, but they’re still in early development.
With all of the new titles, huge reworks, and upcoming champions for League of Legends, it seems like the Riot Games studios will be busy for the foreseeable future.