When was the last time we released a traditional mage? Aurelion Sol feels untraditional because of his orbiting stars, Ekko is more of a Diver or Skirmisher, and Azir has Marksman-like qualities. Vel'Koz is totally an artillery mage, but many players took him bot lane to play Support. You've got to go all the way back to Lissandra to find a champ that really fits the "traditional mage" label, and she was released in April, 2013. Then it hit us—what about an earth mage?
It is the dawn of a new era. The lost city of Shurima has arisen, along with the ancient Emperor Azir, now a powerful Ascended being. Nevertheless, there is a growing shadow within the desert lands, for it is said that Xerath, the orchestrator of ancient Shurima’s fall, has also returned. None can predict what the reappearance of these ancient beings heralds, yet one thing seems certain: the future of Shurima hangs in balance.
It's tough being different, and Taliyah's earth-shattering powers have always set her apart from the crowd. She’s a control mage who weaves the ground beneath her into a deadly weapon; when she sets her sights on a destination, the world itself shifts to get her there.