Champion Insights: Ornn, the Grumpy Demigod

Ornn’s like the endearing, grumpy grandpa you can’t help but hug even though you know it’s a terrible idea. Underneath that soft and fluffy exterior is a grizzled steelworker who doesn’t have the time or patience for your pleasantries. He’s a demigod who’s seen some shit, and all he wants now is to craft hammers and other practical things in the peaceful solitude of his volcano. Oh, and probably eat spiced cherries and drink ale—two things he certainly likes more than you.
4 weeks ago

Champion Insights: Urgot, the Terror of Zaun

Within the last few years, Taric’s fabulousness reached new heights, Poppy became adorable, and Warwick got wolfier. Meanwhile, one of League’s most memed men sat in the shadows, watching and waiting for his time on the operating table. It was there he’d be fitted with 50% more legs, 5/7 more depth and relatability, and 100% more shotgun knees. Urgot was ready to rise from the slab.
1 month ago

Champion Insights: Kayn, the Scythe Guy

The year was 2k17, and League still didn’t have a champion who actually used a scythe in combat. Combine this with the lack of darkin characters, and it seemed like a match made in heaven… or hell. Enter Kayn, a semi-darkin composed of equal parts arrogance, power, and xXedginessxX.
1 month ago

ORIGINS: Jinx

Forging the Loose Cannon.
5 months ago

Champ Insights: Galio, the Colossus

Gargoyles are basically fancy drainage pipes. And our old buddy Galio is definitely not a drainage pipe—he's a living statue that counters the cloaks off of magic-wielding enemies. We wanted to make him into a more important player in Demacia's story. So we needed to make him bigger.
6 months ago

Champ Insights: Camille, the Steel Shadow

Nothing is more badass than a lady with giant freakin' swords for legs. As a piece of concept art, Camille was pretty dope from the get-go. But to make her into a real character, we had to answer another question: what sort of person would replace their legs with a two-piece hextech knife set?
9 months ago

Champion Insights: Ivern, the Really Swell Guy

In League, everybody is trying to kill everybody else. Despite their personalities or backstories, champs are all really on the Rift to do one thing: drain some health bars. So, what if we made a nice guy? One who, no matter where he is, just wants to do something super sweet like save all the animals? Enter Ivern, the druid with the heart of gold.
11 months ago

Champion Insights: Kled, the Noxian Meme

If Noxian soldiers made memes, what would they look like? A weird question, maybe, but you can find the answer by cracking open a history book and flipping back to the 1940s, when American GIs were tramping around Europe during World War II. Around that time, a pre-internet meme started to appear as graffiti across the continent—an image of a little bald man with an enormous nose peeking over a wall. His name was Kilroy.
1 year ago

Champion Insights: Taliyah, the Stoneweaver

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?
1 year ago

Champion Insights: Taric, the Shield of Valoran

As we've tweaked and tuned the visuals on Taric's co-stars, the crystal-coated, pizza-footed Demacian began to feel like an eyesore by comparison. Couple his outrageous visuals with an outdated kit, and we had a prime candidate for a rework—but our goal wasn't to completely replace him. Instead, we sent the Gem Knight on an epic journey to transform him into the Shield of Valoran.
1 year ago