Most Recent Champion Preview News

Dev Blog: The Animation of Ivern

Lingyun "LukeHop" Hu is here to tell you about our latest champion, Ivern, and how we used animation as a tool to strengthen and define his character.
1 month 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.
2 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.
4 months 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?
7 months 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 Couple his outrageous visuals with an outdated kit, and we had a prime candidate for a rework—but our goal wasn't to completely replace him.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.
7 months ago

Champion Insights: Aurelion Sol

Here’s what happened after we headed back to the drawing board to create the cosmic creator.
8 months ago

Champion Insights: Jhin

We started with a blank page, and ended with a killer. Here are the steps in between.
10 months ago

Champion Insights: Illaoi

We met up with some of the folks behind Illaoi’s creation to find out how they turned some early ideas into the battle priestess preparing to test the Rift. Here’s their story.
1 year ago

Champion Insights: Kindred, the Eternal Hunters

The story behind Kindred’s creation.
1 year ago

Champion Insights: Tahm Kench, the River King

We sat down with the champion ideation team to hear about the process that took an idea - Fish Tank - and turned it into Tahm Kench.
1 year ago