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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?
2 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 Couple his outrageous visuals with an outdated kit, and we had a prime candidate for a rework—but our goal wasn't to completely replace him.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.
3 months ago

Champion Insights: Aurelion Sol

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

Champion Insights: Jhin

We started with a blank page, and ended with a killer. Here are the steps in between.
6 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.
8 months ago

Champion Insights: Kindred, the Eternal Hunters

The story behind Kindred’s creation.
10 months 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

The wonder above

The stars tell their own stories. Some speak of past events. Some speak of... other things.
1 year ago

The terror beneath

Traders whisper stories of a beast below Shurima’s sands. They say she stalks the caravans that dare cross her domain. They say she hunts those that run, and kills those that fight. But what if the stories aren’t simple stories? What if they’re true?
1 year ago

Discovering the Link

Something stirs in one of Valoran’s ancient caves...
2 years ago