Five New Champions Enter The League Of Legends

Riot Games today adds five new characters to the ever-expanding roster of champions in League of Legends, the upcoming multiplayer online battle arena.

Champions are the characters that your Summoner summons to represent them on the field of battle, and Riot is going out of its way to make sure there's a large selection available at launch. Of these latest five, four are already available in the closed beta, while the fifth will be added later on this week.

Corki, the Daring Bombardier Corki brings his talents as a fighter pilot to bear on the Fields of Justice. Up high, he sees much further than most of his foes. His advanced weaponry allows him to lock onto a target, viciously hounding it while also painting it for the rest of his team. The automatic guns of Corki's gyrocopter can fire at nearby enemies nearly continuously, filling the air with whizzing leaden bullets. However, his bombing runs are what give him his appellation. He is capable of cluster bombing an area, unleashing a furious firestorm, as well as piloting his dreaded bombing runs, where all within his path must face his wrath.

He is Corki—death from above!

Blitzcrank, the Great Steam Golem Blitzcrank is techmaturgical marvel; he is a slow metal bruiser who is a challenge to bring down. When Blitzcrank is in mortal danger, he automatically converts his mana-enriched fuel into a protective barrier that keeps the mighty machine going. Rockets in his wrist propel his fist into enemies, grabbing them and dragging them back to the waiting machine. He is able to charge up his mechanical fists, inflicting increased damage on an unsuspecting target. Blitzcrank can also energise his inner circuits to randomly arc electricity into nearby enemies; he can further increase this power to trigger an electromagnetic shock wave, silencing his foes. Despite his normally plodding nature, he is capable of firing his systems into overdrive, rocketing himself around at amazing speeds.

The Great Steam Golem is quickly becoming the most feared magical automaton in all of Valoran.

Taric, the Gemknight Taric is both a warrior and a healer, drawing on the mystical powers of the earth. Taric uses different kinds of gems for different kinds of effects, shattering his enemies' defences while boosting his own and those of his team. When needed, he uses his father's arts to bring health back to his wounded allies; his persistence in combat allows him to heal more rapidly. Taric can also use the damaging energies of his gems to focus his anger into a dazzling ray of light, damaging opponents at a distance. If he truly concentrates, he can channel the powerful energy of the crystals in the earth, rallying and healing allies that surround him.

Kassadin, the Voidhunter Kassadin has harnessed the power of the Void. His Nether Blade steals the magical energy of his opponents. This dark blade also allows him to fire ethereal bolts of Void energy, not only harming his enemies, but inhibiting their ability to utilise their mystical abilities. Kassadin draws energy from others' magical use, charging him until he unleashes a force pulse that both damages and slows foes. His connection with the Void also allows him to transform the damage he takes from other Champions, increasing the speed of his attacks. Kassadin can also step sideways through the world, teleporting where he pleases. He can utilise this rift-walking ability multiple times to deal more and more damage.

Veigar, the Malefic One As one might expect, Veigar brings the power of dark magic to bear. He fires dark bolts of mystical energy that not only harm foes, but strips their protective armours right from their beings. Veigar has the power to snatch a meteor from the heavens and bring it down upon a terrestrial target. He may also channel his power into an intense single-target magical strike, one that increases in lethality based on how much mana the sorcerer has at his fingertips. Furthermore, Veigar can also permeate the ground with magic, constricting and stunning any foe that enters the area.

Who says evil needs to come in a fearsome-looking package?


    I've been playing the beta of this, it's a great game.

    These 5 characters have been around for a while now, but I must admit I haven't played any of them. There's a great mix of play styles available with each character. I highly recommend you check this out.

    Its a horrible game! Wheres the Heroes of Newerth coverage D:

      If you haven't played HoN and LoL this is how it goes. Dota is a WC3 map and if you own WC3 it's free. HoN is the same game repackaged with new skins and a new interface. Overall it's better than dota but 90+% the same, with almost entirely the same character selection, and regardless of there being 2 new maps everyone plays the one from dota.

      LoL is made by the people who made dota and is similar to dota, not a clone of it like HoN. LoL has more balance issues to work out because it has new stuff, HoN was balanced by the dota creators: their work was done for them. LoL's user interface, matchmaking system, controls, and game quality all beat HoN's. HoN has a worse shop interface with all the same items as dota. It has all the same problems that were in dota and more. It has more bugs than LoL. HoN is clearly lower quality, but worst of all it's $30 for something you alrdy have it you own wc3.

      Lol is at least something new. If you love creep denying then you might not like LoL cuz they removed it. You can't attack-move in LoL which sucks but I like how they've moved away from the strategy game controls because dota isn't a strategy game. HoN has awful unit selection (like in a wc3 map if the selection scale cvar is set too low), so it's often hard to target the unit you want. The graphics in HoN are better than in LoL but not by much, the real difference is cel-shading in LoL. I prefer LoL graphics because all the spell effects in HoN are overblown and it's difficult to tell what's happened by the graphics alone.

      The people who made dota know what they're doing, and they're making a quality program that's fun. The people who made HoN are charging too much for a half-assed program that they made by piggy-backing off of someone else's work. Some people like HoN more than LoL and dota, and that's fine, it's not a terrible game, but if you own WC3 and you buy it your an idiot; whereas you can consider LoL to be the sequel to dota.

    LoL is alright, but it's pretty sub par when compared with Heroes of Newerth Mr. Fahey. anyone i've ever asked who'd played both games favored HoN.

    lets see some coverage on that please =P

    deadly, this is superior to HoN cos all HoN is a dota witha facelift.

    Though Corki is new for me, the other 4 have been in since day one

    Yeah, poor kotaku have run the same story as Gamespy. Only Corki is new, the other's have been there since between launch day and the last content patch ><

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