Exciting news from Riot Games landed today as part of their League of Legends Season 2021 opening livestream. The showcase unveiled updates for every League of Legends IP including LoL, Wild Rift, Legends of Runeterra, and Teamfight Tactics as well as esports developments for 2021.
The stream kicked off with a customary cinematic that introduced a gloomy new chapter for LoL, with the return of the Ruined King Viego at its centre. As Viego himself was announced as a new playable champion, three more were teased (via some questionable puns) alongside the promise of a clue hidden within the Ruined King game.
The mechanics have been tweaked to include improved items, a new ‘Mythic’ class of weapon, and an overhauled shop. The ranked gameplay is also seeing some changes, including harsher punishments for AFK players.
There was also the promise of over 140 new skins for 2021 as well as new Thematics surrounding the Lunar New Year in February and a retro-futuristic Thematic called ‘Spacegroove’ later on.
Meanwhile, mobile spinoff Wild Rift revealed that it aimed to release its open beta in the Americas in March, as well as add to its current roster of 50 champions at a rate of 2 per month. The Wild Rift section also detailed its goal to introduce substantial competitive play to the mobile spinoff and a cutesy cinematic involving Teemo and his Yordle pals as part of the latest Wild Rift event.
In addition to a few small changes to the Legends of Runeterra and Teamfight Tactics titles, the esports king also unveiled its 2021 world finals location to be Shenzen, China.
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