Furthermore, the Void is taking over Summoner’s Rift.
League of Legends It is continually updated, adding new champions and features to the multiplayer battlefield game. This weekend, during LeagueAt the annual Worlds tournament, developer Riot Games shared some of the next big additions coming to the game. This includes new champion Hwei, the Visionary, a young Ionian who uses his enormous paintbrush to paint a dizzying array of spells, as well as a host of changes for next season including adjustments to Summoner’s Rift and the nasty boss Baron.
Hwei is a unique champion because he doesn’t use the typical QWER+ passive skill combination that most others League use of characters. Instead, his Q, W, and E open spell books, each of which has three spells each. His abilities allow him to be a jack of all trades, capable of going mid lane or serving as support. There’s a lot to sift through in Hwei’s kit, which comes with a total of 10 spells. His passive and ultimate always remain the same, and he has a reset ability that allows him to swap spell books.
Passive – Signature of the Visionary
Hwei’s damaging abilities against enemy champions mark them for a few seconds. Hitting marked enemies with another damaging ability creates an explosion beneath them, which detonates after a short delay and deals magic damage to all enemies within range.
QR/WR/ER – Washing brush
Hwei cleans his brush and returns to basic skills without using mana or cooldowns.
(Ultimate) R – Spiral Despair
Hwei casts a vision of pure despair that sticks to an enemy champion for a few seconds. The vision expands and overwhelms all enemies he touches, dealing magic damage per second. Enemies within the zone suffer stacks of despair over time. Each stack of Despair applies a percentage stack of slow. Upon completion, the vision shatters and deals magic damage.
His Q spells are based on the Disaster theme and allow him to deal nasty damage.
P – Subject: Disaster
QQ – Devastating fire
Hwei paints a fiery fireball that flies in the direction of the target.
Explodes on the first enemy hit or at maximum range, dealing magic damage plus the percentage of maximum health magic damage to all enemies in an area.
QW – Shear Bolt
Hwei paints a devastating long-range beam at the target location. After a delay, the beam hits and deals magic damage.
Immobilized or isolated enemies take increased damage based on their missing health.
QE – Molten Fissures
Hwei paints a field of volcanic eruptions that explode, creating lingering lava in their wake.
Each eruption deals magic damage to enemies hit. Enemies in the lava area take magic damage per second and are slowed.
Hwei’s Serenity spells, tied to his W, offer the most support. Using Serenity’s abilities allows her to buff and protect his allies.
W – Subject: Serenity
WQ – Fleeting current
Hwei paints a stream of swift water in a line for a few seconds, granting movement speed to him and his allies.
WW – Reflection Pool
Hwei forms a protective pool at the target location that lasts for a few seconds.
Allied champions within the area gain an immediate shield, which increases in value over a few seconds while they are in the area.
ABOUT US – Shaker Lights
Hwei paints three swirling lights that surround him for several seconds.
Hwei’s next 3 attacks or spells deal additional magic damage and grant mana on hit.
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The torment aspects represent Hwei’s more tortured side as an artist, which makes sense, considering he had a very close encounter with Jhin, Runeterra’s most sinister and elegant serial killer. Torment aspects are extremely useful, granting vision to allies or disrupting enemies.
E – Subject: Torment
EQ – Grim Face
Hwei casts a terrifying face that hits the first enemy hit, dealing magic damage and causing them to flee for a short period.
EW – Gaze of the Abyss
Hwei paints an abyssal eye at the target location that grants vision and locks on to the nearest visible enemy champion.
After a short delay, the eye fires at the locked champion, immobilizing the first enemy in its path for a few seconds and dealing magic damage.
EE – Crushing Maw
Hwei paints crushing jaws that deal magic damage to hit enemies and draws them toward the center, slowing them by a set amount that decays quickly.
Hwei is an interesting looking mage, but I’m really curious to see Riot’s new changes to the Summoner’s Rift map. In addition to the removal of mythic items and the addition of new terrain, there are many new Void objectives. Baron, the classic boss found in the river well, has received a visual overhaul. Before the big man appears, the Baron’s pit will now be occupied by Voidgrubs and Voidmites. The red bush and the blue golem will be corrupted by the Void 20 minutes into the game. The Rift Herald has also returned, and players can ride it like a pony and then smash it into structures to deal heavy damage.
These seasonal changes are intended to keep the game fresh, periodically modifying important elements of competitive play. The new season’s mechanics are currently available on Riot’s test servers and we can expect them to arrive, along with Hwei, in early 2024.