Riot Games has teased the newest addition for their League of Legends champion roster, in a beautifully drawn and animated video uploaded to their official YouTube channel.
The new champion, Pyke: The Bloodharbor Ripper, is seen drowning in the ocean before being swallowed by a massive sea creature, and has come back for revenge. His shipmates watched him as he drowned, and Pyke sees all of Bilgewater guilty. He has a huge list with names already crossed off, systematically working his way down from one person onto the next one, while butchering his victims with an ominous sword and fishing hooks. We are definitely getting some Jack the Ripper vibes from this one.
Pyke is confirmed to be an aggressive playmaking support, as Riot has previously stated in a Champion Roadmap. They wanted a support with a darker and more terrifying theme and backstory, which heavily contrasts the lighter themes of most supports in League. The new champion might feel slightly similar to Thresh, who is also a playmaking support that gains his pleasure from stealing and torturing the souls of the innocent.
League of Legends is overall a what lighter themed game compared to other MOBAs such as Dota 2. League has a slightly more cartoonish style and most champions are rather cheerful or have a bunch of bright and dazzling abilities. This new addition looks to shake thing up a bit and would definitely be a welcome sight on Summoners’ Rift. It’s also a breath of fresh air for the support roster, instead of having to play your standard heal/shield bot such as Soraka or Janna.
Similar to other champions releases we can expect Pyke’s abilities to be revealed later this week and if the trailer is anything to go by his abilities might feature a bunch of gnarly fishing hooks. After the full reveal champions are often released on the PBE for playtesting and Pyke will presumably go live somewhere in the next patch.