At the League of Legends World Championship final, developer Riot Games revealed the new champion coming to the game, Hwei, and what his abilities will do.
Hwei is a mage and designed to be played in the mid lane, filling a bit of a game in LoL with there being no real human male mages in that position. He’s also expected to be one of the more complex champions in that position, as he has 10 different abilities in his arsenal.
Hwei effectively has three sets of basic abilities, all of which contain three actual spells. When you use one ability from each set the other two in that set will go on cooldown as well, so it is all about choosing the right spell from that group.
The first group of abilities is called Disaster and they are all about dealing damage. Devastating Fire sends a fireball in the target direction and will explode on the first enemy hit, dealing damage in an area. Severing Bolt sends a delayed strike in a direction, and if it hits an immobilized or isolated enemy it deals more damage. Then Molten Fissure sends out a line of lava that will slow any enemies that walk in it.
Next up are the Serenity abilities, which are all about buffing up Hwei and his teammates. Fleeting Current sees Hwei paint a line on the map that will give himself and his teammates movement speed if they pass through it. Pool of Reflection will give allied champions inside its area an immediate shield, while Stirring Lights gives Hwei an attack buff that will deal bonus right-click damage and give him mana when he hits an opponent.
Then there is Hwei’s Torment abilities which are his crowd control skills. Grim Visage will cause the first enemy it hits to flee. Gaze of the Abyss will lock onto the closest champion and root them after a short delay. Then Crushing Maw will grab any enemies caught inside and pull them to the center.
Finally Hwei’s ultimate is Spiraling Despair, which launches an orb that sticks to an enemy champion for a few seconds. When attached the orb expands around the enemy and will deal damage per second and a slow to any enemies it touches. It then explodes causing more damage.
Hwei will launch as part of League of Legends patch 13.24, which is expected to hit in a few weeks.