As e3 approaches, many hints and mysteries have begun to show up regarding so of our favorite games. Riot Game’s League of Legends is no exception to this, in the past few months there have been small hints and clues that have been discovered by the community. While no official word has been said on what to expect, let’s take a look at some of the more realistic expectations.
Not too long ago, a few eagle eyed members of the League of Legends community noticed that Riot had acquired domain names like www.leagueoflegendssupremacy.com and www.supremacy.com. This in itself was enough to keep the community interest piqued but many pointed out that acquiring names is also common in “just in case” they a company decided to move forward on a new project but didn’t mean there would be any guarantees. Well, League of Legends: Supremacy has officially been trademarked by Riot Games, just in time for e3, so what could it possibly be?
Riot has dropped hints a few times that they have had interest in mobile development, one solid possibility is that Supremacy could indeed be a brand new game for mobile devices. While it would seem unrealistic that a version of League of Legends could bring it’s current style of gameplay to the mobile market it isn’t far fetched that Riot, a company with Free to Play success, could develop a new mode of sorts to make use of social networks to create another way to draw players in.
Many players are hoping that Supremacy could be a brand new game mode, joining the current PvP options of Summoner’s Rift (5v5), Twisted Treeline (3v3) and last year’s Dominion (territories). Something that has been often requested is a form of PvE or an ARAM (all middle all random) game mode that officially let’s players find a different and challenging way to play an already great game. Another popular theory is that as the multiple nations that represent Runeterra grow with champions, a lore driven and faction based mode could make an appearance. This seems the most likely as League of Legends’ lore based newsletter has come to a close last week but Riot has stated they would find other ways to continue lore. The possibility of seeing a new game mode seems likely, but if we know anything about Riot Games, they have a flair for the dramatic announcement. I wouldn’t be surprised if Supremacy is something that no one even expects.
Draven, the Glorious Executioner:
Last week, the website sm1rtpick.com (link doesn’t work any longer) and reddit uncovered files regarding a new character. Draven, the Axe Thrower (at the time) appears to be a new ranged AD (attack damage) champion that has an affinity for dramatic flair. Soon after this revelation, Riot themselves unveiled the artwork for this mysterious character and confirmed some of the info on him. Draven is the brother of the most recently released champion, Darius, and seems to be quite the flashy fellow (see pic). According to the info dug up, these are his stats:
- Wicked Blades Draven’s Critical Strikes deal bonus physical damage over time. Spinning Axe also causes this effect even if it does not Critically Strike.
- Spinning Axe (Q) Draven’s next attack will deal bonus damage. This axe will ricochet off the target high up into the air. If Draven catches it, he automatically readies another Spinning Axe. Draven can have two Spinning Axes at once.
- Blood Rush (W) Draven gains increased Movement Speed and Attack Speed. The Movement Speed bonus decreases rapidly over its duration. Catching a Spinning Axe will refresh the cooldown of Blood Rush.
- Stand Aside (E) Draven throws his axes, dealing physical damage to targets hit and knocking them aside. Targets hit are slowed.
- Whirling Death (R) Draven hurls two massive axes to deal physical damage to each unit struck. Whirling Death slowly reverses direction and returns to Draven after striking an enemy champion. Draven may also activate this ability while the axe is in the flight to cause it to return early. Deals less damage for each unit it hits and resets when the axes reverse direction.
- Range: 525
- Move Speed: 305 Base Armor: 16
- Armor level: 3.3
- Base Mana: 240
- Mana level: 42
- Base Cricical %: 0
- Critical % level: 0
- Base Mana Regen: 1.39
- Mana Regen Level: 0.13
- Base Health Regen: 1
- Health Regen Level: 0.14
- Base Magic Resistance: 30
- Magic Resistance Level: 0
- Base Health: 420
- Health Level: 82
- Base Attack: 46.5
- Attack Level: 3.5
- Defense: 5
- Magic: 3
- Difficulty: 4
Lore: ’The best’ is wherever I decide to set the bar each day.’ Unlike his brother Darius, victory in battle was never enough for Draven. He craved recognition, acclaim, and glory. He first sought greatness in the Noxian military, but his flair for the dramatic went severely under appreciated. Thirsting for a method to share ”Draven” with the world, he turned his attention to the prison system. There he carved out the celebrity he desired by turning the tedious affair of executions into a premiere spectacle. At Draven’s first execution, he shocked onlookers when he ordered the doomed prisoner to run for dear life. Just before the man managed to flee from sight, Draven brought him down with a flawless throw of his axe. Soon, all Draven’s executions became a gauntlet through which Noxian prisoners raced for a final chance at life. He used this trial as his own personal stage, and turned executions into a leading form of entertainment. He rallied onlookers into a frenzy, while desperate prisoners scrambled to evade him. They never succeeded. Rejecting the solemn, black uniforms of Noxian executioners Draven donned bright outfits and developed flashy signature moves to distinguish himself. Crowds flocked to see Draven in action, and tales of his performances spread quickly. As his popularity grew, so did his already-inflated ego. He belonged at the center of attention. Before long, the scope of his ambitions outgrew the population of Noxus. He decided that the glorious exploits of Draven should be put on display for the entire world
The guy sounds like a handful for counterpicks and also a potential replacement for older characters like Sivir and Olaf. I would not be surprised to see Draven’s Genghis Khan-looking self make an appearance at e3. If he is up, you can bet I’ll be taking him out for some bottom lane carry.
Morello’s Mysterious AP Champion:
Lead Champion Designer Morello has let a little tidbit out about his first champion that he designed himself, apparently it is a female AP caster. Fans of League lore have been hoping to see veteran champ Kassadin’s daughter for some time. She is also a victim of void exposure, so it would fit in line to see another void based champ make an appearance. If she is indeed at e3, we’ll get all the info we can!