It was only a few weeks ago that League of Legends announced its next champion, Lillia. She’s an interesting new character with some cool abilities and a unique theme. I haven’t played her yet, but friends who have say she’s really fun and fluid. If you get the chance to, I recommend jungle players give her a go and get used to her kit. Before the community has had a chance to get used to her and the event though, Riot Games is unveiling the next champion for League of Legends. That champion is Yone, a dual-wield blade master. You can watch the cinematic reveal trailer below.
Yone is the brother of Yasuo, the sword-wielding Ionian soldier we’ve come to both love and hate. These brothers have had a strained relationship in the past, even going so far to get into a fight. Yasuo came out on top, with Yone believed to be dead. As you’ve likely guessed at this point, Yone isn’t dead and is instead wielding two blades, given the presence of a darkin. With swords in hand and fire in his heart, Yone fights to protect the Ionian homeland with some new tools at his disposal.
Speaking of tools, Yone’s skill set provides a lot for him to work within League of Legends. His passive, Way of the Hunter, involves the use of his twin blades. The first attack works like a normal melee auto-attack, but the second gets empowered with additional magic damage. The critical hit chance is also doubled, but his crit damage is lowered as a result. The Q, Mortal Steel, causes him to thrust forward. Each hit gives a stack, with two stacks causing a dash attack that airbornes enemies. W is known as Spirit Cleave, hitting in an arc that deals percent max health damage. For every hero hit, Yone gains a shield that gets stronger.
His E is the most interesting, known as Soul Unbound. Yone goes into a spirit, dealing damage to those around him but taking damage as a result. He’ll go back to his position he activated it in after a short time, and deal a percentage of the damage he dealt in that form. Finally for Yone’s R, Fate Sealed, he’ll strike all enemies in a path blinking behind the last enemy hit. All enemies hit will be airborne. Overall, Yone’s skill set seems to work well with Yasuo’s as the abilities intertwine almost. It should transfer well into playing League of Legends.
Mid laners should find a lot of fun in Yone, but we’ll have to wait and see where else he’s used. For now, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this update. Do you think Yone will prove a great character in League of Legends? Have you been playing Lillia? Let us know, and stay tuned at The Nerd Stash for all your news, reviews, and more!