To recap 2021, we got Viego, Gwen, Akshan, and Vex. All of these characters had big parts to play in the 2021 Sentinels Event. Unfortunately, Riot delayed the other promised 2 champions until next year. However, we have a lot to be excited about in the champion roadmap for 2022!
A few champions have already been hinted at in the recent champion roadmap post from Riot and some of these champs look exciting! We have much to speculate on, so let’s hop into the 2022 LoL champion roadmap!
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LoL Champion Roadmap: How Many Champions Should We Expect in 2022?
Riot hinted in the champion roadmap that we might be getting more champions next year than expected. This is likely to compensate for LoL only receiving 4 rather than 6 champions in 2021. We didn’t get an ADC this year, so it will most likely be the one teased in the post. This all would mean that LoL players can expect 7 whole champion releases in 2022, which is crazy!
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LoL players can expect the next champion to drop in January 2022. Casual players can breathe a sigh of relief, no more new champions to learn how to play against until next year.
Champion Roadmap: Who is Up Next?
As hinted in the blog post, the next champion in LoL is an ADC that was intended to be released this year. This champion seems to have themes in common with Piltover and Zaun, as the blueprints in the picture suggest. The champion appears to have a lightning theme, which will surely make for a shocking release!
It’s possible this champion will be hinted at more within the upcoming Arcane series on Netflix. Riot loves to have champions interact with each other, to establish more in game lore. It’s not super unlikely that our unnamed ADC champion is actually in the show, given the setting. We won’t know for sure until the show officially premieres on November 6, 2021.
- Check out our article on Arcane!
It’s also worth taking note of the title. ‘Ride the Lightning’ seems to just work in theme along with the electricity concept, but maybe it’s alluding to how the champion will get around on the rift? In the Arcane trailer, viewers can spot characters on hover boards. It’s entirely possible our new champion is one of those characters, or just uses one. Keep all of that in mind once we’re able to binge-watch Arcane to our fullest content on November 6th.
What Kind of Kit Can We Expect?
Riot hasn’t divulged any concrete information on the abilities of the upcoming champion. They have shared several things with us in the article though. Supposedly, this champion will have an all-new way of auto-attacking. In the blog post, Reave3 informs readers that they took inspiration from champions such as Xayah and Jhin.
Riot said that the champion has a ‘machine gun pace’, which could be a nod to a machine gun using champion. However, considering that Jinx already kind of has one - this might not be the case. It’s far more likely that their auto attacks will charge up to empower their abilities, almost like in Overwatch.
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It was also mentioned that Riot was going for a ‘top-down shooter’ angle in regards to the feel of the character. Either way, this sounds like the most explosive champion yet.
Champion Roadmap: Who is the Second Release in 2022?
The followup champion in 2022 will be classified as a support. They will also call the region of Piltover and Zaun home, which could be a recurring theme with the champion releases of 2022.
It’s been alluded to in the description that this champion could finally be the Chem Baron that players have been waiting for. Some players believe this champion has been in the works for a long time, thinking it could possibly be Corina Veraza from the Legends of Runeterra game.
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Riot gave us this hint about their kit: ‘Power to turn your enemies against each other’. This would imply an ability similar to that of Winter Wyvern from Dota 2, whose ‘Winter's Curse’ ability allows you to target an enemy champ with an effect that forces its allies to auto attack it for a period of time. Money was also mentioned several times in the teaser, does this mean we’re getting Pyke 2?
Champion Roadmap: New Void Creature On The Horizon
The last bit of teaser Riot included in the post was short but sweet. Many fans have been looking forward to the release of a brand new creature from the void, such as Rek’Sai and Kha’Zix. Unfortunately for some this champion will yet again call the Jungle role it’s home, giving non-jungle players something to complain about. Finally for the hint we got that confirmed it all, Riot said this “an overwhelming new jungler that should fill a void in all your hearts.”.
When Will the Next Champion be Released?
As mentioned, the next League of Legends champion is going to be the electricity themed champion, coming early in 2022. This means their release date should be around January. Hopefully, we get more information on their release soon!
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