Riot Games and League fans have celebrated a decade’s worth of champion releases, events, and changes to the game. A lot has changed in 10 years, and Riot is constantly adding champions or reworking and upgrading older ones to tune them to the current standard of the game.
Over the last few years, Riot has taken several champions back to the drawing board and redesigned them for the better. Here’s what will be hitting the Rift for the rest of the year and through 2020.
Recent updates: Pantheon
The Unbreakable Spear received his rework with the release of Patch 9.16 in August. Pantheon originally released in 2010 and has seen relatively few changes since his original design arrived on live servers.
For his recent rework, Pantheon kept many of his signature moves—but with a twist. For example, his new Q, named Comet Spear, still throws a spear like his old Q, but it now pulls enemies back. Similarly, Pantheon leaps to a target with his W like to his old Aedis of Zeonia. But when he lands, he strikes his opponent.
Pantheon’s ultimate has always served as one of the most defining abilities in his kit. And after all, there’s nothing cooler than descending down to the earth and leaving a crater in your path. Riot made sure to keep the essence of his ultimate, but they added a slide to it. So instead of landing in one spot, the Unbreakable Spear skids to a stop after hitting the Rift.
New releases: Senna
Riot revealed Senna as the game’s next champion last month. Senna will hit the Rift as a support marksman, the first of her kind. She is Lucian’s wife—but there’s much more to the Shadow’s Embrace than just that. For years, Senna remained trapped in Thresh’s lantern, but her connection to the Black Mist allowed her to escape.
Senna arrived on League’s test server last month, where fans got their first look at the new support marksman’s abilities. The highlight of her kit is her E, named Curse of the Black Mist. Senna camouflages herself with a radius of mist. Any ally that enters the mist is affected by the camouflage and becomes invisible to enemies. If they leave the area of effect, they appear as ghouls and are indiscernible from other allies.
The Shadow’s Embrace is set to hit live servers Nov. 10 alongside the release of the True Damage skins.
Upcoming updates: Volibear, Fiddlesticks, and Wukong
Riot called on the community to choose the next champion update in May, and the community answered. But fans didn’t choose just one champion—instead, they chose two: Volibear and Fiddlesticks.
The two champions stood neck and neck in Riot’s poll, with both sitting at 24 percent. Since they were so close, Riot decided to release two visual updates for early next year. The League developer updated fans with a progress update in July and will likely release another before the reworks are released.
Similarly, Riot announced last month it plans to revisit Wukong’s update during the preseason. The new and improved Monkey King will then launch next year.
This article will be updated periodically as new information is released.