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Mega 07-06-2012 04:07 PM

Zyra - Rise of the Thorns
So I was lurking around on the LoL forums and saw Morello teasing about the next champ after Jayce. I hope it's some kind of mage or support! :D


While I maintain that Jayce's whole weapon-transforming thing is really fun, it's really not about some big mega-release milestone. It's a nice round number, sure, but I think it'd be kind of ****ty of us if we were holding something back for this that we'd had been capable of doing previously.

I kind of see it as every champion needs to be a milestone of some kind - just trying to do something we hadn't done before in regards to gameplay, art, lore, or any mixture of them. I'll talk more about a couple of the big issues (monsters, why 3 masculine-style males so close) in a future post, but for this I wanna focus on the specific "champ 100 thing." I feel if there was something more special we could have done here, why aren't we doing that for every champion?

I actually did a quick interview for a cool little video that takes a look back at our first 100 shows some of the process we use and a bit of revealing the man behind the curtain. I think that goes live next week.

So, I probably shouldn't do this, but what the Hell. I'm really stoked about champion 101 too because I got to work much much more directly on it than I usually do and it's an archetype I think we've needed. I'll....plant a little teaser for you.

(Hint, she's not made of flesh):
101 is going to be the new cool land mark champion not 100. - Page 6 - League of Legends Community


Originally Posted by Tippick
In my mind, when you used the term comboing Morello, Brand appeared. I remember you guys were excited that he can mix his different moves and make different outcomes via passive. Is that the same intention here, but more drastically?

Edit: Drastically = more than just the passive influences the other skills.

It's a bigger interaction than that. Roku, who likes the "chess game" aspects of Orianna is really into Zyra.
Ohhhh considering Orianna is pretty fun to play with~ I'll be looking forward to this one :)

buta 07-06-2012 04:26 PM

She's also a chick. I'm shallow.

Krem 07-06-2012 04:28 PM

Plant type mage incoming.


Kenzor 07-06-2012 04:35 PM

It's a bruiser with Orianna mechanics.

Nihil679 07-06-2012 04:36 PM


Originally Posted by buta (Post 1742915)
She's also a chick. I'm shallow.

I'm with you there.

And contrary to popular suspicion, Morello says she gets dunked by Irelia.

james 07-09-2012 10:04 PM

Plant. I'm interested.

xPhantom 07-10-2012 04:44 PM

Looks interesting, maybe AP off tank? o:
Plant type...GF of Maokai trololo~

buta 07-10-2012 10:25 PM


Nihil679 07-10-2012 10:36 PM

dat ass

Mega 07-10-2012 10:51 PM


Sometimes the most dangerous predators in the wild are the ones you’d never expect – even the vegetation in Valoran! Zyra, mysterious and alluring, is one powerful plant that is poised and ready to unleash nature’s fury on the League of Legends.

As fierce as she is relentless, Zyra uses the deadly vines and wild overgrowth of the Plague Lands as her weapons, planting seeds on the battlefield that spring to life into powerful allies. Are you the type that takes great joy in laughing maniacally as the thorns rise up around your foes, shredding them to pieces with the power of nature itself? If so, you’ll go wild for Zyra, Rise of the Thorns.
I haven't had time to save up that much yet! Hold onnnn ;_;

Mega 07-12-2012 03:07 PM

Art Spotlight:

Mega 07-12-2012 07:20 PM

Zyra Revealed! (WTF? They seem to be rushing the hell out of her)


Are you ready to meet one of the fiercest and deadliest champions ever to step foot out of the Valoran wilds? Meet Zyra, Rise of the Thorns. This floral femme fatale packs a lot of petals and punch, planting seeds directly on the battlefield and springing them to life into deadly plant allies.
As a plant mage, Zyra’s kit revolves around her ability to sow and transform seeds through Rampant Growth. Zyra can store up seeds using an ammo system, dropping these seemingly-harmless buds on the ground to grant limited vision while they remain active. Seeds aren’t too threatening on their own, and enemies can even move over a seed to stomp it out of existence at only the cost of revealing their position on the map for a few seconds. Zyra’s full fury blooms, however, when you use her other abilities to interact with her seeds.
On its own, Deadly Bloom causes damage to enemies caught in the area of effect after a slight delay. Seeds caught in the area of effect, however, will spring to life as a ravenous Thorn Spitter with a ranged attack. Likewise, Zyra’s Grasping Roots ability deploys a line attack that roots enemies caught in its path for a moderate duration. Seeds affected by Grasping Roots transform into Vine Lashers armed with a shorter-range attack that slows enemies. Zyra can even drop a seed in the path of an ability she’s just cast to surprise her enemies with an instant plant-to-the-face.
To seal the deal, Zyra can invoke her ultimate ability, Stranglethorns, to afflict an area with an infestation of thorny vines that deal significant damage as they spread out. After a brief delay, the vines retract again, knocking any enemies still within the area of effect into the air. Any of Zyra’s plants touched by the Stranglethorns become enraged, gaining a hefty bit of attack speed and growing to an imposing size. Zyra can execute some intense combos with her abilities, playing off seed placement to lock enemy champions into a fight with the deadly wilds themselves.
  • Queen of Thorns (Passive): Upon dying, Zyra transforms into a vengeful plant that fires one last shot before expiring.
  • Deadly Bloom: Zyra grows a bud at target location. After a brief delay it explodes, launching damaging thorns at all nearby enemies. If cast on a seed, Deadly Bloom grows a Thorn Spitter plant, which fires at enemies from afar.
  • Rampant Growth: Zyra plants a seed, granting vision of an area for up to 30 seconds. Other spells cast on seeds will turn them into plants who fight for Zyra.
  • Grasping Roots: Zyra sends forth vines through the ground to ensnare her target, dealing damage and rooting enemies they come across. If cast on a seed, Grasping Roots grows a Vine Lasher, whose short range attacks reduce enemy Movement Speed.
  • Stranglethorns (Ultimate): Zyra summons a twisted thicket at her target location, dealing damage to enemies as it expands and knocking them airborne as it contracts. Plants in the area are enraged, increasing their Attack Speed.
Longing to take control of her fate, the ancient, dying plant Zyra transferred her consciousness into a human body for a second chance at life. Centuries ago, she and her kind dominated the Plague Lands, using thorns and vines to consume any animal that set foot in their territory. As the years passed, the animal population steadily died off. Food became increasingly scarce, and Zyra could only stand by helplessly as the last of her kin withered away. She thought she would perish alone, until the appearance of an unwary sorceress presented her with an opportunity for salvation.
It was the first time in years Zyra had sensed a creature wander so close. Hunger drew her to the sorceress, but some other, deeper instinct compelled her. She enveloped the woman in thorns with ease, but as she savored this final meal, foreign memories invaded her thoughts. She saw great jungles of metal and stone where humans and animals thrived. Potent magic surged through her vines, and she devised an elegant but risky plan to survive. Using the woman’s memories, Zyra poured her newfound magic into the creation of a human-shaped vessel. She didn’t know what sort of world awaited her, but she had nothing left to lose. When Zyra opened her eyes, she was overwhelmed by the raw power ready at her fingertips. It wasn’t until she noticed the shriveled remains of the plant she once was that she realized how vulnerable she had become. If this body died, there would be no network of vines to retreat through, no roots to regrow her...but she felt truly alive. She beheld the world for the first time as animals did, and a dark smile crept across her lips. She was reborn, and there was so much now within her grasp.
“Closer to the flower, closer to the thorns.” - Zyra

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Marzai 07-12-2012 07:47 PM

I'm suspecting another weekend release.

Mega 07-12-2012 08:24 PM

Her 2nd skin + other new skins (that may or may not be coming out with her)

From LeagueCraft~

james 07-12-2012 09:24 PM

Cassiopeia skin??? Interesting. Also, so very interested in this chica.

DarkRayne 07-12-2012 09:33 PM

Not sure if Lee Sin skin is supposed to be Sagat (Street Figher) or Joe Higashi (Fatal Fury)

ggFTWuser 07-12-2012 10:00 PM

Can't wait to check her out in a match!

Rhois 07-12-2012 10:02 PM

Zyra released on PBE, along with the new Xin, Twitch and Eve changes.

Mega 07-12-2012 11:08 PM

Just tested her and Twitch.

She's....meh seems kinda weak to me, but she does have range on her skills. I don't know if it's just me, but the seeds seem to be really hard to set up... plus they can only take 3 basic attacks and only last 10 seconds =/

Twitch kinda feels like a nerf. At max his Q stealth only lasts 8 seconds now (but with 20% speed boost) his W is now a skill shot where you throw a bottle that explodes and slows, E is the same but scales on AD and AP now (also only can use when there is a unit with the toxin on them!) As for his's pretty much hax lol. 7 seconds of +300 range and piercing shots (combine that with 2.5 attack speed~ :D )

Nihil679 07-12-2012 11:11 PM


Originally Posted by DarkRayne (Post 1745112)
Not sure if Lee Sin skin is supposed to be Sagat (Street Figher) or Joe Higashi (Fatal Fury)

I say Sagat, because Sagat wears an eyepatch, just one eye away from being blind!

dat Zyra skin. She sounds fun too, I'll probably buy.

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