Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Champion Sneak Peek - Darius

The newest Champion to join the League has been announced Darius, the Hand of Noxus. This guy looks like an absolute beast! :p a lot of speculation after reading forums that he might be similar to Ax/Legionare from Dota and HoN. There are not any "proc" effecs in LoL so I don't mind seeing this hero being introduced with a similar effect. If you are unfamiliar I will show you what i mean. 

The Legionnaire's skill with a Battle Axe is unrivaled. Every time he is attacked, he has a small chance to perform a Whirling Blade maneuver, which damages all nearby enemies.

Skills Table

LevelMana CostCooldownCast RangeArea of EffectDurationEffects
1N/A0.7 secondsN/A300N/A17% chance to damage enemies in radius for 100 when attacked. Gains one charge when attacked, automatically spinning when the 12th charge is gained.
  • Charges are reset to zero when a spin happens or 5 seconds pass without being hit.
  • Whirling Blade procs even when stunned, hexed, silenced, etc.

Counter Helix

Counter Helix (X)
Mogul Kahn counters some blows made to him dealing damage to all nearby enemy units. 17% chance to trigger.
Level 1 - Deals 100 damage.
• Damage type: physical
• Counter Helix checks for triggering whenever an attack against Axe begins, not when Axe is actually damaged by said attack.
• Area of Effect: 300
Mana Cost: N/A
Cooldown: 0.7/0.65/0.6/0.55

So this is what might be being introduced, the ability is slightly different in HoN with a guaranteed proc after being hit 12 times, from experience i would say i am an unlucky Axe player :) i have sat there in a HoN game watching the 12 stacks count up before getting my swing in the jungle. Garen already has the ultimate but I can see something identical being used. A lot of heroes have an AoE stun as an Ultimate so having two with an execute wont be a problem. I am excited about this new hero as i can see him being a solo top or jungle monster haha, roles I do enjoy playing. And the last four heroes have been AD carry, Jungle, Support and AP mid respectively so i am confident he will be a new addition to the pool of Solo Top heroes :D This is the teaser Riot have released on him, hope to see some updates on skills soon!
If you’ve ever been frustrated by your progress in a given position, you might want to look to Darius, the Hand of Noxus, for inspiration. In order to secure his own advancement, this determined champion has repeatedly employed the foolproof method of lopping his boss’ head off. So whether you believe that the road to power is paved with the headless bodies of your enemies, or you simply think that a good beheading is a rather expedient method of dealing with red tape, we think you’ll agree that Darius makes a fine addition to the League of Legends.

* Riot Games does not endorse participation in any beheadings, decapitations or other incidences of fatal mayhem. In the event that you should experience sudden bouts of Machiavellian violence or rapid and very explicable career advancement, please consult your doctor or therapist. By purchasing Darius you absolve Riot Games of responsibility for any maniacal rampages that may ensue.

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