As League of Legends' Season 2022 kicks off, publisher and developer Riot Games has shared more about how it will approach releasing new champions while teasing a few of the additions its roster will receive throughout the year.
Champions Team Lead Ryan Mireles explained that due to the delays champion releases saw last year, releasing champions to fit all roles throughout 2022 "while still giving each champion the time and attention they would need" will not be possible.
"While we want to get champions out for as many of you as possible, it's more important to us that we release champions when they are ready, even if that means we won't hit a specific quota for the year," Mireles added, while noting that the team will aim "for a spread of champions for each lane over a multi-year basis."
As far as new champions coming to League of Legends in 2022 are concerned, Zari, The Spark of Zaun, will be the first that players get their hands on. Already available on the PBE and slated to become playable once patch 12.2 drops, she brings her own spin on the AD carry playstyle.
Instead of relying on auto-attacks, like most AD carries do, Zari's Q ability is a skill shot that's meant to be her primary way of attacking. Her auto-attack "is meant to be used sparingly, at just the right moments" and also count as spells, being able to trigger various item effects. You can check out her skills in the article linked above.
The second champion League of Legends will get during its 2022 Season will be an enchanter that gives support players a character that's "sinister and dark." Afterwards, a new jungler will join the MOBA's roster, stalking players while roaming across the map.
Udyr is also set to receive a visual and gameplay update that won't include the antlers which didn't sit too well with the community. A dev blog delves deeper into the philosophy behind it.
The vote for next year's visual and gameplay update will also go live soon, players getting to decide if Shyvanna, Nocturne, Skarner, Tryndamere, or Kog'Maw will be next.
Season 2022 will also bring new skins and significant changes to the game's event passes. You can learn more about them in the video embedded below. League of Legends is free-to-play and available now on PC.
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