Riot Games has announced that the latest champion to join League of Legends‘ roster will be the cute, cuddly, and extremely dangerous Gnar.
“Time marches on for most, but not Gnar. A yordle born millennia ago, Gnar was captured and trapped in true ice, frozen – quite literally – in time,” the developer wrote. “Civilizations formed and fell as the prehistoric yordle vacantly stared on, but nothing – not even true ice – could confine Gnar forever. After breaking free, he wandered Runeterra until he found himself taken in by his yordle descendants. But, as they would soon discover, there’s a beast behind the boy.”
Gnar has two forms: Mini Gnar and Mega Gnar. In Mini form he is nimble, agile, and can dart in and out on the edge of combat, while in Mega form he is more tanky and is best suited in the middle of battles. Gnar is best suited to top lane gameplay and has clear strengths and weaknesses in both forms.
“Gnar’s rage meter fills slowest at the start of the game, so mastering his Mini form is key to a successful early game. Fortunately, Mini Gnar has plenty of tricks up his furry sleeves to keep his more fragile form safe from enemy aggression,” Riot explains. “And then there’s Mega Gnar. A brutal beast with significant crowd control and surprising burst, Mega Gnar brings a completely different playstyle to bear complete with inherent strengths and weaknesses. He’s a juggernaut: slow, strong and resilient, and while he delivers a punishing burst of damage, he has little to follow up with.”
You can read more about this new champion here.