As Ive been hinting at for a little while now, the next champion is our new support character. While well get to the details on her in the next few days, I wanted to pull back the curtain on what support champion means when we set out to create one.
First up, lets discuss the differences between support characters, and the lane assignment of support they overlap a lot, but theyre not the same:
Support characters are defined by being assisters and enablers for their allies this is the core support psychology we want to achieve. Good examples of these characters are Janna, Lulu or Sona.
Support as a lane role is any character that can thrive on less gold, and has a strong lane presence either offensively or defensively. Characters from the previous definition often fit here, but other characters go here a lot. For example: Leona is a tank, but plays the support role in a team. Alistar is a little of both because hes a great linebacker.
So, with that out of the way: when we talk about a support character (like Nami the new one!) we mean the first definition. Zyra, while able to play the support role, is not a support champion by these definitions shes more like a mage with an off-spec.
So, why should you care about Nami? Let me tell you!
She brings a combination of defensive utility (including a way to heal in combat situations!) and offensive set-up
Shes the water caster that youve anticipated for a long time with a support leaning
Shes a regal mermaid an archetype I think we can agree is a needed addition to the League lineup
Her offensive setup features a skillshot-style paradigm, something supports have only really had with Lulu; we wanted to expand a bit
While this is the concept art and the final has changed (as all concepts do through development), shes drawn by the ridiculously talented Gem Lim
Weve learned a lot of lessons from our supports, and think Nami shows how we can make a character who satisfies the core support psychology, and is healthy for the game. And with our commitment to developing a variety of champions, youll be seeing more supports coming next year so this is far from the last example of that.
Look for more exact details, including skills and more art, in the upcoming days and you will be able to check out Nami on the Public Beta Realm soon, too.