Nami Sneak Peek



  • Hey folks,

    As I’ve been hinting at for a little while now, the next champion is our new support character. While we’ll 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, let’s discuss the differences between support characters, and the lane assignment of support – they overlap a lot, but they’re 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 he’s 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 – she’s 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”
    • She’s the water caster that you’ve anticipated for a long time – with a support leaning
    • She’s 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), she’s drawn by the ridiculously talented Gem Lim

    We’ve 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, you’ll 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.
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    Originally Posted by TheFinalAeon View Post
    So, we can expect you to nerf her before she's been out for a month, right, Morello?

    Or can we expect you to finally get over your hatred of all things healing and buff up the other healers in LoL's repertoire?
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    No, I hate dedicated healers and no-gameplay sustain, not healing.

    No matter how many times we talk about this... ;p
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    Originally Posted by ratcharmer View Post
    I'm glad you included this clarification, but was it your intent to imply Nami will not be viable in the 0-cs role?
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    She will be, but the difference between a support character (as a concept) and something like Zyra is defined by these differences.
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    Originally Posted by YamiBelgarath View Post
    You hate a role (dedicated healer) that a lot of gamers- and I mean a LOT of gamers- deeply love and enjoy and find fun. You are never going to make a support champion without people complaining, because every time they find a little hope in their heart that you get over your hatred of that archetype and include another one. Many people feel that healing should be to supports as gap closers are to bruisers and damage steroids are to carries.

    Whether you like it or not, that mind set isn't going away :/
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    Makes sense - I understand that. I just want people to know the specific design type we're going to avoid, and not extrapolate it out to other designs that we are comfortable with using.
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    Originally Posted by Pool Party Ziggs View Post
    Does Gem Lim draw his own porn?
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    Her, and I don't find it appropriate to ask
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    Originally Posted by Supaka View Post
    Where is that quote from Morello saying they only plan on making 2 supports per year.

    F off Riot.
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    Where is that quote I didn't say indeed.

    I said at least 2 supports a year.
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    Originally Posted by NightmareLullaby View Post
    I can only think of 1 other support this year, and that's Lulu. Who am I forgetting?
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    This year only has two, you're correct - but it's not a maximum cap, it's a minumum.
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    Originally Posted by RoflMyPancakes View Post
    You also promised one before September then released Syndra instead

    Nami's living up to my expectations though.
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    Did I? I'll need a source on that one.
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    Originally Posted by RoflMyPancakes View Post
    I have misread Morello. For shame.
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    Ah - easy misunderstanding We did start Nami in late August!
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    Originally Posted by Trazier View Post
    IMO, I thought lux, oriana, and morgana were fairly skillshot oriented, but maybe it's just me...
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    Those are people who can be played bottom, but are not classified as true supports imo.