The League of Legends Season 14 is here and, along with it, the first Dev Video of the year. In it, we got to learn tons of new things Riot is planning for the season. From details about Arcane to Esports, we have tons to talk about.
Starting off with Ranked, for Season 14, Riot will be revamping LP gains. A new system called “TrueSkill 2” will be implemented, which will help determine a player’s well…true skill. It will help with the large disparity in skill between Emerald players and make the climb much smoother.
We also have some details on upcoming game modes. URF will return for the Lunar New Year, and we will get One-For-All after. In addition, Riot will be bringing us a brand new game mode this year, too.
In addition to Game modes, we also have details about some upcoming skins. This year’s Lunar New Year-themed skin Hevenscale has been revealed. We also got a glimpse of the South Asia Martial Artis’s inspired Primal Ambush.
But most importantly, Riot revealed the Champion Roadmap for 2024. We got new details about the upcoming champion, Smolder, Skarner VGU, the new Vastayan Solo Laner, and much more.
We have lots to cover, so let’s go over them.
League of Legends: Champion Roadmap 2024
Smolder, The Fiery Fledgling
The first champion of 2024 will be the first non-celestial dragon champion coming to League of Legends, Smolder. He was Initially revealed in last year’s Dev Update video, and after months of waiting, he will finally be released.
In terms of gameplay, he is relatively simple; he is a Bot Lane marksman who is more geared towards casting abilities. But what makes him stand out from other Marksmen is his Area of Effect damage and infinite scaling. Almost all his abilities are AOE, and hitting champions with abilities makes him even stronger.
As for his release date, he will be released alongside Patch 14.2, which is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2024.
Next on the release schedule is the Skarner VGU. Players have been eagerly waiting almost two years for its release, and it’s finally arriving this year.
As for his new abilities, Riot revealed some details about it last year. With his Q, he can pick up rocks and empower his next basic attack.
Additionally, he can throw that rock for massive damage. For his W, he stomps the ground for massive AOE damage. Finally, his E makes him go through walls, and if he collides with an enemy, the enemy is stunned.
As for his release date, we expect him to be released sometime after Smolder.
Vastayan Solo Laner
After Skarner VGU, we will be receiving a new Vastayan champion. Apart from him being a solo laner, we have no further details about the champion.
The next VGU after Skarner is Shyvana. Her VGU will be similar to Udyr rather than Skarner. Her lore and most of her abilities will remain the same, but she will be getting a much-needed visual update.
As for the release date, it will be sometime in 2025.