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Creator: Mooninites November 15, 2012 10:37am
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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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I don't remember who said mermaid, but you were soooooo right xD
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I also called it before ALL of you >:3
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Welp, time for me to grind like hell since I plan to grab Orianna soon D:
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do want fishlady. that sounds wrong...
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do want fishlady. that sounds wrong...


Riot has a scary way of making them all look sexually attractive. o.O
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LOL at the name. Back when I played Wolfenstein, I used to play a lot with a girl called Namenlos - shortened, Nami :D

Anyways as support main in my ranked team I gotta have this chick, looking forward to what she will be like.

DuffTime wrote:
ok ok plz carry me omg
i was only waiting for you to ask

Temzilla wrote:
Too hot to be icecream.

Luther3000 wrote:
He looks like a hair gel advert on legs

Toshabi wrote:
Icecreamy, with hair as slick and smooth as the ocean waves of Cocobana
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This quote from my friend is too good to pass up when he saw the post:

"Don't tell me that this SEA creature is going to be floating on the LAND of summoner's rift"

Might not have been what he said exactly (Had to translate it), but this cracked me up when I read it.
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Thanks Moon! I just cleaned it up a bit since we put it on the front page. :)
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Fizz, you got a pretty girlfriend there.
/人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ WON’T YOU BECOME A MAGICAL GIRL
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