It's likely League of Legends players have already been introduced to Vel'Koz, whether through leaks or the ongoing viral campaign Riot Games is running with Youtube personalities. Today, however, everyone will know the name of the Eye of the Void. Vel'koz has been officially revealed as League of Legends' next champion release. Introducing the League's next mid-lane AP carry, designed for early game control and late game siege.
Being from the Void, Vel'Koz isn't a very friendly character. Apparently he's rather sort of a torture expert. While Riot Games likes lore less with each champion release, they did put out this short blurb on Vel'Koz's background:
"The Void is preparing to spill forth its latest monstrosity: Vel’Koz. A terrifying being created for the sole purpose of learning, Vel’Koz absorbs knowledge and accrues understanding through a multitude of tests and scans. Unfortunately, those very tests, while extremely productive for Vel’Koz, have a tendency to utterly destroy his subjects."
Basically Vel'Koz tortures people and learns from the experience. The dude can float, has four eyes and a bunch of tentacles. I suppose he can do whatever he wants. Oh, and don't forget about the laser beams he shoots. Definitely don't forget about that.
Speaking about laser beams, Vel'Koz's kit certainly has some power to it. As an AP-carry his primary focus will be building up long-range damage for early lane control and late-game sieging, but like most of Riot's sieging carries he's terrifyingly lacking in mobility and CC. Maybe even more than other champions like Ziggs and the new Xerath. Depending on how he chains the CC he does have he could be scary, but in today's assassin's meta he may never get the chance to prove himself.
Let's take a look at his official kit, highlighted by his passive which does bonus true damage when proc'd:
- Passive: Organic Deconstruction - Vel’Koz’s abilities Deconstruct those they strike. After being hit three times by his abilities, minions, monsters and enemy champions are Deconstructed and suffer bonus true damage. Enemies lose their Deconstruction stacks by avoiding Vel’Koz’s attacks for a short while.
- Q: Plasma Fission - Vel’Koz fires a plasma bolt that slows and damages the first enemy struck. Once Plasma Fission hits, reaches its maximum range or is reactivated a second time, the bolt splits at a 90 degree angle. The split bolts deal the same damage and apply the same slow.
- W: Void Rift - Vel’Koz sends out a straight line blast that tears open a temporary rift to the Void before exploding. Both the initial tear and the delayed explosion damage and apply Deconstruction stacks to caught enemies.
- E: Tectonic Disruption - After a brief delay Vel’Koz disrupts a nearby area, damaging and launching all enemies caught into the air. Enemies hit that are close to Vel’Koz are also knocked back slightly.
- R: Life Form Disintegration Ray - Vel’Koz channels a ray of infinite energy that follows the cursor for a brief while, damaging, slowing and Deconstructing all enemies in range.
How Vel'Koz will work into the current meta will be an interesting experiment. Riot's last released champion was Yasuo, still widely considered to be overly strong -- especially in the current meta. Riot could either have over nerfed Vel'Koz to ensure the problem didn't happen again or scale him too high so he doesn't look weak despite the meta.
Ultimately, I'm extremely worried he may never even get the chance to prove himself in the current League. With Yasuo, Zed, Kassadin, Riven and other quick and very strong assassin champions living in mid right now a siege champion with no mobility just may never establish himself. I hope he proves me wrong, as he's a rather cute monster.
Expect Vel'Koz to be released in League of Legends within the next week or so, but hopefully very soon.