League of Legends’ next champion revealed: Nilah, the Joy Unbound

League of Legends’ next champion revealed: Nilah, the Joy Unbound

The next League of Legends The champion is a bot lane skirmisher with a water whip and an ancient demon in her pocket. Nilah, Joy Unbound, is a warrior monk committed to a legendary order who has sealed a demon of joy in a spiritual lake. That prison allows the ascetics of his order to channel the demon, but Nilah can only feel joy as a result.

Since the Sentinels of Light locked Viego in the old Camavor at the end of their event, Nilah sets out to investigate who did this and why. She learns of an even greater threat, perhaps Bel’Veth, the Empress of the Void? — And she prepares to face them so she can defeat the villains of the world and live forever in song and myth.

Nilah is a melee champ, but she thrives in bot lane thanks to her kit, which gives her a lot of synergy with lovely supports like Lulu, Karma, and Janna.

Passive – Endless Joy

If Nilah last hits a minion, she and the closest allied champion gain 50% of the experience that would normally be lost when shared with nearby allies.

Nilah gains additional effectiveness from heals and shields granted by allied champions. When a nearby ally casts an ability that heals or protects Nilah or herself, Nilah grants the bonus buff to both her and her ally.

Q – Formless Sword

Passive: Attacks and ability damage against champions ignore some of their armor and heal Nilah for part of the damage dealt. This effect scales with critical strike chance and can overheal, giving Nilah a shield.

Active: Nilah slams in a line, damaging all enemies hit. Hitting an enemy increases Nilah’s range and attack speed for a few seconds. Additionally, his basic attacks will splash in a cone, dealing bonus damage.

W – Jubilant Veil

Nilah wraps herself in mist, causing her to briefly gain movement speed, reduce incoming magic damage, and dodge all incoming basic attacks. Touching an allied champion hides them in mist, granting them the same bonuses for half the duration.

E – Wake

Nilah dashes through a target unit, damaging all enemies she passes through. Nilah can hold 2 Slipstream charges at once.

Nilah can cast Formless Blade (Q) during Slipstream to pull a wave in her path, dealing damage and triggering her empowered attacks.

R – Apotheosis

Nilah spins her weapon in an area around her, dealing damage and pulling enemies towards the center with a final burst. This damage heals Nilah for a portion of the damage dealt, turning the excess healing into a shield. Heal and Shield increase with critical strike chance and are shared with nearby allies.

While some players might be tempted to try Nilah in another lane or jungle, her team really rewards playing someone else, especially if that champion has shields or heals. Nilah is also quite mobile thanks to Slipstream; she doesn’t need to hang back and wait for an opportunity to go all-in. Instead, she dances around a fight, holding on while she deals damage with Formless Blade.

Nilah will also be part of the Star Guardian alternate universe, where a lot of the popular champions are magical girl-inspired heroes. The next Star Guardian event, Return to Valoran City, will kick off on July 14.

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