League of Legends finally adds a dragon champion, Ao Shin

By Michael Jamias
league of legends ao shin dragon preview

League of Legends has more than 100 champions in its roster, from ninjas to a mutant blob, but still no dragon -- until now.

Meet Ao Shin, League of Legends' first dragon champion that will be swooping down into the Fields of the Justice. It's hard to believe that it took so long for Riot to roll out one of the most iconic creatures in rpg games, but it may be that they wanted to get their first one perfect.

There's a lot we can deduce from Ao Shin's concept art below, as well as the lore background that Riot has provided.

league of legends ao shin early concept art

League of Legends Shin concept art

Ao Shin is said to be the family name of the mythological dragon kings that lord over water and weather.

"This tells us right away that this is a powerful, elegant being, above the concerns and rules of men. Shin can mean many things, one of which is prosperity. It also means a rising storm. Ao Shin embodies this elemental duality, capable of raining good fortune on his allies and, in the very next breath, bringing stormy, thunderous ruin upon his foes," said Riot.

Ao Shin will probably be a mage-mid-or-support type, with fast mobility and a lot of weather-related AOE damage and healing. Think Zyra but with four legs and of the opposite element. His ultimate will most probably be a destructive thundering tornado, kind of like the love child of Janna's and Kennen's ultimates.

Riot said Ao Shin is still deep in the development process so it will not be the next champion to be launched for the MMO MOBA. The preview merely served to whet our appetites, which we think was mission accomplished.

Sep092013

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