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Champion Sneak Peek - Zyra, Rise of the Thorns

By NeeksNaman [1]

Sometimes the most dangerous predators in the wild are the ones you'd never expect - even the vegetation in Valoran! Zyra Zyra, mysterious and alluring, is one powerful plant that is poised and ready to unleash nature's fury on the League of Legends.

As fierce as she is relentless, Zyra uses the deadly vines and wild overgrowth of the Plague Lands as her weapons, planting seeds seeds on the battlefield that spring to life into powerful allies. Are you the type that takes great joy in laughing maniacally as the thorns rise up around your foes, shredding them to pieces with the power of nature itself? If so, you'll go wild for Zyra, Rise of the Thorns.

Zyra, Rise of the Thorns, Revealed

By NeeksNaman [2]

Are you ready to meet one of the fiercest and deadliest champions ever to step foot out of the Valoran wilds? Meet Zyra Zyra, Rise of the Thorns. This floral femme fatale packs a lot of petals and punch, planting seeds seeds directly on the battlefield and springing them to life into deadly plant allies.

As a plant mage, Zyra's kit revolves around her ability to sow and transform seeds through Rampant Growth Rampant Growth. Zyra can store up seeds using an ammo system, dropping these seemingly-harmless buds on the ground to grant limited vision while they remain active. Seeds aren't too threatening on their own, and enemies can even move over a seed to stomp it out of existence at only the cost of revealing their position on the map for a few seconds. Zyra's full fury blooms, however, when you use her other abilities to interact with her seeds.

On its own, Deadly Bloom Deadly Bloom causes damage to enemies caught in the area of effect after a slight delay. Seeds Seeds caught in the area of effect, however, will spring to life as a ravenous Thorn Spitter Thorn Spitter with a ranged attack. Likewise, Zyra's Grasping Roots Grasping Roots ability deploys a line attack that roots enemies caught in its path for a moderate duration. Seeds Seeds affected by Grasping Roots Grasping Roots transform into Vine Lashers Vine Lashers armed with a shorter-range attack that slows enemies. Zyra can even drop a seed in the path of an ability she's just cast to surprise her enemies with an instant plant-to-the-face.

To seal the deal, Zyra can invoke her ultimate ability, Stranglethorns Stranglethorns, to afflict an area with an infestation of thorny vines that deal significant damage as they spread out. After a brief delay, the vines retract again, knocking any enemies still within the area of effect into the air. Any of Zyra's plants touched by the Stranglethorns Stranglethorns become enraged, gaining a hefty bit of attack speed and growing to an imposing size. Zyra can execute some intense combos with her abilities, playing off seed seed placement to lock enemy champions into a fight with the deadly wilds themselves.

Abilities

Rise of the Thorns

Upon dying, Zyra transforms into a vengeful plant that fires one last shot before expiring.


Deadly Bloom

Zyra grows a bud at target location. After a brief delay it explodes, launching damaging thorns at all nearby enemies. If cast on a seed seed, Deadly Bloom grows a Thorn Spitter plant, which fires at enemies from afar.


Rampant Growth

Zyra plants a seed, granting Sight icon vision of an area for up to 30 seconds. Other spells cast on seeds will turn them into plants who fight for Zyra.


Grasping Roots

Zyra sends forth vines through the ground to ensnare her target, dealing damage and Root icon rooting enemies they come across. If cast on a seed seed, Grasping Roots grows a Vine Lasher, whose short range attacks Slow icon reduce enemy Movement Speed.


Stranglethorns

Zyra summons a twisted thicket at her target location, dealing damage to enemies as it expands and knocking them Airborne icon airborne as it contracts. Plants in the area are enraged, increasing their Attack Speed.


Rise of the Thorns: Inside the Art of Zyra

By NeeksNaman [3]

The road to create a champion occasionally has some bumps along the way. Zyra Zyra, Rise of the Thorns, is no exception. Originally, the GavidSquare concept of a plant-based champion was in our designers' heads for over a year. Try after try, it just never felt perfect. Different concept art, multiple kits, loads of designers - Zyra saw it all. Finally, the brush parted to reveal the final concept that just kicked ass and worked on all levels.

But don't take our word for it: Katie 'RiotTeaTime' De Sousa, Sam King, and Marco 'OCRAM818' Bustos are here to dish out the inside dirt on Zyra, from the style of her splash art and abilities to the challenge of creating the soundscape for a plant person.

Mid-Season Magic

Zyra Zyra is the control mage with the greenest thumb in League, and her new passive passive lets her spread even more flora across the Rift. Give Zyra a little time to tend to her thorny forest forest, and she'll have abundant opportunities to counter-engage on attackers. [4]

Garden of Thorns

Seeds Seeds spawn around Zyra periodically, becoming faster with level and lasting a long period of time (with a maximum number of seeds planted) If an enemy Champion steps on a seed, the seed dies. If Zyra casts Deadly Spines Deadly Spines or Grasping Roots Grasping Roots near seeds, she grows plants. Extra plants striking the same target deal less damage.


Deadly Spines

Zyra grows a bed of spines at the target location. After a brief delay, it explodes, launching damaging thorns at all nearby enemies. If cast upon a seed seed, Deadly Spines grows a Thorn Spitter plant, which fires at enemies from afar.


Rampant Growth

Zyra plants a seed. Other spells cast on seeds will turn them into plants, which fight for Zyra. Rampant Growth passively increases plant maximum health.


Grasping Roots

Zyra sends forth vines through the ground to ensnare her target, dealing magic damage and Root icon rooting enemies they come across. If cast upon a seed seed, Grasping Roots grows a Vine Lasher, whose short range attacks Slow icon reduce enemy movement speed.


Stranglethorns

Zyra summons a twisted thicket at her target location, dealing damage to enemies as it expands and knocking them Airborne icon airborne as it contracts. Plants within the thicket are enraged, dealing bonus damage.


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