Champion Sneak Peek - Zyra, Rise of the Thorns
By NeeksNaman 
Sometimes the most dangerous predators in the wild are the ones you'd never expect - even the vegetation in Valoran!, 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, plantingon 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 
Are you ready to meet one of the fiercest and deadliest champions ever to step foot out of the Valoran wilds? Meet, Rise of the Thorns. This floral femme fatale packs a lot of petals and punch, planting 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. 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,causes damage to enemies caught in the area of effect after a slight delay. caught in the area of effect, however, will spring to life as a ravenous with a ranged attack. Likewise, Zyra's ability deploys a line attack that roots enemies caught in its path for a moderate duration. affected by transform into 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,, 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 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 placement to lock enemy champions into a fight with the deadly wilds themselves.
- 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, Deadly Bloom grows a Thorn Spitter plant, which fires at enemies from afar.
- Rampant Growth
Zyra plants a seed, granting 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 rooting enemies they come across. If cast on a , Grasping Roots grows a Vine Lasher, whose short range attacks reduce enemy Movement Speed.
Rise of the Thorns: Inside the Art of Zyra
By NeeksNaman 
The road to create a champion occasionally has some bumps along the way., Rise of the Thorns, is no exception. Originally, the 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.
- Garden of Thorns
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 or 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, 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 rooting enemies they come across. If cast upon a , Grasping Roots grows a Vine Lasher, whose short range attacks reduce enemy movement speed.
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