Following the start of the 2019 League of Legends season on Wednesday, Riot Games officially released the latest champion who is now playable on live servers.
Sylas, the Unshackled, hit live servers Friday as the game’s 144th champion. The new mage hails from the fictional region of Demacia, where he was captured and locked away due to his magical capabilities. In-game, the Unshackled uses his chains as weapons, stunning and lashing out at enemies who cross his path.
Sylas introduces a new mechanic to the game with his ability to steal enemy champions’ ultimate abilities. With over 140 different champions, each coming equipped with their own unique set of skills, this new mechanic will challenge Sylas players to pick their targets wisely in order to maximize the champion’s potential.
Prior to Sylas, the game’s most recent champion was Neeko, the Curious Chameleon, who hit live servers in December. Neeko entered the game as one of three new champions in 2018 alongside Pyke and Kai’Sa.
Last year, Riot Games broke from its typical release schedule of five champions per year to focus on reworking older, outdated champions. However, the League of Legends developer could be back on track with its release schedule after revealing the first glimpse of the next upcoming champion release in the 2019 season teaser.