Riot Games has revealed their latest Champion in their hit game League of Legends. The new Champion was teased a few days ago with a short trailer. The series of images released a few days ago were meant to point to the new character’s backstory. The level of anticipation amongst the players rose to a crescendo as Riot revealed Sylas, the Unchained as their latest champion.
The champion has a very diverse toolkit and is sure to be dominant in the current meta. His abilities involve crowd control, stealing opponents’ ultimates as well as greater mobility.
Sylas the Unchained.
Sylas the Unchained started off a a young boy who helped capture mages who were breaking the Demacian law. The conflicted youngster soon set out on his own in the world. However, he was captured and imprisoned for a very long time. He finally gets to see the light of the day and free himself from his captivators. He became an enemy of the throne. It was Sylas, the Unchained who was born and continued his tirade against Demacia’s rulers.
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A look at Sylas, the unchained abilities.
Petricite Blast [ Passive ]
After casting a spell, Sylas’ next basic attack whirls his chains around him, damaging nearby enemies.
Sylas lashes out with his chains, damaging and slightly slowing enemies. After a brief delay, the intersection of the chains detonates, applying an increased slow and damaging enemies again.
Sylas lunges at a target with a powerful strike, damaging them and healing himself. If the enemy is at low health, the damage is increased; if Sylas is at low health, the heal is increased.
Sylas hijacks an enemy’s ultimate for his own use. Enemies can still use their ultimates if Sylas takes them. Sylas can take an enemy’s ultimate whenever Hijack is off cooldown, but can’t hijack the same enemy for a while after.
Possible playstyles for Sylas
Sylas’ toolkit is very flexible and we believe he can don multiple roles in the game. While at first glance he looks great to be a top laner, he can also move to the role of a jungler. His passive Petricite Blast is a great way to constantly deal damage to enemies.
His KingSlayer ability will be crucial to helping Sylas remain in the thick of things. The ability heals Sylas if his health is low. However, when Sylas is at a higher health pool, the ability can be a huge source of damage to the enemy. This alternation between sustainability and damage is what makes Sylas so diverse in the game. Ofcourse he can steal ultimates from the opponents. According to the champion reveal page, at higher levels, he can steal ultimates in quick succession.
An excerpt from the reveal page.
As Sylas, you lash out with merciless magical attacks, pummeling those who would oppose you with stone and steel. Beat down your enemies with repeated Chain Lash, following each flogging with a basic attack for a whirling Petricite Burst. Elude arrest and position yourself with Abscondbefore choosing a hostage to hook with Abduct. When your struggle becomes a matter of life and death, end the oppression with a crushing Kingslayer strike.
When you reach level six, unleash your full potential and Hijack the powers of your foes for a greater purpose—your own. By the late game, you can seize multiple ultimates in quick succession, using the enemy team’s own strength against them and bringing your revolution to a violent conclusion. In the end, they will be the ones who kneel.
This can force opponents to rethink their approach to a team fight. They will need to target Sylas, and that is going to be difficult with the increased mobility of the champion. Sylas will be moving on to the Public Beta Environment soon. We don’t have any official confirmation of the champions release date.
Tips and Tricks
The League of Legends reveal page also lists a few tips and tricks for the latest hero. These tips are meant to familiarize the current playerbase with the new hero and its abilities. The professional scene will definitely customise its playstyle around Sylas in the future. However, for starters, Riot wants its playerbase to try the new hero.
The champion will mostly be seen as a jungle if the community reactions are anything to go by. They have taken to the new hero as one of the more exciting champions in the game. His ability to steal opponent ultimates makes him extremely strong. However, he has to be patient in his positioning and ability usage.
- Crush your foes in combat by weaving in basic attacks after each spell-cast for maximum damage. The perfect sequence includes a Petricite Burst after every ability, leaving enemies bruised and broken—if not dead.
- Consider all your options when Hijacking ultimates. What do you need most right now? What might be critical a little later? Seizing a brutal finishing move could clinch your current skirmish, but taking a powerful crowd control spell might win you the next team fight.
- You can’t Hijack the same enemy for a while after you take their ability, so plot out the full revolt before you start stealing ults. There’s no rush to use what you have, but hesitate too long and you’ll miss opportunities to unleash even more ultimates. Triumph over your opponents by picking the right time—and power—to turn against them.
You can find more information on the new champion in the League of Legends Reveal page here.