Friday, 24 May 2024

Everything You Need to Know About the New LoL Vampire Champion

After much anticipation and a wave of leaks, the time has come to uncover the details about the exciting new champion in League of Legends. In this article, we’ll delve into the ins and outs of Briar, providing you with everything you need to know about this bloodthirsty vampire.

Meet Briar – The Vampire Champion

Briar is one of the latest additions to the League of Legends roster. Introduced alongside Milio and Naafiri, she was first announced in the champion roadmap back in January. Briar’s origin story revolves around her creation through hemomancy, a form of blood magic, by the clandestine organization known as the Black Rose. However, her insatiable thirst for blood led to unforeseen consequences, resulting in her imprisonment due to the excessive casualties she caused.

To control her impulses, Briar is held captive in a medieval punishment device known as the Pillory, equipped with a powerful hemolith gem at its center. This gem both restrains her frenzied state and provides her with a sense of mindfulness. It’s a double-edged curse that allows for control while still being a constant reminder of her nature.

The Pillory that keeps Briar imprisoned, featuring a Hemolith gem.

For a more in-depth understanding of Briar’s backstory and creation process, her Champion Insight provides valuable insights.

Exploring Briar’s Kit and Abilities

Let’s now turn our attention to Briar’s kit and abilities. Here’s a breakdown of each of her unique skills:

Passive – Crimson Curse:

Briar’s attacks and abilities apply a stacking bleed effect that not only deals damage but also heals her. This healing is based on the damage dealt, with greater healing when she’s missing health. It’s important to note that Briar doesn’t possess any health regeneration. Additionally, when a bleeding enemy dies, she will be healed for any remaining bleed damage.

Q – Head Rush:

With this ability, Briar leaps towards a target, stunning them for a short period while dealing physical damage and reducing their armor. It’s worth mentioning that if Briar casts this ability on a minion or monster during Blood Frenzy (another ability), she will stop prioritizing champions.

W – Blood Frenzy/Snack Attack:

Upon activation, Briar leaps to a specified location, entering a state of Blood Frenzy. During this frenzy, she taunts the nearest enemy (with a preference for champions) and gains increased attack speed and movement speed. Her attacks now deal physical damage around her main target. By recasting this ability, Briar can empower her next attack, inflicting missing health physical damage and healing herself for a significant percentage of the damage dealt.

E – Chilling Scream:

Briar’s Chilling Scream ability has two distinct phases. Initially, she begins charging, removing Blood Frenzy and gaining damage reduction and health restoration. Upon release, she unleashes a scream that inflicts damage based on the duration of the charge. This scream also slows enemies for a short duration. When fully charged, the scream has an additional effect of knocking back enemies, dealing extra damage to those who collide with walls and stunning them.

R – Certain Death:

Briar initiates an onslaught by kicking a hemolith, allowing her to fly towards the first champion she hits. This marks them as her prey. Upon landing, she deals massive physical damage to nearby enemies, causing them to flee in fear. Briar enters an empowered Blood Frenzy state during which she gains increased armor, magic resist, and additional movement speed. She relentlessly pursues her prey until one of them perishes.

Briar’s kit offers a unique playstyle that is both accessible to grasp yet challenging to master. Notably, she is the first champion who applies crowd control effects to herself. Her abilities can drive her into a frenzied state, emphasizing the need for constant attacks to sustain herself. However, to regain control, she can utilize Chilling Scream strategically. Players seeking a bruiser-style jungle champion, akin to Warwick or Vi, may find Briar to be a promising option. While we don’t have firsthand experience playing her on live servers, there are gameplay clips available from the PBE (Public Beta Environment) for those curious to see her in action.

Briar’s Gameplay in Action

With her recent debut on the PBE, content creators have wasted no time showcasing Briar’s gameplay. Early footage suggests that in the hands of skilled players, she can be a force to be reckoned with. However, it’s worth mentioning that her effectiveness may also heavily rely on snowballing and securing early kills. Until she is unleashed on the live servers, it remains to be seen how she will fare in the ever-evolving meta.

When Can You Play Briar?

The release date for Briar is scheduled for League of Legends Patch 13.18, slated to go live on September 13. In the meantime, you can find more information about her in her Champion Insight or watch your favorite streamers as they showcase her abilities.

Are you ready to unleash Briar’s bloodlust? Prepare for her arrival and embrace the chaos she brings to the Summoner’s Rift.

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Q: What role does Briar play?
A: Briar is designed to be a bruiser jungle champion.

Q: Can I find gameplay footage of Briar?
A: Yes, there are already gameplay clips available from the PBE featuring Briar.

Q: When will Briar be released?
A: Briar’s release is scheduled for League of Legends Patch 13.18, which arrives on September 13.

Q: Where can I find more information about Briar?
A: You can find detailed information about Briar in her Champion Insight.