Patch 12.11 has arrived, and with it, we finally got to see the newest LoL Champion - Bel’Veth, the Empress of the Void.
She is a powerful combatant whose constantly seek to absorb new memories and experiences, devouring all in her path. Yet unlike many of the Void champions, she is far more than just a powerful monster. Let's go over her lore and abilities!
First Contact with Bel'Veth
If her own story is true, Bel'Veth came to be as the emerging reality chafed against the void. As a result, it spawned many ravenous beings that consumed all in their path, leaving behind just that - a void, nothingness. These creatures changed and evolved upon meeting new worlds, eventually becoming insatiable beast burning with desire for annihilation.
The first creatures of the Void to shape Runeterra's destiny were the Watchers of the tale of the Freljord's three sisters. They were among the greatest of the Voidborn and transformed the ancient people of the Freljord into their Iceborn servants. However, the Iceborn rebelled and defeated their masters. The Voidborn's influence waned, for a time - but then Malzahar created a rift that swallowed the entire city of Belveth and the ocean near it.
The doomed city was absorbed by the "cancerous" growth, a thing of the Void that nevertheless seeks to exist, and the rush of information and experience formed Bel'Veth, the Empress of the Void. The knowledge she was created from makes her nearly omniscient and phenomenally dangerous, but she wants more - more experience, more memories, more places to devour. Overall, a pretty scary individual, as Kai'Sa found out once the two met.
Bel'Veth's kit revolves around absorbing her opponents - champions or monsters - and using their power and knowledge to grow stronger. Here is how she does it:
- Passive - Death in Lavender: After using an ability, Bel'Veth's next 2 attacks have increased attack speed. Taking down large monsters or champions also gives her permanent attack speed as Lavender stacks. Her attack speed is uncapped, but her attacks & on-hit effects deal decreased damage and she does not gain attack speed as she levels up.
- Q - Void Surge: Bel'Veth dashes in one of four directions, dealing damage to all enemies she passes through and applying on-hit effects. Each direction has its own unique cooldown that scales with attack speed.
- W - Above and Below: Bel’Veth slams her tail down, dealing damage, knocking up, and slowing enemies hit. Upon hitting an enemy champion, this ability reduces Q - Void Surge’s dash cooldown in the direction of the champion hit.
- E - Royal Maelstrom: Bel’Veth channels a storm of slashes around her, gaining damage reduction and increased life steal. Each slash strikes the lowest health enemy within her Maelstrom, dealing more damage the more health they are missing. The amount of slashes scales with her attack speed.
- Ultimate - Endless Banquet:
- Passive: Every second attack against the same target deals additional True Damage, stacking infinitely. Takedowns against Epic Monsters and Champions leave behind a stack of Void Coral. Epic Void Monsters like Rift Herald and Baron Nashor drop special Void Coral.
- Active: Bel’veth consumes a stack of Void Coral and releases an explosion that slows and deals true damage to nearby enemies based on their missing health. As she consumes the Void Coral, Bel’Veth temporarily changes into her True Form, gaining max health, move speed out of combat, attack range, attack speed and being able to dash through walls with her Q. Consuming the special Void Coral left by Epic onsters from the Void (Rift Herald and Baron Nashor) grants Bel'Veth her true form for an extended duration and causes minions that die in her presence to be reborn as Voidlings: small minions that will serve Bel’Veth by marching down the lane in which they were spawned.
Overall, it makes for a pretty scary package, a short-range ADC with high attack speed that could tear through objectives.
Bel'Veth was added to the game with this patch and is already live, even boasting a fearsome Battle Boss skin and a haunting tune. What do you think of this champion - will she be the end of Runeterra or League of Legends, or just another monster of the jungle for your champions to vanquish?