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Riot just dropped their Champion Roadmap for 2022 with some huge news!

LoL: Champion Roadmap for 2022

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Bel'Veth Teaser
New Champ Teaser | © Riot Games

Riot have been slowing down champion releases recently. However, we have a lot to be excited about in the next few months. Let's take a look!

A few champions have been hinted at in the most recent April Champion Roadmap Article from Riot and some of these champs look exciting! We have much to speculate on, so let’s hop into the 2022 April LoL Champion Roadmap!

How Many Champions Should We Expect in 2022?

Riot recently shared some news on upcoming champions. Unfortunately, they're planning on slowing down champion releases and making sure that champions are actually ready before they release. This should help to avoid issues with champions being super OP on release, like Viego and Zeri were.

"While we don’t know exactly how many champions we’ll release this year, it should be pretty similar to last year."

LoL players can expect the next champion to drop sometime between May and June.

Champion Roadmap: Who is Up Next?

The next League of Legends champion is going to be none other than the Void jungler that is set to hit the rift in May or June. Not much is known about them, other than the fact that they will be a void creature champion, but it was leaked that they were delayed a little while back. Hopefully fans can expect the character to release without any more delays.

In the most recent Champion Roadmap Article, Riot Reav3 shares that this champion will be a skirmisher. This means we can expect it to play similarly to champions like Master Yi, Yasuo, and Viego. Let's just hope that they don't bring a ton of crazy bugs to LoL like last time.

What Kind of Kit Can We Expect?

The kit of the Void jungler is still a mystery, but some people are speculating that they might have some form of evolution within their kit. This comes once again from the same leak that also found out about the Omen similarities. This would make sense, as almost all other void champions have some aspect of that idea in their design/kit.

An important part of the champions' kit will likely be their evolution. Will they have different shapes like Nidalee, or will it be a completely new concept of evolution, based off the camps the champion takes? 

If we're looking even closer at Omen, then this could also be part of the Void junglers kit. 

  • Q - A skill shot pass through
  • W - A projectile that detonates after a short delay (can also be detonated by hitting it with a Q)
  • E - A targeted spell to slow opponents
  • R - A channelling long ranged AoE ult — like a mix of MF and Gangplank ults.


Who was the First and Second Release in 2022?

The first champion released was the newest ADC in the bot lane — Zeri. She has hit the rift and has become a champion no one can overlook. She's fast-paced and unique. Of course, that also landed her the nerf hammer a few times already. 

The second champion of 2022 was none other than Renata Glasc. She's a unique bot laner who takes charge and has a brand-new CC ability with berserk. Even though she has the ability to revive her allies, it doesn't feel overpowered after a single balance change. 

New ADC Champion On The Horizon

New ADC Teaser
New ADC Teaser | © Riot Games

A new ADC is also in the works right now who will be released after the Void jungler. So far we have very little information, but there have been several leaks related to this character.

These leaks seem to have been confirmed by the new teaser that Riot shared with us in the April Champion Roadmap Article. This champion seems to be a melee ADC, like Yasuo but with a water theme. The only real challenge here is how Riot will make sure this champion stays in the bot lane, as getting a melee ADC to actually work may prove difficult.

Riot Planning Aurelion Sol Rework

In the article, Riot shared that everyone's favorite space dragon hasn't quite hit the mark that they wanted it to. As such, they're going to take an entirely new approach to reworking a character, a CGU.

Riot Reav3 couldn't reveal too much more, but we're super hyped to see what they can do with Aurelion Sol!

Skarner's VGU Concepts

Riot have just barely started to look at concepts for Skarner's upcoming VGU. This makes total sense, because Udyr still has a lot of work left before he's finished. Luckily, they shared some of these conceptual re-designs for LoL's iconic scorpion. Which one is your favorite?

Skarner Concept Art
Skarner Concept Art | © Riot Games

Udyr VGU Coming Soon!

Don't worry Udyr fans, your VGU will be here soon enough! Riot didn't have a ton to talk about in this champion roadmap update in regard to Udyr's rework, but luckily we were able to find a reddit comment from Reav3 with an expected release date.

Riot Reav3 also gave us a bit of a progress update along with some super cool concept art for Spirit Guard Udyr. Make sure to check out the article if you're a Udyr main!

Base Udyr is finished at this point and now we are focusing on his skin catalog, with most of the team working on his Spirit Guard skin. We really want to pour a lot of love and attention into that skin, with it being an Ultimate and all."

It seems like we're getting so close to seeing Udyr's new look and kit. His skins may take Riot quite a while, but I'm happy to wait for what will surely be an epic VGU!

Riot Announce New Tank Top Laner

Shurima Top Laner Teaser
Shurima Top Laner Teaser | © Riot Games

The last thing that Riot Reav3 mentioned in the champion roadmap was the development of an all-new tank top laner who comes from Shurima. They weren't able to share too much information on this exciting announcement, but they did mention that this character would be difficult to master.

"Look out for another Roadmap later this year where I will cover The Pride of Nazumah, a new high skill top lane tank from a region of Shurima that hasn’t been seen yet!"

It seems like we'll have to wait a little bit longer for more information on the newest Shuriman character in League of Legends. 

When Will the Next Champion be Released?

The next champion should be released within the next month or so. You should expect to see more teasers and trailers dropping over the next few weeks, before an official release date in revealed. Even if Riot decide to postpone the release, it'd be hard to imagine that our new Void champion doesn't release before June.


This all would make a ton of sense, because there is an unnamed Clash tournament coming up.
This clash will likely be named after the 2022 Void event that is swiftly approaching. It'd be super hype if the new champion dropped before then, but we'll keep our fingers crossed!