Move over Maokai, there’s a new plant in town!
Zyra, Rise of the Thorns has joined the League of Legends as Riot’s 101st champion. And in actuality, Zyra performs more like Heimerdinger, Brand, Karthus, Lux, and Cho’Gath minus the tankiness and with the ability to construct turret-like allies to fight for her via Rampant Growth.
These little buds won’t activate until another ability is cast on them. Deadly Bloom by itself delivers a short-delay AoE burst perfect for clearing minion waves and harassing, much like Brand. When aimed on a planted seed, this ability also spawns a Thorn Splitter that focuses down champions targets based on Zyra’s auto attacks.
Similar to Lux’s stun, Grasping Roots travels through minions and immobilizes champions hit in its path. That’s right, no more hiding behind creeps. Should this ability pass through a seed it will also spawn a Vine Lasher, which reduces enemy movement speed with its attack. Zyra’s ultimate – Stranglethorns – damages everyone caught in its wide radius and knocks them up like Cho’Gath’s ability. Should this land on top of any plants in the area, they become enraged with increased attack speed.
And if this wasn’t enough, Zyra has a final surprise; upon death, Zyra transforms into a giant plant to deliver one last, massive missile of damage with Queen of Thorns. Karthus isn’t the only champion to get the last laugh.
Riot has definitely made an interesting choice with this champion cocktail. Players will have to strategically decide when and where to grow turrets for the utmost damage. For more information, check out her official release.
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