In a development of a game, not all content will make it into the final cut. These are often called unreleased content, and even our beloved MOBA game, League of Legends have such a thing like canceled champions. And for today, we’re going to let you meet these unreleased champions who almost made it into League’s roster of champions.
Ao Shin is a powerful storm dragon and guardian to the natural world. In his unreleased lore, legend holds that when Ionia faces its greatest crisis, Ao Shin will descend from the sky and save the land. The idea for Ao Shin was later scrapped, and his spiritual successor Aurelion Sol was released later.
Little is known about the unreleased champion known as Avasha aside from the fact that she is called as “The Vampire Bladesmaiden.” No reasons were given why Riot stopped working on her or if they have any plans on revamping her soon.
Avedrian is a canceled champion designed by Riot’s Lead Effect Artist “Nocturne.” Many thought he was reworked into Heimerdinger. But on 2010 Harrowing map skin for Summoner’s Rift, a coffin containing Averdrian could be seen, confirming his cancellation.
CeeCee is actually the early concept artwork for Braum. Her concept artwork shows a young girl carrying an oversized hex tech device that looks like a shield.
Cyborg Cowboy is an early concept for Kindred, the Eternal Hunters. Later on, his design and visual theme inspired the creation of Jhin, The Virtuoso. A skin inspired by Cyborg Cowboy was released as High Noon Jhin.
Eagle Rider concept artwork showed an armored Viking and the face of an eagle. No one knows why his idea was scrapped. But it was his visual theme was later re-explored and spawned two champions we now know as Quinn and Olaf.
Gavid, the Plant King, is one of the few champions that was canceled for a reason. Riot thought that his art theme didn’t fit in with the game, and thus was scrapped. When they re-explored his visual theme, two new champions were created, Maokai and Zyra.
Iron Engineer was created by Riot Artist Augie Pagan. Although canceled, his concept art was incorporated significantly with the creation of our popular support, Blitzcrank.
Ivan, the Mad Bomber, is described to be an insane hex-explosives expert. Although he didn’t make it into the cut, his concept greatly inspired the creation of our yordle champion Ziggs.
Omen actually almost made it into the Rift. However, he was shelved since Riot thought he lacked something. He was designed as a quadruped demon-like entity, with designs developed by Riot’s Lead Designer Brian Feeney and Lead Artist Michael Maurino.
Another champion that was canceled due to the reason that he didn’t fit into the art theme of the game, Rob Blackblade is supposed to be known as the Dashing Rogue of League of Legends. His development cycle later gave way to Udyr.
Tabu, the Voodoo Shaman, was one of the three canceled heroes that were seen on the map of 2010 Harrowing Skin for Summoner’s Rift. It was said that he was inspired by Dota 2’s Zharvakko, the Witch Doctor. Although scrapped, his idea was used for the creation of Swain.
Tiki is supposed to be known as the Voodoo Servant of League of Legends. There were no reasons stated to why he was withdrawn, but some people said he inspired the creation of Amumu.
Well Soterios, the Hydrosoul, is another canceled champion who already has a 3D art model and skills in the game. According to some, Well was inspired by the Damphair from George R.R. Martin’s book A Song of Ice and Fire.
League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena game developed by Riot for Microsoft Windows PCs and gaming laptop. It is free-to-play and can be downloaded at https://signup.leagueoflegends.com/en/signup/redownload.