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Exclusive: League of Legends Champion Reveal and Giveaway

Shacknews is happy to exclusively reveal a new champion for Riot Games' free-to-play hero arena game League of Legends.

Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer, is a fighter type champion and based entirely upon skill-shots and will require some clever micromanagement to utilize at full-potential.

nope Additionally, Shacknews and Riot Games will provide five lucky commentors, chosen by Shacknews, with special skins and Runes to be used in League of Legends. To enter, comment in this story on how you would use Ezreal in the game (game account required). For more info, be sure to keep reading for a full character profile and descriptions for all of Ezreal's abilities.

Ezreal was born with the gift of magic flowing through his veins. However, Ezreal was also born with a much stronger sense of wanderlust. Though enrolled in Piltover's most acclaimed school for skilled young techmaturgists, Ezreal quickly became bored with magical studies. By the time the boy genius was eight years old, he had fully mapped out the underground tunnels of Piltover. The quality of his work was so remarkable that the government of Piltover purchased his maps and commissioned his services as the city-state's Master Pathfinder. This sealed the deal for Ezreal's true calling - he would eschew the arcane arts in favor of archaeology. Since then, countless adventures of his have been romanticized and published.

One of Ezreal's more recent adventures brought him face-to-face with his other legacy - his latent magical power. While exploring the pyramids of the Shurima Desert, Ezreal uncovered an amulet of inestimable power. He barely managed to extract it from its sandy abode due to its sheer magnitude (it was made for a being easily twice Ezreal's size). After fervent investigation, he found that it allowed the wielder to control and shape magical energy - provided there was a source of magic nearby. This permitted Ezreal to tap into his latent magical abilities without having to put any serious effort into it - a "big win", as the young prodigy notes. The lingering drawback is that, for some unknown reason, the amulet is highly attuned to summoning magic. This means that without warning, Ezreal may find himself acting as a champion for, as he puts it, "a summoner hell-bent on resolving some irrelevant world-shattering League conflict." Still, Ezreal feels that being summoned to a Field of Justice on occasion is a small price to pay for his prized artifact.

"There's little time to study ancient, musty tomes when you're busy trying to find them."

-Ezreal

Abilities:

Ezreal is an entirely skill-shot based champion:

Mystic Shot

Ezreal fires a bolt of energy. If it strikes an enemy unit, it reduces all of Ezreal's cooldowns.

Essence Flux

Ezreal fires a fluctuating wave of energy, damaging enemies and reducing their attack speed. This also heals allies and increases their attack speed.

Arcane Shift

Ezreal teleports to a nearby target location and fires a homing arrow which strikes the nearest enemy unit.

Trueshot Barrage

Ezreal channels to fire a powerful barrage of energy missiles, which do massive damage to each unit they pass through (barrage deals less damage to each successive unit it passes through).

Rising Spell Force (passive)

Hitting a target with any of Ezreal's abilities increases his attack speed for several seconds.