Developers had written a letter with hints on Next wildrift champions in 2023. In November 2022, they released Warwick. It was officially confirmed. Aatrox, Kayn, and Lillia got introduced next.
But what after that? Who is going to lurk in the Wildrift? Well, developers gave us a lot of hints, like the spark of joy and wonder, crows, plague rats, tricksters, the underground to the seedy street of Zaun.
Upcoming wildrift champions in 2023
While the order of release for these champions in wildrift is uncertain, it’s possible that they may come out faster than usual, given the way the developers mentioned them in the roadmap letter.
We’ll have to wait and see how things unfold, but one thing is for sure: these new upcoming champions are going to bring a whole new level of excitement to Wildrift in 2023.
Why these? I have analyzed this for you. Read below.
These are the New Wildirft champions in 2023
The letter had hints about the next champions in wildrift after Aatrox, Kayn, and Lillia. These hints were closely related to Twitch, Zoe, Nocturne, Fiddlesticks, Urgot, Zeri, Nilah, and Bard.
Why are these hints related to the champions mentioned above? Read below.
1. Twitch the plague rat.
They stated at the start of the letter, “I’ve heard rumors that there are plague rats feasting on those who stray from the pack.” If you have read his introduction, you know that he is described as a plague rat.
Twitch is the first among the new wildrift champions after Aatrox, Kayn, and Lillia.
Unlike others, the hint of Twitch was apparent to any League of Legends player or fan.
Passive: DEADLY VENOM
The normal attack of Twitch infects the victim, causing true damage once every second for six seconds, stacking up to six times (PC).
Twitch gets movement speed and temporarily blends into the surroundings. Twitch temporarily increases attack speed upon emerging from concealment.
Ambush’s cooldown is reset when an enemy champion with Deadly Venom dies.
S2: VENOM CASK
Twitch launches a cask of venom that bursts in the vicinity, slowing prey and dousing them with “deadly venom.”
Twitch releases a deadly poison that physically damages any close opponent suffering from “Deadly Venom.”
For each stack of “Deadly Venom” on the victim, Contaminate deals extra physical and magical damage.
To cast this ability, an adversary with Deadly Venom must be nearby. This power can target an enemy that is not visible.
S4: SPRAY AND PRAY
Twitch gains bonus attack damage and bonus attack range for 6 seconds. Twitch’s basic attacks are replaced by bolts that travel slightly further than the attack range in a straight line, damaging every enemy unit hit.
The bolts can cause a critical strike, apply on-hit effects with 100% efficiency, and deliver 100% – 60% (depending on the foes struck) of the attack’s damage.
The upcoming wildrift champions in march [patch 4.1].
The middle section of the letter talks about champion releases in Wildrift up until now, but after that, “rouguefool” mentioned new wildrift champions in 2023.
There are a few doubts in my mind related to the order in which champions were mentioned, Which might hint at faster champion releases.
As to why I have these doubts? I will explain this in the last segment of the article.
2. Urgot: The next champion from Zaun.
Dev, aka Rouguefool, wrote: “Our plan of attack says we’ll be heading underground to the seedy streets of Zaun.” The captain said we’ll have to keep our wits about us during that expedition.”
Urgot? He lives underground. 80% sure, but his biography says, “A prison mine deep beneath Zaun, Emerging in a disaster that spread chaos throughout the city.”
If you read a short story related to him, which is titled “Son of Ur,” you will find the characters encountering Urgot on the street of Zaun as he roams there, killing chem barons.
Making him the second in the list of new wildrift champions in 2023.
3. Fiddlesticks: The scarecrow
The recent video of Fiddlesticks had crows. His ultimate involves crows, and he is a scarecrow. “I’m beginning to think that all these crows are spying on us.” His passive is related to vision (trinkets).
“Beware the sounding of the crow or the whispering of the shape that appears almost human.”
Players argue that crows indicate the arrival of Swain in Wildrift, who is related to ravens, but it is fiddlesticks until developers get confused between crows and ravens.
Without a doubt, Wildrift will include him among the new Wildrift champions in 2023.
Passive: A Harmless Scarecrow
When the game begins, Fiddlesticks has a special scarecrow effigy loaded in the trinket slot. He can also pose as an effigy by halting for 2 seconds, transforming into a scarecrow, and then extending his arm out to reveal its lamp.
EFFECT RADIUS: 900 (PC)
From level 6, planting an effigy also conjures a demonic eyeball at the spot, revealing and disabling hostile wards and hidden traps (Teemo S4, etc.) and granting clouded vision of enemy units that are not visible in the vicinity for 6 seconds.
PASSIVE: When Fiddlesticks’ next damaging ability hits a target, it will also temporarily frighten them if it has been at least 2.5 seconds since it last engaged in combat, is invisible to the other team, or is pretending to be an effigy.
Active: Fiddlesticks sends out a crow at the opponent in front of them, dealing magic damage and making them frightened for a while. Terrify has a minimum damage threshold on monster damage capped at 400.
S2: BOUNTIFUL HARVEST
Fiddlesticks drain enemy health and deal extra execution damage after the period.
This ability requires a nearby opponent to be cast upon. This ability does not need the target to be visible to be connected.
Fiddlesticks slice the target area with his scythe, causing magic damage and slowing foes in the area for 1.25 seconds.
Enemies hit in the middle of the region are silenced for 1.25 seconds as well.
ACTIVE: Fiddlesticks channels for 1.5 seconds, then dashes to the target area with a group of crows circling frantically around him for 5 seconds, inflicting magic damage to surrounding foes every 0.25 seconds.
Some Spark, Joy, and Wonder.
They also mentioned, “The Captain has assured us we can still find sparks of joy and wonder.” Many people think it is Zeri as a spark of Zaun, but then joy unbound is Nilah.
If you read the short biography of Nilah, you will find this: “Having won her power through an encounter with the long-imprisoned demon of joy,”
Nilah was inspired by a warrior from “Ramayana.” Her theme song, looks, and weapon are all Indian. Her weapon design is based on the whip-like sword known as “Urumi.”
“Very much like a hero from the Ramayana, she has given up everything for this incredible power and uses it to protect the world from ancient threats that have been long thought invincible,” Carnival Knights explains.
What do I think & some of my doubts about next champions in wildrift?
The spark of joy and wonder can be Zeri, Nilah, and Bard. Yes, all of them. If I am overthinking it, it might be Zeri alone, but then why bother mentioning words like joy and wonder, which are hallmarks of some champions like Bard and Nilah?
Bard was teased as “the wonder above“ in the League of Legends cinematics when they introduced him. This was also mentioned on the IGN website. He can be that wonder instead of Neeko in my web stories.
It will be fantastic if Bard is one of the new Wildrift champions in 2023, along with Fiddlesticks and Zeri. All these champions are super tricky and fun.
I added Neeko to the list because I thought Neeko’s curiosity was very much related to wonder, but then I found the teaser video of Bard.
That is how I removed her, plus she has a unique ability to be mentioned by, like, a shapeshifter chameleon.
Hints about Nocturne in 2023 on wildrift in the dev letter.
Some YouTubers have pointed out this sentence from the letter as a hint for nocturne: “While the thought of bearing witness to such twisted acts of magic and wonder would keep anyone up at night.“
I thought it referred more to the player’s excitement over the release of champions like Zoe, but then, who knows? They are always poetic and vaguely mention every damn important thing.
Nocturne is also known as the eternal nightmare. In his story, he caused people to be stuck in nightmares feeding on their fear which caused them not to sleep again.
So Nocturne will most likely be another contender among the new wildrift champions in 2023.
About the doubts, I am facing.
I think Wildrift will release Twitch and Zoe in 2022, meaning they are increasing the speed of releasing new champions.
Why do I think so?
They mentioned Twitch and Zoe at the beginning of the letter, and then they talked about past champion releases.
To my surprise, the dev letter mentioned plans for 2023 separately at the end. “When I first began to pen this letter, I shared some of the rumors I’ve heard, but plans from expedition leader Moore are already underway for our next expedition in 2023,” they stated.
This includes releasing fiddlesticks, someone from Zaun, and then a spark of joy and wonder.
Then again, it could be my overthinking that Wildrift is releasing three champions every 30 days rather than two.
If this is correct, the champion release order in League of Legends: Wildrift will be as follows.
New wildrift champions with a Pace of 3 per 30 days:
- Warwick and Aatrox will be available in November 2022.
- Kayn and Lillia’s release month will be December 2022.
- Twitch and Zoe will be available in January 2023.
- Fiddlesticks and Urgot/some underground dude’s release month is February 2023.
- Zeri and Nilah will be released in March 2023.
- Bard might be available in April.
If it goes in the same order as they were mentioned and the pace.
Aatrox, Kayn, Lillia, Twitch, Zoe, Fiddlesticks, and Zeri are most definitely to be released, as the hints were obvious.
Nilah and Bard are 80% sure. Urgot was very close to the hint.
I have not pointed out the abilities of champions who were hinted about vaguely.
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