Viego, the Ruined King Revealed for League of Legends
Viego, the Ruined King has finally been revealed! We’ve been waiting so darn long for this day, it kind of feels surreal that it’s actually here! So, as always, let’s do a somewhat quick breakdown of his biggest strengths and weaknesses, along with his oh-so-peculiar ability kit!
Before we delve any deeper into the nitty-gritty, make sure to watch Riot’s spectacular Ruination cinematic. It not only introduces Viego in an especially chilling way, but also sets the stage for the battle that will soon come to Runeterra!
Talk about a top-notch production! Riot always manages to deliver when it comes to cinematics, and this one is no exception! It not only showcases Viego in all of his threatening glory, but also sets many events in motion, all of which we — the players — will get to explore across Riot’s staggering ecosystem, including League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, LoL: Wild Rift, and Ruined King: A League of Legends Story!
2021 is shaping up to be quite a thrilling year if you’re a League of Legends fan, that’s for sure.
Viego, the Ruined King | Breakdown
Viego’s abilities are quite fascinating, to say the least. Those who’ve been itching to see him in action will no doubt be satisfied! The fact that he’s primarily a jungler makes this all the more entertaining.
Passive: “Sovereign’s Domination” — Viego can temporarily possess enemy champions he helps kill, while also healing for a portion of their max HP. During the possession, his items, attacks, and non-ultimate abilities will mirror those of his slain enemy, and he will also unlock a free cast of his own ultimate “Heartbreaker.” As if that wasn’t enough, he’ll also gain bonus movement speed while moving toward enemy targets.
Overall, as far as passives go, this is quite an imposing one. We can only imagine the sheer number of possibilities and use-cases for such a stacked passive. It is, arguably, one of his most peculiar and unique abilities.
Q: “Blade of the Ruined King” — This ability has a passive and active component. Passively, Viego’s attacks will always deal a percent of the target’s current HP as bonus damage on-hit. When Viego attacks an enemy he recently hit with an ability, his attack will strike twice. The second attack will siphon HP from his target instead of dealing regular damage. Still, it’ll apply on-hit effects and can critically strike. Finally, he’ll retain this passive even after possessing an enemy champion.
The active component is much simpler: Viego will simply stab his blade forward, damaging all enemies hit.
W: “Spectral Maw” — Viego charges for a short duration and then dashes forward, hurling a blast that’ll stun and damage the first enemy hit. The duration of the stun and the blast’s range scale with the amount of time you charge the ability, whereas damage and dash range don’t.
Simple stuff — a bit of CC will definitely come in handy! We can already see Viego mains charging their Ws like madmen from all sorts of brushes across the Rift.
E: “Harrowed Path” — Viego sends out a wave of Black Mist that encompasses a nearby wall. He can then walk into the “contaminated” zone, become camouflaged, and gain bonus attack and movement speed. Great for fighting in close corridors, that’s for sure. Also, this could potentially end up as quite a potent ability for those looking to invade the other half of the map.
R: “Heartbreaker” — Viego discards any bodies he might be possessing and then teleports forward, attacking any enemy champion that’s in range with the lowest percent HP and dealing bonus damage based on their missing health. Other enemies that are in range of his ultimate will be knocked away.
Overall, Viego looks pretty darn fun! Whether he’ll be hard to balance or not, however, is anyone’s guess at this point. There’s certainly potential looking at his ability kit, but we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves. He also looks like a champion that’s easy to pick up and play — there aren’t any over-the-top abilities or complex mechanics. Still, as with any other champions, we’re sure he’ll have a high skill ceiling. He does have a “soft execute” (as one Redditor so eloquently put it) that can reset thanks to his passive, so don’t be shocked if he skyrockets in pick and ban priority upon release! One thing is for certain: good Viego players will be able to create a ton of chaos on the Rift!
Now that he’s been revealed, Viego, the Ruined King is set to release alongside patch 11.2 on January 21st! Finally, for a more official look at his abilities, make sure to head over to Riot’s website!