After almost a week without any Legends of Runeterra spoilers, Riot Games is back with a ton of new cards. Featuring the champion Lee Sin, these cards from Ionia are all about synergy. While Lee Sin doesn’t have any new keywords or mechanics, he comes with plenty of combat tricks to dragon kick your opponent into oblivion.
Lee Sin spoilers
With Lee Sin on the board, players will be wanting to cast lots of spells. The first spell cast each turn gives him Challenger, and then the second spell gives him Barrier. Once seven spells have been cast, Lee Sin levels up and gets a powerful new ability. Finding a balance between spells and units will be important for Lee Sin-based decks.
Once he does level up, he has all the abilities of the first level, plus the ability to kick enemy units. Whenever he challenges an enemy unit, he deals damage equal to his power to both the unit and the enemy Nexus. If the enemy unit isn’t killed, then it gets recalled back to your opponent’s hand. There is so much going on with this ability that it’s hard to know how different cards will interact with Lee Sin. This is a unique ability in Legends of Runeterra; the closest thing to it is the card Atrocity, but it instead uses your enemy units as a sacrifice.
Being able to target specific units to deal direct damage to the enemy Nexus gives him a lot of board control. Judging by the showcase video, Lee Sin won’t take damage at all when he challenges an enemy unit, giving him a unique version of Quick Attack. Abusing his ability with Rally, or staging attacks with the new Scout mechanic Quinn brings to the game, gives players multiple chances to kick enemy units.
Legends of Runeterra combo region, Ionia
Lee Sin also comes with numerous unique spells and units to help get him to peak form. Two cheap spells, Sonic Wave and Retreat, create fleeting cards in hand to accelerate Lee Sin to level two. These two spells both only cost two mana, and their fleeting spells, Resonating Strike and Return, only cost one. Cheap combat tricks like these are going to be key to keeping the character alive.
Rounding out the Legends of Runeterra spoilers are a pair of units that also create more spells in hand. Tail of the Dragon and Scales of the Dragon are two three-mana units that provide combat tricks for Lee Sin to abuse. The three-mana slot is going to be a pretty congested slot in a deck running Lee Sin.
How Lee Sin will affect the meta of Legends of Runeterra is a little up in the air. With so many aggressive champions and cards released already, a mid- to late-game champ might have a hard time finding a place. Combining him with fully leveled up Karma or possibly a Yasuo to tempo your opponent until you can stabilize might be an effective strategy.
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