10:00am PT by Patrick Shanley
'League of Legends' Introduces Latest Champion, Yuumi the Magical Cat
There's a new champion in town and she's feline good.
The latest playable character in Riot Games' massively popular multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends is Yuumi the Magical Cat, a new enchantment support class hero coming to the title on May 14.
Yuumi is the 144th champion introduced to the game since its initial release in October, 2009. She is best used when helping out teammates and, as such, is geared towards new players wanting to learn the basics of League. She is very vulnerable when left on her own.
While League of Legends is primarily an online competitive experience, the lore surrounding the title and its playable champions is quite deep. Yuumi's backstory involves a powerful enchantress named Norra from Bandle City who mysteriously disappears, leaving the magical cat in charge of the sorceress' sentient Book of Thresholds. Yuumi travels through the pages in the book searching for her lost master and, appropriately for a house pet, yearns for affection, friendly companions, naps and fish.
As with the game's other champions, Yuumi comes equipped with a number of special abilities. Her passive Bop ‘n’ Block ability makes Yuumi's next attack against an enemy champion restore an amount of mana and grants her a shield that blocks damage and follows Yuumi and her attached ally until broken; her Q-key attack is called the Prowling Projectile, which summons a missile that deals magic damage to the first enemy hit; Yuumi's W-key move, called You and Me!, allows her and her attached ally to gain a percentage of one another’s attack damage or ability power; the E-key ability, Zoomies, heals her and grants a speed boost; and the Final Chapter move, attached to the R-key, launches seven waves of attacks which deal magic damage against foes.
League of Legends is free to download and play on PC. The game is one of the most successful titles in history and generated $1.4 billion in revenue last year.