Last week, Riot Games teased a new League of Legends champion called ‘The River King’. The developer posted a creepy teaser trailer explaining that The River King makes bad deals with people hard on their luck and in a storyboard animation, we see him devour a card-playing gambler on his wedding day. How lovely.
Ever since, League players have been chomping at the bit to find out more about the new champion and his abilities, looking to find out more about the character who will be joining fellow new addition Ekko on the game’s already massive roster. Today is the day of that champ’s unveiling, so read after the break to find out more about Tahm Kench, The River King.
New League of Legends Champion – Tahm Kench, The River King
According to Riot, Tahm is not a jungle tank as many League of Legends fans had hoped, and he is instead best suited to being a support or a solo lane and works well with Swain, Kog’Maw, and Sejuani, but struggles against Vayne, Janna, and Gnar. He is well suited to ganks, says Riot, The River King offers “unmatched protection during enemy ganks” and during allied ganks he can “can meet up with his jungler” and use his Abyssal Voyage ability to set up a gank instead.
Speaking of, here’s a break down of all of Tahm Kench’s abilities:
- Passive: An Acquired Taste – With his passive, Tahm Kench applies stacks for every basic attack or damaging ability that he gets against an enemy champion. Once The River King has reached three stacks, he can “interact with [enemy champions] differently”.
- Q: Tongue Lash – Tongue Lash is a great ability to use if your ADC is trying to get a kill on a champion who is quickly running away. When Tahm Kench uses this ability, he will damage and slow any target that it hits. But, if Tahm has built up those stacks of An Acquired Taste, The River King will stun them instead.
- W: Devour – With Devour, Tahm can swallow enemy champions, enemy minions or even allied champions. Devouring a minion or monster lets you spit them out and deal damage against whoever they hit, devouring enemy champions (which is only possible following three stacks of An Acquired Taste) decreases Tahm’s movement speed, damages enemies with a portion of their health as magic damage, and they have reduced vision too, only being able to see the things immediately around The River King. Allied champions, meanwhile, become immune from damage, gain extra movement speed when Tahm heads towards enemy champions, and either he or the allied champion can choose when they stop being ‘Devoured’ too.
- E: Thick Skin – Thick Skin (passive) turns all of the damage Tahm receives into grey health and when he leaves combat, this skin will fall off and heal him for the amount of grey health that he’s racked up. Thick skin (active) on the other hand, lets The River King turn the grey health into a shield that “quickly falls off”.
- R: Abyssal Voyage – And finally, we have Tahm Kench’s ulti. As a passive, Abyssal Voyage lets Tahm’s damage scale with his maximum health and as an active ability Tahm lets an allied champion get into his belly (or he can go it alone) and then he creates a giant whirlpool before diving in it and going to somewhere else on the map. It has a massive range too, but Riot reckons this is offset by its “lengthy cast”.
While it’s early days just yet and this is obviously a hands-off first impression, to me, Tahm Kench does seem ridiculously OP. Stacking An Acquired Taste might require a bit of skill, yes, but with Tahm’s damage scaling to his health and Thick Skin letting him quickly regain it, The River King could be both an offensive and defensive beast. Plus, Abyssal Voyage is Tahm’s very own two-man Teleport, making him a great pick if you love team fights.
Tahm Kench, The River King does not yet have a release date but we will let you know once we have more information.