Riot details process of designing new LoL champ Smolder to be ‘straightforward’ ADC

Dragons are all the rage in 2024, and Riot Games is jumping on the bandwagon with a new flying, fire-breathing face in League of Legends—one whose development remained methodical at nearly every turn.

In a new champion insights blog post shared today highlighting the newest bundle of energy set to ignite Summoner’s Rift soon, various members of Smolder’s development team provided an in-depth look at the thought processes behind League’s newest dragon champion—and how he differs from the other fearsome beasts already in the cast. And while Smolder was created to directly tie into the Year of the Dragon, many pre-existing champions and pieces of lore played a big part in what ultimately became the next addition to the growing League cast.