New LoL Top Lane Champion: Splash Art, Abilities & More

Riot is keeping pretty quiet about the next top lane champion in League of Legends, but we can make some assumptions about the Pride of Nazumah.

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In 2022, we had a total of four new champions revealed to us. In the April Champion Roadmap, Riot also gave a small hint at a new top lane tank champion that is going to be strutting onto the rift later this year or early in 2023.

What do we know about the top laner though and what do we know about their heritage? Let's check out all the (sparse) information we have on the upcoming Pride of Nazumah, League of Legend's next top lane champion!


What Position Will the Next Champion Play?

As already mentioned, the next League of Legends champion is going to be a top laner. Yes, we know that Nilah is going to release in LoL Patch 12.13, but we're looking a bit further ahead at what Riot has planned after the unique melee bot laner.

While we don't know much about the champion, it has been revealed by Reav3 that the next champion after Nilah, as well as the Udyr rework, is going to be a top laner.

What Role Will the Top Laner Have?

The role of the upcoming top laner is going to be a tank. It's been a while since we got a top lane tank in the meta. Last year, Riot released Gwen who was an AP skirmisher in the top lane and who will be getting a slight rework in League of Legends Patch 12.13.

In the April 2022 Champion Roadmap, Reav3 described the champion as a "high skill top lane tank". What he means by high skill is still unknown, since most of the information regarding the Pride of Nazumah still haven't been revealed. Hopefully, in the September 2022 Roadmap, we will get more information on the next top laner.

What Will the Next Champion Look Like?

According to BigBadBear on YouTube, the top lane tank is supposed to look like a big muscled black man. After various female champions, this will be the first man since Akshan's release in July 2021. So, if you want a big buff champion that resembles Doomfist, this buff top laner might just be it. It would fit the aesthetic of the single image we've received from Riot.

In the last few years, Riot has been releasing champions from more diverse ethnic backgrounds and with Nazumah giving us Ethiopia vibes, we can totally imagine the champion to be a person of color. There is a lack of black representation in the game, so another black champion isn't asking for too much at this point, right?

What Abilities Does The Top Laner Have?

Riot has not revealed any information regarding the top laner, but judging by them being a tank we can imagine them to have some Health stacking aspects to their kit like most tanks have these days. Will they also have a specific gimmick, something Riot has introduced in recent times to champions?

Maybe they'll make a speedy tank for once, since Rammus just isn't cutting it anymore in 2022. The options are endless, but we will have to wait for Riot to reveal more about the top lane champion and their upcoming abilities.

Where is the Top Lane Champion From?

With Arcane having been a huge hit, more and more focus has been put on League of Legends lore and a champions' background. While Riot is introducing a whole new area with Nilah, for the top lane champion we are going back to Shurima.

But not an area we have seen before from Shurima, instead, we will explore a whole new Shuriman region with this unique top lane champion. The champion is from Nazumah, which is going to be a whole new part of the southern continent, and it seems like they're going to be pretty popular among their people with a name like 'the Pride of Nazumah'.


When Will the New Top Lane Champion be Released?

The next champion is going to be released later this year or early in 2023. In the April 2023 Roadmap, Reav3 explained that the champion’s team is focusing on bringing out less champions, but more complete champions. This comes after the positive reception of Vex, who had been pushed back multiple times in 2021 ahead of her release.

In the April 2022 Roadmap, it was also stated that we are going to get the same number of champions as in 2021, which were four champions. Zeri and Renata Glasc were supposed to be shipped in 2021, but were pushed back due to the Arcane event for the hit Netflix series. Therefore, it seems highly unlikely that this champion will be coming in 2022, but we predict that they should be ready early 2023.