League of Legends next champion, Thresh, will be released in the next few weeks if the timetables from public beta to playable character are any indication. Fans with long-term memories recall hearing about a male support character being added to the LoL line-up last year, and forum chatter puts his status as the first support/assassin champion at ... maybe.


Think he's destined to be the Assassin/Support champion of your dreams? Here's a rundown of his abilities.

Passive: Damnation

Thresh collects the souls of dead enemies (whenever an enemy dies, he drops a soul). He gains bonus armor, magic resistance and ability power for each soul.

Thresh doesn't gain armor and magic resistance per level.

Q: Death Sentence

Passive: Deals magic damage with each hit. The damage raises with the amount of souls Thresh has collected.

Active: Grabs an enemy, then pulls them towards himself or leaps to them.

W: Dark Passage

Throws out a lantern and all allies within this lantern gain a shield, lasting 6 seconds. If you reactivate the ability, he pulls all allies inside the lantern towards himself.

E: Flay

Knocks nearby enemies in the direction of your choice. Cast forward to push, cast backwards to pull.

R: The Box

Thresh creates a "Box" with 5 spectral walls around him. Every enemy champion who walks through a wall will be damaged and slowed, but will break the wall. Once one wall is broken, remaining walls deal half damage and the slow duration is reduced.

And a champion just isn't a champion without the tangy zip of specialized items. Thresh's items are:

Grez's Spectral Lantern:

Attack Damage decreased to 20 from 25.

Hextech Sweeper:

Unique Passive: Trap Detection - Nearby stealthed enemy traps are revealed.

Last Whisper:

Cost increased to 2400 gold from 2135 gold.

Looks pretty good, but did we mention ...


Yeah, 1.0. That's boss-level status.

If you're thinking about using Thresh but aren't sure exactly how to play him, we went ahead and compiled some of the strategies available on the LoL Wiki:

Skill Usage:

- Damnation lets Thresh build up lots of power. But not at first. Tread lightly and carry a wicked lantern for a few.

- Dark Passage works best when paired with melee champions who dash, like Xin Zhao or Jax.

- Flay can turn certain death into a death-defying escape instead.

Build Usage:

Thresh's magic damage bonus can (and should) be exploited through his character build. Here's a list of useful items to consider equipping:

Abyssal Scepter- Reduces magic resist of nearby enemies, so that automatic magic damage gets a boost.

Malady - Reduces enemy magic resistance with each successful basic attack (stacks 7 times) and gets the bonus from Damnation.

Rabadon's Deathcap - This will multiply the effects of all those passive ability gains.

And, for those of you who like a little backstory with your hack-and-slash, here's the gist of Thresh's origin, once again, courtesy of the LoL Wiki:

Thresh is a twisted reaper whose hungry chains ensnare the souls of the living. A moment's hesitation at the sight of his ghostly visage and there is no escape. He leaves in his wake hollow corpses, their souls ripped loose and trapped in the sickly green light of his lantern. The Chain Warden takes sadistic joy in tormenting his victims, both before and after their deaths. His grim task is never complete, and he stalks the land for ever more resolute spirits to unravel.

Thresh carves careful, deliberate paths through Valoran. He handpicks his targets individually, devoting his full attention to each soul in turn. He isolates and toys with them, gradually eroding their sanity with his twisted, maddening humor. Once Thresh takes an interest in a soul, he does not relent until he possesses it. He then drags those he captures back to the Shadow Isles for an unimaginably dreadful fate. This is his only purpose.

Little is known about the Chain Warden's past, and many of the details live only in nursery rhymes and campfire tales. They tell of a sadistic jailer from centuries past who took great delight in torturing his wards. Patient and brutal, he used a variety of methods to break his victims' minds before their bodies succumbed to his grisly designs. Chains were the jailer's preferred instruments of terror. Their shrill scrape marked his dreadful approach and promised agony to those he visited. His dark reign went unchallenged until his prisoners escaped during a massive riot. They overwhelmed him, and without ceremony or remorse, hanged him from his own chains. Thus began the unlife of the horrible specter known as Thresh, or so the tales go.

Thresh now haunts the land, leaving an aftermath of horror and despair. However, there is a devious purpose behind his dark machinations, and the meager spirits of average men are insufficient. He seeks stronger souls. Only when he has broken the wills of Valoran's most resilient warriors will he finally have what he needs.

"There are few things as invigorating as taking a mind apart, piece by piece."