True to their nature, Riot Games, the creators of League of Legends, have released yet another champion on the Public Beta Environment for players to test. The newest addition to the roster of champions is Thresh, the Chain Warden.
Thresh's skill set involves using his chains to either disable and shackle enemy champions, or to help allied champions escape from danger. He may sound like a friendly ally, but he is far from it. Read Thresh's lore to learn more about his sadistic and tormenting personality.
"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.'
Below are Thresh's abilities in order from Passive to Ultimate. Please note that these abilities and their values are subject to change.
Passive: Keeper of Lost Souls
W: Lantern Toss
R: The Box
A preview of these abilites in action can be viewed on YouTube, thanks to Reignofgaming.net. Thresh is now available on the PBE and ready for testing.
UPDATE: Thresh has received stunning splash art that is now able to be viewed in the slideshow. The release skin for Thresh has not yet been named, but it is possible it will have something to do with underwater depths just by glancing at the splash art.