| 3. February 2021

LoR | Aphelios Champion Expansion Cards Revealed

The long-awaited Aphelios Champion Expansion is right around the corner! But we’re not just getting Aphelios — there’s a host of new cards coming our way as well! And boy do they look amazing! We’re talking four Targon-themed followers, a new Targon landmark, and a whopping nine entirely spell cards! All things considered, if you’ve been itching for new content, you finally have a reason to celebrate!

There’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s begin!

Aphelios Champion Expansion | New Cards Breakdown

First of all, let’s go over the four Targon units that will soon ship to live servers. The first two are fairly weak, comparatively speaking. The second two, however, are pretty darn interesting and will surely see play right from the very get-go.

The Flight” is a 1 mana unit with 2 | 1 and the Elusive keyword. If it happens to hit the enemy Nexus, you’ll get to draw a card and then shuffle this unit into the top three cards of your deck.

The Sky Shadows” is a 2 mana unit with 3 | 1. Once summoned, it’ll refill two of your spell mana if it happens to behold a Nightfall card.

The Fangs” is a 4 mana unit with 3 | 2 and the Lifesteal keyword. Once played, it’ll Invoke a Celestial card that costs 3 mana or less. An interesting effect, overall, although it certainly doesn’t come cheap.

The Cloven Way” is a 5 mana unit with 5 | 4 and the Overwhelm keyword. It also packs a Nightfall effect. If proc’d, you’ll get to stun an enemy unit. If it’s a follower (therefore not a champion), it’ll be stunned once again at the start of the succeeding round. A very strong effect, all things considered.

A Brand New Targon Landmark

The Veiled Temple” is a 4 mana landmark from Targon. Each round, the first time you play two other cards, you’ll get to refill 2 mana and grant your strongest ally +1 | +1. Quite a solid addition that will surely synergize wonderfully with Aphelios and his spell-heavy kit.

Spell Galore

We’re getting nine entirely new spells from a host of different regions! So there’s really something for everyone, regardless of their deck of choice!

Starbone” is a 2 mana Burst spell from Targon. If you happen to behold “The Messenger,” all of your Celestial allies will gain +1 | +1 regardless of their location. Frankly speaking, this combo isn’t all that hard to pull off, and it’s quite a potent one! An interesting card design-wise, that’s for sure.

Stress Testing” is a 1 mana Burst spell from Piltover & Zaun. Once played, it’ll remove Fleeting from all of your cards in hand. If you happen to discard it, however, you’ll get to draw a random card with Fleeting.

Troll Gifts” is a 2 mana Burst spell from Freljord. It can grant an ally unit Regeneration, and if said unit already has it, it’ll gain +2 | +2 instead. This is a fantastic card overall, especially seeing how it’s of the Burst variety.

Gluttony” is a 3 mana Fast spell from the Shadow Isles. It can kill an ally with Last Breath and then summon a follower from your deck that costs 1 more mana. The synergy with this one is quite obvious (and strong).

Flurry of Fists” is a 3 mana Burst spell from Ionia. It can grant an ally unit +1 | 0 and Quick Attack. If it already has said keyword, it’ll gain Double Attack instead.

Powder Pandemonium” is a 4 mana Slow spell from Bilgewater. Once activated, it’ll summon a “Powder Monkey” and give a random enemy unit Vulnerable (for the remainder of the round) for each time you’ve activated Plunder that game.

Wild Claws” is a 5 mana Slow spell from Noxus that can force an ally unit to strike an enemy. If your unit has Overwhelm, it’ll deal excess damage to the enemy Nexus.

Molten Breath” is a 6 mana Slow spell from Demacia. An ally that’s equipped with the Fury keyword (i.e. a Dragon) will strike two of your opponent’s weakest enemies.

Gifts From Beyond” is a 2 mana Burst spell from Targon that’ll allow you to pick a Moon weapon to create in hand. A must-have if you’re running Aphelios.

Closing Remarks

The Aphelios Champion Expansion might not sound like much on paper, but it’ll certainly leave a mark on the game and its meta. Heck, that’s probably an understatement. Whether that’s in the positive or negative direction, however, still remains to be seen. Either way, there’s a reason to log in and queue up as these cards won’t come cheap! If you want a more official look of what’s to come, make sure to head over to Riot’s website!

We’ll be back with more coverage over the coming days, so stay tuned!