For years, we’ve been able to purchase an item called the Blade of the Ruined King (or BORK), but not many players know who the Ruined King is. This year, Riot Games is pushing that character to the forefront, not only in the form of an upcoming spinoff game also titled Ruined King, but by releasing him as a playable champion named Viego. Because, why not?
Those who know me know that I am a sucker for devastating love stories, and Viego’s lore struck me in the heart the moment I read it. A king who was driven to madness from the death of his only love, Isolde, Viego scoured the land for anything that could revive her. And that’s when he learned the secret of the Blessed Isles: a pool of water that could cure any ailment.
“NO PRICE IS TOO GREAT. NO ATROCITY BEYOND MY REACH. FOR HER… I WILL DO ANYTHING.”
Viego struck down everyone that stopped him from reaching the pool on the Blessed Isles, and placed his wife in the holy waters. However, when his wife rose from the waters, she was revived as a wraith of shadow and rage. Isolde struck Viego with his own enchanted blade, unleashing a curse that plunged him and the Isles into eternal darkness.
Now a wraith himself, Viego has spent the last one thousand years being consumed and twisted by his desire to find a cure for Isolde. Nothing can and will stand in his way.
Passive – Sovereign’s Domination
Viego can temporarily possess enemy champions he helps kill, healing for a portion of their max health. During possession, Viego’s items, attacks, and non-ultimate abilities become those of his slain enemy’s, and he gains a free cast of his own ultimate, Heartbreaker. While possessing an enemy, Viego also gets bonus movement speed when moving toward enemy champions.
Q – Blade of the Ruined King
Passive: Viego’s attacks deal a percent of the target’s current health as bonus damage on-hit. When Viego attacks an enemy he recently hit with an ability, the attack strikes twice. The second strike siphons health from the target instead of dealing regular damage, but still applies on-hit effects and can critically strike. This passive is maintained during possession.
Active: Viego stabs forward with his blade, damaging all enemies hit.
W – Spectral Maw
Viego charges up and then dashes forward, hurling a blast of mist that stuns and damages the first enemy hit. Stun duration and mist range increase with charge time, damage and dash range don’t.
E – Harrowed Path
Viego spreads a wave of Black Mist around a nearby wall. While in the mist, Viego becomes Camouflaged and gains Attack Speed and Movement Speed.
R – Heartbreaker
Viego discards any bodies he is currently possessing and teleports forward, attacking the enemy champion in range with the lowest percent health and dealing bonus damage based on their missing health. Other enemies in range are knocked away.
When I heard of his passive, my first thought was “Sylas?”. Turns out, it’s nearly the same but not quite. Viego is able to take over the bodies of his fallen enemies, making his gameplay amazingly interesting. Much like with Sylas though, your game knowledge will need to be top-notch as you will need to know the abilities of the champions you are planning to steal.
With Viego in your roster, you’ll definitely be able to ruin your enemy team’s day by reviving their unkillable tank or carry and slaughtering them with the body of their own fallen ally. Just make sure you don’t possess an enemy Teemo, because there’s really no point in doing that.