Shyvana has the magic of rune shard burning bright within her. Often, she appears to be humanoid, but when she takes on her true form, which is a fearsome dragon (yikes), she makes everyone in her path flee as they don’t want to be incinerated. Do you blame them? I sure don’t.
First, I would like to start by taking a look at Shyvana’s Abilities so that you can familiarize yourself with this champion (if you haven’t already).
Fury of the Dragonborn: This ability is pretty cool. With this ability, Shyvana will deal bonus damage to dragons. She will also gain Magic and Armor Resistance, and you know, in League of Legends, this is something to be thankful for. As Shyvana and her allies slay more dragons, she gains more bonus Armor and Magic Resistance…now that’s something I like hearing.
Twin Bite: On her next attack, Shyvana is going to strike twice. Those basic attacks will reduce the cooldown of your Twin Bite ability by 0.5 seconds. Sure, this may not seem like a lot of time, but it works out when you’re waiting to use it. When Shyvana is in Dragon Form, the Twin Bite ability will cleave all units that are in front of the champion.
Burnout: With the Burnout ability, Shyvana will surround herself with fire, and in return, she deals magic damage per second to enemy champions around her. It will also make her move faster for a total of three seconds. When Shyvana basic attacks an enemy while Burnout is active, part of that damage will be applied again. Throughout the spell, the Movement Speed will reduce. Basic attacks can extend the duration of Burnout. While she is in Dragon Form, Burnout will grow in size.
Flame Breath: With the Flame Breath ability, Shyvana will be unleashing a fireball that will damage every enemy champion it encounters. This ability will leave cinders on the target and mark them for a total of 5 seconds. When she performs a basic attack on a marked target, it will deal a percentage of their maximum health as on-hit damage. When she is in Dragon Form, this ability will explode on impact, dealing additional damage and scorching the earth for a short period.
Dragons Descent: For her last ability, we have Dragon’s Descent. Here, Shyvana will turn into a dragon and fly to the target location. Those innocent (or not so innocent) enemy champions along her path will take damage and be pushed toward the target location.
Shyvana Needs To Be Reworked
Now, if you think about it, Shyvana has some pretty good abilities, but unfortunately, she just so happens to be one of the most outdated champions in League of Legends. Along with a lot of the LoL community, we feel that it is time for this champion to receive a rework to bring her up to par with the other League of Legend champions. She is in dire need of a visual and gameplay update. Fortunately, Riot has mentioned her as one of the next champions in line for a rework, but there still might be a wait despite this.
Back in 2019, Riot Games released five champions that needed to be reworked in the future for the LoL community to vote on. Those five champions were Volibear, Fiddlesticks, Nocturne, Shyvana, and Dr. Mundo. The votes received were in favor of Volibear and Fiddlesticks with very little difference, which caused Riot Games to have to work on those two simultaneously. Fortunately, Shyvana received the 3rd highest number of votes, which is an indication that the LoL community wants to see Shyvana reworked.
Now, Riot Games is preparing the 2021 polls, and there is a high possibility that Shyvana will be on that list of champions to vote on.
Shyvana has Been Begging for a Rework
You see, Asking Riot Games to rework Shyvana isn’t new – the LoL community has requested this numerous times. After Riot reworked Fiddlesticks and Volibear, they moved on to choose Dr. Mundo for their next rework plan, and due to this, players are worried that they have forgotten about reworking Shyvana.
The LoL Game Director has Spoken
However, when the game director of LoL mentioned reworking Shyvana not too long ago, it became apparent to us that the wait would soon be over. The game director confirmed that the champion needs a VGU (both in playstyle and visual). He announced that he wasn’t considering a VGU that didn’t support a fighter playstyle.
Riot Games’ Original Idea for Shyvana
When Riot Games created this champion, their original idea was for her to be an AD Fighter, which made sense. However, the AP build seems to be her best suit at the moment, so you will find players that build AP for the champion and use Flame Breath while in Dragon form. This tactic right here is the opposite of what Riot had initially planned for Shyvana.
Reworking Shyvana isn’t going to be done overnight; it will take some thought and consideration – lots of time will need to be put towards her to make sure they get it right. Some other champions are being prioritized at the time, but once they’re out of the way, it should be Shyvana’s time to shine in the spotlight. What we know right now is that there may finally be some hope on the horizon for Shyvana, but we will need to wait for a tad bit longer. You’ll soon find Riot Games offering a voting link for 2021; I encourage you to follow that link and do your part in voting because, just like with primary elections, every vote counts. If you feel that Shyvana needs to be reworked (she does) and she is on that list (we are sure she will be), then by all means, cast your vote in her direction because she could use some love.