[Update: Added in a few more posts, ZenonTheStoic confirmed as the champion's designer.]
Following an early release and subsequent take down on Riot China's channel, a new teaser titled The River King has been released .This new champion teaser tells the story of a desperate gambler and a deal he struck with the monstrous "River King".
"Desperate times call for desperate measures. I can make you a fine bargain… but you gotta be willing to pay the price."
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This isn't the first time we've heard something suspicious about the river in recent times...
The patch 5.11 notes introduction includes:
"And that about encapsulates the contents of this patch. For those of you struggling to keep up in your "games of League, we're always striving to ensure you won't be stuck up the river without a paddle. That said, if conventional means don't work, be careful who you call when seeking help; there's all sorts of things out there, preying on the wishes of desperate people. Mope, and you mope alone - laugh, and the world laughs with you. Or so they say."
Patch 5.11 also included the addition of a mysterious laugh. in Summoner's Rift's river.
"Boy, the world's one river and I'm its king"
[~4:30 PST Update] ZenonTheStoic, the designer behind Lucian and Azir, has confirmed on reddit that he is the champion designer for The River King:
"Can confirm that I'm the champion designer on whatever this thing is that's coming downriver toward us."
He continued, noting that The River King's Q will have have a slow of some sort and that he doesn't have any knock-ups, true damage, or executes.