The newest champion to join the League of Legends roster, Gnar is a deceptively cute, furry creature described as the ‘missing link’ by Riot.
“Time marches on for most, but not Gnar.” reads Gnar’s story, “A yordle born millennia ago, Gnar was captured and trapped in true ice, frozen - quite literally - in time. Civilizations formed and fell as the prehistoric yordle vacantly stared on, but nothing – not even true ice – could confine Gnar forever. After breaking free, he wandered Runeterra until he found himself taken in by his yordle descendants. But, as they would soon discover, there’s a beast behind the boy.”
Gnar is best suited to top lane gameplay and can take two forms: Mini Gnar and Mega Gnar. In his Mega form he can take on more tank-like responsibilities, while in Mini Gnar form he becomes squishy but extremely mobile, offering good damage and kiting skills. Both forms have marked weaknesses however in order to balance the champion and not make a singular form dominant over the other.
“Gnar’s rage meter fills slowest at the start of the game, so mastering his Mini form is key to a successful early game. Fortunately, Mini Gnar has plenty of tricks up his furry sleeves to keep his more fragile form safe from enemy aggression,” Gnar’s write-up explains. “And then there’s Mega Gnar. A brutal beast with significant crowd control and surprising burst, Mega Gnar brings a completely different playstyle to bear complete with inherent strengths and weaknesses. He’s a juggernaut: slow, strong and resilient, and while he delivers a punishing burst of damage, he has little to follow up with.”
Riot also state that mastering how to play in the transition between Gnar’s forms becomes as important and getting to grips with two different play styles offered by Mini and Mega Gnar.