Late in the 7.21 cycle, a bubbly new ASLEEP & DROWSY in-game teaser has appeared on the PBE!
A new teaser has surfaced on the PBE! At the start of a game on the PBE, there is a chance for a bubble to launch out and put your champion to sleep briefly. Champions hit are marked as drowsy for a short duration before falling asleep and surrounded by butterflies.
The PBE strings referencing this were originally added in the 10/19 revert patch and reference both ASLEEP and DROWSY as unit status.
This follows the the bubbles, butterflies, and sleep reference in the recent Champion Roadmap: October 2017, implying this is an in-game teaser for the next new champion!
“TOYING WITH TWILIGHT
It’s been a long time since we had a new mage (and even longer since we released a new burst mage). With this in mind, we’ve redirected some time to creating a new burst mage with the tools to approach a fight from… interesting angles. We also wanted to take this chance to do something a bit more playful and bubbly as opposed to the dark and serious champions we’ve done recently. The new mage will have unique abilities that haven’t been seen before in League, so hold onto your summoner spells and don’t fall asleep, because change is coming… cataclysmic change. Also, sparkles!“
Look for more information on the next champion in the near future!