Patch notes for Vainglory’s Update 1.18 have been released, revealing a new Hero: Lance.
Lance is a “Roam/Tank” with a unique polearm-and-shield combat style.
“Lance breaks enemy lines and creates opportunities for allies. Lance can build crystal or utility items to excel in his role as a protector, or he can build weapon items to deal more damage during battle.”
While you can read all about his lore here, below are the details you probably care more about.
PARTISAN’S TECHNIQUE (HEROIC PERK)
Lance’s basic attacks damage every target along their path. However, his attacks are slow to land and attack speed is less effective on him. Instead of energy, Lance uses stamina to activate his abilities. Purchasing items with energy and energy regeneration increases his stamina and stamina regeneration.
Lance strikes through his opponents, dealing weapon damage and rooting them in place. If this attack hits at least one enemy, Lance will immediately recover from the ability. Overdrive: If this hits an enemy, it also resets the cooldown of Combat Roll.
GYTHIAN WALL (B)
Passive: Lance strafes around the enemy he has most recently attacked. While strafing, he reduces damage from the target’s direction by up to 50%.
Active: Lance sweeps opponents away with his polearm, dealing weapon damage and also stunning them if they collide with a wall or structure. Afterward, he holds his shield steadfast, greatly reducing incoming damage from the target direction by up to 90%. Overdrive: While active, Lance ignores all debuffs (from any direction).
COMBAT ROLL (C)
Lance rolls in the target direction. His next basic attack within 2 seconds will strike quickly, dealing bonus crystal damage.
Lance will be unlockable with ICE only for the first 7 days. Afterward, you will be able to unlock Lance with ICE or Glory.