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League of Legends Introduces K’Sante, Its First Black Queer Champion

League of Legends Introduces K’Sante, Its First Black Queer Champion

DeObia Oparei and K'Sante
Amy Sussman/Getty Images; Courtesy of League of Legends
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League of Legends is set to make gaming history with the introduction of a new character, K’Sante. While he’s not the first queer character to be added to the massively popular online multiplayer game — more than 117 million people play it every month — he’s the first-ever LGBTQ+ Black champion.

This was recently confirmed on Twitter by out actor DeObia Oparei (Sex Education, Game of Thrones) who will voice the character. “I’m excited to give life and voice to K’Sante and make history portraying the first LGBTQ black Champion Warrior @LeagueOfLegends,” he wrote, sharing a video introducing the new character.

According to ONE eSports, K’Sante is also known as the Pride of Nazumah, and is set to join the roster of champions in November during the ongoing 2022 World Championship. He’s reportedly a desert warrior from a distant, fictional oasis city, inspired both by the Middle East and Africa.

As for his sexuality, League of Legends had dropped some hints before it was confirmed he was queer. First being that moniker “Pride of Nazumah” and secondly that his introduction video was called “The Hunter’s Pride”. We see you LoL, we see you.

The video also offers some backstory about K’Sante. He is not a follower of Azir (aka the Ascended), a godlike being who now seeks to restore the Shurima, a region in the game. “My ancestors built Nazumah, away from the Ascended and other would-be rulers,” K’Sante says in the video. According to the game’s lore, Nazumah’s proximity to water makes it unique but also attracts monsters with whom they need to compete for resources, making them powerful warriors. K’Sante sees himself as the ultimate protector of his people, “to the end.” He boasts a unique weapon made from the regenerative hide he claimed from a monster he defeated in the desert.

K’Sante will be released in League of Legends patch 12.21, which is expected to arrive in November. Watch his introduction video below.

The Hunter’s Pride | K’Sante Champion Teaser - League of Legendswww.youtube.com

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.