After many weeks of teasers and speculation, Riot unveils their reworks on two champions, indicating that the Freljord changes are going to be implemented soon.
As I wrote a few weeks ago , Riot Games has been putting a lot of effort into a mysterious update related to Freljord, a frozen wasteland in the League of Legends universe. Alongside a new map and frost-themed champion, Riot has also updated the lore for several of their existing champions, including Olaf, Sejuani, and Trundle. Riot has also reimagined Sejuani and Trundle thematically and mechanically, altering the character's models, skill names, and several abilities to improve them in-game and to better convey the core purpose of the characters. Earlier this morning, Riot released a champion spotlight for each Trundle and Sejuani, indicating that they will be ready to go live shortly.
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The changes to Trundle were largely thematic, altering him from Trundle, the Cursed Troll to Trundle, the Troll King. While the champion once represented a cursed people from a cursed land, Trundle's new role is troll-king of the north, where he is leading the trolls to war against the people of Freljord. Alongside his new role is a new skin, and a rename of his skills, such as changing his passive from "Decompose" to "King's Tribute", or his iconic pillar ability from "Pillar of Filth" to "Pillar of Ice". The only noticeable mechanical alteration to Trundle is the addition of increased healing to the effects of his ground control ability, Frozen Terrain (currently Contaminate). This change is a minor one, but should increase the sustainability of Trundle on the battlefield, and may be enough to make the champion a hot pick once the changes go live. To see the full champion spotlight, check out the video below.
Sejuani received a more comprehensive overhaul than Trundle, including both thematic and major mechanical alterations. Perhaps the most discussed change was to Sejuani's model, altering her from a scantily clad fighter to a dominating, heavily armored warrior. Sejuani's mechanical alterations have helped to reemphasize this feeling, increasing her natural tankiness and crowd control abilities. Riot also changed the effects of several of her abilities, adding a boost to her ability Arctic Assault, and turning Permafrost into a Passive/Active ability, giving room for skilled players to capitalize on the trigger ability. These changes to Sejuani are welcome ones, giving her a more defined and distinct role. While she was mocked as "The Cold Worthless Amumu" upon her release, players will be eager to pick up and try out the new and improved frozen queen of the jungle soon. As with Trundle, you can check out the full champion spotlight below.
Both of these champion changes are welcome, as neither Trundle or Sejuani have been popular or successful champions for quite some time. Both suffered from being mechanically irrelevant, when other champions did the same jobs as well as or better than they could. With newly reimagined roles in the universe, and a detailed update to the champions' mechanics, both Trundle and Sejuani are sure to become popular picks, similar to Karma and Katarina after their reworks over the last several months. What distinguishes the Sejuani/Trundle update is the fact that these champions have been tailored to fit into the Freljord update, the details of which is still being kept heavily under wraps by Riot. Riot traditionally releases champion spotlights only a week or two before they plan to release a champion, however, so these updates may hint the changes are nearly ready for release. There is no doubt Riot has been working hard to polish the currently existing content in League of Legends in addition to releasing new projects, and the Freljord update has been successful at keeping the community on their toes. The question remaining is will they be able to live up to the hype Riot has created?