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Riot Games have revealed the first look of League of Legends champion Volibear’s updated visual and gameplay coming to the game.
In a vote held by League of Legends developers to choose which of the current champions needed a rework, fans chose both Volibear and Fiddlesticks, which prompted Riot to work on both of the champions.
In Riot’s latest blog post, Frejlord’s Demigod still retains key features of his older design, as the post explains that the new version of Volibear is much more feral and better aligned with the Demigod’s lore.
League of Legends gameplay designer Nathan Lutz revealed that they were inspired to make the champion feel “relentless” in-game and his abilities will “feel like modern takes on his live kit.”
“He still runs on all fours and locks down a single target,” Lutz said, explaining that they did not stray too far from his former kit, “He still has a targeted bite, rampaging attack speed and chain lightning, only now it lasts for as long as he remains in combat.”
Riot also showcased a sneak peek at his new ‘E’ ability and the VFX behind it, which creates a shockwave flash before leaving a glowing crater behind.
However, they didn’t reveal information on what the shockwave does specifically, but fans as suggesting that it could slow enemies struck by the shockwave similarly to the skill it is set to replace.
Moreover, Volibear’s ultimate will be receiving changes as well, we’ve only received a hint that it would be in line with his title as the “Freljordian god of storms” and offer some utility that the champ “has never had before.”
We still don’t have an official release date for the Volibear VGU but according to the post that from the time of the announcement, “Voli’s release will be shorter than it was for Fiddlesticks,” which means that he would be released on PBE servers within the coming weeks.