Everything we know about the new Dr Mundo rework in LoL: release date, abilities - Dexerto
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Everything we know about LoL’s new Dr Mundo rework: release date, more

Published: 25/Sep/2020 8:54 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 8:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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Dr Mundo is finally joining the modern League of Legends roster, with the Madman of Zaun set for a major visual gameplay update in Season 11. Here’s everything we know about the planned champion rework.

Riot has “made a lot of progress” on the Mundo visual gameplay update over the past few months, the devs revealed in a Sep. 24 update. In fact, they’re already beginning to see the iconic LoL juggernaut take shape behind the scenes.

“We saw that a lot of people wanted us to keep Mundo as a fun, comical champion, so that is definitely something we’re planning on keeping,” the dev team explained.

The plan, lead gameplay developer Ryan “Reav3” Mireles said, is to have Mundo “embody a kind of ‘dark comical’ theme”. There aren’t many other League champions with that “unique style,” the dev said, so they wanted to stay true to that champion personality.

Another element of the rework was to keep Mundo true to his original 2009 ability kit. The self-made doctor has always lacked crowd control and dashes, and the dev team has no plans to change that “at all” in the 2021 rework.

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Dr Mundo is finally being updated after eleven years on the Rift.

Dr Mundo rework abilities

Riot devs have previously spoken about the need to “modernize” Dr Mundo’s eleven-year-old ability kit. Much of his current power lies in his tankiness. Beyond that, he offers very little to ever-evolving team compositions on Summoner’s Rift.

Mundo will likely keep his Q, the “Infected Cleaver,” in some form. He will also retain his key ability to regenerate health via his ultimate, “Sadism,” the dev team has said.

“He has a lot that currently works well for him, like his super regeneration and the ability to constantly chuck cleavers, both of which you can expect to stay in some form after his update,” Reav3 stated in a June 10 blog post.

“Our main goals are to give opponents more counterplay options against Mundo; increase Mundo’s gameplay variance beyond landing cleavers, and bring Mundo into the modern era of League without sacrificing his overall simplicity.”

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Riot has a general idea of where they want to take Dr Mundo, but nothing is solid yet.

Fear not, however. The Dr Mundo update will be closer to Sett than something like the new ADC champion Aphelion. The development team wants to keep him a “very simple champion” in the VGU. That means Dr Mundo won’t lose his core identity.

“The core of his kit has stayed consistent over the years,” Colt Hallam said in Riot’s ‘The Making of the Madman dev blog. “Mundo performs well as a poke-tank, takes damage in unique ways, and he obviously goes where he pleases.”

Dr Mundo will have his visual elements updated in the rework, alongside his gameplay changes.
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Dr Mundo will have his visual elements updated in the rework, alongside his gameplay changes.

Dr Mundo release date

The planned Dr Mundo rework is still a ways away ⁠— Riot Games have handed the re-release a Season 11 schedule. That means early 2021 is likely for his rework debut.

Considering Fiddlesticks’ overhaul and more recently Volibear’s extensive visual gameplay update both took around nine months, it won’t be early next year either.

That timeframe would place Mundo’s re-entrance onto the Rift as an updated champ around the same time as the past two reworks, which makes sense. For now, tentatively mark your calendars for a late Q1 2021 release.

If we had to put a patch release date on it, Dexerto would be tipping Patch 10.6 for the Dr Mundo rework to hit the Rift. That gives Riot enough time to ship the huge Season 11 item changes they have planned, then launch Mundo’s rework.

Dr. Mundo is finally set for a League of Legends VGU overhaul, after 11 years on the Rift.
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The Dr Mundo rework should be released in the first few patches of Season 11.

So there you have it ⁠— everything we know about the Dr Mundo rework. We will continue to update you on further developments too as Riot unveils new details.

Mundo isn’t the only “new” champion arriving around the end of 2020 either. “Sensational mage” Seraphine is expected to debut in Patch 10.22. Riot also revealed they’re planning to add a brand-new jungler early in Season 11 as well.

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Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun

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The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.