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League of Legends devs reveal first look at Volibear’s reworked abilities

Published: 11/Apr/2020 11:40 Updated: 11/Apr/2020 11:41

by Daniel Cleary

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Riot Games have revealed a detailed first look at the Freljordian Demigod, Volibear’s upcoming visual and gameplay update in League of Legends.

League of Legends developers held a community vote in 2019 for fans to choose which of current champions needed a rework most. After it was revealed that both Fiddlesticks and Volibear had been chosen by players, Riot quickly got to work on revamping the pair.

Following the massive Fiddlesticks VGU on April 1, Riot revealed that Volibear was also nearly ready for a new look on the Rift and revealed part of the Thunderous Bear’s reworked model and ability kit.

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Volibear was chosen to receive a revamp alongside Fiddlesticks in May 2019.

Despite not straying too far from the ursine champion’s original look, Riot’s latest blog post explained 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 implement “modern takes” on Volibear’s old kit to help him keep up with some of the new releases.

“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.”

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An updated look at Volibear’s upcoming character model in League of Legends.

However, they also gave fans a sneak peek at his new ‘E’ ability and the VFX behind it, which creates a “shockwave flash” before leaving a “glowing crater” behind.

Despite not revealing what exactly this new ability does, many have suggested that it could be used to slow enemies struck by the “shockwave” similarly to the skill it is set to replace.

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Volibear’s new E ability seemingly deals a “shockwave flash” to players caught inside the ring.

They later revealed that Volibear’s ultimate would also be receiving some significant changes and despite not revealing too much they hinted 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.”

Riot has not revealed a release date for the Volibear VGU as of yet but explained in the post that from the time of the announcement, “Voli’s release will be shorter than it was for Fiddlesticks,” suggesting that he would be making his way to PBE servers within the coming weeks.

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Riot dev reveals Ornn ability buffs for League 2021 preseason

Published: 21/Oct/2020 14:58

by Daniel Cleary

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A Riot Games developer has revealed League of Legends 2021 preseason buffs for Ornn’s Masterwork passive ability after the latest set of changes were expected to nerf the champion during the massive item overhaul.

While there are 150 unique champions in League of Legends, Ornn could be one of the characters affected most by the upcoming item overhaul, as his Passive ability can upgrade items for himself and teammates.

Ornn is currently one of the most played top lane champions in League of Legends, particularly in pro play, after becoming the leading champion for picks and bans at Worlds 2020, appearing in 90.4% of champion select phases, but he may soon fall out of the meta.

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Ornn’s ‘Living Forge’ skills are set to receive some buffs in the preseason.

Concerns were raised for the future of the Forgelord after Riot devs initially revealed changes to his passive ability that would remove one of his masterwork items, resulting in a considerable nerf of around 400 HP.

However, Riot developer Phlox has now responded to the concerns, sharing some new changes that the LoL design team is testing on PBE, to buff the fan-favorite Freljordian’s passive once again.

The League of Legends dev explained that, while Ornn would not be able to upgrade two items at the level 13 mark, there would be other ways for him to gain resistances to opponents’ damage.

“Put an experimental change to Ornn for preseason on PBE,” he explained, “now every time he upgrades any mythic to a masterwork his passive Armor/MR amp increases by 5% (10% without upgrades, same as live).”

Unlike the current version of Ornn, the champion’s new passive ability would gain Magic Resist and Armor from simply upgrading Mythic items for himself or others.

While this was listed as an “experimental change,” Phlox also indicated on the Ornn Mains subreddit that this was the direction they wanted to take with Ornn and that there may be more changes with the statistics before live release.

As of now, the start date for the League of Legends 2021 preseason has yet to be announced by Riot but is expected to go live in November.