Riot Games has officially revealed the long-awaited rework of League of Legends champion Udyr the Spirit Walker. Udyr’s rework is the latest in a series of visual gameplay updates, referred to as VGUs, to hit the popular multiplayer online battle arena.
While the new trailer doesn’t lay out all the changes coming to Udyr, it does provide a pretty impressive look as well as a pretty comprehensive overview. According to Riot Games, Udyr now has the ability to commune with “any and all spirits of the Freljord,” the harsh and oppressive cold land Udyr and many champions – such as Ashe, Lissandra, and Sejuani – call home. Udyr can also channel the ethereal energy of these spirits and use them in his “wild fighting style.”
Based on the trailer, it looks like Udyr will still have his Bear and Phoenix fighting stances. However, it seems that the position of Turtle and Tiger has changed to accommodate two new creatures of the Freljord: the Ram and Boar. Most notably, all of these proper names now refer to the Freljord gods Anivia, Ornn, the Iron Boar, and Volibear, adding much more continuity to the character.
“With the ability to commune with any and all spirits of the Freljord, Udyr channels and transforms their ethereal energy into his own wild physical fighting style,” wrote Riot Games in the rework press release. “Through his growing mastery of this terrifying and versatile power, Udyr seeks to maintain the balance of the mystical landscape of the Freljord, where conflict and struggle are the lifeblood… and where sacrifices must be made to keep the peace bye.”
In addition to his new playstyle, the trailer also revealed Udyr’s new look. Let’s just say that if his ax and bright eyes don’t scare enemy players, his hunting frame should do the trick.
As of now, Riot Games has yet to announce when the update will officially go live. However, fans should be able to expect the reworked Udyr to hit servers sometime in the coming months.
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