Riot Games has officially revealed the long-awaited redesign of League of Legends champion Udyr the Spirit Walker. Udyr’s redesign is the latest in a series of visual gameplay updates, called VGUs, to hit the hugely popular multiplayer online battle arena.
While the new trailer doesn’t show off all of the changes to Udyr, it does offer a pretty impressive first look as well as a pretty comprehensive look. According to Riot Games, Udyr now has the ability to commune with “all the spirits of the Freljord”, the harsh and oppressive land of 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 own “savage fighting style”.
From the trailer, it looks like Udyr will still have his Bear and Phoenix fighting stances. However, his turtle and tiger stances have apparently been changed to accommodate two new Freljord creatures: the ram and the boar. Most notably, all proper names for these positions 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 all the spirits of the Freljord, Udyr channels and transforms their ethereal energy into his own wild physical combat style,” Riot Games wrote in the redesign press release. “Through his growing mastery of this awesome and versatile power, Udyr seeks to maintain balance in the mystical landscape of the Freljord, where conflict and struggle are its lifeblood…and where sacrifices must be made to maintain the peace. from a distance.”
Along with his new style of play, the trailer also showed off Udyr’s new beefed up look. Let’s just say that if his ax and glowing eyes don’t scare enemy players, his hulking frame should do the trick.
At this time, 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 over the next few months.
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