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Surrender at 20: Sejuani & Trundle Reworks

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If the PBE coverage wasn't good enough for ya, Riot has put up official reveals of the upcoming Trundle and Sejuani relaunches!
Why don't you continue reading to find out more about the visual updates, lore and gameplay changes that are soon to hit the likes of Trundle and Sejuani.

This is the best we have as far as a look at the new Sejuani splash goes!
Sejuani


Sejuani girds herself for battle, eagerly anticipating the inevitable conflict brewing in the Freljord. There are a number of changes coming for Sejuani, including a visual upgrade, new gameplay mechanics and a deeper exploration of her lore.

Visuals

Sejuani's lightly-armored, skin-flaunting, fleshy apparel didn't mesh with the idea of a dominating, ice warrior. Now heavily armored atop Bristle, this visual rework clearly conveys the core of our concept for the champion. She's powerful, capable of conquering the Freljord and leading the Winter's Claw to victory.

If we were going to make Sejuani look imposing, we needed make sure her fierce steed, Bristle, could keep up. Here we added bulk and power to his model, and updated the animation on Arctic Assault to show him tossing scattered foes into the air.

As with the Trundle and Karma relaunches, those of you who already unlocked Sejuani will get a free skin based on Sejuani's traditional look.

Gameplay

In order to deliver on the promise of a powerful barbarian, we've added enhanced utility to her skills, allowing her to go head-on as a massive, tanky initiator. With a powerful armor-generating passive, a potent knock-up, AoE damage and slow to go along with a tweaked version of Glacial Prison, the Winter's Wrath is now even more angry.

Abilities

[Passive] Frost Armor Damaging an enemy with an ability or basic attack grants armor and reduces movement-slowing effects on Sejuani. If Sejuani already has Frost Armor its duration increases. [Q] Arctic Assault Bristle charges forward knocking enemies into the air and dealing magic damage. The charge ends after knocking an enemy champion into the air. [W] Flail of the Northern Winds Sejuani's next basic attack deals bonus magic damage to the target and enemies near it. She then begins to swing her flail dealing magic damage to nearby enemies over time. If this ability is reactivated she immediately starts swinging her flail. [E] Permafrost Passive: Abilities and basic attacks apply Frost to enemies.
Active: All nearby enemies with Frost take magic damage and are slowed. [R] Glacial Prison Sejuani throws a frost-forged bola in a line. If the bola hits an enemy champion it shatters stunning the target and nearby enemies. If the bola reaches its maximum range it shatters and slows enemies. All enemies in the shatter area take magic damage.
In the jungle: Sejuani's still a riding CC machine out of the jungle. In the early game, Frost Armor keeps her health high while she tears through jungle camps with Flail of the Northern Winds. The combination of Permafrost and well-timed Arctic Assault from the brush can quickly lock down an enemy for a kill. Once she has a point in Glacial Prison, the additional stun makes Sejuani's ganks even deadlier.

Mid game: Heading into midgame, Sejuani makes an excellent split-push champion, pressuring lanes with Flail of the Northern Winds, then using a combination of her other abilities to escape enemy ganks. Her full arsenal of crowd-control makes chasing or being chased a frightening prospect for the opposing team; her passive armor allows her to wade into the front line of skirmishes, secure in the knowledge that her teammates can pick targets off at leisure.

Late game and teamfights: One of the most imposing initiators in League of Legends, Sejuani can use Glacial Prison to force a fight near an objective, or hunt down retreating foes with Arctic Assault. As a strong source of magic damage, Sejuani makes a great tank to complement an AD heavy lineup. Her charge can break up a channeled ultimate or wreak havoc on the enemy team's positioning. All the while she'll absorb huge damage and protect the squishier members of her team by forcing opponents to engage on her with her impressive crowd-control.


Story

Sejuani was weaned on hardship and reared on barbarity. Where others succumbed to the harshness of the Freljord she was tempered by it until pain became power hunger an encouragement and frost an ally in culling the weak. Through her ordeals she learned that to thrive in the endless winter one must become just as cold and unforgiving. In Sejuani's eyes her followers either have the mettle to endure or the right to die. Once she has conquered the Freljord she knows that those who survive will form a nation to be feared.
As a child the leader of the Winter's Claw watched her tribe's numbers slowly dwindle. Cold and starvation took all but the most resilient. She was the only one of her siblings to survive to her tenth year leaving Sejuani sure that she too would die in misery. In desperation she sought spiritual counsel from her tribe's mystic. But the seer did not foretell Sejuani's death. Instead she prophesized that Sejuani would one day conquer and unite the divided tribes of the Freljord.
Armored with absolute faith in her destiny Sejuani pushed herself to extremes that would have killed anyone without her will to endure. She walked into blizzards without food or furs and trained while frigid winds raked her flesh. She clashed with the strongest warriors of her tribe one after another until her legs gave out beneath her. When she assumed leadership of her tribe Sejuani commanded her warriors to follow her example. Under her rule the tribe grew stronger than they had ever been.
In the end it was an offer of peace - rather than an act of war - that began Sejuani's campaign of conquest. On the first day of winter envoys from Ashe's tribe approached Sejuani's camp bearing a gift of Avarosan grain. Ashe's intent was clear: if Sejuani united with her tribe the Winter's Claw would never go hungry again. To Sejuani the gift was an insult. In Ashe's tribe she saw men and women slight and soft who preferred to farm instead of fight. Her contempt for them was absolute.
Sejuani gathered her people and set the grain alight. She proclaimed that Ashe's offer of charity would bring only weakness. Stripping the envoys of their supplies Sejuani sent them back with a message: the Winter's Claw would prove to the Avarosan that only the strong deserve to survive in the Freljord. As the grain burned behind them Sejuani rode out with her warband to inflict the first of many painful lessons to come.

"I was cut from the ice shaped in the storms hardened in the cold." - Sejuani


Trundle



As tensions rise in the Freljord, the frost trolls fight to preserve their homeland. Trundle, now troll king, leads his people with cunning, brutal strength and just enough biting wit to make would-be conquerors think twice about entering his frozen kingdom. When skulls need smashing, Trundle’s the troll for the job.

Trundle has a lot of changes coming. In addition to a complete visual rework, Trundle’s story has been revamped to reflect his new direction and new charge – using guile uncharacteristic of his people to lead them through tumultuous times. His gameplay is remaining the same with some tweaks.

Visuals

What began as a kickass ice troll skin for Trundle quickly transformed into a full-fledged campaign to reinvent his look. A frost motif, instead of disease and garbage, felt like a better fit for his slowing and displacement abilities, both of which are typically associated with ice.

Trundle’s model was reimagined into a badass ice troll alpha with a commanding battlefield presence. Trading his skulking hobble for a fearsome, imposing stride, Trundle’s now one champion you don’t want to troll.

Just like the Karma relaunch, those of you who already unlocked Trundle get a free skin based on Trundle’s traditional look, complete with classic VO.



Gameplay

Trundle’s abilities are receiving a few minor changes and tweaks to add some additional functionality to Subjugate and Frozen Kingdom (formerly Decompose and Contaminate, respectively). Trundle’s ultimate now steals a percentage of your target’s magic resist, armor and health in addition to dealing damage based their max health. Also, when you stand in Frozen Kingdom you gain increased healing from all sources.

Trundle was already pretty solid heading into the remake, so we didn’t want to change his core gameplay too much. These changes are intended to round out his skillset. Here’s a complete look at his new kit:

Abilities
[Passive] King's Tribute When an enemy dies near Trundle, he heals for a percentage of their max health. [Q] Troll Smash Trundle’s next attack deals bonus damage and briefly slows the target. [W] Frozen Kingdom Trundle creates a zone on the ground that increases his movement, attack speed, and healing from all sources. [E] Pillar of Ice Trundle creates an immovable pillar of ice that bumps back and slows nearby enemies. [R] Subjugate Trundle drains an enemy of armor and magic resist for a short time and damages for a percentage of the opponent’s max health.



In the jungle: Trundle excels as a safe and speedy jungler thanks to the healing effects from his passive and Frozen Kingdom. If your team needs lane pressure, you can block enemy escape routes and slow stragglers with Pillar of Ice while chasing down and damaging enemies with Frozen Kingdom and Chomp.

Mid game: As the match enters mid game, Trundle’s all about counter-ganking and securing objectives. He can utilize the increased attack speed from Frozen Kingdom and the attack reset on Chomp to quickly clear lanes and pressure towers. A clutch Pillar of Ice can be used to block enemies from stealing a crucial objective like the dragon or Baron, or pressure enemies into a hasty retreat.

Late game and team fights: Once the team fights start, Trundle makes a great counter-initiator and disruptor. With a well-placed Pillar of Ice, Trundle can stop champions while they’re charging through your front line or peel off carries from the main fight. Trundle can also troll beefy tanks and bruisers with Subjugate, tearing away their defenses and health to secure quick kills.

Story

In light of his new visuals, we also took the opportunity to revisit Trundle’s story. We really wanted to broaden the audience that perceived him as a compelling champion. Trundle’s now a major player on the world stage, acting as catalyst for the emerging conflict in the Freljord. Mercurial as ever, Trundle seeks to preserve his people by allying with an imposing, powerful force and to prove that a reunited troll army bows to no aggressor.

Trundle, the Troll King
Trundle is a hulking and devious troll with a mischievous streak. There is nothing he can't beat into submission and bend to his will not even the ice itself. With his massive frozen club he chills his enemies to the core and runs them through with jagged shards of ice. Fiercely territorial Trundle chases down anyone foolish enough to enter his domain and laughs as they bleed onto the tundra.
Trundle's warband once followed a foolish and cowardly chieftain. Under such a weak leader Trundle feared he and his kin would fall prey to the other troll hordes scattered across the tundra. Though the chieftain was bigger and stronger Trundle dared to directly challenge him but the confrontation ended in humiliation. Where most trolls would accept defeat Trundle did something that wasn't very troll-like: instead of his fists he turned to his wits. Thinking on his hairy feet he spun a tall tale about the troll leaders of old claiming they wielded weapons of great power as symbols of their right to rule. Though he'd made up the story on the spot Trundle wagered that if he could find or steal such a weapon he would become the rightful leader of the warband. The trolls believed him but none thought him capable of undertaking such a challenge. Knowing the boastful troll would die trying the foolish chieftain agreed and Trundle departed to the familiar sound of laughter.
Alone but undaunted Trundle ventured into the foreboding realm of the dreaded Ice Witch. There hidden among the many ancient and dangerous secrets he planned to find a weapon to prove his elaborate tale. He out-muscled the Ice Witch's guards and outsmarted her dark magic traps but nothing he scavenged matched the power he'd described to his kin. Finally he found an unexpected prize: a huge and magical club of never-melting True Ice. Grasping the weapon he marveled at the cold power that ran through him. But then the wrathful Ice Witch herself appeared. As she summoned her dark magic Trundle believed he had met his end and failed his people but another clever idea struck him. With a knowing grin he offered the Ice Witch a devious proposition: a troll army would be of much more use to her than one troll corpse. Together he told her they could conquer the Freljord. The Ice Witch agreed and Trundle departed with a powerful ally - one he was certain he could defeat when the time was right.
When Trundle returned to the warband his fellow trolls bowed to his conquest. Calling his weapon Boneshiver, he took a moment to enjoy the look of numb shock on his chieftain's face before he caved it in. Seizing command Trundle announced that there would no longer be chieftains - only a Troll King before whom all of his kind would kneel. The trolls rallied behind their brash new leader and prepared for the coming war. With Trundle leading the charge the time of the trolls had finally come.
"Outsmart anyone you can't beat and beat anyone you can't outsmart." - Trundle
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Surrender at 20: Discussing the Sejuani Relaunch & Trundle Speedsculpt

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Both the Sejuani and Trundle relaunches were announced and tossed up on the PBE earlier today so it's no surprise Rioters have taken to the forums to discuss them.
Continue reading for a batch of red posts concerning Sejuani's new kit and her new look, as well as a nice Trundle related treat from Grumpy Monkey.

Sejuani's updated kit
As you may have seen, Sejuani's kit has been updated and Meddler, one of the champion designers behind these updates, has been on the forums discussing the changes.
"There were a number of things we wanted to add to Sejuani as part of her gameplay rework such as the Q knockup, some tankiness to match thematic and role expecatations, application of frost by all icy looking effects etc. Doing that without compensating in other areas however resulted in an incredibly overpowered Sejuani and as a result we chose to shift some power from base damage on the W to other parts of the kit. Changing from max HP to bonus HP was a big part of this, which kept her base damages in line while still allowing HP items bought to add about the same amount of damage as previous, so that buying into the HP scaling still felt like a valid, satisfying choice.

In terms of overall effect the goal was not to reduce Sejuani's power, but to shift some of it to other parts of the kit. If it turns out we've cut too much damage from W, relative to the power added elsewhere, we'll look at restoring some of it. Or, if it turns out we've added too much power overall we'll look into the best way to bring her back in line."
Meddler also talked a bit about Sejuani's kit in general, talking specifically about her abilities' power distribution and her new damage happy Q.
"We wanted to preserve Sejuani being rewarded for building HP items and instead shift power from W base damage to other skills. Changing from max health to bonus health doesn't change the amount of benefit Sejuani gets from buying health items e.g. Warmog's will offer 160 bonus damage at 16% max health or at 16% bonus health.
Regarding the Q and enemy health we want tanks to have some degree of damage based threat that remains relevant throughout the game. In the case of some tanks this means scaling that doesn't require offensive itemizaiton. Scaling with health items is one way of doing this, and something we did indeed try on the Q, putting it in two places on the kit however resulted in increased snowballing effects. If Sejuani was doing well she became really hard to kill and was getting a significant amount of added burst. If she did poorly she died early and was having trouble contributing sufficient damage based threat (something every tank does to some degree). Percentage damage by contrast gives a consistent level of threat, since it's based off the enemy's stats.

A secondary reason was we wanted the feel of a giant boar crashing into you to matter even to hard to kill high health targets. Bristle's really big and the new charge animations look really solid/bone crunching, so having that occur followed by poor damage numbers was a noticeable disconnect between thematics/visuals and gameplay."
Meddler also commented on the visual of her ultimate's stun and talked briefly about why there isn't they decided against being able to reactivate her new W to start swinging if you don't get an auto attack off.
"We should have a revised version of the ult stun effect in either the next PBE patch or the one after that. Please let me know what you guys think of it once you've seen it and how you feel it compares to what was there today and how it compares to the old ult stun effect.
We took out the the reactivation on the W simply because it was causing more accidental cancellations than it was being used for deliberate early cancellations - people would be mashing the button in busy team fights and unintentionally cost themselves damage. That was a late change however, made after the announcement text had been written hence the discrepancy. What we've done instead, probably to hit the PBE in the same patch as the ult particle change above, is reduced the duration between pressing W and the second part starting automatically and changed it so the damage pulses from the second part start slightly quicker. "
Regarding her ult, he also explained why it was changed to only slow if it fails to hit a champion.
"We wanted a bigger risk/reward trade off on the ult, to give more moments for good Sejuani players to distinguish themselves and create possible windows for enemy counterplay. As a result if you miss, the auto detonation at the end only slows, rather than giving a short stun. If you hit however you now get the full longer stun on all enemies in the area."
Speaking of Flail of the Northern Winds ( W ), he also commented on it's new damage.
"The ratio has been cut granted, it's also dealing that damage over a shorter period on a shorter CD (if you can land the enhanced auto attack quickly) however, so it's not necessarily a nerf at all to the amount of damage output Sejuani gains from health items."
Last but not least, Meddler shared a cool little factoid about her new kit:
"Sejuani's reworked kit does actually allow her to use her ult and/or E mid charge if desired. That's a more detailed level of ability functionality than we mention in kit summaries though, which are just intended as a general overview."
Sejuani's Aesthetics
IronStylus has also been flapping around the forums talking about Sejuani's new look!

When asked about Sejuani's new found flail usage, something that was nearly nonexistent before, IronStylus remarked:
"Short answer is one of the goals of the new Sejuani was to fulfill the flail aspect of her more. She should have more impact. There's still a lot of magic though.

Also, we did something neat where during one of her spells Kevin Tuggles takes over the auto-attack while she creates the spell effect with the flail. Another goal was to make them feel more interconnected, in a weird dominating sort of role for Sejuani, but Kevin also needed to feel more vicious."
Another summoner inquired about the new look for Sejuani's boar, commenting that it now looks like a wolf or a lion. IronStylus responded:
"I'm sort of the opinion that even "normal" animals in Valoran need some oomph, not just size. They should have some cross species influence. He is indeed somewhere between a wolf and a boar. When we were re-concepting we considered strictly moving to a wolf, however I insisted on the boar. I gave him enough wiggle room to where we can re-skin him as a myriad of other animals in the future. This rig will work for many more options than before."
When asked why Sejuani's helmet is now mirrored, meaning the broken horn has switched sides, he commented:
"We decided that in her original base that it seems very awkward that she wasn't actually grasping Kevin Tuggles. Odd how no one really felt this was a thing, then we all went.. "Uh.. she doesn't actually hold onto the boar. That's odd.."
Ok, so maybe not that dumbfounded, but we did decided the La-Z-Boy sitting postion wasn't appropriate. We had to get rid of the shield in order to have her riding the pig properlike. So, we compensated by basically sticking a larger buckler-size mass on her left gauntlet and pauldron, (the gauntlet eventually became the Seekers Armguard).

We wanted to put a bit of asymmetry in there as was there with the shield, minor as this compensation was. With that mass added, we knew that the added bulk, and the eventual position of the pauldron, would clip against the horn when she was posed, so we reversed it. Also, since there was a lot going on on that side of her body, we wanted to put the horn on her right side as a point of interest to balance."
Trundle Speedsculpt

Grumpy Monkey has a surprise for us! He's posted a speedsculpt of himself creating the new Trundle model from scratch.
"Hey guys, We don't do the art spotlight speed painting stuff much anymore, so I decided to record the sculpting session for Trundle's vu to give you a bit of insight into the process. This was made in a program called Zbrush, it's like sculpting with digital clay. I usually start with one of the many blank models I have in my library, and then tend to push and pull shapes until I get the look I want. "

One curious summoner asked why even bother making a model high res if it just needs to be downgraded to be used in the game. Grumpy Monkey responded:
"Great question! It may seem like extra work, but It's actually the same amount of work. It is much easier to Iterate on the Sculpt and push the shapes, also when we make the game rez version, we are basically tracing the high rez version, no guesswork. We also use that high poly sculpt to make something called an "Ambient Occlusion Map". It is basically a texture that has all the shadows and lighting of the High polygon sculpt, then we apply it to the low polygon model to make the texture painting step go faster."
When asked how long this thing took in real time, he replied:
"It all took approx 3 days. Yeah, the music makes it feel more epic hahahaha."
In this thread, he also addressed a few Trundle related questions.

Responding to a few complaints about how different Trundle looks, he commented:
"Yeah, we changed Trundle, some people are upset, and that's totally valid, the forums are a place for you to be heard. But we gave people a free skin that looks like the old one trying our best to keep the aesthetic while holding on to the new things that we really liked. For the traditional skin, We are working on putting the poop tower back in, and there will be a few more surprises for junkyard and baseball trundle as well."
When someone started begging for him to bring back Junkyard Trundle's Pink Shoe was, he responded:
"I will! There are some things that arent on pbe yet!"
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I still don't agree with the % max health shit.
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