Champion Sneak Peek
By ByronicHero 
Champions in the League of Legends come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you're a fan of huge, hulking, stone giants; sinister, lithe femme fatales; awesome, mighty warriors; or aberrant, horrific creatures, we try to represent them all under one roof. And while we're on the subject of aberrant, horrific creatures, allow me to give you a glimpse of our next champion. Meet Trundle, the Cursed Troll. He's hideous, and very possibly diseased, so he wanted me to let you know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Unless, of course, that cover is snarling and wielding a club. Then you might be onto something.
Trundle Visual Talks
What's this...? Is this... a troll?
What's a troll doing in the Freljord? Are we... trolling you?
On a more serious note, some of you will probably guess that if there's a troll and he's wielding a club... it's Trundle! So we wanted to give you a taste of what's to come, namely Trundle's relaunch and his reimagining in the icy north.
While old Trundle certainly had a unique narrative and visual design, we always felt he was disconnected from the rest of the world. This inhibited the number of stories we could tell with Trundle and, well, we want to tell stories about him. Trundle's upcoming changes include a gameplay update (more of a quality improvement than a rework – similar in scope to our Taric changes in 3.03), a new ice-themed aesthetic (if you couldn't guess), and a new story that ties Trundle to the brewing conflict in the Freljord.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks, because we've got plans for Trundle – not to mention that Trundle has plans of his own!
You'll have to wait to hear more, but here's something to tide you over. As with Karma's relaunch, anyone who owns Trundle before his relaunch will get this Traditional Trundle (has a nice ring to it) skin for free:
As tensions rise in the Freljord, the frost trolls fight to preserve their homeland., now troll king, leads his people with cunning, brutal strength and just enough wit to make would-be conquerors think twice about entering his . 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.
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 hisand 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 therelaunch, those of you who already unlocked Trundle get a free skin based on Trundle's traditional look, complete with classic VO.
's abilities are receiving a few minor changes and tweaks to add some additional functionality to and (formerly and , respectively). Trundle's now steals a percentage of your target's magic resistance, armor, and health, in addition to dealing damage based on their max health. Also, when you stand in 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:
Trundle's next attack deals bonus damage and briefly slows the target, additionally increasing Trundle's attack damage while reducing that of his target for a short time.
- Frozen Domain
- Pillar of Ice
Trundle creates an immovable pillar of ice that bumps back and slows nearby enemies.
- In the jungle
Trundle excels as a safe and speedy jungler thanks to the healing effects from his Frozen Domain and .and . If your team needs lane pressure, you can block enemy escape routes and slow stragglers with while chasing down and damaging enemies with
- 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 Domain 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 or , 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 , tearing away their defenses and health to secure quick kills.
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