Sejuani, the Winter's Wrath Revealed

By NeeksNaman [1]

As some of our more discerning lore-hounds may have anticipated, Sejuani Sejuani, the Winter's Wrath, is Arctic Assault.png charging in as our next upcoming champion. We wanted to take a moment to talk to you about her gameplay, and what you can expect to see.

Hailing from the Freljord, Sejuani combines raw, physical might with the chilling ice of her homeland. After slowing enemies with her Frost.png Frost passive on auto-attacks, she can activate her Permafrost.png Permafrost ability to drastically increase the slow and inflict damage. This allows her to continuously disrupt enemy movements and create a threatening presence - a necessity of any primary tank.

Sejuani's initiation ability comes from two sources: the powerful skillshot Arctic Assault.png charge from her Bristle boar and her Glacial Prison.png Glacial Prison ultimate. The former tramples enemies and applies Frost.png Frost, while the latter flings a giant ice shard from her flail, stunning anything it hits by encasing it in ice. Enemies near that target get stunned for a shorter duration. This makes accurate skillshots important, as Sejuani needs move into the right position to maximize the stun duration on her intended target. If used correctly, this ability can change the outcome of a teamfight. If used on a sub-optimal target, however, it will be partially wasted on a tank or lower-value target.

This being our first mounted champion, we're happy to release not only an epic barbarian woman on a giant boar, but also a tank who can use continuous soft disruption with bursts of big, Glacial Prison.png ultimate initiation!

Abilities

Frost
Frost old

Sejuani's basic attacks apply Frost, Slow icon reducing enemy movement speed by 10% for 3 seconds.


Arctic Assault
Arctic Assault old

Sejuani charges forward to deal magic damage and apply Frost.png Frost to enemies. Sejuani stops upon colliding with an enemy champion.


Northern Winds
Northern Winds

Sejuani summons an arctic storm around her which deals magic damage to nearby enemies every second. Damage is increased against enemies affected by Frost.png Frost or Permafrost.png Permafrost.


Permafrost
Permafrost old

Sejuani converts Frost.png Frost on nearby enemies to Permafrost, dealing magic damage and increasing the movement speed Slow icon reduction dramatically.


Glacial Prison
Glacial Prison old

Sejuani throws her weapon, Stun icon stunning the first enemy champion hit. Nearby enemies are Stun icon stunned for a shorter duration. All targets take magic damage and are affected by Frost.png Frost.


Champion rework: Sejuani, the Winter's Wrath

By Ryan 'Morello' Scott [2]

Sejuani VU Teaser

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 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 ProfileIcon0547 Winter's Claw 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.png Arctic Assault to show him tossing scattered foes into the air.

As with the Trundle Trundle and Karma Karma relaunches, those of you who already unlocked Sejuani will get a free skin based on SejuaniSquare.png Sejuani's [S|L] traditional look.

Sejuani Traditional Screenshots
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 Frost Armor.png passive, a potent Arctic Assault.png knock-up, AoE damage, and Permafrost.png slow to go along with a tweaked version of Glacial Prison.png Glacial Prison, the Winter's Wrath is now even angrier.

Abilities

Frost Armor
Frost Armor

Damaging an enemy with an ability or basic attack grants armor and reduces Slow icon movement-slowing effects on Sejuani. If Sejuani already has Frost Armor, its duration increases.


Arctic Assault
Arctic Assault

Bristle Bristle charges forward, Airborne icon knocking enemies into the air and dealing magic damage. The charge ends after Airborne icon knocking an enemy champion into the air.


Flail of the Northern Winds
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 Flail of the Northern Winds 2.png reactivated, she immediately starts swinging her flail.


Permafrost
Permafrost old2
  • Passive: Abilities and basic attacks apply Frost.png Frost to enemies.
  • Active: All nearby enemies with Frost.png Frost take magic damage and are Slow icon slowed.


Glacial Prison
Glacial Prison

Sejuani throws a frost-forged bola in a line. If the bola hits an enemy champion, it shatters, Stun icon stunning the target and nearby enemies. If the bola reaches its maximum range, it shatters and Slow icon 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.png Frost Armor keeps her health high while she tears through jungle camps with Flail of the Northern Winds.png Flail of the Northern Winds. The combination of Permafrost.png Permafrost and well-timed Arctic Assault.png Arctic Assault from the brush can quickly lock down an enemy for a kill. Once she has a point in Glacial Prison.png 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.png 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 Frost Armor.png 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.png Glacial Prison to force a fight near an objective, or hunt down retreating foes with Arctic Assault.png Arctic Assault. As a strong source of magic damage, Sejuani makes a great tank to complement an AD heavy lineup. Her Arctic Assault.png 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.

Sejuani Screenshots

Midseason 2017

Sejuani Sejuani's becoming a true barbarian warleader. Once the Winter's Wrath charges into battle, Frost.png frosty strikes from her warband leave enemies vulnerable to Permafrost.png Permafrost's targeted lockdown. [3]

Fury of the North
Fury of the North
  • Frost Armor: After not taking damage for a brief period, Sejuani becomes immune to Slow icon slows and gains bonus resistances. Frost Armor lingers briefly after taking damage and refreshes faster with Sejuani's movement.
  • Icebreaker: Enemies Stun icon stunned by Sejuani are frozen. Sejuani's first attack or ability against frozen targets shatter them, dealing a portion of their maximum health as damage.


Arctic Assault
Arctic Assault

Sejuani charges forward, damaging and Airborne icon knocking up enemies in her path. The charge stops on the first enemy champion or large monster hit.


Winter's Wrath
Winter's Wrath

Sejuani swings her mace in front of her, then lashes out in a line. Both swings deal damage and apply Frost.png Frost.


Permafrost
Permafrost
  • Passive: Sejuani's basic attacks apply Frost.png Frost on champions and large monsters. Nearby allied Melee role melee champions also gain this effect. Frost.png Frost stacks up to four times.
  • Active: Sejuani damages, Stun icon stuns, and Fury of the North.png freezes a target enemy with max Frost.png Frost stacks.


Glacial Prison
Glacial Prison

Sejuani throws her True Ice bola, which damages, Stun icon stuns, and Fury of the North.png freezes the first champion hit based on distance traveled. Long-range bolas leave behind an ice storm that Slow icon slows enemies, erupting after a brief delay to damage and massively Slow icon slow enemies except the original target.


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