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Champion Sneak Peek

By ByronicHero [1]

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

By Ryan 'Morello' Scott [2]

Trundle Dance

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:

Champion Rework: TrundleSquare Trundle, the Troll King

By Ryan 'Morello' Scott [3]

Trundle VU reveal

Trundle VU concept art 1 (by Riot Artist Josh Singh)

As tensions rise in the Freljord, the frost trolls fight to preserve their homeland. TrundleSquare Trundle, now troll king, leads his people with cunning, brutal strength and just enough Chomp biting wit to make would-be conquerors think twice about entering his Frozen Domain 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 Chomp slowing and Pillar of Ice 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 KarmaSquare Karma relaunch, those of you who already unlocked Trundle get a free skin based on Trundle's traditional look, complete with classic VO.

Trundle Traditional Screenshots

Gameplay

TrundleSquare Trundle's abilities are receiving a few minor changes and tweaks to add some additional functionality to Subjugate Subjugate and Frozen Domain Frozen Domain (formerly Decompose Decompose and Trundle Contaminate Contaminate, respectively). Trundle's Subjugate ultimate 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 Frozen Domain Frozen Domain 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:

King's Tribute
King's Tribute

When an enemy dies near Trundle, he heals for a percentage of their max health.

Chomp
Chomp

Trundle's next attack deals bonus damage and briefly Slow icon slows the target, additionally increasing Trundle's Attack damage icon attack damage while reducing that of his target for a short time.

Frozen Domain
Frozen Domain

Trundle creates a zone on the ground that increases his Movement speed icon movement,  attack speed, and healing from all sources.

Pillar of Ice
Pillar of Ice

Trundle creates an immovable pillar of ice that bumps back and Slow icon slows nearby enemies.

Subjugate
Subjugate

Trundle drains an enemy of Armor icon armor and Magic resistance icon magic resistance for a short time and damages for a percentage of the opponent's max health.

Trundle Screenshots


In the jungle

Trundle excels as a safe and speedy jungler thanks to the healing effects from his King's Tribute passive and Frozen Domain Frozen Domain. If your team needs lane pressure, you can block enemy escape routes and slow stragglers with Pillar of Ice Pillar of Ice while chasing down and damaging enemies with Frozen Domain Frozen Domain and Chomp 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 Domain Frozen Domain and the attack reset on Chomp Chomp to quickly clear lanes and pressure towers. A clutch Pillar of Ice Pillar of Ice can be used to block enemies from stealing a crucial objective like the DragonSquare Dragon or Baron NashorSquare 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 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 Subjugate, tearing away their defenses and health to secure quick kills.


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