I've been in the mood for drawing lately, so I thought it'd be fun to have a go at Yordle-ifying all the Yordles. For the most part, I've settled on Ziggs and Heimerdinger as being correct - but I urge you to give feedback. What do you love about these champions? For the older champions, I shall be reworking their outfits and themes to allow more room for growth; with only minimal changes to champions like Lulu.
I'm not gonna lie, before I set to drawing Amumu I was all inspired... but he turned out rather same-y. Not necessarily a bad thing, though. Not much definition though. Amumu might honestly work better a child rather than a Yordle. Then I was reminded Riot wants to make Amumu look more like a tank when they visually upgrade him. I didn't want to put him in any armor that players might confuse with Little Knight Amumu, so I opt'd for a more psychological design - if he's visibly wounded and seems unphased: he's durable.
For Corki, I added bumps to his helmet to indicate ears, facial fuzz and a beard - 'cause I accidentally made his chin too pointy, then thought it looked good and made it even pointier.
For Rumble, the only substantial difference is the shaved head (I made the call that all Yordles should have head hair, so I wanted to make Rumble's Mohawk look like a decision and not something that grows that way).
Tweaked the ears, hands and feet to match the other Yordles - otherwise, he's fine.
I... can't do Teemo justice in his classic skin. The only thing particularly wrong with Teemo's current model is his size, by contrast the female and modern-male yordles. So rather than insult him, here's Heartseeker Teemo!
Outfit inspired by the onesies worn by WWI pilots. I decided to make her more punk-y, merging her original skin with her Riot Girl skin (a new Riot Girl skin would be released to suit the other Riot skins, with a beanbag launcher and such).
One time, while on the loading screen, I mistook the thing on top of Veigar's hat for a helmet - and since then I've always imagined that Veigar is small (even for a Yordle), but pretends he's normal height with his outfit. He ties his ears together and he them up in his helmet, with fake ears in horn-like protrusions from the helmet.
My mate was like "You should totally draw Rammus as a chubby Yordle wearing armor," so I totally drew Rammus as a chubby Yordle. Two of his horns are hollowed out to hold his ears. After penning the image, I realized I drew his legs too short (it almost looks like he's wearing a nappy!)... so imagine that I didn't do that. Doctored it.
Regarding Poppy's hair colour: all the furry male yordles currently feature a hair colour that matches their skin colour (Rumble's blue fur and blue hair; Heimerdinger's yellow; even Lulu's purple to some extent) but Poppy has blue fur and white hair. Should I fix this? Is there a reason for her white hair? In my VU for Tristana her coloured hair is a choice (dyed and highlighted), which would be obvious from the vibrant colours... but I'm not sure Poppy would bleach her hair.
No longer entangles enemies hit (can't move and can't attack).
Now mummifies enemies him, which applies the same crowd control as Polymorph (can't attack, can't cast and is slowed).
Either a texture-swap like Petrifying Gaze, a model-swap like Whimsy or simply surrounding them in a bandage cage.
Mummified enemies also lose their allied vision and their vision radius is reduced.
Perhaps, as with Demacian Justice, there could be a screen-overlay that has translucent bandages slide up the screen to give the indication of obscured vision. That said, the decision to remove sight was more in line of a "curse of loneliness" and not "hurr durr realism your eyes are covered".
Fighters with high-impact engages. Their persistent threat is lock-down.
Low mobility fighters who zone the enemy with their presence. Their persistent threat is the promise of death.
Fighters with strong chasing capabilities, requiring the constant protection of your squishy.
Slayers that harass the enemy team from afar.
Slayers who deal damage in burst rotations.
Slayers who deal consistent ranged damage.
Slayers that excel at reaching priority targets.
Supports who disable the enemy team.
Supports who empower their allies.
Supports who intercept for their allies.
Specialists who take down structures.
Specialists who secure jungle objectives.
Specialists who control territory, including obstruction.
A minor rework to his innate and Devastating Charge ability, inspired by Mercury from SMITE.
A minor rework that aims to shift Jarvan's gameplay from a generic diver to a Commander.
Part of my Mounted Champions Overhaul, this rework pushes Kled into more of a flanker role - with added trampling and better jousting.
A suite of changes with only one new ability, but it comes together to have much more purposeful gameflow.
A complete relaunch that dials up Rammus' niche as the League's hyper mobile tank.
Taking off from where her Tank Rework left her, this update gives her a new ultimate. I would like to re-address Sejuani in the future as part of my Mounted Champions Overhaul with the intent to play up her Warband theme.
A fairly substantial rework that takes on elements from SMITE's Khepri. He still does Skarner things, but with more high points and balance levers.
A suite of changes that aims to give Udyr things to do, as well as making Phoenix distinct from Tiger.
A small rework to address the overlap between his Elastic Slingshot and Let's Bounce abilities.
A full relaunch that explores Dr. Mundo self-experimentation theme.
A new Courage ability.
A substantial rework that aims to keep the Iron Revenant doing Mordekaiser things, but with more points of high satisfaction and less frustration for his opponents.
On the scale between a rework and a relaunch, Olaf has gained Tryndamere's ultimate.
Part of my Mounted Champions Overhaul, absorbs elements removed from Kled and was heavily inspired by Overwatch's D-va.
A minor rework to his ultimate that makes it less dependent on Riot's rather lacking pet AI system, inspired by HOTS' Nezeebo.
A minor set of power redistribution changes that aims to dial back her explosive damage and push her more into fighter territory.
A full relaunch that retains most elements of her existing kit, but with more room for skill expression.
A moderate scale rework that aims to cut away some of Lee Sin's unnecessary strengths while preserving his unique position as the Enchanter Fighter.
A moderate scale rework that addresses some of Nocturne's design flaws.
A moderate scale rework that gives Pantheon a new ultimate and role within a team.
A moderate scale rework that addresses Riven's oppressive mobility and crowd control when facing other melee champions. She now utilizes energy and enemies have a means to mitigate her damage.
Shyvana's Dragon Form now operates similar to Skaarl or D-va's Mech, providing her a guaranteed window to fight as well as making it impossible to die as a dragon.
A fairly substantial rework that changes Tryndamere's role for the team. While Olaf has taken his current ultimate, his new ultimate fills a very similar niche.
This moderate scale rework changes Corki to utilize heat as well as addressing the less-than-interesting Hextech Munitions innate ability that was added in his previous rework.
Part of my 7-Ability Champion Overhaul project, this substantial rework turns Jayce into a melee-only champion.
A moderate scale rework that aims to restore some of satisfaction of Kog'Maw's previous rework while addressing his ability to simply kill anyone based on a stat-check.
Rebranded as a Chem Baron of Zaun, this substantial rework was inspired by HOTS' Sergeant Hammer and Ragnarok.
A moderate scale rework that provides quality of life changes and power redistribution.
A selection of moderate scale reworks that aims to address Xerath's current bland nature within the roster, while also restoring some of his pre-rework niche as an event horizon champion.
A fun idea for his Satchel Charge.
A minor rework that aims to address the negative experiences many players have when facing Ahri, referencing the amount of auto-targeted damage.
A new Molten Shield ability, as well as changes to Tibbers that were inspired by Doom Bots.
Aurelion Sol is now manaless. His kit already has many ways for his opponent to react to him without him running out of mana mid-fight.
A tentative rework that explores how his possessive-fire-spirit theme could be implemented, including possessing new houses and temporarily leaving his body.
A new Wall of Pain ability that grants Karthus more power where he wants it.
A suite of changes aimed primarily at quality of life.
A suite of changes that address her handicapping innate, Noxious Blast's poor synergy with cooldown reduction and the fact Twin Fang's combo costs so much mana.
Substantial rework that removes her one-time Oath mechanic in favour for a more avenge-fallen-allies mechanic, which is more suited for Lady Vengeance.
Removed the Bounty Hunter mechanic and instead focused on what it means to be touched by Death's Arrow. Her new ultimate is inspired by Overwatch's McCree. It's High Noon!
Part of my 7-Ability Champion Overhaul project. Under construction.
A substantial rework to his basic abilities that makes him feel more like a Card Master and less like he's just throwing cards at you.
Inspire by Infinite Crisis, Akali's innate and third ability now vary based on how she combos her first two abilities. Her ultimate, inspired by HOTS' Valeera, is Twilight Shroud with added unbreakable stealth.
Rebranded as the Nightbringer, this substantial rework windows Evelynn's power via a day-night-cycle.
While an assassin that can engage is a valid niche, Fizz's other strengths make that fantasy overkill. This change to his ultimate refocuses his objectives to something more... Fizz-like.
A substantial rework that gives the Spell Eater more tools for Spell Eating, heck... it gives him more to do, period.
A quality of life rework that changes isolation to utilize line of sight, as well as giving him tools to reduce his target's sight radius, rather than the current by-the-patch-radius.
A power redistribution rework that addresses when Nidalee does damage, particularly surrounding her Hunted innate.
A suite of changes intended to redistribute Zed's power between himself and his shadows.
A substantial rework that addresses Blitzcrank's severe lack of things to do while staying true to his fantasy of being a weaponized warehouse robot.
A small scale rework to Pix that was inspired by Chang'e from SMITE.
Under construction. Largely focused on a themeatic shift away from a caster of purple magic to a Harbinger of Voidspawn.
A moderately sized rework that bolsters Janna's unique position
Two reworks, one that explores a new theme as a self-sacrificing support inspired by Orion from Atlas Reactor; and a second that attempts to go back to her Dualism roots.
A moderate sized rework that takes cues from Overwatch's Lucio and League's own Jinx - changing the stance system to a toggle and giving her some actual abilities!
A substantial rework that plays off a Borrowed Time mechanic.
This rework absorbs features from Kindred (that I removed in her own rework) and Galio's recent rework to create a Dark Valkyrie.
Rolling back some of his Tank Update. How does giving him Nami's ultimate and removing him as a Warden make him a more unique tank?
A substantial rework that turns Cho'Gath into the kaiju he was meant to be, including gaining more power against structures.
Part of my 7-Ability Champion Overhaul project. Under construction.
Inspired by Infinite Crisis' Lex Luthus, Heimerdinger's power has been redistributed to make him a more reactive defender.
Part of my Mounted Champions Overhaul, this rework aims to address Nunu's stale gameplay as well as why the champion's called Nunu rather than Willump.
A substantial rework inspired by the Mesmer class from Guild Wars. Less about having a single, powerful clone - Shaco's now all about creating dispellable illusions to distract his enemies and spare himself damage.
Exploring a new ultimate ability that pushes Zyra into the Defense specialist niche, as well as changes to her innate and W abilities.
"Assuming direct control." - Arbiter the Custodian of the Void
Arbiter is a master manipulator and strategist, interacting with the battlefield through proxy agents such as other champions and minions. Arbiter's top-down approach provides a unique enchanter experience.
"You think flattery will save your life?" - Ao Shin the Storm Dragon
Ao Shin's core directive resembles Singed, in the sense of having a trailing body that interacts with those behind him. However, Ao Shin is a Warden, and using his power of the winds to protect his allies as much as he uses it to devastate his enemies.
Ballistic can turn anything he touches into a projectile that travels with bullet-like force. Using the battlefield itself as a resource, Ballistic must be constantly moving to find fresh debris. Taliyah before Taliyah.
"Too few people stop to appreciate things." - Clockblocker
Clockblocker is a derivative of the superhero from the Worm universe. Clockblocker has the ability to freeze-in-time anything he comes into direct contact with - rendering it completely invulnerable and immovable.
"Ssssh, we're hunting razorfins." - Finn the Tidehunter
Finn was created alongside Dirk to address the severe lack of pet-using champions. Many elements of his design happened to be implemented with Azir, including the general ability flow and proxy autoattacks.
"I am Iceborn and you gotta deal with it!" - Jeddica the Ice Breaker
Jeddica turns Rock Surfing into an entire champion. Surfing around the battlefield like Frozone, Jeddica combine ice skating with the classical ice-sliding puzzles to provide a unique Disruptor experience.
"(Unintelligible.) Hehehe." - Mowgli the Changling
Mowgli is a derivative of Heroes of the Storm's Murky, a champion that challenges the basic mechanics of respawn times, respawn location and bounty. Mowgli's the answer to a brick wall - keep throwing yourself at it until you break through. He's small, squishy and highly disposable - but he keeps coming back!
Nex is witch who cast the spell of Ruination. A elemental of Death, Nex wields the Black Mist to consume her enemies and expends those souls within her to stave off death. The Maiden of the Mists somewhat supersedes Nex.
"I would hit you with my Ugly Stick, but I think it'd be an improvement!" - Nostrilla the Bogey Shaman
Created to meet the very shallow demand for an "ugly female humanoid monster" champion, Nostrilla was originally a Swamp Troll but was reworked with Trundle to fit the frost theme. Instead of decomposition, she now wields frostbite.
"The drums of war never stop." - Thane the Thunder Warrior
The League is represented by many champions that harness the power of lightning, but too few that realize the destructive force of sound. Thane provides a new frame of reference for the saying, "crack of doom".