Trundle Rework on the Way
Time to troll!
Despite releasing new and shiny champions on a regular basis, Riot did not forget about their older champions. After giving Karma a whole new look, they recently announced that they are working on a rework for our good old troll, Trundle.
He is one of the least changed champions and it’s been quite a while since anyone even picked him in a competitive tournament except for the Koreans, who used Trundle in Champions Winter 2012-2013 in a single game and lost.
The effort that Riot is putting into maybe the least played two champions of the League shows their desire and determination to make more and more champions viable for tournament play.
We traveled east, putting Sejuani’s territory further behind us. For many days of the journey, I couldn’t be certain we’d find anyone or anything alive out here. The Freljord is so sparse and so empty. It’s no wonder the tribes fight for every scrap of fertile ground.
The people of the Shatterfrost, a small tribe fiercely loyal to Ashe, took us in. They offered us what spare rations they could, which wasn’t much at all. They seemed ashamed they couldn’t give more. They told me that trolls had been raiding their camps and villages, stealing supplies and murdering their hunters. While trolls are usually seen as foolish brutes who travel in small packs, these attacks seem organized. One tribesman claims that a new leader, a troll king, is rallying his kin to war.
But there’s a deeper threat, one that the people of the Shatterfrost seem afraid to speak of. Rumors of the legendary Ice Witch of Freljord have these people terrified. She has attacked travelers and small hunting bands, leaving her victims impaled on jagged shards of black ice. They say no one has ever seen her face and lived.
We left the Shatterfrost behind us to seek more of Ashe’s eastern allies and soon found ourselves in a deep and heavy blizzard. I couldn’t see much through the snowfall. Val saw the danger ahead before I did, but I still heard the sounds of battle on the wind.
Trolls (hulking, awful brutes) sacked a small village in the distance and smashed everything they couldn’t take. I couldn’t save the tribesmen-they were already dead. I got as close as I could. One of the trolls barked orders at the others (who clumsily tried to obey). This troll leader carried a massive club that seemed to be carved from the ice itself. It glowed with power even in the dark of the growing snowstorm. Is this the Troll King?
Val snatched a banner from the wreckage – this tribe had been loyal to the Avarosan, but not a soul came to their aid. Eastern Freljord is not secure. Ashe won’t be able to call on reinforcements from these distant tribes if she needs them.
Still, the Frostguard to the north are said to be Ashe’s most powerful ally. The Frostguard have pledged since ancient times to stand watch over this land, and the name of their leader, Lissandra, is spoken in reverence throughout the Freljord. The trolls, the Winter’s Claw, and the Ice Witch-together, can Lissandra and Ashe hold them back?
Trundle is an old champion and doesn’t have most of the graphic improvements that Riot implemented later to the game, but that’s not it. Riot also felt that Trundle needs a better storyline and needs to get connected to the rest of Runeterra. So along with other changes, his outfit will change completely to better represent his new lore.
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.
Although having a decent skill kit, Trundle hasn’t been played competitively for a long, long time. So hopefully the improvements Morello mentioned will help him become a viable pick. As he mentioned above, it won’t be a complete skill rework but more like a quality of life improvement for his current skills.
Also, if you don’t like the new “icy” look, you can always use the Traditional Trundle skin which will be given free to everyone who had Trundle before the rework.
What do you think about Riot’s efforts to renovate the older champions? Did you like the Karma changes? Do you think that it is okay to change Trundle’s look and background story completely? Share your thoughts below!