It looks like Udyr is getting Riot’s favorite as the next character to get a visual and gameplay update in League of Legends. First joined back in 2009, Udyr has always been a strong physical fighter. As a shaman from the Winter’s Claw tribe in the Grim Freljon region, Udyr provides guidance and communicates with the demigods who are very active in Runeterra.
Unfortunately, Udyr’s auto-attack-focused gear never made him particularly fun to play, and it shows in his pick rate. Rated as a reliable C-tier Meta SRCUdry is definitely a champion in need of help.
Looks like he got help. Riot’s latest gameplay trailer (pictured above) reveals a very different shaman than before. First, Udyr underwent a shamanistic transformation. Gone are the antlers and bearskin cloak, replaced by a bare chest and a monk bead belt similar to his Spirit Guard outfit. He also has several phoenix feathers in his hair to further enhance his harmony with the elements.
Speaking of elements, Udyr’s abilities have been similarly impressively improved. Tiger and Turtle have been replaced by Ram and Boar. The Ram stance, which appears to be a reference to the Alliance’s god of forging and craftsmanship, Ornn, appears to provide a way to close the gap, while the Boar stance offers a huge defensive advantage.
Meanwhile, Udyr’s bear stance has been reworked to increase lightning damage.A development article from months ago Arc Lightning Chains spanning multiple targets are shown, and you can also see them later in the trailer. Finally, the new Phoenix Stance gives Udyr a true ultimate, providing a massive AOE that can slow down enemies caught in a whirlwind storm.
It’s great to see Riot taking the time to look at the old heroes of League of Legends. While new heroes are always exciting and provide a great opportunity to expand League of Legends lore, there are still many forgotten characters that could be great again with a little tweaking.
Keep an eye out for updates to Soulwalker Udyr in the Alliance game client.
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