It’s Finally Happening! Udyr Gets a Highly Anticipated Rework

ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / DANTE SRILAPA – SENIOR EDITOR  / FEBRUARY 1ST, 2021 /

February has just reared it’s head, and honestly I’m ready. Maybe I speak for myself, but this January has felt like a year itself, while 2020 felt like a decade. I’m just happy to finally be here.

And with that, I come bearing beautiful news. The Spirit Walker, Udyr, is finally getting a rework. It’s been a little over 11 years since he’s been released, and he is absolutely one of the champs that has been behind the times. His move-set has been antiquated for seasons, and I just never wanted to touch the dude. Here’s to hoping that I’ll want to touch him after he gets changed.

That came out wrong.

For context, Riot announced earlier this year that they would be hosting a voting contest to decide which champion would be reworked next. The champions they offered up as prospects were Skarner, Shyvana, Quinn, Nocturne, and Udyr. Personally, I voted for Shyvana, but the animal man needed this just as much. As you can see below, he won by a landslide too.

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https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/news/dev/voting-results-champion-update-skin-thematic/?utm_source=LeagueClient&utm_medium=OverviewTier1

So what exactly is a rework in League of Legends? Let’s discuss it a bit.

When a champion is reworked in League of Legends, that means the community and the developers have both decided that the champion just isn’t working out. Thus, the developers take the champion back to the drawing board, where they attempt to modernize the champion without removing the core concepts. Examples can be seen in Sion, Kayle, and Warwick. Each of these remained the same in design and concept, but their ability kits and playstyles have massively changed since their conception.

Now, there isn’t too much we know about this rework. It was only just announced, and it’s slated to released early next year. There are going to be future dev blogs outlining their work on the champion, but we’re going to have to wait for those.

In other news, the voting for the next skin theme has been decided as well. When Riot created the rework ballot, they simultaneously held a ballot to decide on the next skin theme. These were Monster Tamers, Debonair 2.0, and Crime City Nightmare. The latter won out, as seen below:

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https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/news/dev/voting-results-champion-update-skin-thematic/?utm_source=LeagueClient&utm_medium=OverviewTier1

Crime City Nightmare has been described as a dark look at the street life of Valoran City, which is plagued by crime. It’s set to be noir-inspired, with Cthulhu vibes. Love me some Cthulhu.

I’ll be keeping y’all updated as development on both Udyr’s rework and Crime City Nightmare progress. Until then, Happy February! Stay safe and stay glued to your video games.

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