Riot Games have revealed the upcoming champion update for League of Legends' Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer. The update will feature a new model, textures, visual effects, sound effects and a changed Essence Flux, usually hotkeyed on W.
Ezreal's new model brings him more in line with his two themes - Indiana Jones-like explorer and your anime boy next door. The model and texture updates are apparent as soon as you fire the preview video up, showing great detail even on his face textures that remain unseen in the game for the most part.
All of his abilities have been updated, with Mystic Shot now having a little bit more telegraphy in its animation so the enemies might find it slightly easier to dodge the ability. Speaking of abilities, Ezreal's W, Essence Flux seems to have similar function as before but the mechanics of the ability have been largely altered.
It no longer passes through enemies and it will stick on the first enemy champion hit, marking them. The next Ezreal's or possibly even ally's attack will trigger the mark, dealing damage and most likely giving attack speed. This way, Ezreal will not have to shoot his own allies in order to make them attack faster.
Naturally, all skins have been updated, including the ultimate Pulsefire Ezreal. This champion is also one that has a TPA skin and is the third one that received ability and visual updates from the TPA skin line. Orianna and Mundo are the only ones that look the same way they did when the skins originally arrived.
Ezreal's lore has been updated along with the rest of the champion's assets, and one line in particular involves him swearing that he will explore the world and "fill the blank spaces on every map". This would look rather funny if Ezreal's new voiceover still has the quote "Who needs a map?" as he will evidently need some in order to fill their blank spaces.
That said, many fans are actually more worried about "You belong in a museum!" being possibly dropped out of his lines. We firmly believe this will not be the case though.
League of Legends - showcase of several champion splash arts
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