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New League of Legends champion Ornn the Mountainsmith summons a ram made of fire for his ultimate

New League of Legends champion Orrn has an ultimate that summons a ram made of fire.
Riot Games revealed Orrn, the latest League of Legends champion, on Monday. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

Riot Games revealed Ornn the Mountainsmith, the newest League of Legends champion, on Monday after teasing his existence two days earlier.

Ornn is a blacksmith, and his two passive effects encompass his unique status. One passive, Living Forge, allows him to spend gold to build items for himself outside of combat, which can be done through the store menu. His other, Master Craftsman, gives both him and his allies access to special upgrades to select items from the shop, with a limit of one upgrade per player.

His ultimate, Call of the Forge God, summons a fire elemental in the shape of a ram, which travels toward Ornn with increasing speed in a target area. Enemies hit by the it take magic damage and become “Brittle.” The volcanic ram-bear hybrid demigod looks like he’s born of fire, unlike the icy realms of the Freljord where he hails from. Ornn’s command over a fire elemental and ability to alter the terrain seems to match his status as a god to many humans of Freljord.

His Q, Volcanic Rupture, has Ornn slam the ground with his hammer, sending out a skill shot that slows all enemies while dealing damage. After a couple of seconds, a small pillar appears at the target location, acting as a wall for a couple of seconds. This is most likely going to work like other terrain altering abilities, such as Trundle’s pillar or Anivia’s wall.

His W, Bellows Breath, has an active and passive component. When activated, he becomes unstoppable, shields himself, and breathes flames out in front of him. The flames deal a portion of the enemy’s current health as magic damage. Enemies damaged by his last flame attack become brittle, which is the passive component. Brittle enemies suffer a portion of their maximum health as bonus damage when struck by immobilizing effects, and immobilizing effects last longer on Brittle enemies.

His E, Searing Charge, makes Ornn charge in a direction, dealing damage to enemies he’s passing through. When he collides with terrain while charging, he hits all enemies in a small area and destroys player created terrain. This ability will be the crux of Ornn’s combo, as his Q creates a small wall, and his W can make enemies Brittle.

UPDATE (5:04 p.m.): Blake Smith from Riot’s champion design team has posted pictures of which items Ornn can upgrade.

The support items will cost 500 gold to upgrade, while the other items will cost 1,000 gold. The upgrade offers better stats than the base item, and this is the final list of upgradable items “for now.” Smith also clarified that though one player is limited to one upgrade at a time, if a player so chooses, they can technically sell their upgraded item and buy another one to upgrade. The exact details on what kind of stat increases will take place is still unclear.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games


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