Braum, the Heart of the Freljord, revealed
Today Riot announced the next champion that will join the League of Legends - Braum, the Heart of the Freljord.
Braum is the next champion to join League of Legends. His background relates to the current Freljord storyline and he is presented as a champion and defender of the common people. The champion itself is designed by Riot to be a tanky support.
His abilities are:
Passive: Concussive Blows - Braum’s basic attacks apply Concussive Blows. Once the first stack is applied, all basic attacks from Braum and his allies apply further stacks. Targets that sustain four stacks are stunned and suffer bonus magic damage. After being stunned, Braum cannot apply Concussive Blows to his target again for a moderate duration.
Q: Winter’s Bite - Braum propels freezing ice from his shield in a straight line skillshot, dealing magic damage (based on Braum’s max health), slowing and applying a stack of Concussive Blows to the first target hit.
W: Stand Behind Me - Braum leaps to the aid of a nearby ally, positioning himself between his target and their nearest enemy champion, and granting both Braum and his target bonus armor and magic resist based on his total armor and magic resist.
E: Unbreakable - Braum raises his shield in a target direction, negating the damage from the first attack from the shield’s direction and reducing the damage of all subsequent attacks as long as the shield is raised. Braum intercepts projectiles with Unbreakable, causing them to hit him and then be destroyed. He also gains a minor speed boost until he lowers his shield.
R: Glacial Fissure - Braum slams his shield into the ground, sending out a huge long-range skillshot that knocks up and damages all enemies caught before leaving behind a strong slow field.
With his skill set Braum will be able to actively protect his AD Carry by intercepting incoming enemy attacks, absorbing damage, buffing their armor and magic resist, while simultaneously crowd controlling his enemies with his ultimate and by applying stacks of his passive. With his positioning Braum will be able to both zone enemies as well as hard engage on them depending on the situation.
In addition to protecting his AD Carry, Braum seems to be heavily focused on team fighting, especially such in narrow corridors. With his damage blocking abilities and crowd control in a line thanks to his ultimate, Braum will be able to control team fights and pull out clutch plays as well as turn around fights. Braum is meant to be played as a wall that separates his carries from the enemy team. Riot point out that Braum with his skill set will synchronize very well with Ashe, Caitlyn and Ezrael, while he will have difficulties against Lulu, Vayne and Zyra.
Source - League of Legends