Thursday, October 16, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY! 10/16/14!

juggernaut [juhg-ehr-nawt]
1. An large, overpowering, and destructive force or object such as a war, a giant battleship, or athletic team.
2. Anything requiring blind devotion or sacrifice.
3. Hinduism. (Captalized) Also called "Jagannath", an idol of Krishna, at Puri in Orissa, India, annually drawn on an enormous cart under whose wheels devotees are said to have thrown themselves to be crushed.

EX. An article about juggernauts without mentioning the X-Men (well, screwed that up)?

Today, we're talking about the latest League of Legends champion to be given a visual update and rework; Sion the Undead Juggernaut.

This isn't gonna be a full write-up but I will give you the basics of his new backstory/lore and a rundown of how amazing his new abilities are:

Sion was once a great Noxian hero. Legions of Damacian soldiers fled, cowered, and died at the edge of his axe. In his final and glorious moments, he choked the life from Jarvan the First. He was entombed in a memorial as a patron hero of the Noxian soldier.

Eventually, the Noxian leaders need a hero like Sion to inspire the troops. Rather than finding a new hero, they try to resurrect an old one with horrifying results. The resurrected Sion is a mindless machine of destruction that, when turned loose, could tear entire castles down with his incredible strength and ferocity. Yet, controlling this force was too difficult for the Noxians and their own troops fell under his axe. The sight of such a hero turned into a demonstrative tool horrified and disgusted the people. Would all of the dead be repurposed in such a fashion by the Noxian elite? The creature was locked away in his memorial, which became off limits for generations, until a new group of elite Noxians came together again with the same purpose.

This time Sion's mind was returned to him in a way that gave him more self-control and would allow him to become a Noxian symbol again. Except, this time, was he a symbol of Noxian dedication or the thoughtless ambition of the Noxian nobility? And is Sion's memories catching up with him and making realize what the Noxian elite have done to him and what they're doing to the people?

Sion's rework has turned him into a very strong, if not overpowered, jungle and top lane pick in the current meta.

His passive, Glory in Death, gives him the ability to turn a death into a trade or better. I've used Sion's passive to get a kill or double kill and I've seen some success in turning it into an ace or even pentakill. When playing against Sion, you have to be ready to get some distance between your team and his corpse right after getting the small victory less you become a victim.

His Q, Decimating Smash, is a cone-shaped ability that is slow but effective at picking up last hits on groups of minions, getting foes just out of range, or setting up combos. This ability really benefits from assistance since it relies on the foes not escaping the range of the ability before you get it charged up.

His W, Soul Furnace, helps Sion build health from farming (a great ability for a jungler or any tank), and gives him the ability to create a shield that, if not destroyed, can deal some serious damage to all nearby enemies. This is a decent ability for harass and survivability but I would worry about it last.

His E, Roar of the Slayer, is a skillshot and Sion's bread and butter ability; shooting out in a straight line, it hits the first target in the line and applies a slow (great for chasing down minions and setting up Q). If it hits a minion, if it hits a non champ it knocks them back, dealing damage to all foes in the path of the knock back and slowing them. This allows for great last hits, wave clear, and pokes against enemies. I've even used this ability to get the killing blow on enemy champs by knocking a minion into them.

His ult/R, Unstoppable Onslaught, lasts for up to 8 seconds. Sion let's out a roar that can be heard by all champions and barrels in the direction of your cursor at incredible speed. If you reactivate the ability, collide with an object, or hit an enemy champ, you will stop and unleash a devastating knock up and slow to the area around you. The best part is you ignore crowd control while the ult is active and the trickiest part is steering him down a lane or river or wherever. This ult allows for great ganks, sets up teamfights, saves fellow champs, allows you to get to objectives quickly and/or allows you to escape sticky situations.

All in all, Sion's new abilities and stats really do make him an unstoppable juggernaut on the Summoner's Rift.

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