Titan the Case 53 began its design as the Yordle Jungler we've all been waiting for... but I will admit I got distracted by his appearance and the gameplay I wanted him to have in skirmishes and team fights, and consequently did not take into consideration his ability to jungle at any point during the design process. ... umm, here's a Yordle Juggernaut you might be interested in!
I was inspired to this by Jeremy's video, and asking myself "do I want to see a yordle jungler?". Honestly? No. The initial appeal for me when Riot announced it was the prospect of a feral yordle, which made the most sense to me as to why he was jungling. Having a generic Hunter or Assassin type champion who also happened to be a yordle just didn't ring with me as something Riot would do, especially with the current bar for design, so this champion would really have to make sense as to why a yordle is hanging out in the wilderness. However, Gnar kinda ticks all the thematic boxes and my drawing board was empty of other avenues to explore. Jeremy even shared Kaerru's Vesper concept art as an example of what this "yordle jungler" could look like, but it falls into the generic assassin category and the concept for a bat-like creature would definitely suit a more dedicated Man-Bat (DC Comics) rip-off.
That said, I conceded that Mini Gnar doesn't actually look all that feral (and Mega Gnar doesn't look like a Yordle). If what really appealed to me was a yordle that thrashes around, similar to Warwick or Kha'Zix, then the opportunity for a feral yordle still exists if the lore was exceptionally well written (not something I'm going to attempt). When searching for images of "feral yordles" to see if someone else had beaten me to the punch, I stumbled across an old piece of concept art that has always been a favourite of mine - Titan Ziggs. What's a guy to do when he's trying to decide on a unique look for a yordle and this masterpiece falls into his lap?
But... I do not have any ideas for abilities.
I have initial concerns that Titan may clash with Dr. Mundo and Sion. While Mundo currently does not utilize his mad doctor theme at all in his kit, even if his model features syringes sticking out of him and some of his former icons/abilities involves "experimenting on himself" - I cannot rule out the possibility that his future relaunch might make him more true to his lore. Titan must only be an experiment, maybe even Mundo's experiment, but his gameplay cannot revolve around experimentation - only the rewards.
Titan's design started off, aside from the visual inspiration, with his personality. I imagined him being similar to Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood's Sloth. He's bored. He's nigh unbreakable and doesn't understand why things keep hitting him. He just wants to lie down and go to sleep. But. It's. Just. So. Nosey. Titan holds someone's head against the ground and slowly applies more pressure until something gives.
When I imagine Titan on the battlefield, a core gameplay fantasy that immediately came to the surface was knocking people aside with an effortless ease. Similar, perhaps, to Poppy's Keeper of the Verdict, but much more... repeated. Go away. Get off me. Stop it. Perhaps similar to The Hulk running through a antique shop and trying to knock everything over individually.
And so I ripped off Malzahar's Void Rift, although did my best to word it in such a fashion that it is not apparent.
- Innate: Titan marks an area around him as his personal space. Titan will knock back enemies who enter this area, which cannot affect an enemy more than once every 23 - 6 (based on level) seconds. Titan is a patient yordle, and will wait for targets with crowd control immunity to become vulnerable before tossing them aside. This luxury does not apply to spell shields.
And the concept of personal space, similar to Aurelion Sol's area of influence, has stuck and the aforementioned innate has taken many forms with different power distributions:
- Basic Active: Titan suppresses himself for the next 0.75 seconds, intercepting all hostile effects all the while being invulnerable and immune to crowd control effects. Enemy champions that enter Titan's personal space during this time are bound to him. After the 0.75 seconds, Titan thrashes, dealing physical damage and knocking back all enemies within his personal space.
- Basic Active: Titan marches forward, gaining immunity from crowd control effects for the duration as well as the ability to intercept all hostile effects. Enemy units hit collides with are picked up and, after the dash, are dealt damage and tossed aside. Titan's speed during the march is reduced for every unit his holding.
- Ultimate Active: Titan marks an area around him as his personal space for the next 8 seconds, also modifying his attack speed to 1.75. Titan will knock back enemies who enter this area, dealing Colossal Fists' damage.
- Other Abilities
- Colossal Fists (Innate)
- Passive: Titan's basic attacks (and abilities?) deal the greater value between his attack damage and 10% (+0.5% per 100 Bonus Health) of his target's maximum health.
- Steady Forward (Basic Ability)
- Active: Titan marches toward the target location, performing three powerful attacks over the duration that deals physical damage and slows enemies hit by 99% for 0.1 second. Steady Forward cannot be used to go through terrain.
- Adaptive Regeneration (Basic Ability)
- Active: Titan stores 20 / 26 / 32 / 38 / 44% of the damage he takes over the next 4 seconds, which is tracked as grey health. After the 4 seconds, Titan restores health equal to the stored value.
- Clobber (Basic Ability)
- Active: Titan rears up and then slams into the ground, damaging all enemies within his personal space.
- Tunnel (Ultimate Ability)
- Active: Titan charges at through the target piece of terrain, clearing a pathable area for the next long while. Titan has a static movement speed for the duration of Tunnel, affected by neither hastes nor slows. Enemies within the area when the terrain reforms are harmlessly displaced. The notion of a burrowing ability is derived from one of the Yordle Jungler's core abilities, which is in part how FMA's Sloth got involved in Titan's development.
- Tunnel (Basic Ability)
- Active: Titan burrows through the target piece of terrain, rendering himself untargetable for the duration. Titan has a static movement speed for the duration of Tunnel, affected by neither hastes nor slows.
- Upon Selection
- "What now...?"
- "This is taking too long."
- Upon Dying
- "At last..."
- Falls asleep with feint snoring.
- Titan's title, "Case 53", is a reference to the monstrous parahumans from Worm. This is a placeholder title due to lack of a better idea.