ZAC’s On the Run!
Riot has let loose their blob experiment! What manner of horribly cute being now roams free?
Zaun Morphous Combatant (his name is ZAC) exhibits strong emotional response to captivity: alternates between non-responsiveness and extreme agitation. Project leads have requested time for specimen outside growth chamber. Request denied.
He just wants to be FREE
Incident recorded in which test subject generated sufficient kinetic force to surpass safety tolerances of the growth chamber. Structural reinforcement under ???
If we don’t get him out of there, he’s going to hurt himself
Growth chamber breached. Test subject and project leads currently missing.
Project placed on hiatus. Cost of generating a new specimen considered prohibitive. Current priority is locating specimen and concluding experimental trials. All personnel have been reassigned, effective immediately.
Revenue loss from project (estimated?) to be significant. Reacquire leads (on experiment?) and specimen at any cost. Use of (deadly) force is authorized.
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Naturally, ZAC’s reveal caused a bit of stir, which Rioters were quick to respond to:
I’ll be honest, I was kind of hoping for a half-blob creature that was almost a slime pile with limbs extended out all over. I’m happy this isn’t super cute ZAC, but I’ll wait to see in-game/splash.
Something tells me this humanoid model will be more amorphous than people realize. He’s either going to begin amorphous and eventually evolve into the humanoid form, OR he’s going to break his humanoid form during his abilities to stretch limbs, or even his whole body. I highly doubt it’s going to be as simple as watching a blobman running around smacking things with his bare hands.
You guys will be pleased with this
Please make me happy, Morello; I got really excited just to be let down. I really enjoy your non-humanoid champions and it was disappointing to see this for several reasons.
A- Design doesn’t seem too clever from this first appearance. Sorry, but it is just a jelly man. I hope your final product has been altered, or he doesn’t always look like this in the model. But, well, everyone has different taste in design..
B- The story you showed us doesn’t match up with this whatsoever. He likes candy. He has ‘parents’. Don’t you think he should be more adorable and less evil like the other champions you have (besides yordles, because obviously a yordle /has/ to be cute in Riot’s terms)? We have a lot of evil champions.
C- The four images to his left just give off a ‘I’m angry and I will get revenge’ vibe. Please don’t make revenge the central point to his lore. I’d be more impressed and inspired if I saw otherwise from you all. It is just very overdone by several other artists already.
This is just my two cents. I’m getting ZAC regardless, because I adore Zaun Lab Bot and all of the spoilers you have given us. I know Riot is smart enough to make this an appealing champion. But I’m just a bit dumbfounded by this last picture is all.
Think about Annie. If she were an adult, shed’ be a bit lame. If she were a kid that was sweet, she’d be too expected. The Juxtaposition between little girl and pyromaniac make Annie much more cool overall – dramatic irony to a big extent.
subninja: Yeah “more than meets the eye” is appropriate here. This guy looks pretty innocuous when he’s standing still, but in game, he can do a lot of really cool things. We pulled from quite a few different blob-like tropes when figuring out his abilities. I think you’ll dig it.
And in terms of personality, even though he may look like a big scary monster man, he might not be such a bad guy on the inside…
Is he similar to Cho?
I was kind of hoping for the adorable little blob in the second image Zaun Lab Bot gave us.
He still looks good though, just not as cute. ^.^
One thing that the community agrees on is that ZAC should be different from the typical “escaped lab experiment” stereotype. Seeking revenge or being a big bad monster doesn’t quite cut it in terms of originality. But, according to Riot, there really is more to our blob friend than meets the eye. They mention the possibility of him transforming into other… less menacing shapes, as well as an intricate back-story to his arrival and purpose.
So ZAC may yet be a cute blob creature in one of his forms! Although we’re still not aware of his abilities, Rioters have teased numerous skills that Zaun’s experiment may possess. One thing we’re certain of – he’ll be changing shapes quite often! Hopefully the League’s newest champion will deliver on its enormous hype!
If you haven’t caught up yet on the whole train of teasers, here’s a quick recap: