Update 1.13 has arrived to Vainglory [Free] and this time we have been hit by Winter! We definitely miss the exciting moments when a hero is announced and today will be no less exciting. Super Evil Megacorp has brought a new hero with the new update called Reim, The Ice Mage. He is known as Devourer of Grangor and Terror of the Kall Peaks. Around his shoulder, he wears a pelt of a Grangor (the elite warrior group that Glaive belongs to). According to lore, his tent is described to be made of Grangor skins and tusks. He holds a staff that can freeze whatever it touches and it is said that once, with the touch of his staff he froze a mighty river. Considering that he is nicknamed ”Devourer of Grangor,” this suggests that there is a rivalry between Reim & Glaive, and it will be interesting to see who performs better on the battlefield.
Let us take a look at his perks:
- Frostguard – Reim’s heroic perk causes 20-54 (+125% crystal power) bonus crystal damage over 2 seconds and grant 50% of the damage dealt with this effect as fortified health. Reim’s attacks and abilities chill opponents and apply a 60% slow that decays over 0.6 seconds.
- Winter Spire – Reim summons a spire of ice at a nearby location, dealing crystal damage to surrounding enemies. After a short delay, the spire shatters, dealing heavy crystal damage. 35% of the damage dealt with this ability is gained as fortified health. Damage dealt and fortified health gained is reduced against non-heroes.
- Chill Winds – Reim deals a burst of crystal damage to all surrounding enemies (25% damage to minions) This ability roots enemies who are chilled, temporarily preventing them from moving. A rooted enemy can still attack.
- Valkyrie – Reim summons an ancient valkyrie, devastating enemies at the target location. All enemies are slowed, while enemies closer to the center are stunned and take increased damage.
From what we know about him, the tanky old mage seems like a serious force on the battlefield. In addition, the new update has brought 3 winter-inspired skins. Skaarf and Glaive have received Tier III skins, while Catherine got a limited Winter Season skin. Prehistoric Glaive Tier III looks glorious as the skin brings about Glaive’s fiercest ancestor to the battle wielding a mighty ice-axe.
With Winter comes snow and ice, and the Halcyon Fold has been completely covered in white. It definitely looks different and gives you a sense that you are playing on a whole different map. Don’t forget to use pinch-to-zoom in settings to get a closer look of the detailed winter design of the map. And an interesting addition to the map is winter inspired in-game music! That’s actually a brilliant addition and builds a more genuine atmosphere. Finally, with this new season, there is a skill tier refresh. So it’s a clean slate for everyone and you can start rising to the top all over again. If you want to see the full list of changes, then you can click here. You can watch a gameplay of the new hero, Reim, below.