League of Legends: 3 Reasons Dr. Mundo is the Perfect Choice for a VGU

League of Legends. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.
League of Legends. Photo courtesy of Riot Games. /

Riot revealed that the next champion slated to receive a VGU is Dr. Mundo!

With the recent release of Volibear’s rework, League of Legends players have been wondering who the next champion slated for a rework will be. Today, in their newly-released champion roadmap, Riot confirmed that the next champion slated for a VGU is none other than the Madman of Zaun, Dr. Mundo! Here are three reasons why Mundo is deserving of being the next champion to get a full rework.

1. His Age is Showing

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Mundo is one of the oldest champions in League of Legends, as he was released all the way back in 2009! After over a decade that included a few tweaks to his abilities, Mundo has had the same basic kit. It’s unsurprising Riot thinks the doctor is due for a check-up.

Among the aspects of his kit I hope they save, I want them to keep that hulking juggernaut with massive health regeneration and his Infected Cleaver. However, I do think there is room to modernize him and add new forms of crowd control or interactions to his kit like they did with Volibear.

2. No Competitive Play

Older League of Legends players will remember Season 4’s top lane rock, paper, scissors of Mundo/Shyvana/Renekton. In Season 4, Mundo was one of the most-contested top laners in the game and was the sixth-most picked top laner at the World Championship.

Since then, however, do you know how many times he’s been picked at Worlds? None. And he’s only been banned three times in the five World Championships since Season 4, all in the same year (2017) and against the same team (oNe eSports).

By contrast, champions like Singed, Cho’Gath, and Yorick have all been picked more recently than Dr. Mundo at the World Championships. With such little impact in the professional realm, it’s no surprise he’d be on Riot’s shortlist for a rework.

3. Unhealthy Game Play

Mundo is one of the classic “stat-check” champions in League of Legends. His kit is so linear that when he is strong, it’s purely because his numbers are out of tune or there are other external circumstances (like items or runes) that make him strong.

That is an extremely unhealthy design for a champion, as it basically means Riot is trying to find the Goldilocks line where the champion is not completely overpowered or useless. That’s a hard thing to do in a game like League of Legends where champions, items, runes, and the game itself are changing constantly.

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Instead, Riot needs to find a role for Mundo to occupy, give him some specific abilities that fit that role instead of just “me run fast and heal and hurt everyone around me.” Hopefully, we’ll learn more about what the VGU will give to the Madman of Zaun soon!