A new supportive champion is approaching the justice fields of League of Legends. His name is Braum, the Heart of the Freljord, and he comes from the icy grounds of the north, where his valiant reputation inspires everyone. Using his massive shield, Braum protects the weak and supports the strong, ensuring that both factions prevail and reach their goals. Riot Games has recently unveiled Braum’s skills and lore story, which describes him as a true legend filled with strength and fortitude:
The frozen peaks of the Freljord have for centuries punished the weak. But as these feared glacial lands host the graves of the frail, for the mighty, the land is a cradle, a place that elevates mere strongmen into true champions. Braum’s story started here, and as his strength and fortitude grew, so too did his legend. Today, his feats inspire all from the poorest of peasants to the fiercest of raiders. And as he prepares to bear his shield into battle once again, he goes knowing he carries the hopes and adoration of the Freljord’s people with him.
1Passive: Concussive Blows
Braum’s basic attacks apply Concussive Blows. Once the first stack is applied, all basic attacks from Braum and his allies apply further stacks. Targets that sustain four stacks are stunned and suffer bonus magic damage. After being stunned, Braum cannot apply Concussive Blows to his target again for a moderate duration.
Concussive Blows is certainly a deadly passive in close combat and it’s quite overpowered in comparison with most passives in game. But taking in consideration that Braum is a melee character and he won’t be able to frequently hit enemy champions during the lane phase, then it might mean that this passive is not as strong as it first appears to be. However, I think it will be very devastating, specially when used with disable skills. That way hitting enemy champions and stacking Concussive Blow stacks will be much easier, thus triggering almost permanent stuns. Note that basic attacks from allies also grant stacks. I’m not sure how long this stun will last but it will certainly be a very short one, probably around half a second. But despite the stun duration, I think this passive will most likely need a small power reduction upon release because having free stuns and bonus magic damage every four hits is a bit too much in my opinion.