I am torn. I understand the qualms of those loyal mains that wish current Volibear's identity and personality to be preserved; on the other hand, reading ["Silence for the Damned"](https://universe.leagueoflegends.com/en_US/story/silence-for-the-damned/) compelled me to feverishly pick **T H E B E A R** in anticipation of his rework, despite me thinking that the in-game Volibear experience is... a bit dull.
Stumbling over this on the [Roadmap](https://nexus.leagueoflegends.com/en-us/2019/10/champion-roadmap-october-2019/) literally broke my heart:
> One common thing we heard—especially from Volibear mains—was that the more grotesque-horror visual designs felt like they strayed too far from live Volibear, so we’ve refocused our explorations on versions that feel more true to current Voli.
**I am in love with that concept of an eldritch bear-thing god of wilderness with sets of eyes sprouting from his oily skull while he impales corpses in occult patterns for some weird ritual of rejuvenation. I like how he's presented in the story, a psionic juggernaut whose sole imposing presence fades individuality and consciousness.**
Are you sure we want to lose all that stuff? That's good stuff, unique stuff, creative stuff. **Is preserving "armored bear" worth it?** I understand there are difference of opinions involved; I also understand that a Volibear fan since years has much more valuable saying on such matter than me; lastly, I understand that now it's too late for changing anything, and the direction is set.
**I am sad.** Not angry, because I respect the different perspective, and understand a choice had to be made. But boi am I sad.
PS: new Volibear has small head and probably very small bener