A visual effects artist for Riot Games has posted a tweet with an attached image of new visual effects for the champion Hecarim, the Shadow of War. According to Jason "Lanky Tree" Chisolm himself, this update has been in the works for roughly "the last two weeks" and it will be his second to last project in League Of Legends.
According to "Riot Lanky Tree," this new visual update will show hoof prints on the map for all eleven of Hecarim's skins. Additionally, the tail (which was formerly a solid shape) will be made of "actual fire" and the skin "Arcade" will have cleaner visuals. Some enhancements were added to the other skins, but this visual update is welcomed by many players.
Hecarim is a champion that has been in the game since April 18, 2012. Despite being released so long ago, his visual effects have not changed much. The first time his splash art (not the in-game model) was changed was in Patch 6.7. In other words, this is a champion that has looked the same for well over nine years, and the update has received positive feedback from the player base thus far. Some who have been familiar with the champion since his release have also commended how "beautiful looking" the Shadow of War was back in 2012 and how great his effects have stood against the test of time.
Jason Chisolm claims the changes will be live on the Public Beta Environment, or PBE, "soon" but he did not give an exact date or time.