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Riot Games face backlash over neglected League of Legends champion skins

Published: 1/May/2019 15:14 Updated: 1/May/2019 15:25

by Joe O'Brien

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Riot Games is facing community backlash over their prioritization of League of Legends champions for new skins.

It was recently revealed that the next new line of hero skins will be the anime-inspired “Battle Academia” set, which will include new skins for Ezreal, Lux, Katarina, Graves, Jayce, and the as-yet unreleased Yuumi.

While the reaction to the new skins themselves, which are now on the Public Beta Environment (PBE), has been largely positive, many fans have criticized Riot’s selection of champions to include in the new collection.

In particular, the likes of Lux and Ezreal, who now have 11 and 13 skins respectively, have been highlighted for apparently being favored by Riot over other champions. Both featured in the “Pajama Guardian” collection that was released in November 2018.

Riot GamesEzreal’s new “Battle Academia” skin.

Meanwhile, there are many champions that have gone years without a new skin to choose from. As it stands, 15 different champions haven’t had a new skin in over 1000 days, with the longest wait being for Udyr, whose last new skin was released in March of 2015.

As a result, players whose preferred champions are among those less favored for new cosmetics have criticized Riot for a seemingly imbalanced approach to creating new skins.

Some fans have taken a more understanding line, however, arguing that Riot have little choice but to focus on skins for the champions with a larger player-base. As u/emojiexpert argues, while criticism from players who main niche heroes might be loud collectively, there are significantly less people that want a new skin for each individual hero specifically.

Riot is in an impossible position when it comes to skins. from r/leagueoflegends

With League of Legends being a free-to-play game, the bulk of Riot’s revenue coming directly from players is in the form of in-game cosmetics, with the most significant and popular cosmetics being champion skins.

As a result, it’s not too surprising to see the developers focus on those champions that are most popular with players and for which players are most likely to buy new skins. Unfortunately, fans of less popular champions will likely never get quite the same treatment for their go-to characters.

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Fnatic finally reveal Upset as Rekkles replacement in ADC for LEC 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 16:20

by Lauren Bergin

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After the departure of star LoL player Rekkles from the Fnatic bot lane, the black and orange LEC Gods have finally announced his replacement: Astralis’ Upset. 

The LEC has certainly seen a shake up this year. With Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković leaving to join Cloud9 across the pond, a spot on the G2 roster opened up.

This was quickly filled by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen, the former face of Fnatic, the team’s fans were wondering who would be his replacement. It’s big shoes to fill considering the legacy that Rekkles has left in the Fnatic jersey, so who has chosen to step up to the plate?

With LEC fans debating between Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp and Juš ‘Crownshot’ Marušič the race was on to see who Fnatic would sign.

Fnatic sign Astralis ADC Upset

When Crownshot announced that he would not be playing in any League of Legends tournament this year, fans were pretty certain that Upset would be the future ADC for the black and orange legends.

Therefore, when Fnatic announced Upset as ADC earlier today fans may not have been shocked, but they’re certainly excited to know who hold the future of the Fnatic botlane.

Upset has been a constantly high performing player ever since his days with Schalke 04. Taking what many believed to be a step up when he joined Origen (now Astralis) last season, Origen’s disappointing performance in the second split meant that roster readjustments were clearly needed.

With the ADC position being the least of Origen’s worries, it was pretty clear that Upset would be looking for a more competitive team to carve out his future with.

Will he be able to challenge the dynasty that Rekkles has left in his wake, or will he forever be caught in the Swedish legend’s shadow? Only time will tell, but we know Upset’s going to work extra hard to make his name sit side by side with the former Fnatic bot laner.