Another League of Legends champion joins the lineup. Remember those teases from Riot back in April about a Sentinel of Light marksman “planned for a non-traditional position” with lots of hints about ‘grappling’? Well, that champion has now hot his debut – and it turns out he’s a “midlane marksman with a grappling gun, stealth, and a revive” called Akshan.
Riot has just revealed the new League champ’s abilities and the ideas behind him, as per the usual ‘Champion Insights’ blog post. Billed as “a new kind of assassin” – that is, sneaky, rogueish, and a mashup of assassin and marksman who’s been crafted specifically with the mid-lane in mind.
“Positioning is an incredibly important part of playing both assassins and marksmen,” Riot explains in the blog. “As an assassin, you want to flank and annihilate squishy carries, not awkwardly poke beefcake frontliners with an inflatable dagger. And as a marksman, you are the squishy carry with a big target on your back, so one wrong misstep can mean insta-death. Akshan is both of these things, so the team wanted to give him more control over his positioning in fights. That line of thinking led the team to some high-flying, super cool, suave gameplay.”