Hello Summoners, Rioters just released an Ask Rioters post on their website which includes estimated Vex Release Date, their thoughts on Akshan and Prestige Pantheon. Let’s hop into the article and see what will happen!
Vex Release Date
Hi everyone, I’m Jag. Before I became the Lead Game Designer on Summoner’s Rift Team, I was a Champion Designer, and the last project I worked on there was Akshan (with Riot Twin Enso). I’m here to talk about him a bit.
Akshan is a mid lane marksman assassin, built to play aggressive early on in the game by roaming and skirmishing. His intended strengths include:
- Strategic flanking and target access due to stealth and mobility from grappling hook.
- Long range kill pressure with ultimate.
- Unique utility by reviving slain allies.
- Highly self-sufficient due to built-in shield and ability to choose engagements.
- Strong burst damage, particularly when snowballing.
- Windows of top tier roaming from increased movement speed when hunting Scoundrels.
His intended weaknesses include:
- Access to revive requires killing an enemy (often the most dangerous one)
- Weak reactive defenses, particularly against aggressive melees that can bodyblock his grappling hook.
- Worst-in-Marksman-class sustained DPS.
- Worst-in-Marksman-class attack range.
- Damage falls off significantly with game time.
- Extremely unreliable damage in teamfights.
- No crowd control, and very low value to the team when behind.
But that’s not what you’re here for; you’re here to ask “do you have any idea exactly how powerful this revive is?”
To which I’d answer—of course not.
And that’s the point.
Our job as champion designers is to make new champions that excite players in unique and novel ways. You, the players, decide through your champion picks whether we succeeded when making a new champion: Whether they’re worthy of pouring hours into discovering and optimizing. To go a step further, I feel our best champions are ones who can only be optimized by the community. If our teams can perfectly optimize a champion through internal playtests alone, there’s not enough substance. Watching the community finally get to play a new champion is the most exciting part of the project for me, when players discover the ins and outs and the new mains show us something new.
So, no, we’re not exactly sure how powerful this revive is. Sometimes Akshan will resurrect a single ally who will proceed to instantly run it down again. Sometimes he’ll solo turn a game by killing a Scoundrel that just got a Quadra Kill, reviving his entire team to march forward and take the Nexus. We know just how much potential this mechanic could have, and that drove us to put constraints on this effect (like clearing all Scoundrel marks after taking down the first one), but we won’t know exactly how much power it affords until we get to see live data.
The follow-up question here is “Why would you do something so risky?” And our answer is because every new champion design owes you something unique, exciting, and new. Even when the new unknown factor isn’t as loud as a revive, you deserve more than 1-to-1 repeats of champions in the same role with the same patterns and builds. Without taking risks, we wouldn’t have a support with a resetting execution ultimate, or a marksman that has to stop to reload, or a wind samurai that deflects bullets. Beyond that, one of League’s core identities is change, and that applies to how we design, not just what we design. We put stuff out there and sometimes we succeed, sometimes we fail. When we fail, we’ll make changes to keep trying and keep iterating until we get there.
The last question we heard a lot is “Why should Akshan have this revive instead of someone more support-y? I’d rather have more combat power.” The first answer, in terms of what led our exploration into the team utility space, is that it matches who Akshan is as a person. He’s a complex hero on a journey to find a way to be a part of the world. He’s lived his whole life on his own, but now wants to live in a way that lets him connect with people and help them, even if doing that could severely cost him.
Of course, it has to go beyond that—the revive has to make sense in terms of gameplay. Players talk a lot about champions that are not just fun to play as, but also fun to play against. We summarized those in the two lists up top and expect a lot of followup conversation will focus there, but I also want to talk about designing Akshan as a champion who’s fun to play with.
League is a cooperative game. Winning requires teamwork. When designing an exceptionally selfish character archetype (the overlap of Assassin AND Marksman), finding a way to let them contribute to the team that aligns with the exact way they want to play was an incredible challenge. It’s really important that when you see Akshan deep in enemy territory looking to hunt down the enemy Scoundrel instead of grouping with everyone else, you know he’s still part of the team, and you can root for him to succeed because you know he’s there for the team.
Tying it all back, that idea of hunting scoundrels to help your team rather than just padding your KDA is one of the key ways Akshan offers something unique. To riff on that one Henry Ford quote, “if I had asked [assassins] what they wanted, they would have said [kill squishies better].” No champion appeals to everyone, but I truly believe some of you are going to love playing this marksman-assassin who wants to help his team. That’s a new experience for League. And that’s why it’s worth it.”
Vex Release Date, When will Vex be released?
Check out the latest Ask Riot – “When’s Vex coming out? Are Prestige skins canon? And how do you say Akshan?”
“Welcome to Ask Riot
Today we’re talking about Vex, Akshan, and Prestige Pantheon.
When is Vex coming out?
As long as everything goes as planned, Vex should be coming out in September. We’re working on getting her source of power (aka her shadow) just right in game, which is why she’s releasing a bit after the Sentinels of Light event. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy getting to know the gloomy yordle who holds a special place in our goth kid hearts <3
(In case you missed it, Vex is part of the Rise of the Sentinels story that you can play through in the client right now!)
Reav3, Lead Producer of Champions Team
Estimated Vex Release date is September 2021
Vex Release Date
Are Prestige skins canon? Does Prestige Ascended Pantheon’s existence mean Atreus is now some kind of super being in the lore?
Prestige skins are not canon. They’re “what-if” style executions that try to answer the question: What might the biggest, most epic victory look like for this champ in this thematic?
All the Prestige skins do this, but it’s an especially topical question for Prestige Ascended Pantheon, since the Sentinels of Light event is based in core Runeterra canon. The real way the story ends is [[SPOILERS, GO PLAY RISE OF THE SENTINELS!]]. For Prestige Ascended Pantheon, we get to see Atreus kick Ruined Pantheon’s butt and become more powerful than ever before as a result. That kind of self-actualization is a big part of what makes Atreus feel strong, and talks to the core themes that make him awesome. That’s the kind of space Prestige gets to explore.
Riot Wilkingham, Sr. Manager Narrative Editing
How do you pronounce Akshan?
You’ve come to the right linguistics nerd! Akshan is pronounced /ɞkʃən/. The first vowel is not often heard in US English, but is common around the world.
For folks without that vowel sound as a common feature of their speech, it can help to triangulate: The sound is more open/emphasized than the /ə/ sound (the second vowel in the name Akshan), but more closed/centered in the mouth than the /ɐ/ sound (the vowel US English speakers generally hear in “not”). Shaping the vowel is a bit like reserving enough space for a gumball in the very center of your mouth and filling that open space with the vowel sound.
And just in case phonetics isn’t your one true calling, here’s a sound clip.
Riot Wilkingham, Sr. Manager Narrative Editing
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