Riot were pushed to excel themselves after the crushing disappointment that came in tow with April’s SK Telecom T1 World Championship skins preview – but it now looks like the design team will deliver in a big way. The updated World Championship skins may finally subside the acidic anger that had been broiling in the belly of the League of Legends community; the new skins are looking spicy.
The hate Riot received for the lacklustre original SK Telecom T1 skins in April in celebration of the team’s Worlds victory was frankly deserved. The champion models were clunky and unimaginative, the colours sported by the line-up were outdated, generally the whole operation reeked of laziness.
To the outrage of SKT fans worldwide, Lee “Easyhoon” Ji-hoon was completely ignored in the skin creation process. Despite being a sub, he had represented SKT on stage during the World Championship of 2015 and deserved an Azir Skin. Similarly, many fans thought that Sang-hyeok “Faker” Lee and Seong-ung “Bengi” Bae deserved legendary skins, since this was their second time winning Worlds.
Interviwer: “Do you like your new skin?”
Faker: “No… well it looks cool, but hopefully they will make it better.”
In response to the backlash, Kalista and Azir were added to the group of skins. Originally, Riot had included Sivir, an integral part of SKT’s Championship victory but nonetheless one of the least exciting champs on the rift. SKT AD Carry Jun-sik “Bang” Bae himself had expressed that he wanted Kalista instead and has now finally got his wish.
“I want to thank you again for helping us see how much better these skins could be.
“We took a little extra time to really focus in on what would make these skins feel special, and we think it’s totally worth it.”
As a personalised touch, Riot asked each member of the SKT squad to provide video demonstrations of their recall animations of choice – Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan’s recall animation is a real treat.
The Faker roll really is the icing on the cake – looks like another big pay-day for Riot’s skin development team, they hit the money this time around.