To commemorate SK Telecom T1’s third League of Legends World Championship victory in 2016, Riot Games have released previews of the forthcoming line of SKT-themed skins, coupled with the players’ acted requests for recall animations.
Following the initial backlash to Riot’s proposed 2015 SKT commemorative skin line, the game publisher’s skin designers certainly upped their game for the 2017 iteration.
The new championship skins are heralded as some of the best Riot Games has ever made, though SK Telecom T1’s mid laner and support, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan expressed hints of regret regarding their input in the skin development process.
Former SKT top laner, Lee “Duke” Ho-Seong Ekko skin portrays the unity of the SKT squad, adopting an “all for one, one for all” style type cheer. Bae “Bengi” Seong-Woong’s Olaf destroys both his PC and his desk, whilst Kang “Blank” Sun-gu’s Zac engorges himself on his own blobs. Bae “Bang” Jun-sik’s Jhin perfectly combines the personalities of both the player and the champion into one slick recall animation.
Wolf’s Nami poses for an interesting sushi themed photoshoot modelled perfectly by the recent Mid-Season Invitational MVP. Of all the skins, Faker’s is perhaps the most disappointing, featuring a simple SKT logo raised above Syndra’s head.
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Faker and Wolf were quick to praise Riot for the hard work that had gone into the skins and the high quality results, yet both players expressed that given the opportunity to give their input again, there were things they would have done differently.
For Faker, Syndra’s recall animation was not exactly as he anticipated it to look. Speaking in an LCK post-match interview, the mid laner explained:
“For the recall animation, when they took the video I thought my recall would look cool, but when it actually came out — maybe it’s because the character model is small, you couldn’t really see it.
“I think maybe I should have gone in a different direction. It would have been better if I came up with a cooler idea.”
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
Similarly, in an interview with Daily eSports, Wolf credited the recall animation, admitting that it had been altered from his original design for the better:
“At first I wanted a giant hand to come down and make sushi out of Nami, but I was told that my idea might be too violent and gory.
“So they changed it and I’m very happy with the new one.”
Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan
Wolf’s minor reservations lie with the general design of the Nami skin, suggesting that although the skin ‘reflected his design input’ but that had some “very small regrets.”
With the skins set to be released before the end of the current season, the outcome of the 2017 Mid-Season Invitational has caused many to believe another line of SKT skins will need to be prepared for the same time next year.