Death-defying abilities are not common in League of Legends. There have been abilities that can help to prevent death, but not bring a player back from the dead. This changes a huge mechanic in the game and is sure to spark controversy as we see this champion jump (or swing) into action.
I will say, the grappling gun looks like a lot of fun. A quick way to chase down an almost dead champion trying to flee the battle.
Before we get into all that, what are Akshan’s abilities?
Passive — Dirty Fighting
Every three hits from Akshan’s attacks and damaging abilities deal a burst of physical damage. If the target was a champion, Akshan also gains a shield.
After attacking, Akshan fires a second attack that deals reduced physical damage. The second shot can be canceled like a regular basic attack. If Akshan cancels the second shot he gains a burst of move speed.
Q — AVENGERANG
Akshan throws a boomerang that deals physical damage and reveals enemies hit, extending its range each time it hits an enemy. Enemies can be hit once as the boomerang goes out and once as it returns.
W — GOING ROGUE
Passive: When enemy champions kill one of Akshan’s allies, they are marked as Scoundrels. When Akshan gets a takedown on a Scoundrel he gains bonus gold, all allies killed by the Scoundrel are resurrected at their base, and Scoundrel status is removed from all other enemies.
Active: Akshan becomes camouflaged for a short duration, or indefinitely while near terrain. During this time, Akshan can see trails leading toward Scoundrels and gains move speed and mana regeneration while moving toward them.
E — HEROIC SWING
Akshan fires a hookshot that embeds in the first terrain hit. While embedded, he can recast to swing around the terrain in the cast direction, firing physical damage bullets at the nearest enemy while swinging. While swinging, he can recast again to jump off in the direction of the cursor and fire a final shot.
Heroic Swing’s cooldown resets when Akshan earns a takedown on an enemy champion.
R — COMEUPPANCE
Akshan locks onto an enemy champion and begins channeling power into his gun to store bullets. At the end of the duration or after recasting Akshan unleashes the stored bullets, each dealing physical damage based on missing health to the first minion, champion, or structure hit.
Akshan can move normally and cast Heroic Swing while channeling and firing Comeuppance.
So we know what he can do now. All of it being pretty cool stuff. But the W ability is what we are really here for right now. In short, when an enemy kills one of Akshan’s allies, they are marked as a Scoundrel. When Akshan kills a Scoundrel, then any of his allies who died to the Scoundrel are revived. With the W activated he also becomes camouflaged and gains movement speed and mana regeneration while moving towards Scoundrels (which are marked by paths).
This is going to be a crazy thing to deal with. If teams can buff up Akshan enough to swing in and get revenge, it could potentially save a team. We’ve all seen an enemy player who takes out several champions caught off guard. Now imagine Akshan hiding camouflaged, and then swooping in and reviving all the fallen allies. Could immediately turn the tables on the game.
With the news just released, players are still trying to workout how this will all go down. Akshan joins the fight on July 22.