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Aphelios has five but was meant to have 25 weapons

Published: 00:36, 27 November 2019
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League of Legends - Aphelios
League of Legends - Aphelios

League of Legends' upcoming marksman will likely be the most complicated champion in the history of the game. However, it looks like the original concept was five times more intricate as Aphelios was meant to switch between 25 weapons instead of just five.

Riot's upcoming champion that is the equivalent of a virtual Swiss army knife could have been even more complex, with even more gadgets. As probably everyone knows by now, Aphelios was designed by Bradford "CertainlyT" Wenban. Champions designed by this particular Rioter tend to have new mechanics tied to them or at least a string of existing mechanics, mashed up in such a way that the champion becomes unique.

While refreshing the roster with unparalleled creativity sounds great, each coin has two sides. The ugly side of CertainlyT's champions is that they tend to be utterly broken at launch with little to no counterplay. They do get balanced out eventually, but those who remember the early days of Darius, Zyra, Yasuo, Zed, Zoe, reworked Akali and some other abominations will know what we are talking about.

The latest in line of CertainlyT's champions is Aphelios, who is already seen as the most complicated one to hit the Rift, even though he wasn't played yet. Not officially anyway.

Aphelios owes this status to the fact that he can switch between five different weapons, each of them serving a different purpose, effectively making the marksman a jack of all trades that can dish out AoE damage, heal up, deal enhanced long-range damage, slow on auto-attack and throw boomerangs.

Considering the wide range of applications of this marksman, one would say mastering such a versatile champion would take slightly longer than it takes Zilean to get a new skin but this complexity was not enough CertainlyT at some point during development. According to Riot Scruffy, Aphelios was meant to have five times more weapons at his disposal originally.

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We are sure the balancing team took a deep sigh of relief once that idea was scrapped but they are not off the hook yet. Following Pantheon's 100 per cent ban rate at World Championship 2019, it is possible we will soon see a marksman that teams just can't handle and prefer to ban instead.

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