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League of Legends: Skarner will go five years without a new skin

Published: 13:05, 17 April 2020
Riot Games
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Guardian of the Sands skin line

Skins are surely one of the most popular features in League of Legends and even though they don't have any impact on your overall stats, using a recently acquired skin feels very refreshing, to say the least.

League of Legends have released more than one thousand champion skins over their ten-year run. If we consider the fact that there are only 148 champions and that more than a hundred skins go live every year, it's hard to imagine that there's a champion out there that hasn't received a skin for three or four years, right?

Well, our favourite crystalline scorpion, Skarner, will complete an incredible five-year run without a skin. His latest skin was Guardian of Sands Skarner which was released on 26 April 2015. Theoretically, though, this means that there is still time for Riot to prevent him from completing this run.

Unfortunately, since the patch 10.9 scheduled release takes place around 29 April, he will probably succeed in his half-decade quest. Until recently, Xerath was another champion whose last skin was from the Guardian of the Sands skin line but he ultimately fell short in this race after the Dark Star Xerath release, less than a month ago.

To be completely fair, Skarner has always been one of the least popular champions in League of Legends as he currently holds a 0.48 per cent play rate for jungle in platinum and below.

He had some shining moments a couple of seasons ago when he held the highest win rate for a small amount of time before it got reverted back to normal in the following patch.

Riot Games League of legends champion Skarner - Battlecast Skarner skim Battlecast Skarner

Even though this five-year drought has been rough for every Skarner main out there - provided that there are any apart from CaptainFlowers - there could still be some hope after all. 

According to a dev video released earlier this year, Riot revealed a list of all the "forgotten champions" which will be getting a skin in 2020 and Skarner's name appeared at the top.

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