Smolder, the new LoL champion, has already had his abilities revealed. Your design “solution” It sparked a huge debate in the League community and Riot listened to the community. In the champion’s second trailer, he already presented changes to the character’s appearance.
Community wanted Smolder to look more like a Dragon
On Reddit, among the various criticisms, one comment highlighted the champion’s most “human” details – which sparked outrage among one of the fans:
I hate this humanization, he really had to look like a dragon, he looks like he came out of an animated film where the dragons have nice faces and the dragons have to look like monsters
Riot listened and absorbed this feedback, trying to bring the dragon closer to something more “scaly” e “draconic”.
Hey Guys! We heard your feedback on Smolder’s face and are making some adjustment to highlight his dragon features. Thank you so much for Gem, @O0_Y_0O and @White_Leyth for making this happen! The splash team is working on some adjustments too! pic.twitter.com/6CWfVYwQjY
— Riot Lexical (Lexi) (@neolexical) January 5, 2024
Appeal for the grotesque
Still, the criticism didn’t stop there. It’s not new that League of Legends fans have been asking for a champion with a monster design, like Cho’Gathand fewer animated creatures.
Another debate on Reddit revolved around this topic, check out the comments:
I lost all my hope in this last dragon champion. I really wanted an UGLY MONSTER champion, Rek’Sai is the perfect example for that. I want to be like: RAAAAAAH and ARGHHH. I want to feel like a monster.
Another discussion on the platform, with more than a thousand likes, considered that the new champion’s design was a wasted opportunity.
According to the user, Smolder could be a different dragon – although there is already a Chinese dragon (Aurelion Sol) and medieval-style dragons (Shyvana and Elemental Dragons).
Riot’s recent attempt to make a monster champion
It’s worth remembering that Naafiri, released on March 17, 2023, was Riot’s most recent attempt to launch a champion with a monstrous and murderous design. However, the community considers the champion a failure, due to her low popularity.
When does Smolder launch in League
Smolder will be released on patch 14.3, marked for the February 7th. See all Season 2024 patch dates.
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