League of Legends is a free game, and although you can spend money buying skins and other cosmetics, they don’t give you an advantage in matches. Well, theoretically it is like that, but many fans have already found skins “Pay to Win” no LoLthat is, that they do give some advantage in the game.
O More Esports has separated some of these Pay to Win skins and will show you what kind of advantage they can give players.
What are Pay to Win skins in LoL?
Pay to Win skins in LoL, as the name suggests, are customizations that bring some advantage to the player. Hence the term “Pay to Win”, as it indicates that players who spend money buying skins may have an advantage.
It is worth remembering that the advantages that we will mention below are not “official”, that is, Riot did not create the skins with this objective.
Ashe Projeto is one of the best known by players who accuse LoL of having ‘Pay to Win’ skins. It’s a very nice customization, which even seems to make the champion’s animations more “fluid”, but that’s not the main problem.
LoL players complain a lot about the Hitbox* of this skin’s ult, which seems “thinner” than conventional, resulting in many moments where players think they will be able to dodge the ult, but end up getting caught.
*”Hitbox” is a term used in games to describe an invisible area around an object or character that determines whether it is hit by attacks, projectiles, or other interactions.
Varus Arco Celeste
LoL players call Varus Arco Celeste the Pay to Win skin due to the coloring of its abilities, which easily blends in with the map. The main problem is the ult, whose particles are thin and small, making it more difficult for enemies to dodge.
This skin is so controversial that it was even banned from Riot Games championships for a long time. The effect of your Q makes it more difficult to see the ability, when compared to the Q’s of other skins. Additionally, there are some reports that the Q may appear smaller and shorter, confusing enemies.
Blitz and crank Jumbles in Space
The reason this Blitz skin is Pay to Win is one of the funniest here. The “taunt” animation is very similar to the Blitz Q animation, which has players using the taunt to pretend to play the Q, and after the opponents “dodge”, they play the real skill.
Cosmic Lux and Black Cosmos
These two skins have very similar visuals in Q and W, which makes it difficult for enemies to differentiate the ability. That said, it is possible to play W and Q at the same time, and on many occasions, the opponent will not dodge because they think it is just W coming, a non-offensive ability.
Steel Legionnaire Lux
The steel Legionary Lux has the same problem. The skill animations are very similar and make it difficult for opponents to see which skill is being cast. However, as it is a simpler skin, few Lux players use it.
Infernal Shen is considered a Pay to Win skin in League due to the effect of his ult. The shield it gives to the opponent, visually speaking, is more discreet, and in moments of fight it can be difficult to notice that Shen is about to teleport to the opponent in question.
Vladimir Dark Waters
The Vladimir Darkwater skin has skills with a darker tone, which can make them difficult to see in darker places on the map or even while he is walking in the river.
In addition to all this problem with coloring, users complain that the sound effects of some skills are very low, which makes it difficult to hear their activations, especially in the ult.
Leona Wild West
The Leona Wild West skin has very fluid animations and more “delicate” particles in its abilities. This makes quick combos like Q and basic attack feel “faster”.
The Bardo Elder skin brings effects to your Q that make it aesthetically “thinner” than other skins. This ends up being a problem similar to that of Ashe Projeto, as opponents may think they are going to dodge the Q, when, in fact, the hitbox is the same and it ends up hitting.
Usar as skins “pay to Win” do LoL dá ban?
Using these skins in LoL does not result in any type of ban, because although players consider them to give some advantage in the game, Riot itself does not recognize this. Furthermore, if it were the case that they were actually real perks, Riot would have already disabled them.