Akshan, the Rogue Sentinel Champion Breakdown
Akshan, the Rogue Sentinel has finally been unveiled and, needless to say, he looks mighty exciting! He’s every bit as loud, brash, and confident as we expected and will play a key role in defending Runeterra from Viego, the Ruined King and the Black mist.
Moreover, his ability kit is stacked with both damage and utility, so it’s fair to assume that he’ll not only make a splash in casual but competitive play as well. Heck, he can even bring allies back to life, but more on that below! He’s scheduled for release on July 21 (alongside patch 11.15), but you’ll be able to test him out on the PBE in just a couple of days!
By the looks of it, Akshan, the Rogue Sentinel will surely leave a mark on the game (in more ways than one), and we can’t wait to see him in action!
Akshan, the Rogue Sentinel | Champion Breakdown
Passive: “Dirty Fighting” — Akshan’s passive is of the three-hit variety. Once proc’d, his attacks and abilities will deal a burst of physical damage. If his target happens to be an enemy champion, Akshan will gain a temporary shield as well. After attacking, Akshan will fire a second attack that’ll deal reduced physical damage. You can also cancel this attack (much like you would a regular basic one) and then gain a burst of movement speed.
All in all, this passive is simple, effective, and perhaps a bit dull by design.
Q: “Avengerang” — Akshan throws out a boomerang that deals physical damage and reveals all enemies hit, extending its range each time it happens to hit an enemy. Enemy units can (at best) be hit twice — once when the boomerang goes out and once as it returns.
Think of this ability as a mix of Sivir and Gnar’s Q abilities. The good part is that it automatically returns to Akshan — he doesn’t have to reposition to catch it, unlike Gnar. Moreover, because its range automatically extends whenever it hits a target, Akshan players will be able to harass from afar with relative ease.
This isn’t the flashiest of abilities, but it’s not half bad either.
W: “Going Rogue” — Akshan’s W has both a passive and an active component. Whenever enemy champions kill one of Akshan’s allies, they’re automatically marked as Scoundrels. Whenever Akshan gets a takedown on a Scoundrel, he’ll gain bonus gold, and all allies that Scoundrel had killed will be resurrected at their base. The Scoundrel status will then be removed from all other enemies.
Scoundrel marks are only temporary, so if you want to revive any fallen allies make sure to avenge them as soon as possible!
As for the active part, Akshan becomes camouflaged for a short duration or indefinitely for as long as he’s near terrain. During this time, Akshan can see trails leading toward Scoundrels and gain bonus movement speed and mana regen while moving toward them.
What a truly spectacular ability. Will it be overpowered upon release? Probably, but we’ll reserve judgment until we see it in action.
E: “Heroic Swing” — Akshan fires a hookshot that embeds itself into the first bit of terrain it hits. Akshan can then recast the ability to swing around the terrain in the case direction, firing bullets at the nearest enemy target while swinging.
You’ll also be able to recast the ability mid-swing to jump off in the direction of your cursor and then fire a final shot. The cooldown of this ability will automatically reset whenever Akshan earns a takedown on an enemy champion.
R: “Comeuppance” — Akshan will lock onto an enemy champion and begin channeling his gun (i.e., storing bullets). Think of this as Caitlyn’s ultimate. Akshan will unleash the stored bullets at the end of the duration, each dealing physical damage based on missing HP to the first minion, champion, or structure it hits.
Players will be able to recast Akshan’s ultimate and start firing a lot sooner at the expense of its damage output. An interesting ultimate, albeit far from spectacular.
It’s still too early for us to evaluate Akshan, the Rogue Sentinel fully — there’s still so much that we don’t know. He seems fairly item-dependent, which is never a good thing; getting set behind will be tantamount to a death sentence.
On the other hand, there’s quite a lot of potential for playmaking. Well, of course, there is — Akshan is like five different champions all rolled into one! Players who are partial to roaming and getting their teammates ahead will surely dominate beyond measure thanks to his peculiar ability kit. Moreover, his W — the one ability to revive fallen teammates — will surely result in some truly mind-blowing plays.
Whether he’ll shine brightest as a mid laner or perhaps in top remains to be seen, but we’re intrigued and can’t wait to see him in action! We hope he isn’t too OP upon release. He doesn’t have a dash or any CC, but he has everything else.