A new dark figure has reached the gates of the Institute of War with a clear target in mind: to cleanse the world. His lean and svelte silhouette speaks support a couple of unique weapons which make clear that his purification process isn’t exactly gentle. Lucian, the Purifier is here, let’s see how he adapts to the League of Legends.
At a glance, it doesn’t take much to notice the clear vampire or monster hunter aesthetic that permeates all over Lucian. The cross between Blade and Alucard, from Hellsing, works thanks to the shared theme and, actually, identical role of said characters. The aspect evokes a sense of duty and discipline with a shade of a tragic past and dark power. Unfortunately, the stylish hairstyle and automatic pistols may be a bit too modern for the fantastic League of Legends.
Truth be told, as the concept is implemented with a contemporary style one can start to question the overall design. If automatic pistols are available, then more primitive firearms, as well as bows and crossbows, become obsolete and make some champions picturesque at best. There are a few valid arguments when magic is involved but pistols can be magically enhanced as well. Therefore, Vayne, his direct competition, appears to be relying on rather outdated equipment.
To be fair Lucian’s guns have a mystical aesthetic that separates them from plain modern weaponry. Still, the notion of lone gunner dual-wielding automatic pistols is quite clear; he even wears a trench coat. The concept is refreshing in a sense but also forces the bounds of what is acceptable within the confines of the League of Legends’ fantasy. Additionally, there may be too much overlap with Vayne as they practically are the same idea executed differently.
Having the concept clear we see that not only the aspect but also the abilities reinforce the champion’s gunner role. Piercing Light and Ardent Blaze are unsurprising but reasonable additions. Yet, the combination with his passive, Lightslinger, allows Lucian short bursts of fire which nicely recreates the proposed fantasy. In truth, there isn’t much variety in terms of how he shoots but Lucian surely looks and feels like a gunslinger.
The icing on the cake, as it should be, is the ultimate: The Culling. Taking a cue from classic overhead shooters, like Ikari Warriors, Lucian faces one direction and strafes his way around enemies and obstacles while concentrating fire. Last but not least, Relentless Pursuit is a great addition that allows Lucian to swiftly dash around the battlefield. Combined with The Culling it makes for a rather impressive display of agility and firepower.
Lucian presents the idea of the vengeful vigilante bent on revenge after losing a loved one. In sheer terms of originality he hardly stands out. However, within the realm of League of Legends he brings some novel twists on this classic idea. The execution has too modern an aesthetic but manages to fit, somewhat, within a fantasy world. Regardless, he does present some questions.
For instance, his concept shares too much with Vayne but also makes her implementation feel outdated due to his modern aesthetic. Moreover, his iconic weapons, while not really contemporary, feel like automatic pistols and so make bows and crossbows quite a quaint choice. Thus, it could be said that Lucian challenges what makes the League of Legends fantasy without caring for consequences.
Fairly speaking, Lucian’s presence definitely adds a breath of fresh air into the League of Legends. Conversely, it also shows the problems of having technology and magic together; especially when the line between the two becomes blurred. After all, as Arthur C. Clarke stated: ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’.
What do you think about the Purifier?