Jul 102013
 
Lucian, the Purifier
Lucian, the Purifier

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.

Concept

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 Therefore, Vayne, his direct competition, appears to be relying on rather outdated equipment.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.

Execution

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.

Classic Lucian
Classic Lucian

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.

Conclusion

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?

  7 Responses to “League of Legends: Lucian, the Purifier Preview”

  1. I think Lucian’s guns don’t overshadow bows at all, because they’re not regular guns, they are “laser-ish” guns, where the projectile is essentially a beam of coloured light.

    I see where you’re coming from when you say that the concept is very similar to Vayne. I urge you to consider, however, that there are big differences in their backstories:

    – Vayne suffered a childhood trauma, unlike Lucian, who suffered an adulthood trauma.
    – Vayne’s family was killed by a witch. Senna was killed by Thresh. The enemies are both evil, but quite different from each other. The former uses dark magic (like Veigar), while the latter uses ghastly magic and terror (like all the Shadow Isle champions).
    – Vayne is a faceless entity, one with barely any emotions but hatred (which is not really an emotion). Lucian is plagued by sorrow, and is still very capable of loving Senna. Vayne is more inhuman than Lucian.
    – Vayne is shadows, Lucian is light. This distinction is quite important, since it sets them apart quite a bit.

    There are many similarities, but there are also enough differences (in my opinion) to see them as different concepts.

    Otherwise you could go on and say that Viktor and Vayne have the same concept, as well as Varus and Vayne. I think you are drawing a similarity between witches and the shadow isles that doesn’t exist. I can see why you would get the two confused, but witches are usually alive.

    Great review!

    • Not sure why I wrote “as well as Varus and Vayne”, but oh well. That’s what I get for not proofreading I guess.

      • Glad that you liked it and thanks for your opinion.

        Even with your comparison we can’t stop seeing similarities: both are fuelled by the loss of loved ones, their nemesis are evil magic users, both want to eliminate their nemesis and it could very well be said that they hate them. Besides, Lucian doesn’t just have a dark past and revenge as motivation he also doesn’t strike as a shining beacon of good: he looks moody and concentrated on his objective; like Vayne. In fact, he’s closer to an anti-hero than to a classic knight in shining armour.

        We agree that there are differences and that both champions don’t truly overlap. However, there are a lot of things in common that take from the uniqueness of each. We wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s more of the same but they surely have a similar flavour.

        • I think you could make a similar comparison with a bunch of other champions, Varus being the first example. Thresh doesn’t use evil magic! He uses “demonic” magic, which is different. It’s kinda like the difference between ghost pokémon and dark pokémon (only comparison I could think of). I think that this confusion arises mainly from the fact that Riot doesn’t expand on witchcraft in valoran, and so we know very little about witches and dark magic. But I think that Thresh is to a witch the same way Kha’Zix is to Thresh. They are all monstrous scary things, but they inhabit different realms and have different characteristics.

          • You could say that there is some sort of difference between evil and demonic but, at any rate, it’s very subtle. For all intents and purposes, both nemesis are similar.

            We agree that Varus also shares a lot with the usual vengeful anti-hero. However, in his case there’s a new layer added which is the corruption of his own self as the price paid for the revenge he enjoyed and plans to enjoy.

  2. Heya just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a
    few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.

    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

    • Could you give us some examples? Which pages and which images fail to load correctly? Also, which browsers are you using? In which operating system? Thanks.

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