Nov 282013
 
Yasuo, the Unforgiven Splash Art
Yasuo, the Unforgiven

A gifted swordsman with a dark past and elemental power: it’s hardly an unappealing prospect though it isn’t innovative either. Still, if the idea is well realized it could become an iconic character. On the other hand, it may as well end up as derivative and unexciting. Where does Yasuo stand?

The Past

The idea of a warrior blessed with unequalled skill and arrogance has been explored before. Growing confident in their superior ability, this characters end up humbled and repentant of their ways. Eventually, they redeem themselves not only in their eyes but also in those of others.

Yasuo stands practically in the middle of such a path of redemption: humbled and repentant but yet to make up for his past mistakes. Thus, we have the dark past of the solitary and moody warrior with surprising abilities. These abilities have been a curse and a blessing as well as they key to uncover the truth.

Yasuo, the Unforgiven Concept Art
A Dark Past

Rurouni Kenshin is merely one of many similar executions of this concept. It isn’t inherently bad to draw from a well established idea but there isn’t much here that hasn’t been heard before. Therefore, it suffices for a setup yet struggles to get someone invested in the character as it treads such familiar ground.

The Present

As a champion in the League of Legends, Yasuo fills the magical warrior role with wind being the chosen element. While his power largely overlaps with Janna, on the magical side, they both use it in different ways: one mostly defensively and the other offensively.

Classic Yasuo Model
A Brighter Tomorrow

There’s also quite a bit in common with Master Yi: both Ionian swordsmen with superlative talents. In spite of their different appearances the core is almost identical. It could be said that Yi followed his path with humility while Yasuo needs it to return to it.

There’s also the fact that Yasuo is the closest representation of the ronin present in League of Legends. At a glance, he instantly says powerful samurai without a master. However, beyond his aspect the rest of his self shares space with other champions.

Conclusion

Yasuo is a champion that feels innately Ionian, considering its Eastern flavour, and that easily communicates its role and story with his image. The problem is that what he communicates is quite familiar. This might be both his greatest strength and weakness: he’s a champion easy to recognize yet only because he draws from well explored sources.

What do you think?

  4 Responses to “League of Legends: Yasuo, the Unforgiven Preview”

  1. I love everything about Yasuo except his release skin, i hope we will get to see a Redeemed Yasuo skin, as it would fit with his lore and share a concept with his rival Riven.

    • Agreed, the cowboy concept isn’t the most fitting though it could’ve been an eventual digression.

      Let’s hope that the relationship between Riven and Yasuo is actually interesting instead of a clumsy and inconsequential comic-style affair. There’s potential for a story that could encompass Noxus and Ionia and become a landmark in their relationship with Riven and Yasuo as their ambassadors. It canbe a way of finally healing the still festering wounds opened by the war. They can also make a cheesy romance, we’ll have to see.

  2. Hello,

    Do you think if High Noon Yasuo worth it? Could you make review of Yasuo?

    Thanks

    • High Noon is a peculair choice for a release skin. If you like its Wild West angle it could be an interesting option. Still, it feels a bit shallow; especially for his first skin.

      We’ll try to finish the review as soon as possible.

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