A Classic Look
Vel’Koz is both a refreshing addition to the League of Legends and an unoriginal incorporation to the ever-expanding alien realm. On the one hand there’s nothing like it amidst the myriad of champions on the Fields of Justice. In fact, it may be the clearest example of an underwater creature spawning a champion. Although, at times it seems like it’s fighting its personality.
Specifically, its distinct cephalopod physiology is understandably allowed to float but also interpreted as humanoid appendages. That is, the front tentacles become the arms while the remaining one takes the role of the body or tail. As such it becomes more approachable but also diminishes its one unique trait: its exotic nature. The fact that its long-range mage role has some overlap with Xerath’s doesn’t help its identity either.
On the other hand, cephalopods and other underwater creatures have long been a source for unearthly beings. In particular, the Starcraft universe has largely based the Zerg Swarm on them and it’s just one of many occasions where the depths of the oceans have fuelled the imagination.
An Incorporation to the Battlecast Line
Vel’Koz’s release skin switches the cephalopodan figure from organic to mechanical and thus generates a robot which has regularly starred as an exterminator drone. To an extent, it’s practically a Sentinel from the Matrix films. Again, that makes it an interesting addition to the League but hardly remarkable in the greater scheme of things.
Vel’Koz is an attractive champion that instils a breath of fresh air among the multiple human warriors and mages present in the Fields of Justice. Unfortunately, it also suffers from a nature that doesn’t stand out among the many iterations it has received in other media. Ultimately, it’s a welcome incorporation but lacks a defining trait that makes its particular identity unique.
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