If you've been playing League long, you know of the incredible power brought by Bradford "CertainlyT" Wenban's champions. His mind sees no rules in game design, and - despite what reddit says - large game-changing mechanics can really be healthy for a game's growth and relevance. CertainlyT's champs may be somewhat annoying to play against, but if we never got those new elements in the game, League overall could be very stale.
This next champion is no less unique and intriguing, with yet another new concept brought to Leauge. Riot warns us of this right off the bat in the opening sentence in Aphelios' release, "Most champions can be summarized relatively quickly, but Aphelios isn't most champions."
So we will let Riot do most of the explaining (I don't want to misrepresent this beautiful monster), but here are some of the most interesting parts of the new champ.
Aphelios has five weapons, but can hold any two at one time. Each weapon has its own ammo system, and when one runs out of ammo, it gets switched for the next in line and goes to the end of the line to recharge. You can't choose any weapon for any moment, you just have to go through the line till it comes available.
Aphelios uses his main hand weapon, but can swap to his off-hand with W. Each weapon has its own Q ability. Each Q is also affected by his off-hand weapon as well, given bonus stats and effects. Also, in a Qiyana-type-way, you can Q with one weapon, hit W to switch hands, then immediately Q again with the new ability.
We won't go into detail about each weapon, read it all below, but here are some tools he has in his belt. He has wepons meant for every situation, some for waveclear, another for poke, one for utility, etc.
Learn more about his kit, what each weapon does in each hand, and some strategies for the champ in Riot's Aphelios Kit Primer here. What do you think, does CertainlyT get a pass on this one, or are you already raging in the chat? Let us know on Twitter, or I guess we'll just see the rage on reddit as usual.