When it was announced that another skin from Arcane would be coming to League of Legends, the community was ecstatic. Everything surrounding the show had been a complete and utter hit, but then fans saw the price tag for the skin and everything changed.
1350 for skin without a unique SFX or homeguard or backing animation? What was this Riot? That is way too much for Firelight Ekko! Well, after much discussion and comments from the community who have tested the skin on PBE, Riot has decided to pull the skin from the PBE server and will work on it a bit longer.
Why Was the Community Upset?
Normally, skins that cost players 1350 Riot Points (RP) have a few added extras which make them stand out from cheaper skins and from their base skin as well. This is what is known as SFX.
SFX stands for sound effects and even though on the initial PBE feedback Reddit thread Riot Eneopea wrote that the skin would have new SFX fans had to find out the hard way that Ekko didn't have any changes, something which is a must for an Epic 1350 RP skin.
Fans quickly made suggestions on the Reddit thread like adding a unique homeguard instead to make the skin worth the money, others stated that the price should be lowered to 975 RP instead.
Update on Firelight Ekko from the PBE thread! Sorry for the slow response here but wanted to make sure we had the necessary conversations to get it right pic.twitter.com/rfZivQDGln— Riot Eggo McLego (@RiotKatana) December 13, 2021
Firelight Ekko Delayed Until Later in 2022
Early on December 14, 2021, Riot Katana made a post on Reddit explaining the situation with Firelight Ekko, "We completely agree that SFX are a standard and expected part of an Epic (1350 [RP]) skin, and leaving them out was an unfortunate mistake on our part due to a miscommunication internally.”
So, those of you who were huge fans of the Firelights and wanted to play Ekko with this unique look will have to wait a bit longer. But the wait will be worthwhile because Riot Katana also added that since they've got more time to work on the skin now, they'll also add a unique homeguard, "we will be including a hoverboard homeguard animation to go live with the new SFX.”