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To be honest, I think LoL already had a grindeable and hard-to-get type of skin in the Hextech Line. I don’t see why we also need Prestige. Especially when it feels frankly worse

LeagueofLegends10 - To be honest, I think LoL already had a grindeable and hard-to-get type of skin in the Hextech Line. I don't see why we also need Prestige. Especially when it feels frankly worse

Contrary to popular opinion I don't actually have much of problem with skins that require a bit of grinding to get, and while I know Hextech Exclusive skins aren't everyone's cup of tea but I think it's a decent and reasonable way to do grindy skins.

So if we already have a perfectly system that rewards player commitment through grinding and expenditure….why exactly do we have a second one? And for that matter, why does it feel worse?

For starters there's the matter of consumer accessibility and fairness. For Hextech skins, while rare, there is a possible, reasonable way for players to acquire them in the background, without committing money to it. Since the resource needed for them can be acquired by free-to-play means and can even drop for free in chests, any player has potential access to it. For Prestige however, at least these "Yearly" ones like Aatrox, Riot has been very upfront that you'll need to dish out here and there to get it. While this does make it easier to actually "Get" the skin (A couple one time payments and you got it), it still feels like an incredibly daunting reward for anyone, especially those less able to spend, to get.

Second is the matter of skin quality. Despite being harder to really get than Hextech skins, Prestige skins have less to them and feel less special as a result. Every single Hextech skin is designed from the ground up, as if it were its own skin. New model, new effects, new recall, the whole shebang. It's meant to feel special and make you proud for owning it. The Prestige skins have SOME of that going on but not nearly as much. People calls the Prestige glorified chromas and frankly I don't think that's unfair to them. If they are just as if not harder to acquire than Hextech skins, shouldn't the general level of quality be about the same?

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I didn't really mind Prestige Kai'sa or Akali too much cause I thought it was a one time thing with a one time grind event. But now that we're getting opportunities over the year to grind for certain Prestige skins, it kinda feels like Riot is reinventing a wheel that was already turning just fine.

That's just my two cents on the matter though

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