Riot has released the champion sneak peek for Jarvan IV, the prince of Demacia who was previously leaked in PC Gamer. There isn’t much official information about him, other than the fact that he wears some thick armor. I’m a little bit worried about his release, to be perfectly honest. Tanky DPS characters tend to make the game very unenjoyable for the softer characters out there. The potential skills PC Gamer previewed make him sound like a 1v1 duelist with high survivability and damage output. That’s not exactly what the game needs.
Here’s what the PC Gamer leak had for his potential ultimate:
Jarvan’s ultimate has him leap into the air and slam down lance-first into an enemy champion within range. Upon impact, an arena springs up from the ground to create a one-on-one duel between Jarvan and his unfortunate nemesis. This sounds like a combination of Pantheon’s and Poppy’s ultimate abilities, although it was undecided if the ultimate will be global or how long the duel would last.
That. Sounds. Terrible. DotA players may remember this sort of skill from Clockwerk, a robot champion that could trap enemy or allied units in a cog prison for some 1v1 action. Though it was pretty fun to play, it was infuriating to play against. If the skill is global, it becomes even worse. I’m really hoping Riot reconsiders this skill.
I’m also curious to see how Jarvan will be differentiated from Xin Zhao. We already have a spear-wielding locomotive of a carry killer. What makes Jarvan different? Keep an eye out this weekend for the official skill list. Hopefully we’ll be playing him by Tuesday.