Sentinels of Light Launch Week: Akshan Decks
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It’s Trevor “Shugo” Yung here and I’ve assembled four different decks to utilize Akshan.
We’re fresh into the patch and he’s looking good so far, so let’s dive into some potential archetypes to get us started!
1. Riven Akshan
Deck Code: CEBAGAYDAEBQOBQEA43DOXLHQIAYUAIDAICAODL5AEAQGCYBAQBRMAQBAMBQMBAEA6AADAIBQMAYSAI
What champion first comes to mind when you think about self-targeting? If you ask me, it’s Riven! Ever since her recent buffs she now reliably generates her Blade Fragments. Not only can we use these to forge the blade, but also to accelerate Akshan’s landmark.
This deck aims to play aggressively. We want to curve out efficiently and ideally get our champions online early. Our cheap units not only apply pressure but replace themselves with token spells. With Waking Sands and the generated Blade Fragments, we can set up for a huge swing in the mid-game.
Shaped Stone is incredible with Akshan. Our champion himself ensures the buff is online and it synergizes perfectly alongside his Quick Attack and Warlord’s Palace. Spoiler alert. This card is a 3-of in every one of these decks. It’s just far too efficient for the cost and because of Akshan’s built-in landmark, you’ll always meet the deckbuilding cost to reliably run it.
While a leveled-up Riven should generally close the game, if things prolong further we have Ruin Runner and Thrumming Swarm as a backup. It is extremely easy to level Riven and Akshan, so the infinite swarm should always be available!
2. Fiora Akshan
Deck Code: CEBQIBAHBVOYEAMDAEBQCAAJDIWQCAYABYBAGAIABUISKAYEA5GE7CQBAECAIB2INV4YSAI
You either love her or hate her. One of the most polarizing champs out there now has a potential match. Fiora, meet Akshan.
The Fiora Shurima archetype wasn’t completely awful. It just lacked options compared to regions like Freljord or Ionia. Even with a few nice tricks, it’s hard to replace powerhouse buffs like Elixir of Iron and Troll Chant. However, we’ve now gained a few intriguing additions. Akshan fits perfectly with a deck full of buffs, and we’ve been given two great tools; The Absolver and Grappling Hook.
The Absolver is an interesting new spell that’s mechanically different from all others. At base value, it’s a mediocre +2|+1 buff. However, once you’ve leveled a champion you have access to a second fleeting version that also grants Overwhelm for the turn.
Fiora is a champion that levels very easily, so you’re almost always going to have access to The Absolver’s full potential. While it won’t happen often, there are rare occasions where you win with damage. Having a Burst speed Overwhelm on a large buffed Fiora can give you just enough to push through.
Grappling Hook is a bit of an odd card. There are times it’s unplayable, and at Slow speed, most decks aren’t likely to want this effect. However, the ability to strike an enemy without recoil is very powerful. Pair this with Fiora and you’ve effectively gained three better Single Combats to help end the game. Shaped Stone offers great support to enable Grappling Hook to deal 6+ damage with only four mana.
3. Taric Akshan
Deck Code: CEBQCBAJAUCQIBZGLVTYEAMKAEBQGCJDFE5AEAYDBEJTGXACAQDQ27ICAICAOO4DAEAQGCKV
Our next deck looks to really speed through those level-ups by adding Gems to the mix. Taric makes perfect sense here as both champions want to see constant buffs.
This may be the first time we can effectively play Chip in a more aggressive shell. Chip is consistently a one mana 3|3 and now has six effective 2-drops that enable him on the curve. Chip into Akshan is powerful. Then add Mentor of the Stones and you’re threatening a 4|4 Quick Attack by turn three. Not to mention you’re also supplying enough Gems to greatly accelerate Warlord’s Palace to level up even faster!
Shaped Stone is fantastic with Taric but previously not supported enough. But even more important, The Absolver brings an incredible win condition to the archetype. Taric previously relied on either Might or Zenith Blade.
While Might is strong, it did force us into Noxus. And although Zenith Blade is in Targon, its Slow speed was often a huge detriment. The Absolver not only gives Overwhelm, but supplies us two buffs in one card! While I can’t confidently say how powerful the archetype will be, this is an absolute home run support card for Taric.
4. Braum Akshan
Deck Code: CECAEAIBAQEQKBAHBVOWPAQBRIAQCAQBAYBAGAICCQCACBAHJQAQEAIBAECACCICAEAQ2FIA
Last up is the buffest of the buff. We’ve got a new take on Braum’s Scargrounds! While we’re giving up some of the self-damage support, we’re gaining some incredible spell value.
This may be the best way to protect Akshan in the long run. While generally our support card, with help from Scargrounds he can actually grow to be a real threat.
Quick Attack is no joke, and with a multitude of buffs, you can often ensure his survival. If you Countdown a Warlord’s Hoard, granting Spellshield to your champions can be game-breaking. Braum is already notably unkillable, and Spellshield ensures he’s safe from any Recall or destroy shenanigans.
There’s not a lot else to say here. Buff your board, keep them alive, then Overwhelm your opponent’s Nexus. Seems simple, but surprisingly effective.
Alright well, that wraps up four different ways to build Akshan. He provides great early game value and opens a lot of doors to support existing archetypes. Don’t underestimate the loot he provides, as there’s the potential we’ll see even crazier combos once we’ve had time to explore the patch!
Shugo’s Productivity Thought of the Day
What would be your absolutely perfect dream life? What would it look like? What type of person would you be?
Take a moment to imagine it. Visualize your ideal reality.
Now raise your hand if your dream life is your current life. I’m going to assume it’s not because we all daydream every now and then.
There’s nothing wrong with this, but let me be here to remind you anyway…we only have one life to live, so why not fulfill it to our every desire?