Aurelion Sol is the latest champion Riot will be releasing in League of Legends in a few weeks. He is the new and revamped version of Ao Shin, a champion we saw a preview of way back in 2013. Ao Shin was supposedly a storm wielding dragon but Aurelion Sol is a controller of stars. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what his kit has to offer. While you are reading through this, please keep in mind I have not played the champion and besides the known skills, I am simply theorizing his roles and item options.
Passive: Center of the Universe
Three stars constantly orbit Aurelion Sol, dealing magic damage and applying spell effects to enemies they strike.
Aurelion Sol fires the core of a newborn star in a target direction that explodes—dealing damage and stunning all nearby enemies—upon reactivation or once it travels beyond his stars’ maximum orbital range. Aurelion Sol can travel alongside Starsurge, and by keeping it close he’ll nurture it, growing it in size so that it damages and stuns a wider area when it explodes.
W: Celestial Expansion
Aurelion Sol pushes his stars out to his outer ring, significantly increasing their power. Celestial Expansion costs mana to cast and drains mana every second the ability is toggled on. Once he toggles the ability off or runs out of mana, Aurelion Sol pulls his stars back.
E: Comet of Legend
Passive: Aurelion Sol builds up increasing movement speed as he travels continuously in the same direction, and loses speed on sharp turns. Some of this speed is stored away as Escape Velocity stacks, which are lost entirely whenever he takes damage from an enemy.
Active: Once Aurelion Sol maxes his Escape Velocity stacks, he can activate Comet of Legend to pull in his orbiting stars and take flight, traversing over terrain for a long distance. He cannot turn once his course is set, and enemy damage will bring Aurelion Sol back to earth, restoring his orbiting stars.
R: Voice of Light
Aurelion Sol shoots out a long wave of starfire in a target direction that damages and slows all struck enemies. Nearby enemies caught in the blast are also knocked back to Aurelion Sol’s outer ring.
Laning & Roles
From what we have been shown, Aurelion Sol looks like a tanky AP mid or top lane champion. His passive allows him to push the lane consistently and if built tanky, he can easily zone enemy teams away from objectives by using Celestial Expansion. If the situation gets too dire, he can also help his team by using his ultimate to push the assassins or front line champions away (while dealing damage). During laning phase, I can see his gank potential because of his Comet of Legend, which passively increases his movement speed as he travels. Once activated, he could either reach top or bottom lane for a gank or get back to lane easily after one.
During team fights, Aurelion Sol can use Celestial Expansion and Starsurge to poke down enemies. If enemies dive for him or his squishier teammates, he can use Voice of Light to push them back. This is the safer, more classic AP play style. Another style would be the AP bruiser style, like a mix of Diana and Sion. He can blast in with his Comet of Legend and unleash his skills but this tactic does, of course, require precise coordination with the team.
- Rylai’s Crystal Scepter – kites and slows
- Abyssal Scepter – for a tanky build, reduces magic resist while making him tankier
- Liandry’s Torment – constant spell burn
- Rod of Ages – damage and health
- Zhonya’s Hourglass – keeps him safe after he crashes into the mix
Fun Imaginary Team!
I just think this would be a really funny team to play, with a focus on linear ultimates!
- Middle: Aurelion Sol
- Support: Vel’Koz/Lux
- ADC: Miss Fortune/Draven
- Top: Sion
- Jungle: Amumu/Rumble
Although many players have commented that they think Aurelion Sol looks underwhelming, I think he has beautiful animations, great sounds for his abilities, and offers a lot of utility. There are also not as many tanky AP champions as there are squishy ones so this will be an additional bonus to players who like to play bruisers but build AP while they are at it. The passive damage ability would work well with pushing teams and possibly bring the likes of Sivir and Heimerdinger back into the mix. I am definitely looking forward to trying him out and bringing all of the star damage onto my enemies!
For the full details from Riot on Aurelion Sol, visit their website here.
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