It is that time again summoners. Yea, I am a day late, but I've been busy and didn't get a chance to post this last night when the list came out, was too busy sleeping at the time. But, I digress, it is that time of the week where champions join the rotation of free-to-play, allowing those not skilled in using them to try them out for free, to both their amusement and their teams pain. This is also the week where Darius makes his appearance for the first time in the rotation, making those who don't know how to counter him yet, yell at the heavens saying he is too OP, when really, they just didn't shut him down.
As always, I pick which champions out of the week are my favorites, and say a little why on a couple of them, I then ask you what your favorites are, and why. Why do I ask? I'm a curious person, and it sates part of that curiosity. Out of this weeks champs I like: Darius, Kassadin, Vayne, Gangplank, Galio, Wukong, and Urgot (Despite him being fugly). The ones I will explain why on are: Darius, Kassadin, and Galio.
Darius, I actually bought during the double IP weekend, where my goal was to get him and Shyvana, I only got him since I wasn't home long enough to play any more than that. (I already saved up most for him anyhow). Even after getting him, I still stand by him not being OP. Yes, he can seem that way, but when a team knows what they're doing, or if the guy playing Darius doesn't know what he is doing, he is rather easy to shut down. I know some people like to build him rather tanky, I actually prefer a bit more in the AD than tank, usually going for Trinity force first, then building towards items like ghost blade, zeke's harald, and depending on if the team is ad or ap heavy Maw or Cleaver. Why those? Well, his cooldowns are a bit of a pain, especially for his pull which starts at over 20s for the initial cooldown, and items like Zekes and Ghostblade help ease that a bit. I also like to worth with his already passive armor pen to compliment that a bit more, which really helps take out the heavy hitters on their team. It does leave me a bit less tanky, than others I have seen play with him do, but he is a fighter/melee, not a tank. After playing him for the past few days, he is fairly fun, but I do agree with the nerf they're giving his ult. I didn't realize before using it, that it does give you a second or two grace period to kill an enemy if the ult didn't do it to refresh it, which can be a bit much, considering that it should require a bit more paying attention/skill on the players part to really get that down.
Kassadin, I don't really see that many people playing him, despite how well he can actually do. He is a bit gimped in the melee/mage department, since he has a low scale with HP and AD, making him fairly useless on that front, but when it comes down to silencing the right people, slowing other, and just picking off runners, he is a fairly good anti-mage, or just plain mage. He does take a bit to get used to and master, as I have seen more fail Kassadins than those who actually know what to do with him.
Galio, I originally got him when he was released on another of my accounts (when I was flaky/wanted a name change per month), and he is quite fun. Though I love to play mostly the DPS sort of champions, I don't mind playing him once in awhile, and I am almost always to have on on my side. I say almost because I had a few that ult too late, or ult and just miss half the targets, doing it at the wrong time. But when he does it right, he can give you the time to really screw over the enemy team, giving you enough time to do heavy damage, and keep them in check enough for those low on your team to get away. I don't think he should ever really solo lane, as he is best suited with a good AD/heavy AP partner to take advantage of his support skillset.
Okay, those are my favorites for the week, with some on the why for a few of them. I did ramble on a bit on Darius, but that is since he is new and I have a bit more to say on him in that regard. So as I said earlier, I also want to know what champions you guys like for this week? Or hey, which don't you like, and just say why.