Tom B. July 19, 2019
The latest series of skins to hit the Rift with patch 9.14 are the 80s-themed “Demacia Vice” skins. Lucian and Garen will be the first recipients of these new skins, adding to some already impressive options for both champions.
The name Demacia Vice is inspired by the television show Miami Vice, which ran between 1984 and 1990. The show featured two stylish detectives going undercover to fight drug trafficking in Miami.
These new skins echo Miami Vice’s stylings with their brightly colored clothes and splash art featuring neon lights and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Similarly to others, these skins have new recall animations and new 80s-themed particle effects for each champion ability. Demacia Vice Lucian comes with a bright pink jacket with pink and yellow neon highlights on his guns. Garen has a blue jacket with neon lights added to his sword and a new pair of pink gloves.
While only now hitting the Rift, the idea for the skins came from an Arcade game mode that Riot created and demonstrated at the 2018 NA LCS finals. The game was called Demacia Vice Squad and featured Garen and Lucian in a side scrolling beat-em-up game much like the 1991 Sega Genesis game Streets of Rage.
It will be interesting to see which other champions get the Demacia Vice treatment in future patches. Demacia itself, a fictional territory in the realm of Runeterra in which the game is set, has a lot of champions to choose from. Jarvan IV, Poppy, Sylas, Sona, Lux, Quinn, and Vayne are all aligned with the region and could receive future Demacia Vice skins.
It’s also possible that champions from rival regions to Demacia, such as Darius or Draven from the kingdom of Noxus, could appear as villains in the new line of skins.
Both skins will cost 1,350 RP and will each feature seven purchasable chromas to further customize the skins.