Riot Games announced new skins for Xayah and Rakan in the Broken Covenant Skinline.


Broken Covenant Xayah & Rakan: LoL Players Disappointed Over Lack of Duo Recall

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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Riot Games announced new skins for Xayah and Rakan in the Broken Covenant Skinline.
However, the player base is not thrilled to have yet another skinline where Xayah and Rakan do not have a unique recall animation.

Riot Games announced that Xayah and Rakan will be getting new skins in the Broken Covenant collection which is inspired by a gothic architecture theme. Xayah and Rakan are League of Legends’ favorite couple and they are the only two champions in the game with a unique recall animation. Apart from a select few solo skins, both Xayah and Rakan have joint recall animations. The first time Riot Games stated that the couple will not have a duo recall animation was when the Arcana skins were released in 2022, which did not particularly please the fans. Now, it seems like Broken Covenant Xayah and Rakan will not have a joint recall animation either and this has further disappointed the fans.

League of Legends players have expressed frustration at Riot Games for its apparent laziness in skin design, pointing out that Broken Covenant Xayah and Rakan do not have a unique animation for the joint recall.

Players upset with lack of new recall animation for Broken Covenant Xayah and Rakan 

One Reddit user posted “Rakan & Xayah are not getting a joint recall again…” on the League of Legends subreddit and said that Riot Games had promised Xayah and Rakan would get a special joint recall the next time they received new skins. They wrote, “Arcana skins got massive backlash and we were told that two weeks wasn’t enough time to make a recall. They had almost a year now. What was the reason (not calling it an excuse) for not giving one to us?

The Redditor added that Xayah and Rakan were created as “lovers to be a bot lane duo” and it is the very essence of the champions. 

One Twitter user and Xayah player tweeted, “I feel like it is time for me to step up...As a Xayah One Trick with over 2.6 million masteries, this seems so pathetic to me. It is incredibly disappointing to see a multi millionaire-company back off from something so simple and yet so important for Xayah and Rakan players.

On the Public Beta Environment (PBE) feedback thread for the Broken Covenant Xayah and Rakan skins, a Riot Games developer explained the thought process behind not giving a unique animation for the recall of the two champions. The developers wanted to address feedback received during the Arcana skins release regarding the duo recall. They said, “The Skins Team Production Leadership has analyzed both the feedback and data we get from our live servers, and they have found that the pick rate for Xayah and Rakan to be in the same team is fairly low, as well as them both using the same skinline within the same game is almost accidental (essentially limited to a very small sub-set of duo players).” 

With this reasoning, the Skins team agreed that unique Duo Recalls within a specific skinline will not be a feature carrying over to future Xayah and Rakan skins. 

Countering this logic, a Xayah-Rakan player wrote on Twitter, “It is so f***** hard to give genuine feedback and criticism when I know it is going to be ignored. Like no f**** s*** most people don’t play Xayah and Rakan together. That’s cuz most people aren’t duoing. The shared recall has never f**** been about random players bro.

If you are unaware of Xayah and Rakan, the two champions have a passive called ‘Lover’s Leap’ that allows them to recall together. For example, if Rakan uses recall, Xayah will be able to use her recall at any moment before his cast is finished, resulting in the couple reaching the Nexus together. 

Notably, the new Broken Covenant skins are expected to hit the Summoner’s Rift with LoL Patch 13.5 in early March.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.

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