Aurelion Sol: A mini Essay

I love Aurelion Sol. I have 51,000 points but don't play him much because of reasons I will discuss in this post. The main 2 problems I see are as follows **1. Too clearly defined weaknesses 2. Ill defined or hard to access strengths** First with weaknesses that are too clearly defined. **1. Obscene Mana Cost** It takes only 14 seconds at level 1 for Aurelion Sol to drain all of his mana with his w. That's it, it requires Aurelion to get well in range of many enemies while having a high mana cost and an at best decent damage out put. **2. Weakness against mobility. ** Any champion with mobility is able to counter Aurelion Sol in some way. So, I am going to list every champion in the game with an offensive mobility spell. {{champion:266}} {{champion:103}} {{champion:84}} {{champion:12}} {{champion:32}} {{champion:268}}{{champion:164}} {{champion:42}} {{champion:131}} {{champion:245}} {{champion:60}} {{champion:28}} {{champion:81}} {{champion:9}} {{champion:114}}{{champion:105}} {{champion:3}} {{champion:150}} {{champion:39}} {{champion:59}} {{champion:24}} {{champion:126}} {{champion:145}} {{champion:38}} {{champion:55}} {{champion:141}} {{champion:121}} {{champion:203}} {{champion:240}} {{champion:7}} {{champion:64}} {{champion:89}} {{champion:127}} {{champion:236}} {{champion:54}} {{champion:57}} {{champion:11}} {{champion:111}} {{champion:76}} {{champion:56}} {{champion:516}} {{champion:80}} {{champion:78}} {{champion:555}} {{champion:133}} {{champion:497}} {{champion:421}} {{champion:58}} {{champion:107}} {{champion:92}} {{champion:113}} {{champion:35}} {{champion:98}} {{champion:102}} {{champion:517}} {{champion:91}} {{champion:18}} {{champion:23}} {{champion:67}} {{champion:254}} {{champion:19}} {{champion:62}} {{champion:5}} {{champion:157}} {{champion:238}} {{champion:142}} Every single one of these champs is able to play into Aurelion Sol because of their mobility. And that's 45% of the champions in the game, that's almost half the champions in the game able to counter him without much effort. **3. Extreme Vulnerability to CC** Hard CC cancels his W, 4 seconds doesn't sound like much but in the current state of teamfights it is far too long. Not only that but being in combat disables his e. Now lets move onto his strengths, and why they are not even close to outweighing his weaknesses. **1. Early Roaming** His early roaming potential is insane. But it is hard to utilize because he has to keep his lane in check, which requires him to (at some point) use his w. This drains high amounts of mana and sometimes despite using corrupting potion I find myself running out of mana on roams where I don't even spend that much time helping out. Not to mention how many champions can steamroll him in lane. **2. Late Game** In the late game his damage starts to become an asset. But other champs are also hitting power spikes and so Aurelion barely contends with late game carries. He needs a {{item:3027}} and a {{item:3116}} before he can start kiting and having an affect in teamfights. This means he needs to earn 5,300 gold before he can even start having a serious affect. This really causes problems when in the current landscape of league games are usually won far earlier. **3. Clear Speed** Aurelion Sol has some of the highest clearspeed in the game. But he has to use so much mana to it in the early game. And {{champion:34}} can clearly contest him for clear speed without having to sacrifice as much damage. Aurelion Sol's case is a real shame. It makes me mad knowing one of the champions I love is countered by 45% of the champions in the game. And that some other champions are countered by next to no one. It angers me how hard it is to get a roam when your enemy laner is able to hard shove you under tower. It's frustrating how the enemy has already destroyed the inhibitor turrets before I can get a {{item:3116}}. It frustrates me knowing there are champions who have more damage, range, and mobility than he does. It angers me how hard it is to play this champion. So please Riot, give him something. Whether it be lowering his early mana costs or maybe making his e castable in combat but still able to be interrupted by cc. Whatever it is please make his weaknesses harder to exploit. Thank you! Note that I am open to polite discussion.
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