Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin Skin is coming out soon, and players are wondering whether it’s worth the $200 price tag.
The new Bel’Veth skin grabbed the attention of most players, while there are some other nice skins in the video. What was also included was something that looked like a Chroma for Dark Cosmic Jhin. Riot later said it is not a Chroma but a Mythic Variant skin.
That’s when things started going awry as we all learned more about Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin. The only way to get this skin is through a Milestone system of 30 Capsules or getting insanely lucky with an opening of said Capsule.
This has pissed off players, and rightfully so. As the math was done, it would cost $200 to guarantee to acquire Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin. Riot has since said that they will not back down from this exploration. Let’s talk about all that and whether the Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin is worth that money.
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What is the Dark Cosmic Erasure Skin
To recap on what the skin is all about, it will be a Mythic Variant skin. This tier is designed to create some exclusive versions of the skin, according to Riot. So, what Riot aims to do with the Dark Cosmic Erasure Skin is to give it to players who really want the Variant.
Riot has also said that this is an exploration and will not affect future releases like the Redeemed Star Guardian Xayah and Rakan.
Controversy Regarding the Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin Skin
Shortly after Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin was revealed, the Dark Cosmic Erasure Milestone rewards were revealed. There it was apparent that Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin would be guaranteed at 30 Capsules opened. Each Capsule would also give about a 1% chance of getting the skin.
As each Capsule is worth 750 RP, then the total RP required to get Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin is 22500 RP barring getting a lot of luck. That is about $200, and players are mad about it. It is an absurd price, and players are certainly not happy about it.
What made it slightly worse was when Riot Brightmoon responded to the backlash and started with the fact that they were not changing the deployments.
Riot BrightMoon’s Response
To be fair to Riot Brightmoon, he did manage to get his points across. While most people will just be hung up on the main takeaway of the post, he did lay it out pretty well. Riot Brightmoon acknowledges that this is for a small percentage of players and so on. Also, they are trying to experiment to see if this fills up the higher echelon of Rarity asks.
Riot Brightmoon assured that this would not take away from other parts of the game, but it could certainly enhance it with the cash flowing in. All this boils down to is the amount of resources used and how much is brought in.
There is much talk around rarities, Prestige skins, and such in the post. So, it is fairly insightful other than the fact that they are still going to go forward with a terrible system. However, it does give people an understanding of what may be going on behind the scenes.
Following the outrage and Riot Brightmoon’s post, people are now trying to cancel or stop the purchase of this skin. Social Media Pressure is real, and trying to stop such a system from coming to League of Legends is a good thing.
However, if history in games has taught us anything, developers will find ways to put it in Gacha systems. You cannot deny the amount of money Gacha systems make, and every free-to-play game will try to make use of it.
There is still a boycott going on, and we will just have to see how that pans out. If it forces Riot not to bring this system back again, excellent. However, if it comes back in another form, then don’t be surprised.
Is Dark Cosmic Erasure Jhin Worth It?
Coming to the million-dollar question, is it even worth getting the skin?
Let’s address this from multiple viewpoints and conclude at the end as to whether it is even worth the price tag.
As a Chroma/Mythic Skin Variant
Let’s start with it being a cosmetic in general. To be honest, it is not that appealing. It looks too similar to Dark Cosmic Jhin and is just a different color. There does not seem to be something special about the skin.
So from that perspective, it is definitely not worth 22500 RP.
So for now, there are two ways to get the skin, just open 30 Capsules worth 22500 RP or get lucky. A user on Reddit decided to do some numbers on the probability of getting the skin before Capsule 30.
In the number crunching, it is apparent that at 29 Capsules, the chances of getting the skin is 25%. It is important to note that each Capsule is not incrementally getting more chances, but this is when you open that many Capsules simultaneously.
30 Capsules guarantee it to you, but if you open 30 Capsules all at once, the chances you get it before the guarantee is still fairly less.
That being said, there are two ways to look at this, depending on your purpose of opening Capsules. If you just want to get the skin, then this entire process is not worth it. However, when you take into account the rest of the stuff, your perspective might change.
Ignoring the possibility of getting extra Grab Bags, you would get two Exclusive Icons, one Exclusive Emote, 3 Grab Bags, 4 Epic Skins from Cosmic or Dark Star Lines, and 90 skins shards from the Capsules and Milestone. Then you get Cosmic Erasure Jhin and a Border.
So in total, that’s two Exclusive Icons, One Exclusive Emote, 4 Epic Skins, a Border, and a minimum of 99 skin shards along with the Mythic Variant itself. Thus, if you just want the skin, it’s not worth it, but if you want all of what I just listed above + the skin, it’s very worth it unless you have no use for Skin Shards.
It will also come down to personal preference. So, If you want it, get it. If you are not sure about it, weigh your options and look at the whole picture and then decide on it. Lastly, if you don’t want it, don’t get it.
People should not be shamed, ridiculed, or otherwise harassed for whatever decision they make. Every individual makes their own choices on this, and there is no mandate on getting skins. It is important to remember that we have such a game because people decide to spend money.
What Riot decided to do is wrong and is not something we should be getting in the game. The skin itself is not great and feels more like a token or achievement than good cosmetics. So in that perspective, it is simply not worth $200.
However, when you take into account that you can do more than that via the Capsules and such, it feels less bad to get. To be fair to Riot, if they do these systems and they can use that money to improve the game, I am all for it. It is a necessary evil to help improve the game if it does turn out that way, just like how Riot Brightmoon said.
I do not condone the system they are using for it, but if it comes to something good, that’s great. In general, the skin is not worth the price on its own, but it will not be surprising if many people opt for all the other stuff you get with Capsules and Milestones.