A little while back, Secretlab announced a collaboration with Riot Games to release exclusive League of Legends-themed gaming chairs. Called the Secretlab League of Legends Champions Collection, it consists of four chairs that sport motifs and designs inspired by Akali, Ahri, Yasuo, and a special purple-and-gold version inspired by the in-game pop collective K/DA. Secretlab sent an Ahri (my choice, don't judge me) edition my way and here are some pictures of it.
Secretlab's gaming chairs have come a long way since their debut with the Throne V1 back in March 2015 (the company have since ceased this and the V2 models), and if you are an owner of the by-now very old Throne V2 or the Omega Throne 2018 there are very noticeable improvements with the League of Legends chairs - which are based on the latest Omega 2020 and Titan 2020. Check out the embroideries of Ahri's motifs here and the details - her nine-tail logo really stands out. I might be biased, but I do think the Ahri edition is quite possibly the most beautiful out of all the four Champions designs.
Here's a close up shot of the Ahri gaming chair. The make's quality is impressive. Am I worried about the white portion of the Prime 2.0 PU leather turning yellow? To be honest, I do but only time will tell if it does eventually turns yellowish.
The stitching is top notch. I haven't seen in person the rest of the Champions chairs, but I think Yasuo's version is the next best-looking one for its intricacated embroidery.
Ahri's unmistakable tails are woven onto the back of the chair. It's not her complete nine-tails but still eye-catchy and never failed to catch the attention of friends who came over to visit (respecting social distancing and Covid-19 rules, of course).
I've previously use the Omega 2018 gaming chair, and one of the few noticeable improvements I've noticed with the new 2020 series are the new full-Metal 4D Armrests. These are updated with a new metal internal mechanism that offers greater durability and customisations, and my experience with them is that they are easier (less stiff) to adjust as compared to the ones on the Omega 2018. The concave PU padding also provides ample support while ensuring your elbow stays firmly in place.
Another less noticeable but a major improvement the Omega 2020 has over the older 2018 version (left in the picture above) is the housing that covers the joints that joins the backrest to the chair. Where the ones on my Omega 2018 had a flimsy cover, the Ahri's Omega 202 features a more solid piece that covers up more of the gaps that were visible on the older chair.
The Omega 2020 (pictured on the right) also sports improved casters - they glide smoother than the Omega 2018, pictured on the left here, have an increased sturdiness and durability. The PU rubber coating is also friendlier to my parquet flooring.
The League of Legends Champions Edition gaming chairs would have been perfect if not for one (two, actually) glaring oversights. I think it's a missed opportunity by Secretlab to not provide an accompanying League of Legends-themed Memory Foam pillows. As it is, the ones you'll get if you purchase a Champions Edition gaming chair are the same black coloured default pillows that are paired with vanilla Omega 2020 gaming chairs.
And here's a shot of the Secretlab League of Legends Champion "Ahri" edition in its full glory. Secretlab has done many other co-branded collaborations before, and while it's also not the company's first collaboration with Riot Games, the League of Legends Champion Edition gaming chairs are in my opinion, their best and prettiest ones to date.
If you are fan of Yasuo, here's how his edition looks like.
Akali's looks the least impressive, in my opinion. But wow, check out her K/DA edition in the next photo.