Costing 1,500 V-Bucks as part of the Lava series, Blaze is an update on the Renegade Raider skin that is a separate purchase for those who don’t already own it. It’s more than a simple recolour; a lot of effort has been poured into the skin. There are little details wherever you look.
That said, this might make rare skin hunters question the decision a little, especially as Renegade Raider was exclusive to Season 2 and is one of the most sought after skins in the game. Similarly to Summer Drift, it looks like Epic don’t mind updating old Battle Pass skins and effectively re-releasing as separate purchases. It’s certainly a case of them circumventing the “rules” just a tad.
In defense of Epic, they regularly update old skins with new styles for free, and “OG” players will still have their “true” Renegade Raider skins. Really, it’s just being business savvy — you would almost be crazy to not capitalise on the demand for a skin by releasing an independent variant that keeps the rarity of the real one intact.
It will be interesting to see just how many players actually end up buying this skin. If it’s anything like Recon Expert, that truly, truly awful skin that became rare because nobody bought it, expect the lobbies to be overflowing with Blaze for the next day or so before everyone moves on to the next thing.
If you’re wondering what the rarest skin in the game currently is based on how long it’s been since it was last seen in the Item Shop, it’s probably one of the Samsung skins. With Ghoul Trooper, Skull Trooper, Recon Expert and now Renegade Raider (in a sense) being re-released, there aren’t many OG skins left.
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