Jun 262012
 
Darius, the Hand of Noxus
Darius, the Hand of Noxus

Darius, the Hand of Noxus is an armoured axe wielder in his classic incarnation and also in his alternative ones. His skins draw from aristocracy and technology as sources of inspiration and improve his looks with varying degrees of success. Apprehend the best Noxian looks in one crippling strike with the help of his skins’ review.

Lord Darius
Lord Darius Splash Art Lord Darius Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Darius wearing lavish armour ornamented with gold.
Model: New model for Darius and his axe.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art is heavily centred on Darius to the point of almost ignoring the background. There are just a few soldiers marching, a victim, some flames and a heavy dark sky. While the minimal background does allow for the attention to focus on Darius it also makes the piece look like a pose and not a glimpse into a battle. Fortunately, Darius is very well depicted: the metal plates reflect light in different ways and the chainmail is adequate though a bit plain. Besides, the axe shows dents and an appropriate motion. Still, it isn’t as well coloured as Darius and seems to come from completely different pieces; just like his gloves. Darius expression is convincing, the scar and glowing eyes give severity to his visage but this doesn’t go well with the tiara. Overall, a splash art with an uneven composition that shines and disappoints depending on where you look.
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Conclusion: Just like his splash art, Lord Darius is a skin that excels or lets down depending on where you look. From the waist up the armour shows an exquisite detail and complex decoration: it looks both regal and menacing. The axe is also well designed as it is both good looking and believable. Besides, the imprinted cape adds a fitting air of royalty that matches the tiara; which still looks out of place. However, Darius face looks plain, especially in comparison with the splash art where his eyes have an in-human glow and an imposing scar marks his ferocity. Moreover, from the waist down the armour is a complete disappointment because its design is simple and drab. This is even more notorious due to the stark contrast in quality that is evident between Darius upper and lower body. In conclusion, Lord Darius is a skin that tries to be excellent but ends up being barely acceptable thanks to the glaring inconsistency of its design.

Bioforge Darius
Bioforge Darius Splash Art Bioforge Darius Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Darius wearing a serum-powered suit.
Model: New model for Darius and his axe. New glow for his suit when using an ability.
Particles: New particles for his abilities.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New sounds for Decimate, Crippling Strike and Noxian Guillotine.
Splash Art: The background displays some sort of laboratory complex and lots of electricity. The setting is reasonable but the intense fog that clouds the vision simply isn’t. Darius prepares a strike before the viewer: his ferocious expression and in-human eyes are very eloquent about the outcome. However, his suit of armour can’t be fully examined due to perspective chosen. Still, what is visible looks rather good: cracks and dents show its wear and the metal reflects the nearby light sources. Unfortunately, the glowing serum is rather subdued and maybe even eclipsed by the effect of the electricity; but it attracts attention nonetheless. On the whole, it’s a good portrayal of Darius that serves its purpose and makes the look interesting.
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Conclusion: Bioforge Darius is an unusually polar skin that shines and disappoints depending on context. To start with, the new model is interesting but the colours are rather mute and the aspect seems dull. Conversely, when the suit lights up after an ability the contrast of colours makes the look quite attractive. Moreover, the new particles, while straightforward, are a nice addition that complements the glowing serum quite well. Therefore, Bioforge Darius manages to feel great and plain depending on the Hand of Noxus’s activities. In the end, it’s a peculiar skin with a novel feature that is appealing as long as you can excuse its shortcomings.

Woad King Darius
Woad King Darius Splash Art Woad King Darius Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Darius as a Pict warrior.
Model: New model Darius and his axe.
Particles: New frost particles for his abilities.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for Decimate, Crippling Strike and Noxian Guillotine.
Splash Art: This piece aims to show Darius as a warrior that succeeds no matter the adversary. In this case he not only faces a strong blizzard, which conveniently blurs most of the setting, but also a pair of reptiles that could very well be the heads of a hydra. Due to the storm most of the piece is rather diffuse: monsters, setting and even Darius. The piece seems like a glimpse into an ongoing battle but one that is taking place in a vacuum. Only the monsters and Darius are discernible and just to a point. In fact, only Darius face, body and axe are clearly displayed.
The rest seems to sink in a sea of blurry snow. There still are a few nice touches like the way the wolf head on Darius shoulder echoes his ferocious charge. It seems as if Darius draws his strength from the animal’s spirit, thus acquiring the strength of a vanquished foe; a fitting motif. Regardless, there isn’t much else that the snow reveals and what it does isn’t very clear. Therefore, it’s an interesting piece with a few nice touches but with a composition that makes the viewer struggle to appreciate what’s going on.
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Conclusion: Woad King Darius is actually quite unpretentious yet that makes its accomplishments feel even more special. At a glance, it’s just Darius as a Celtic warrior dressed in furs. Nevertheless, the colourful appearance, richly decorated axe and whimsical armour manage an appealing look. The frost added to his abilities isn’t unwelcome even if it is a bit unexpected. It isn’t unfitting but doesn’t feel like a natural addition either. In the end, Woad King Darius offers a convincing look that might not be as regal as its name implies but that is certainly nice.

Conclusion

Darius has few options in his wardrobe, so far, and they are quite different in concept and quality alike. Woad King Darius is the recommended skin due to its appealing appearance. It’s not an astounding look but it’s convincing enough to be a good choice.

Also worth considering is Bioforge Darius as it delivers an interesting concept with a novel implementation. Unfortunately, the skin is quite polarized as it looks rather dull except when an ability powers it up but that’s what really makes it special.

Finally, Lord Darius is a disappointing skin that falters at its core: the design. Because of its obvious inconsistent quality it’s only worth purchasing for dedicated Darius fans or those that want a royal look for Darius.

  10 Responses to “League of Legends: Darius Skins’ Review”

  1. Nicely done with Darius.

    Can i request you a Talon skn review?

  2. Woad King Darius? Opinions?

  3. No offense, but (in your words) your reviews try hard, but fail to attain the lofty goal that you have set forth. You try so hard to make your speech intelligent and eloquent, but you try TOO hard; you end up sounding contrived, silly and phoney. (if you couldn’t understand that, you use too many words like however, but and therefore. Your overall skin reviews are decent, but you don’t seem to understand the purpose of the splash art: to display the champion, not the background. I don’t agree with a lot of your views but that doesn’t mean their wrong. The one big thing, that I really disagree with, is that the reason Lord Darius is bad, is not that it has inconsistent design/ imbalanced look (or whatever other mumbo jumbo you said), but that it is just too similar to his base skin and has a weak design link – it fails to portray a lord well (it is just a basic skin, no voice over or anything).

    I don’t mean for this post to sound like an attack, just some constructive criticism. I appreciate your efforts, its nice of you to offer your opinions. Just remember that in writing, simplicity equates to better quality of writing. In other words, trying to use fancy words does not make yours a better literary work.

    Good luck in the future!

    • No offence taken yet we do try to lay the facts as simple as possible. Therefore, when we use a specific word is to mark how two concepts connect: whether in contrast or as consequences. We understand that our style of writing may seem convoluted or difficult but we do try hard to make the reviews enjoyable and not just a laundry list of pros and cons.

      We agree that the main objective of a splash art is to depict a champion. However, while a great portrayal and a blank background may seem enough there are splash arts that offer fantastic settings that add a lot to the appeal of the piece. In fact, we always try to differentiate splash arts with a good champion portrayal from one where even the champion doesn’t shine as they deserve. We agree that the portrayal is the most important part but a good background adds so much that we simply can’t ignore it.

      With Lord Darius we don’t entirely disagree: the skin manages a minimal air of royalty but it doesn’t consistently present it. A monarch usually astounds in every aspect: from his shoes to his crown. Nevertheless, Lord Darius looks quite polarized with rather nice body armour and axe but only that. Still, the design and colour scheme seem different enough from Classic Darius even if there is a base which both follow. Thus, we agree, for different reasons, that the skin fails to portray an actual lord.

      We appreciate your opinions and we’ll try to write in a more straightforward way. We usually try to contrast ideas so that you can appreciate the best and not so good aspects of a skin so that you can gauge the overall appeal for yourself instead of being told whether the skin is good or bad. So take into consideration that what we offer is simply a guide to help when purchasing a skin. We don’t intend to provide abstract reviews but practical advice that helps people make the best choices they possibly can. Even if they disagree with our opinion it may still help them in making a purchase which is our real aim.

      Thanks for your feedback.

  4. Hi Zero,
    as always i try to help you making your guides as complete as possible, since i make use of them often.
    About Darius’ skins i have found something to add.
    First is Bioforge Darius, you can notice new sounds for all his abilities (except apprehend), it’s something like a liquid sound. Even the ultimate has something added like a whistle or a hiss. I guess it’s related to the bio armour.
    We also have Woad King Darius with a new warcry for his ultimate.
    If it’s not a problem, i would like to keep helping with these minor details.

    • We appreciate it and thank you for your collaboration; we simply couldn’t do it without everyone’s help.

      We’ll give those skins another look and update as necessary.

  5. Dunkmaster Darius, although it is extremely incomplete, what are your thoughts so far?

    • For what little we saw and the concept behind it, seems like a whimsical funny skin that could be either hilarious or a failure. The idea is definitely a stretch so the execution will have to be very good to make the skin be more than a passable joke.

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