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Draven, the Glorious Executioner
Draven, the Glorious Executioner

Draven, the Glorious Executioner is a flashy executioner that enjoys viciously throwing his spinning axes. His skins tend to elaborate on this with equally flamboyant interpretations of various concepts. Learn more about the League of Draven and his unparalleled style by reading further on this skins’ review.

Soul Reaver Draven
Soul Reaver Draven Splash Art Soul Reaver Draven Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Draven in the form of an armoured axe wielding wraith.
Model: New model for Draven and his axes plus new particles for his wraith body.
Particles: New particles for Spinning Axe and Whirling Death.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: Processed voice-over for Draven.
Splash Art: This splash art homogenizes the colours to mesh the background and foreground into one continual unit. This results in a piece that uses light and darkness for contrast but looks a bit plain. In particular, the background seems quite simple and little more than a ground to stand on. Draven is very well designed with interesting use of shades to show where the armour ends and the ghost starts. The armour’s aggressive design is reinforced by Draven’s action; though it’s not very effective. Furthermore, the spinning axes complement Draven’s stance to give some dynamism to an otherwise empty piece. Overall, this is a splash art with a very good composition and interesting technique but without a relevant context it ends as a simple display.
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Conclusion: It’s said that thrice is the charm and for single release skins it certainly is. Soul Reaver Draven is a skin that goes beyond the usual changes to provide a unique and attractive feel for Draven. This is further supported by the new axes which also affect his auto-attack and abilities plus the modified voice over. Unfortunately, as far as the model is concerned it’s interesting but rather simple as the choice of colours makes it look monochromatic. Besides, there isn’t much difference between ghost and armour: they mesh together in one indescribable whole. Moreover, the actual design has a more barbaric than spectral style. Fortunately, the ghostly particles on Draven’s body provide some extra complexity that makes the champion appealing. In conclusion, this is a good skin that goes an extra step to deliver a cohesive feel for Draven. Its problems are significant considering its price but it still offers something novel and can be an appealing skin.

Gladiator Draven
Gladiator Draven Splash Art Gladiator Draven Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Draven as a Noxian gladiator from The Fleshing arena.
Model: Major model changes for Draven and new model for his axes.
Particles: New particles for his abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sound for his recall.
Splash Art: The background barely manages to show a gladiatorial arena which may probably be The Fleshing. The fiery effect on the ground produced by Draven’s axe is eye-catching but in general the setting seems rather dull and unexploited. Draven’s depiction is correct: his expression is surely eloquent and the spinning axe adds a lot of flare. However, he looks more like a happy lunatic than a stylish warrior which doesn’t really reflect his true nature. Overall, the shading is very good and the portrayal clear and polished. Therefore, it’s a rather nice splash art but it doesn’t seem to make the most of Draven’s personality.
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Conclusion: At a glance, Gladiator Draven’s looks are hardly astonishing. In fact, the limited armour and tattooed body are nothing novel. So, while his asymmetric axes have a couple of attractive designs the general aspect isn’t particularly exciting. That’s where the particles come in: the spark-emitting incandescent blades are quite a spectacle to gawk at. Whether it’s his auto-attack or his abilities Draven is sure to attract attention with such a display; especially when having a pair of spinning axes in full motion. These additions are topped by the perfectly fitting recall that summarizes Draven’s personality in a brief but eloquent moment. In the end, Draven’s fans will certainly enjoy this traditional yet eye-catching take on the executioner.

Primetime Draven
Primetime Draven Splash Art Primetime Draven Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Draven as a boastful esports commentator.
Model: New model for Draven and his axes.
Particles: New particles for his auto-attacks and abilities.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New microphone howling sounds for his emotes, standing idle, auto-attacks and abilities plus new voice-over.
Splash Art: For the most part the background is a diffuse suggestion of a set. An audience can be guessed on the right and on the left the ethereal scenery. The setting is certainly suitable but it’s also quite vague. In the middle, attracting all attention as expected, we find Draven. The flare effects added to the vivid tones and detailed depiction make for a good portrayal. Not only can his aspect be clearly seen but he also looks bombastic and flamboyant as he should. There’s a degree of stylization that seems exaggerated, like his pose, and in places Draven looks sketchy; like his head and hands. Nonetheless, the result is a good display of Draven despite the piece not working to make a wholly satisfying splash art.
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Conclusion: Adapting a bombastic warrior like Draven to a classy esports commentator is a move that asks for a degree of humour; particularly on a fantasy setting. Such humour won’t stay amusing for long but the idea of Draven commenting his very own moves isn’t just comical, it’s also to be expected. This helps make the preposterous axes a little more palatable despite how ridiculous they look; something more refined would’ve been better. Especially if we consider the elegant though flat suit. Additionally, the change of hair colour adds nothing, it’s there for variety, but the headphones seem to make an effort to dodge the spiky hair. The new particles keep the visuals consistent but there’s nothing worth noticing. Regardless, it isn’t the looks that set the skin apart but the striking sounds. Between the microphone howling and Draven’s quotes there’s a lot to listen to. Ultimately, the skin may wear down its humour after a while but it stays purely Draven in its conception. Seeing as the execution is rather good and the price is quite reasonable it’s a great option for fans of funny skins.

Pool Party Draven
Pool Party Draven Splash Art Pool Party Draven Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Draven wearing a life jacket and ready to enjoy the beach.
Model: New model for Draven and his axes.
Particles: New particles for his abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: A clear sky, fresh water and some palm trees make up the setting for this piece. There seems to be a strange fog as the trees don’t seem to be so far away. Regardless, there’s some context to the action. The champions all share the spotlight and, fortunately, they all have a place; even Pix. It could be said that some seem more important than others but the feeling of fun is easy to perceive. What isn’t so clear is how the personality of each champion is reflected in their actions. In fact, the actions performed seem to be rather pedestrian and lack the unique colour that is natural to each of them. Specifically, Zac is just standing, Lulu and Mundo merely float away and Rek’Sai and Draven perform a stunt. Therefore, none of them do something that is unequivocally identified as part of their personality.
This all doesn’t mean that the piece is bad: the idea is clearly exposed and as far as a pool or beach party is concerned the message is conveyed. It’s just a pity that Zac can’t be more elastic, Draven more egocentric, Rek’Sai more alien, Lulu more mischievous and Mundo more nutty. In the end, it’s a splash art that manages a balance between the champions and places them in context but without showing enough of what makes each of them unique.
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Conclusion: The strong and boisterous personality of the Glorious Executioner may lead some people to believe that he can get away with ridicule but that’s not really the case. Pool Party Draven is proof of that: the lifejacket along inflatable armbands make him look foolish. Besides, the foam or water axes don’t make much sense. They seem like toys made out of plastic that spread water all around. So, they are definitely not a weapon and as a toy they seem not very good at drenching people though effective at bruising. The lower body is simplistic with only flip-flops and a brief to keep his modesty; not that there’s much of that in any sense. The sunglasses and bandana on his head don’t say much either. To be fair, there’s a certain sense that the elements fit, as Draven is quite an unusual character, yet they don’t do so in a way that follows his extravagant and showy displays.
The same can be said about the particles and sounds: they are noticeable but also subtle and lacking impact. Draven is the complete opposite and he would surely make quite a show in a water war. The new recall tries to salvage the theme with a bit of fun but it’s nothing impressive. Besides, when arriving, Draven appears suddenly standing with his axes on his back; a remnant of his classic recall animation.
All things considered, Pool Party Draven wouldn’t be a bad idea had it fully prepared the Executioner for a devastating water war. However, the skin approaches the concept with ridiculous simplicity and without delivering the show everyone expects. As such, it conveys, thinly, the theme but wastes most of its potential.

Beast Hunter Draven
Beast Hunter Draven Splash Art Beast Hunter Draven Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Draven as a fantasy hunter.
Model: New model for Draven and his axes.
Particles: New sigil for Spinning Axe.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Except for the weird, beaked dinosaur, or whatever beast it’s supposed to be, the setting lacks much relevance. It gives a place for Sejuani and Bristle to stand and fills the rest of empty space. However, the only significant part is what little we get to see of the hunted beast: the target of the hunters. In that regard, the creature is interesting as an explicit link between modern birds and dinosaurs. The maw is clearly something to be feared even if the upper part looks empty of details. Regardless, it’s fine game of which we only get a hint.
Moving on to the hunters, Sejuani and Bristle are too far away for details to be noticed. At any rate, a reasonable idea of Bristle’s reptilian physiognomy is perceivable; though to really understand the body shape some effort or an external source is necessary. Sejuani is so tiny that added to a pose that hides her legs and chest means that only a minimal glance at her aspect is possible. Fortunately, her action is probably the most relevant, having snared the prey, she is essential to the hunt.
Tryndamere appears floating in mid air, presumably, having hopped from the beast’s back. One hand on the beak, the readied attack means that a useful view to his aspect is possible. On the other hand, the usually large sword appears diminutive and even inoffensive for such a vociferous warrior. Actually, the general size of Tryndamere is small but, overall, the depiction works by having meaning and serving as a spotlight.
Draven does the complete opposite; though he doesn’t forget to take the lion’s share of available space. With his back against the viewer and an abrupt perspective his look has to be guessed for the most part. Throwing a spinning axe at the beast is his main contribution and while more are to follow we can only guess from where he leapt and where he intends to land. Besides, the blade of the spinning axe on his right hand seems rather small in proportion to its grip; yet if it were longer, as it should, it would slash his left hand. Aside from his big grin there’s nothing of the boastful executioner so it seems like a rather common action for his grandiosity.
Adding it all together, this is a splash art that tries with varying success to integrate three champions into a significant action. The problem is that they have to share with a fourth character: the hunted beast. This means that there can only be so much space for the daring displays of power that they intend to show. While the conception is quite good the sacrifices are evident; even though nothing explains the blandness of the background. In the end, it’s a good splash art but with too many concessions to be truly remarkable.
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Conclusion: Being so preposterous in every aspect the exaggerations posed by Beast Hunter Draven strike as no surprise. As far as functionality goes Draven isn’t known to give much thought to it. For that reason, the fact that his body is quite exposed by a brief jacket yet his arms and legs are covered by avidly spiked vambraces, cuisses and boots is to be expected. After all, somebody that goes out to battle with a hairstyle that draws so much attention, though exactly like in the splash art, wouldn’t mind some discomfort for a good show. Thus, even some makeup makes sense. The axes, strangely, make some sense as parts of the four parts of the jaws of a beast that, despite its size, was no match for the glorious hunter. Without a doubt, this is an outfit to grab people’s attention and never let go of it. The problem is that it may be too much.
Beast Hunter Draven follows the personality of the Glorious Executioner by making a daring and eye-catching display that doesn’t bow to any objections like practicality. In doing so, it becomes overloaded with a superficial style. That surely is a part of Draven but in this case it could be too emphasized. Therefore, this is a good skin that suits Draven but if you find his ostentatious personality a bit annoying then this could be more of the wrong ingredient.

Conclusion

Draven is a flashy champion, as his numerous emotes demonstrate, and his skins are just as dazzling; for the most part. The recommended skin is Gladiator Draven as it manages to believably ground the executioner’s looks while keeping his panache intact. As far as spectacles go, his spinning axes sure make for a good time and show. Thus, it’s a more conventional interpretation that still delivers a dramatic performance when the time for battle comes.

We can’t ignore the fantastic concept of Primetime Draven: Draven commenting on Draven; it couldn’t be any other way. The appearance is nothing impressive but the sounds and quotes finely set the skin apart. It may not be the most fitting option for fantasy but it’s a skin that offers a lot if you accept it.

One of the remaining alternatives, Soul Reaver Draven, isn’t bad because it not only gives him a new look but it also gives a new feel to the Glorious Executioner. The spectral theme is effectively delivered through model, particles, and voice over. The result is a product that doesn’t manage to be more than the sum of its parts but that remains distinct and interesting.

A skin with an evident funny angle is Pool Party Draven. The idea of the Executioner relishing on a water war is fitting but the execution instead ends up with a ridiculous appearance and the water displays are too subtle for his usual extravagance. The theme is recognizable to a point but the concept could’ve been much better exploited.

Exploiting and perhaps abusing his ostentatious nature, Beast Hunter Draven dresses for a hunt but with no regard for function and a complete obsession with form. That does fit his personality but may be too much despite the interesting spinning axes. If you don’t mind getting more raw Draven then this could be a skin for you.

There may few options available for Draven but they are definitely good. They cover the supernatural, warrior, water and supernatural themes while fitting him quite well. All that is necessary is to pick a style and let the crowds roar.

  46 Responses to “League of Legends: Draven Skins’ Review”

  1. In my opinion this skin is horrible in game

    • The implementation of the wraith look could be considered a bit messy but it’s a skin that offers a good amount of changes for a reasonable price. It doesn’t seem like a complete disaster but it certainly isn’t perfect either.

  2. Gladiator Draven will be coming out soon! What do you think of the preview? I think the splash is all that drags it down. Hope they change it.

    • We’ll have to wait for the finished product but the concept is good. The splash art seems to do its job as a portrayal though it doesn’t say much else; we’ll see.

  3. since gladiator draven is out now, could you please review it?

  4. Sweet. Gladiator Draven looks pretty cool, especially the particles. And that recall! Probably one of my favorites. Will definitely insta-buy. Thanks for the review!

    • No problem, Gladiator Draven may look conventional at first sight but when the axes get ablaze the show really starts.

  5. Zero, what is your opinion on having 2 skins for a champion? I bought the Draven bundle when he first came out, so I have Soul Reaver. However, Gladiator Draven looks really nice and I want to buy him. I’m just not sure if I should have 2 skins for 1 champion.

    • From our point of view, if you really like the champion and usually play them then having two skins can be a welcome change from just using one skin all the time. Technically, you always have the classic skin but it’s not exactly the same as a skin that shows the champion under a different light. Moreover, if you really like Gladiator Draven then chances are that you’ll enjoy the skin too.

      Conversely, if Draven isn’t a champion you usually play then there wouldn’t be much reason to buy more skins for him. It would just be left unused just as if you didn’t like the skin. You should prioritize what you enjoy and if Draven is the case and you like his Gladiator style it will be a good purchase.

      Just make sure that it isn’t a temporary fascination or that you will play Draven enough to feel satisfied with having two skins. The idea is not to feel disappointed with a product you ultimately don’t use. If you are still unsure, waiting for a sale is always an option as the discounted price can help prevent the pressure from playing with the skin just to get its worth.

  6. Hey zero,

    I have noticed that soul reaver draven has gone down to 3 starts due to the price increase. however, it is now on sale for 675 rp. at this price, do you think it is worth getting? how many stars would you give it at this price?

    Thanks!

    • You could add a star if you want but as his other skins can also go on sale too they stand on equal terms. The sale is definitely the best option to get the skin so if you like it now is the ideal time. It’s not a perfect skin and the high price does it no favours.

  7. How could you give soul reaver a lower score? its better

    • Soul Reaver Draven does have more additions but it’s also more expensive. At its price we think that more should be offered even though the skin isn’t bad.

  8. Primetime Draven is gonna be 975 permanantly in case you don’t know, and any thoughts on the skin?

  9. primetime draven is released already, could you review it for us?

  10. I have been stuck deciding which skin should i buy; primetime draven or surprise party fiddlesticks? They both really offer great and nice changes for a good price, sadly I can only buy one :(

    • The advantage is that both skins are legendaries on permanent sale so you can always get the other one later.

      More to the point, first be sure which champion you play the most. Then Primetime Draven is a more recent skin so the model is more elaborate and also has a new recall. However, Surprise Party Fiddlesticks has aged quite well and it’s visually very attractive and eye-catching. Both have good sounds but Primetime has the advantage of a new voice-over. All in all, both are great skins but with differences.

      In summary, Primetime has the advantage of a new recall and voice-over but the particles aren’t as striking. Conversely, Surprise Party has striking visuals but lacks a new recall and voice-over. It can be a matter of preference but, if you really like them, neither should disappoint at this price.

  11. Hey Zero,
    i was kinda playing draven for a while now, one of may fave champ definitely. I was thinking of buying a skin but soul reaver in-game is like one-coloured(for me), gladiator portrays its role but there are “but’s” 4 me in buying, lastly the primetime 4 me is not as cohesive as it should be. When do u think will be the next draven skin? Do you hav any idea of the timeframe when will a champ will get a new skin aftr say he/she just got a new skin release today.

    • Draven is a popular champion but already has a few skins and many other champions are still waiting for new skins. After a quick search we haven’t found information about any new skins for Draven but it shouldn’t be ruled out. However, chances are that it’ll take a while. Primetime is not that new but Draven did get a new skin on 2014 unlike other champions.

      If you aren’t convinced about the skins he currently has it’s better to wait and get one you really enjoy. Unless you like a skin it’s probable that it’ll end up unused but if you do enjoy it then it’ll be a reasonable investment. You could wait for a sale on a skin that you like but not enough to buy at full price; so that the price becomes less of an issue.

  12. Hey Zero the new Pool Party Draven skin is out soon I’m a big draven player and will get the skin no matter what but what are your early impressions on it personally I’m not getting the craven vibe his other skins give.

    • It seems to be a skin similar to Pool Party Graves. That is, it merely adapts Draven’s style to water weaponry but doesn’t go an extra step to realize the theme in a way that fits the Executioner better. We don’t think it’ll be a bad skin but it seems like it could’ve been better.

  13. Can you take a closer look at the Gladiator Draven skin? I’m almost positive it has a new autoattack sound, much higher pitched instead of the clang of metal.

    • We don’t notice any difference in sound though when using Spinning Axe the sound is different, softer. It’s the same as in the classic skin though so we don’t think the skin actually has new sounds; recall aside. The particles are good enough but we can agree that new fiery sounds would’ve helped.

  14. Pool party draven has a new pretty awesome crit animation and I might get him just for that. And also I pike the joke aspect of those skins

    • Sorry to disappoint but the critical animation for both Classic and Pool Party Draven is the same; unless there’s been some new unannounced addition. The joke in this kind of skins can be hit and miss as everyone has a different sense of humour. If you do like it then it can be a pro.

      • No,no please dont dissapoint me. I swear to God that his crit animation is like shooting streams of water.

        • Sorry, we don’t mean to disappoint but we don’t notice anything different. His auto-attacks all have new water particles including critical strikes and Spinning Axe. However, we don’t notice anything new exclusive to criticals. The new auto-attack partices though are new to the skin.

  15. I will make sure that I am not mistaken and will try to capture it in photos. Wait for me! He he

  16. Why is Gladiator Draven the suggested skin when Primetime is the same price and rated 5 stars?

    • Because Primetime is a bit of a departure from Draven’s style. Gladiator is something that every fan of Draven could appreciate. On the other hand, Primetime is a bit of a diversion that fits him but can feel a bit alien due to the modern aesthetic.

      The recommendation tries to be more than a simple summary of the ratings; though it often follows the same order. This is a specific case where we think that Gladiator is a more conventional and even safe recommendation than Primetime.

      As we say in the conclusion Primetime presents a fantastic concept for Draven and is a skin well worth recommending. You just have to accept the digresion from traditional fantasy. If you do then it’s a wonderful option that offers even more than Gladtiator but from a different angle: more aural and less visual.

  17. Primetime got 5 stars after the price reduction, nice.

    • Primetime was released as a legendary on permanent discount at 975 RP; like Surprise Party Fiddlesticks. It always had five stars but we don’t think it would’ve reached so high with a heftier price.

  18. Beast hunter Draven, Tryndamere and Sejuani have been released for 4-5 days now. Can you do a review?

    • They may be available on the PBE but we don’t seem to find them on live. We don’t have a PBE account and prefer to review finished skins; though we can agree that what reaches the PBE is often finished sans a few minor adjustments. Regardless, we make reviews when the skins are released so, while we’ll keep an eye on this trio, we’ll wait a bit to release the review.

  19. So I was thinking of maining draven and thought which skin I might chose. Would It be a better option to either buy gladiator at half price or just but primetime Draven?

    • That’s a good question and it depends on how much you want to get into Draven’s little, huge Draven world. Gladiator is starightforward but visually attractive thanks to the particles. Primetime is one for the true fans. It’s preposterous and breaks the fourth wall with gleeful abandon but it can be funny to hear Draven commenting on himself. It also depends on for how long the joke can stay funny because with repetition even the best one gets old.

      Both skins are good but offer very different features. Gladiator is more about enjoying the spectacle while Primetime relishes on his unique personality. It can be a matter of taste but in the long run Gladiator might be the safer option as one could have too much Draven in one’s life. He would disagree, of course.

  20. Are you sure your review of Beast Hunter Draven is accurate? I’m almost certain that his Spinning Axe, Stand Aside, and Whirling Death all have particles (they’re purple-ish). He’s also got a new sigil for his axes.

    • After some detailed analysis in slow-motion we think that the purple particles were always there. However, as the bone blades are lighter in tone than the classic, metallic ones with a black part in the middle it’s more notorious.

      However, we completely missed the new sigil for Spinning Axe. Thanks for the information, we’ll add it to the review.

      • Thanks for the response! I see that the purple-ish particles on his Q are indeed the same on both the classic and Beast Hunter skins. But still, shouldn’t the Whirling Death and Stand Aside be considered to have particle change because they use the new axes?

        • In cases where an ability uses the weapons’ model we don’t list it as new particles and instead note the new model for the weapons. It’s far from unarguable but we think it better differentiates from abilities that actually add new particles.

          This is a case where the new weapons affect the abilities but only because the champion uses them. In other cases, even though the weapons are re-modeled they don’t affect the abilities’ visuals but that’s all dependent on the champion’s design.

          It surely isn’t a clear-cut argument but it’s the way we found to make changes to abilities the more specific and useful.

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