Jun 292012
 
Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer
Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer

Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer has an interesting wardrobe: it ranges from some minimal colour changes to an impressive cybernetic incarnation. Additionally, he’s no stranger to references and his skins add a few as well. The question is: how does he look while trotting around ruins? Read further on this skins’ review to find out.

Nottingham Ezreal
Nottingham Ezreal Splash Art Nottingham Ezreal Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Ezreal dressed in green with black metal glove.
Model: New textures for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Nottingham Ezreal’s splash art is elaborate and flashy but isn’t faithful at displaying Ezreal’s look. The background sets the stage, minimally, with structures that seem to exist in a black vacuum. Ezreal looks great wielding his magic and his depiction is very good. However, the Ezreal in the splash art has little in common with the Ezreal in-game. Therefore, on the one hand this is an awesome, eye-catching splash art. On the other hand, it hardly serves its basic function.
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Conclusion: Nottigham Ezreal is a re-colour topped by a literary reference. Unfortunately, the reference is mostly limited to the name as the skin itself hardly makes any effort on that regard. For all intents and purposes, this is green Ezreal and nothing more. Moreover, the colours aren’t particularly attractive: the green tones are quite similar and only the black metal glove stands out. Therefore, Nottingham Ezreal is a worthy purchase only for Ezreal’s most dedicated fans or collectors; it’s a skin that does little and not very well.

Striker Ezreal
Striker Ezreal Splash Art Striker Ezreal Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Ezreal dressed as an association football player.
Model: Moderate model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a piece that hits most of the right notes as it gives Ezreal a good portrayal and setting. Although, the background is unnecessarily and inexplicable blurry it successfully recreates an association football stadium. Ezreal is quite well drawn: the shading shows the folds of his clothes as well as the tension on his legs’ muscles and the use of perspective is correct. The hair is a bit cartoony and the magic effects appear gratuitous but, on the whole, they mesh well with the piece. Besides, Ezreal’s magical glove is superbly delineated as well as the football. Overall, this is an excellent splash art that does its job with very few misses.
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Conclusion: The Fields of Justice have much in common with association football as they both are team activities. Regardless, a football player’s garments aren’t well suited for intense struggles and brushes with death. The model changes are well done and effective but they feel a bit plain nonetheless. It may be that this attire isn’t very exciting for a wielder of arcane magic. On that regard, the metal glove doesn’t fit with the football attire; they come from far too different sources to mesh well. In conclusion, Striker Ezreal is mostly a collector’s item but it also was a nice and cheap skin for association football fans that don’t mind about appropriateness.

Frosted Ezreal
Frosted Ezreal Splash Art Frosted Ezreal Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Ezreal dressed in black and blue.
Model: New textures for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Frosted Ezreal’s splash art is all about show to the point of being of little use as a spotlight. Without doubt the piece is quite good as far as looks go. The background nicely displays the tundra and Ezreal is depicted among an extensive array of magical effects. In spite of that, the representation doesn’t match Ezreal’s in-game look well. The colours are dark but not dark enough, the clothes follow his style but barely. In fact, this is an idealized view of Frosted Ezreal, one that would be great to have available but one that, currently, isn’t implemented. In conclusion, this is a great looking splash art but as a spotlight for Frosted Ezreal, it doesn’t work.
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Conclusion: Maybe the original concept was that of an ice based skin with Ezreal exhibiting frost over his clothes. Nevertheless, what Frosted Ezreal actually became is a gothic or emo version of Ezreal. Therefore, the skins appeal will be largely based on your tolerance for such fashions. For a re-texture it’s quite well done because it provides a distinct and darker style for Ezreal. Besides, the textures are quite good: the clothes are made of convincing leather and denim; furthermore, the metal glove looks quite sleek. Notwithstanding the good apparel, the pinkish hair and dark eye shadow might be a bit too much. Consequently, Frosted Ezreal is a good looking, misleading and made up version of Ezreal. If you don’t mind the cosmetics it’s a nice dark skin to get, yet be aware that you may not be able to ignore them.

Explorer Ezreal
Explorer Ezreal Splash Art Explorer Ezreal Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Ezreal dressed as a spelunker.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A quick look to this splash art gives a reasonably good first impression but further analysis reveals a few problems. The background shows stalactites and stalagmites as well as crystals but between them there is an absence that the simulated fog is unable to fill. Ezreal is drawn with great quality: the folds on his clothes, the dim reflections of light on the metal and even the pose are good enough. Unfortunately, there’s a noticeable disproportion between Ezreal’s body parts. Just compare his feet to his hands or his legs to his arms; perspective isn’t to blame here as the body isn’t leaning. Therefore, despite the good techniques used to colour and compose the piece the uneven delineation of Ezreal’s outline can’t be ignored. Explorer Ezreal’s splash art fails at its base elements and though an acceptable portrayal it isn’t actually good.
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Conclusion: If you were looking for a skin that had Ezreal wearing his goggles then this is it. As a spelunker Ezreal is well equipped with a head torch on his loose hardhat, a short rope fixed to his left shoulder and a torch vaguely strapped to his right tight. That his equipment placement seems lax is not the only problem as his clothes look plain and uninspired. While his clothing is a true homage to Indiana Jones, as a whole, the skin isn’t actually attractive. Therefore, Explorer Ezreal is a disappointing skin: it has a good concept but its execution is unsatisfactory.

Pulsefire Ezreal
Pulsefire Ezreal Splash Art Pulsefire Ezreal Model
Category: Ultimate
Price: 3250 RP
Concept: Ezreal dressed with cybernetic equipment.
Model: New upgradable animated model for Ezreal: it changes by levelling Trueshot Barrage; at levels 6, 11 and 16.
Particles: New particles for all of his abilities, auto-attack, recall and enemy deaths.
Animations: New suit animations for all of his abilities. New animations for his recall, tower channel and two new occasional flying animations with full suit.
Sounds: New sounds for: acquiring and using abilities, jokes, taunt, match beginning, recall plus new voice over for Pearl; his suit AI.
Extras: A Summoner icon and profile banner. Animated splash art for the champion’s profile overview. New in-game champion portrait.
Splash Art: This piece is completely devoted to showing Ezreal’s new cybernetic style to the point of practically skipping the background. In fact, the background may be simply black as the portal is directly linked to Ezreal; which is also the source of the light beams. Accordingly, everything in the piece is a part of Ezreal. However, there isn’t that much so it looks a bit empty. With that in consideration, Ezreal is expected to look impressive and he doesn’t disappoint. Ezreal’s depiction is, indeed, excellent: his clothes reflect light and are complex yet practical. His energy cannon looks stunning which coupled with the jetpack’s boost and flowing hair provide motion to the piece. Ezreal looks different from his usual self: stern, focused and maybe older. Still, the design is cohesive and greatly enhanced by the great lighting and numerous reflections. In conclusion, this is an alright splash art: Ezreal looks awesome but it sorely needs an interesting background.
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Conclusion: Pulsefire Ezreal finely propels the Prodigal Explorer into the future with a dazzling array of visual and aural modifications. Firstly, the model reflects a futuristic warrior quite well and the evolution of the armour makes a strong statement about the advancement of technology. Besides, the animated cannon and jetpack provide a welcome extra layer of complexity to his aspect.
The particles match the theme quite well and range from good to great. The normal abilities don’t impress but are well executed. Conversely, Trueshot Barrage is a fine example of what the skin can offer at its best.
The animations are definitely a highlight especially at the latter levels when Ezreal can fly with his jetpack. The abilities’ animations again range from good to great. Mystic Shot and Essence Flux are adapted to his cannon but Arcane Shift and Trueshot Barrange provide an attractive spectacle.
Additionally, the new sounds are a good addition to finish the suit capabilities. However, the voice-over is what stands out. The dual nature of both Ezreal and PEARL interacting is fantastic. Besides, PEARL habitually updates Ezreal about the situation and questions his actions; like a good suit AI is expected to.
On the whole, Pulsefire Ezreal is a skin that delivers a distinct and appealing experience that forces its way into a fantasy setting. The result is certainly attractive but suffers from a huge obstacle: its price. At the initial sale of 1625 RP the skin was certainly a great choice. Regardless, the normal price of 3250 RP is surely steep. It’s without doubt a fantastic skin but due to its price it may be better left for collectors or dedicated fans of Ezreal.

TPA Ezreal
TPA Ezreal Splash Art TPA Ezreal Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Ezreal as a gamer fan.
Model: New model for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background suggests a big arena where the audience clamours for the champions. At least the lights of such incredible place are visible because the rest is just the imagination working. The champions are clearly portrayed though, but their simultaneous exposition makes them compete for attention.
Regardless, they manage to convey a bit of their personality in the depiction: Mundo is brutal and towering, Orianna vaguely humane, Ezreal overconfident, Shen sneaky while Nunu and Willump display their close teamwork. In parts they seem to be escaping from the diffuse maws of the background but the portrayals are correct anyway.
All in all, it’s a nice splash art that displays a team of champions celebrating the fruit of their labour. While it’s unclear in certain parts each champion has its place. Nevertheless, it’s a piece that seems better suited for a presentation of the full set of TPA champions than to be used in individual spotlights.
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Conclusion: As far as looks go Ezreal seems to seamlessly flow into modern day casual clothing; which maybe shouldn’t be unexpected. The outfit seems believable and correct to the point that it seems clean and polished with a subtle cartoony feel. This works to the skin’s benefit as it reinforces its identity. The same can be said about the lack of magical bow in his abilities: it makes them look different even though nothing was really added. TPA Ezreal isn’t a striking skin but it’s well designed and refined in its stylization. As such, it’s a nice addition for Ezreal fans; specially those that prefer less outdated weaponry.

Debonair Ezreal
Debonair Ezreal Splash Art Debonair Ezreal Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Ezreal as an elegant and refined gentleman.
Model: New model for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: As the other half of Debonair Vi’s splash art it completes the picture but also offers a more concrete setting. The background, despite its dusky illumination, at least displays a couple at the bar and a couple of admirers for Ezreal. He is undoubtedly the star of the piece as his earnings demonstrate. His good luck could also explain why his half seems more vivid that Vi’s. Moreover, his portrayal is more complete as most of his suit is visible and the colouring is also quite good; to the point of showing the reflection of his glove’s light on the sofa. In spite of all this visual quality Ezreal’s demeanour strikes as too arrogant even for his usual cocky attitude; perhaps to the point of looking distant and even unpleasant. Ultimately, this splash art is the better half of the Debonair duo as, flaws aside, makes for a compelling picture of how Ezreal would fare in a casino.
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Conclusion: If we talk about elegance then a good suit has to be included in the conversation. Debonair Ezreal doesn’t present us with any surprises in that regard. What is unexpected is how plain and discordant the suit ends up looking. The colours don’t reach harmony as the blue stands out too much over the other, duller hues. The chain and flower are on the opposite side of what the splash art suggests, struggling to be noticed. Besides, the shoes have a simplistic design plus, even if the ponytail and sunglasses evoke his cockiness they seem out of place. The art deco glove is nicely designed, though, with its exaggerated proportions fitting that style. His face and hair are also refined, which might be relevant until a visual upgrade arrives, but the differences aren’t major. To sum up, Debonair Ezreal is a skin that tries but fails to realize an elegant style. It seems like a kid trying to dress formally on his own; which could be fitting but not really debonair. Fans of Ezreal can find some interesting characteristics but, for the most part, it’s just acceptable.

Conclusion

Ezreal skins are good but they all have some caveats. Pulsefire Ezreal stands out as the best skin, as far as production goes, but the price is a huge deterrent. At the sale price, similar to a legendary skin, it was definitely worth getting as it offers even more than such a skin. However, at its regular price it’s a huge investment only valuable enough for collectors and hardcore Ezreal fans; though they probably already got it with the release sale.

Explorer Ezreal has an interesting concept and Indiana Jones reference but its execution is lacklustre. It’s clear about its concept but it fails to be anything exciting. Whereas, Frosted Ezreal is a nice re-texture but actually stands for an emo or gothic version of Ezreal that may dissuade due to its reliance on heavy makeup. Finally, Debonair Ezreal isn’t as elegant as he should or could. Still, it’s a formal look that can be of interest to dedicated fans

  14 Responses to “League of Legends: Ezreal Skins’ Review”

  1. I’m actually surprised that you gave PFE 3 stars.

    Not that i care considering i don’t even use Ezreal to begin with, but i thought this was a 5 star, considering the very high number of changes.

    I guess the price really kills it a little too much.

    • Indeed, if it were priced as a legendary skin it would probably get five stars. However, Pulsefire Ezreal’s regular price is double that amount.

      While it’s a skin, or theme, that gives a new feel for Ezreal it’s also a huge investment.

  2. will pfe be on sale again or its like legendary skins?

    • According to Riot, Pulsefire Ezreal was never stated to be legendary. On top of that, it went on sale for a week after its release. A new sale shouldn’t be discarded, considering the information available, but it’s probably something that won’t happen often.

      • To quote riot on the issue (and avoid any misleading info) “They [ultimate skins] may have initial promotions or discounts, but will not be put on sale.”
        and for the sake of legendary skins “and they[legendary skins] will not be put on sale.”

        this is all according to http://na.leagueoflegends.com/news/skin-rp-price-changes-0

        • Thanks for clarifying the issue. Riot did disclose the rules for skin pricing in the Skin Price Changes notice and it’ll come in handy to avoid any confusions.

  3. Yeah I can see how Pulsefire Ezreal wouldn’t be worth it for everyone. But if someone were to have played Ezreal for a long time, genuinely had fun with him, and planned on continuing to play him for a while, then it could definitely be well worth the 25 dollars. I personally won’t buy until I have some time with Ezreal to see if he’s worth playing and worth buying even a normal skin with.
    In quality, it could be the best skin in League of Legends, however, in price, it is currently the most expensive item in the LoL store and costs more than double that of a Legendary Skin. Thanks for the review, though. If I’m going to get a skin with Ezreal it will probably be Explorer but who knows? Maybe sometime I will get Pulsefire Ezreal. But, my point is, I would need a DAMN good reason to.

    • Indeed, Pulsefire Ezreal is an incredible skin but its price also is. You shouldn’t discard the possibility of another sale as it, technically, isn’t a legendary skin. Still, at its current price, only the most dedicated Ezreal fans would find it appealing.

  4. will the tpa skins ever return because I didnt really like them when they came out due to the fact I was waiting for another skin but will it return this year? thanks in advance zero

    • As legacy skins they can return at any time but when is unknown. They were available for Mystery Gifting at last year’s Snowdown Showdown though it was a less than ideal way of getting them. Maybe they’ll be made available again when the next bundle of championship skins are released. However, there isn’t any firm information about it.

  5. You should probably review the classic skins for ALL champions because I found (personal opinion) out that some classic skins (Ezreal) are the best (excluding PFE cause of price). So maybe you should review the classic skins as well? So that people might decide to not buy skins at all and rather continue to use the classic skin.

    • We have considered that as it has been requested. The problem is that we lack something against which to compare a classic skin. In the case of purchasable skins we compare against the classic one and see whether it’s an improvement worth its price. In the case of the classic skins we need something else to compare them with.

      Besides, classic skins don’t have a monetary cost so they are a different kind of expense. In case a champion’s classic skin stands above the purchasable alternatives then those skins will have low ratings.

      We still think that it would be interesting to review classic skins but we need to find a way to do it so that it would be useful.

  6. Can you review Debonair Ezreal and Debonair Vi?

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