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Fizz, the Tidal Trickster
Fizz, the Tidal Trickster

Fizz, the Tidal Trickster has a firm sea theme that extends all over his skins. As a citizen of a lost city or the coldest Northern regions Fizz never loses his dedication to catching fish; a particular angle that is explored in great detail along a new pet. Catch the perfect outfit for this nimble fighter with the help of his skins’ review.

Atlantean Fizz
Atlantean Fizz Splash Art Atlantean Fizz Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Fizz wearing light, golden armour as well as Chomper.
Model: Moderate model changes for Fizz, new model for his trident and new textures for Chomper.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The oceanic background is well depicted: Atlantic ruins are visible along a sunken ship as nearby schools of fish pass by. Besides, it’s all shown out of focus so as to display the natural turbidity of the water; also showing less detail. Fizz is nicely drawn with both skin and metal looking appropriately good. Just as much can be said about Chomper, as long as their cartoon-like aspect is kept in mind. Overall, the piece does its job adequately while displaying Fizz in his element; a good splash art.
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Conclusion: Atlantean Fizz appears like a variation on Fizz’s classic concept, one being armoured and the other not. Thus, it isn’t a skin that feels like a novel take or version of a champion. That’s not to say that the look isn’t good, on the contrary: the armour and trident have a nice design with shell shapes all over while Fizz’s aspect seems closer to an octopus and less cartoon-like. Chomper simply gets some light armour but it helps make the style cohesive. The problem lays in the changes not being striking and significant enough to make the skin stand out. To sum up, the Atlantic style is good but not distinct enough from Classic Fizz. Still, considering it’s price it’s a good looking skin worth considering.

Tundra Fizz
Tundra Fizz Splash Art Tundra Fizz Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Fizz wearing heavy winter clothing; like an Eskimo with a pet orca.
Model: Major model changes for Fizz, new model for his trident and Chomper.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: It could be said that this piece’s background is mostly Chomper as there’s little else visible besides the orca. Some waves and ice are all that join fragments of sky to frame Fizz. Besides, while Chomper depiction is acceptable the mouth seems a bit too large and extended; beyond what the perspective would make reasonable. Fizz has an interesting pose and expression that fit Chomper. Fizz’s clothes look good but the fur appears with the texture of cotton and coupled with the general rough colouring makes the piece seem a bit sketchy. On the whole, it’s a passable splash art but it has a general quality that doesn’t fit the pristine ice theme well.
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Conclusion: Tundra Fizz is a great example of a whimsical concept: a sea creature wearing warm clothing. The look is acceptable in its execution as Fizz is styled like an orca to match Chomper’s new look. Moreover, the clothes fit with their cartoon aspect and the trident appears hand-made; both nice touches. However, the concept is rather uninteresting and even unsuitable for Fizz. Furthermore, the overall look is rather unattractive as it doesn’t stand out in any way; except for feeling out of place. All things considered, it isn’t a bad skin but it neither has many elements to appeal; it’s only different.

Fisherman Fizz
Fisherman Fizz Splash Art Fisherman Fizz Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Fizz dressed as a classic angler using a harpoon; like a lunatic with a pet manatee.
Model: Moderate model changes for Fizz, new model for his trident and Chomper.
Particles: New lobster particle for Chum the Waters.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The composition of this piece is quite good as it displays both fisher and manatee in a dynamic and adventurous way. The background is a little too blurry for a storm: a certain degree of fuzziness is reasonable but only the reef and lighthouse are actually visible past the rain. Fizz’s depiction is formidable: he smiles delighted at the prospect of riding Urf into a storm. His depiction is great: the skin shines, soaked by the rain, and the light reflects on him and his apparel. However, the clothes seem dry, unfitting for waterproof materials under heavy rain. Regardless, Urf advances with determination with bib and spatula as the light shines on his head; seldom has a manatee looked more daring. All things considered, the piece shows Fizz as a lunatic delighted with his madness and it works for the better. Without doubt and despite its minor flaws, one of League of Legends best splash arts.
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Conclusion: To like Fisherman Fizz you have to embrace the insanity proposed by the splash art and the legend of Urf. Even as such, it can end like a joke that stops being funny due to sheer repetition. The concept is actually interesting: the fish obsessed Fizz dressed as a classic angler meets Urf. However, the actual execution leaves a little to be desired. For all intents and purposes, it’s nothing more than a bearded Fizz wearing a coat and a hat. Even the presumed rod is really a harpoon that tries to incorporate a line and reel. Fortunately, Urf’s model is undeniably good: massive and solid but with lobster bib firm around the neck. Sadly, Urf’s participation is rather limited so much of him is usually not seen. On the whole, it’s a distinct and funny skin that can end like just a clothed Fizz with a new pet. Fans of Urf or fishing will probably find more to like in Fisherman Fizz that usual Fizz fans.

Void Fizz
Void Fizz Splash Art Void Fizz Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Fizz corrupted by the Void.
Model: New model for Fizz, his trident and Chomper.
Particles: New particles for Fizz’s joke and abilities plus Chomper’s circling when idle.
Animations: New trident animations when standing idle and auto-attacking plus new blinking for his third eye.
Sounds: Processed voice-over for Fizz and new sounds for his abilities.
Splash Art: In spite of the ethereal background, this piece manages to convey its malice very clearly. The setting is little more than a swirl that hardly suffices for the Void. Chomper is in charge of filling the rest of the piece with his new monstrous shape. Sadly, as his body fades into nothingness so easily it seems a vague suggestion. The one part where the piece shines is in Fizz’s depiction: it represents malevolence with implicit horror. The organic trident seems alive and Fizz’s tormented physique displays all its corruption. The result is a formidable portrayal that sinks into a disappointing background. Therefore, it’s a good but uneven splash art.
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Conclusion: Twisted by the Void, Fizz takes a on a monstrous appearance that does away with most of his youthful charm. That’s not a bad thing if well implemented but the underlying classical elements often clash with this new theme producing mixed results. Firstly, the new model incorporates features to make him unappealing: a third eye, claws and a wrinkled, dark skin as well as an organic, living trident; Chomper is also deformed into a nightmarish leviathan. The particles, like the sounds, aren’t particularly noteworthy but they add a nice new glow to the abilities; especially for Playful and Chum the Waters. The voice-over also has an interesting, distorted timbre that finely suits the theme.
The problem arises when we consider the animations: they embody the playfulness of a child even in the new recall. When used to sustain the rest of the skin we are left with a monster only on the surface. The result is a polarized skin that tries but doesn’t quite manage to marry playfulness and monstrosity. Taken only by the amount of features, it’s a good skin but when we consider how they were used we are left with mixed feelings. On the whole, it may convince dedicated fans but for the rest it could challenge Fizz’s charm too much.

Conclusion

Fizz skins are hard to recommend for the wrong reasons: it’s not that they are all good but instead that for one reason or another they feel lacklustre. Therefore, his skins fit certain styles even though none stand out. As such, Atlantic Fizz is the recommended skin for those that enjoy Classic Fizz and wouldn’t want to deviate much from its style.

Tundra Fizz is a particular skin that may appeal to fans of orcas or icy regions. Unfortunately, the appearance feels a bit too forced and strange. An alternative is Fisherman Fizz: a skin for fans of Urf and funny skins; even if it’s more effective in the former than the latter. It delivers on what it promises but in a rather simple way.

Lastly, Void Fizz is undoubtedly the most elaborate of his skins but also the biggest departure from his personality. It tries to generate a playful monster, like Shaco, but ends with a deep yet superficial darkness that struggles to mix with his light-hearted identity. Maybe the legendary route, with new malevolent animations, would’ve yielded a more consistent result. As it stands, Void Fizz is an interesting but unappealing idea.

  12 Responses to “League of Legends: Fizz Skins’ Review”

  1. Interesting review, I would love to see a review of Viktor’s skins.

  2. i would like to see shen skin review please

  3. Review zombie brand please x)

  4. Thank you for reviewing Fizz’ skins.

    I must say that I did not expect such bad marks for his three skins. I admit that they are not outstanding and probably a bit overpriced considering the job done, but still, I think they are rather good.
    The fact that ALL his skins are provided with a modified model for Chomper should be pointed out. The addition of new models and particles for spells is rare enough in the realm of skins to be noticed.

    Once again, excellent review although I would have given four stars to both Tundra and Atlantean Fizz on the basis of my personal taste and as a reward for the good job on Chomper’s model.

    • Well, three stars is not a bad mark; not great but good nonetheless.

      It’s true that all Fizz’s skins modify Chomper but consider that he only appears during his ultimate. Therefore, the shark isn’t present much; especially as he’s briefly visible and only half is shown. It’s without a doubt a good addition but Fizz models and concepts take precedence and they aren’t the best they could be; unfortunately.

      Besides, you make a good point: the review is a guide not an absolute truth. If you like the skins because of the concept or an appealing extra it’s a good argument. We simply aim to inform people so that they can make satisfactory purchases.

      Finally, thanks for the kind words and constructive criticism.

  5. It may be worthwhile to mention that void fizz is actually 1350, not 950.

    • You’re absolutely right. We wrote the right price in the skin list but wrote the wrong one in the review. Thanks for the correction.

  6. Zero

    Would you say that most 1350 rp skins are worth if they are on sale at 675?

    • Not all of them. Actually, we’d recommend only getting the ones you really like even on sale. You could perfectly say that the difference between 487 and 675 RP isn’t much; but it adds up quickly. At 1350 RP a skin starts to feel expensive so it needs to justify its price well. That’s not to say that 975 RP is cheap but on sale it becomes more reasonable. Besides, there are several legacy 975 RP skins that can’t go on sale that do feel worthwhile; sadly, again not all of them.

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