Nov 272012
 
Jax, Grandmaster at Arms
Jax, Grandmaster at Arms

Jax, Grandmaster at Arms is adept at using many weapons and also at wearing many outfits to match them. Most of his skins reflect the style of a warrior, as it would be expected, but with varying degrees of success. Next time you leap into a fight, consider empowering yourself with the best looks. His skins’ review will aid you in this relentless assault.

The Mighty Jax
The Mighty Jax Splash Art The Mighty Jax Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Jax as an ice hockey player.
Model: Major model changes for Jax, new model for his weapon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The ice background is simple but reasonably done. Still, it doesn’t set much of a stage for a hockey player. Jax’s portrayal allows a good look of his outfit and the shading isn’t bad at all. However, he suffers from perspective and proportion problems: the former, come from a viewing angle that isn’t low enough to excuse the oversized feet and small head; the latter, because even if we consider a low view his arms are short and his hands small. Overall, it’s not terrible as it serves its purpose but the depiction leaves much to be desired.
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Conclusion: To put it simply The Mighty Jax is Classic Jax wearing a hockey jersey and pants while wielding a hockey stick. Actually, the description is as straightforward as the look; despite the patterns on the back and the logo on the jersey and stick. Truth be told, for Ice Hockey fans it’s not such a bad choice but this skin is more valuable as a collector’s item.

Vandal Jax
Vandal Jax Splash Art Vandal Jax Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Jax wearing dark clothes and wielding a spiked club.
Model: Minor model changes for Jax and new model for his weapon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is an empty gladiatorial arena that looks quite detailed but does little more than provide a frame. Jax’s depiction is quite good: the shading is clear and complex, the stance attractive and the glow of his eyes matches the metal sparks on the smashed ground. Even the trail of his swing is visible; though it resembles a halo too much. Furthermore, his clothes don’t exactly match the ones from in-game model. Regardless, considering the impact of his portrayal it’s a piece that does a great job at making Jax interesting.
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Conclusion: Vandal Jax looks like a conventional alternative to Classic Jax. Their similarities are obvious but the theme also grounds Jax with a more traditional style. In addition to this, while the skin is rather colourful that doesn’t make it any more appealing. As far as pummelling enemies with a coarsely made weapon, Vandal Jax delivers. However, aside from that it’s just another set of colours for Jax’s outfit.

Angler Jax
Angler Jax Splash Art Angler Jax Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Jax as a fisherman with a rod.
Model: Minor model changes for Jax and new model for his weapon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background resembles a swamp or marsh more than a lake apt for fishing. Besides, the thick fog masks much of the scenery and leaves only a patch of grass, trees and part of the lake visible. Jax appears calmly leaning on a tree while crossing his arms. The pose is a good match for a patient fisher but it wholly covers his chest. Still, it’s noticeable that his look isn’t completely faithful to the in-game model. Nonetheless, he is well shaded and drawn with nice use of light and reflections. Additionally, the patterns on his coat and the cracks of his hat are nice extras; yet why sparks to his right hint at an invisible fire is inexplicable. Overall, it’s a good depiction of Jax that shows the champion under a different but appealing light.
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Conclusion: Angler Jax tries to be an interesting joke but it gets dragged down by a poor execution and an unimaginative design. In fact, with a bit of malice it could be said that it’s little more than a re-colour of Classic Jax. The skin does, actually, do more than change a few colours. Unfortunately, none of those changes are really attractive. The rod is too fragile a weapon, it would easily break, and the angler clothes don’t look appealing. In the end, Angler Jax is a joke skin that isn’t very funny nor is it very good looking.

PAX Jax
PAX Jax Splash Art PAX Jax Model
Category: Promotional
Price: Not Applicable
Concept: Jax in the image of the Cardboard Tube Samurai.
Model: Minor model changes for Jax and new model for his weapon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A grey forest seems to be the frame of this piece, a forest that looks sterile and empty. Fortunately, Jax’s portrayal doesn’t share those characteristics: his clothes are finely drawn with patterns and folds, his straw hat shows every fibre, and his eyes shine; even his bandages are detailed. The counterpart to this attractive visual display is that the look isn’t a close match to the in-game model. Furthermore, the cardboard tube looks like wood and the legs look drab while the perspective of the feet seems unconvincing. In general, it’s a splash art that looks good but is a bit deceiving about its subject.
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Conclusion: PAX Jax is a skin that due to its nature and implementation stands in a peculiar place. On the one hand, it’s very similar to Classic Jax though with a new weapon and hat. On the other hand, it’s a highly collectable skin that represents the Cardboard Tube Samurai from Penny Arcade. Therefore, it becomes a skin that can be uninteresting or invaluable depending on how much weight the comic reference has. On the whole, it’s not a bad skin as it suitably interprets an unorthodox fighter. However, it’s not worth chasing to the end of the Earth and it certainly isn’t something to acquire at any cost.

Jaximus
Jaximus Splash Art Jaximus Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Jax as a murmillo; a type of Roman gladiator.
Model: New model for Jax and his weapon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New walking quote.
Splash Art: The background is nothing more than a sketch of an arena. In fact, the sword and shield on the ground are glaring examples of the quality of the piece. Jax fares a bit better despite the shading being rough overall. While his lower body follows the quality of the background his upper body doesn’t look as drab. Still, the piece looks rather crude to the point that the blood dripping from Jax’s poleaxe looks like threads. Truth be told, it’s a piece that does its job but is very disappointing in its quality.
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Conclusion: Jaximus is a skin that has great potential but not all of it is realized. The skin leaves little doubt about its subject but the representation has some shortcomings. Firstly, it insists too strongly on echoing Classic Jax’s style so that he has to wear unfitting clothes like the cape or skirt. Secondly, most elements, like those on the body, are texture based and become deformed with Jax’s movements. On top of this, there are multiple colours but they all look dull; therefore, the skin looks a little too garish and a little too drab. Besides, the poleaxe is actually too short, and even small, so it hardly looks like a deadly weapon. On the whole, it’s a skin with a very nice concept but the execution doesn’t deliver as it should.

Temple Jax
Temple Jax Splash Art Temple Jax Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Jax styled as a Shaolin monk.
Model: New model for Jax and his weapon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A temple in the distance, grass, trees and lots of sky; without forgetting a patch of black to the left set the stage. The background feels deficient with its lack of detail and elements. Additionally, Jax suffers from his own set of issues: the clothes are acceptably drawn but the colours are too muddy. Moreover, his body looks too small for his oversized limbs and head. The ji, albeit too short, is the only part that looks convincing with dents on the blade and a rather solid tassel. In fact, the composition of the piece isn’t bad but the execution is sadly lacklustre.
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Conclusion: Temple Jax is another victim of Classic Jax’s design in that it becomes forced to conform to its style. As a Shaolin monk the cape is questionable much like the overly loose trousers and unusually short and small ji. At least the general look effectively recreates the feel of a Shaolin, even though it takes obvious liberties with the source. In the end, Temple Jax has a reasonable and appealing Shaolin feel but the skin could be much more.

Nemesis Jax
Nemesis Jax Splash Art Nemesis Jax Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Jax as an armoured warrior wielding a mace.
Model: New model for Jax and his weapon.
Particles: New purple particles for his abilities.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A fortress under attack has it’s golden doors open to blurry assailants and a diffuse far away city. Jax crushes a soldier’s helmet with one hand and steps over another while a third one flies from a presumed hit from his mace. The composition, in general, feels overly dramatic and exaggerated but it gets its point across. At least, Jax portrayal is great, perhaps too great: his dented bronze armour shines under the light while his clothes play with the light in their folds. However, much of his body is surmised in darkness and thus looks rather plain; which, surprisingly, is what more accurately matches the in-game model. On the whole, it’s a good looking piece that provides an attractive portrayal of Jax; though it embellishes his look a little too much.
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Conclusion: Nemesis Jax shows the Grandmaster at Arms as a fully equipped warrior. The equipment is unexpectedly reasonable as the clothes, armour and mace look heavily stylized but practical. Unfortunately, the mute colours show little contrast and so they mesh with each other making Jax’s attire appear simpler that it really is. The outline stays interesting due to the peculiar boots and asymmetrical shoulder pads. Besides, the purple particles add some needed visual flare to the skin. Regardless, it’s a skin that doesn’t deliver on the promises of the splash art and ends up feeling a tad disappointing.

SKT T1 Jax
SKT T1 Jax Splash Art SKT T1 Jax Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Jax as a street warrior.
Model: New model for Jax and his weapon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New sounds for Leap Strike and auto-attacks.
Splash Art: Following on the footsteps laid before, the splash art is content with depicting the team of champions at an arena among bright lights and confetti. As dynamic as the portrayal is it also feels like it’s treading the same ground. It also doesn’t help matters that the background is so diffuse and that the setting seems empty.
That considered the champions do look good. Each depiction speaks about them though not always in the right way. Specifically, Jax appears agile and ready for a fight, Lee Sin concentrated and physically apt while Zed seems sneaky and lethal. The ladies though don’t shine as much: Zyra simply lashes forward with her classic tendrils and Vayne looks unexpectedly light-hearted and enticing.
In a way, it seems that the splash art followed the traditional path: powerful guys flanked by sexy girls. To be fair, the portrayals are nice with vibrant shading and great variety of colour. Besides, for better or for worse, all the champions look attractive in some way. Therefore, we can say that it’s a piece with a disappointing background and a good portrayal that doesn’t always display the best that each champion can offer.
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Conclusion: Compact clothing, a wide mask and a big blunt weapon are characteristics of Jax’s preference in gear. This case follows the pattern with a suitable modern styling. The casual clothes fit his broad frame well and seem finely chosen for physical activity. The mask seems custom-made yet similar to the classic hockey mask. The weapon is what seems rather peculiar if one thinks of it as a trophy with a large handle though. However, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to think that it’s just an elegant bird bath that Jax obtained somewhere. In that case the look is clear at revealing a tough street warrior ready to pummel. All things considered, SKT T1 Jax asks for a little effort to accept his appearance but, once you do, it becomes a fun contemporary look for the Grandmaster at Arms.

Conclusion

In spite of being an unmatched warrior at the League of Legends, Jax’s attire doesn’t fare as well. Nemesis Jax is the recommended skin as it manages to stay appealing even with its extremely subdued colours. A possible alternative is Temple Jax with its distinct Shaolin flavour; as long as you don’t mind the fictionalization. Jaximus is a bit lacking in terms of implementation but the concept is quite attractive. Finally, Vandal Jax is not much of a departure from Classic Jax, it isn’t very interesting but as far as spiked clubs go, it’s unmatched.

Image Credits

PAX Jax model screen-shot taken with Gamebase’s League of Legends Skin Viewer.

  26 Responses to “League of Legends: Jax Skins’ Review”

  1. Can you please do a twitch review?

  2. want to see mordekaiser review

  3. Nice reviews. Corki skins review next please

  4. Can you guys PLEASE do a Olaf Review? I am extremely surprised that he doesn’t has one yet. Considering he has been out for almost 3 years.

  5. Hello Zero,

    Temple Jax reminds me very much of Yoshimitsu from Soul Caliber series. Is Temple Jax, by any chance, a reference to Yoshimitsu?

    Thanks!

    • There is a passing resemblance but Yoshimitsu is more of a ninja than a monk. We don’t know of any official statements about a reference. Regardless, it’s still a possibility though chances are that it isn’t so close to a ninja.

      • Ok thanks! May buy due to the possible reference!

        • Truth be told, references aren’t always clear so it’s understandable that a shadow of a doubt can be usually cast over a skin’s sources. There have been a few skins that a developer has explicitly mentioned along a reference but usually it’s mostly a guessing game.

  6. Zero, I like skins that respect the lore and i know jax’ skins that do respect the lore are not very good, so what do you think?

    • You could say that Jax’s skins are mostly costumes with new weapons. To be fair, Jax’s lore seems rather unexploited and underdeveloped. After all, besides being an unbeateable champion there’s little else known about him. That considered, the skins are acceptable despite struggling to be something that stands out.

  7. I love what you have done with this website and how it has grown since i first visited it! Congrats!

    Also could you do the SKT T1 skins review? I’m an ious to see what you think of them

    • Thanks, people’s feedback has played a big role in improving the site.

      Sure, we’ll review the skins as soon as they are released. Let’s hope that they do justice to each champions’ identity.

  8. CAN YOU PLS MAKE A SKT T1 SKIN REVIEW PLS!!!!!!!!!

  9. By the way Zero, i just wanted to point out you wrote Lee Sin on the Skt jax skin

  10. For the SKT skin, there is a new sound for his auto attacks.

    • Thanks for the notice, we updated the SKT T1 review but not his own review. The Grandmaster won’t like this…

  11. Hey Zero, have you noticed Primetime Draven in the background of the full SKT T1 skins splash? I think it’s kinda cute that he was put there

    • We did notice but weren’t sure at the time who it was. It goes to confirm something we suspected: wherever you go, there’s Draven to see.

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