Jun 072012
 
Kog'Maw, the Mouth of the Abyss
Kog’Maw, the Mouth of the Abyss

Kog’Maw, the Mouth of the Abyss is a void puppy with many facets: he may be found happily frolicking among butterflies just as well as diving in the deepest seas or escaping from a museum exhibition; yet, suitably camouflaged at all occasions. If you want to know more about Kog’Maw’s style and future artillery applications read further on this review.

Caterpillar Kog’Maw
Caterpillar Kog'Maw Splash Art Caterpillar Kog'Maw Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kog’Maw resembling a caterpillar.
Model: New textures for Kog’Maw.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is a bit of a mixed bag, the background is minimal and simply fills the space around Kog’Maw; a fact not helped by the black patch on the left. The interaction between the beetle and Kog’Maw is well made but it lacks a fitting frame. Kog’Maw is correctly depicted but seems to blend in the background and get lost in the piece. Overall, an adequate splash art that does little more than show Kog’Maw’s new look.
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Conclusion: Caterpillar Kog’Maw is as simple a re-texture as it can be. Kog’Maw’s colour becomes green, his back gets an insect-like texture and we’re done. It’s simple and straightforward but at the same time quite uninspired. If you prefer a green Kog’Maw this skin delivers but there’s nothing else here. Only for collectors and devoted Kog’Maw fans.

Sonoran Kog’Maw
Sonoran Kog'Maw Splash Art Sonoran Kog'Maw Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kog’Maw sports a brown insect-like look.
Model: New textures for Kog’Maw.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a splash art that while technically correct feels uninspired. The action is clearly represented: Kog’Maw attacks right at the viewer. However, had it been Classic Kog’Maw there wouldn’t be any difference. In spite of the adequate portrayal of Kog’Maw there isn’t much to make it stand out. Even the setting feels pedestrian: while the woods are well structured they look gloomy and don’t suit the action well. Overall, this isn’t a bad piece but it barely functions as a display of Kog’Maw’s look.
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Conclusion: Sonoran Kog’Maw can be considered an alternative to Caterpillar Kog’Maw as both skins effectively deliver the same: a new colour with a new back texture. Sonoran Kog’Maw is a bit more appealing thanks to its ampler colour palette. The dry brown skin provides a nice contrast with the pink eyes and tongue; so the skin stands out a bit more. Regardless, the changes are quite simple and even a little insipid. Overall, better for collectors or devoted Kog’Maw fans.

Monarch Kog’Maw
Monarch Kog'Maw Splash Art Monarch Kog'Maw Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kog’Maw with the aspect of a butterfly.
Model: Minor model changes and new texture for Kog’Maw.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: New flutter animation while walking.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is a great example of how to make background and foreground deliver in unison. Kog’Maw is fittingly depicted as a disguised butterfly and the setting furthers the point: butterflies fly around over a grass field with flowers. However, the background seems a bit empty with only a few flowers. Besides, the woods in the distance seem out of place as they provide a sombre contrast to the bright sky and playful air. Fortunately, despite these issues the overall mood of the piece doesn’t darken. Therefore, this is quite an accomplished splash art, not without its flaws, but very good nonetheless.
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Conclusion: Monarch Kog’Maw is mostly a re-texture with a few model changes but it’s a very well done one. The new textures provide an attractive colour scheme for Kog’Maw while the wings and antennae change the shape of Kog’Maw. As Kog’Maw’s silhouette is altered the visual effect is quite pronounced, especially at a long distance. Moreover, the dark eyes are clearly visible on the light-coloured head. Therefore, the skin is able to provide a distinct look for Kog’Maw without having to re-model him. The butterfly concept is further developed by the flutter animation while walking; which is a very nice touch. In conclusion, Monarch Kog’Maw is a skin that is able to do much with little. It’s a great execution of a clever concept that results in a very good product.

Reindeer Kog’Maw
Reindeer Kog'Maw Splash Art Reindeer Kog'Maw Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kog’Maw trying to look like a Christmas reindeer.
Model: Minor model changes and new textures for Kog’Maw plus intermittent glow for his nose.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New joke for Kog’Maw: an extract of Deck the Hall.
Splash Art: A void reindeer can come with its set of problems and here some are aptly displayed. The background is a good frame that disappoints a little because of the way colours blend into each other. The lack of contrast makes details difficult to distinguish. Still, the caustic effect of Kog’Maw’s presence is a good touch. Kog’Maw is well represented but the fur is too simple and the void creature features don’t homogenize well with reindeer traits. In conclusion, this splash art shows the relevance of a good execution. In spite of the good concept the final product doesn’t deliver on its promise.
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Conclusion: Reindeer Kog’Maw is certainly a picturesque take on the mouth of the abyss. In spite of the festive spirit, the concept doesn’t actually suit Kog’Maw that well. The idea heavily relies on humour but the execution feels more forced than funny. The colour palette is restricted to drab colours and the model changes aren’t particularly effective at changing Kog’Maw’s aspect. The new Deck the Hall’s extract is a nice little addition, though it replaces Classic’s joke and isn’t enough to make up for the plain execution. As a limited skin it’s now worth more as a collector’s item than as a quality skin.

Lion Dance Kog’Maw
Lion Dance Kog'Maw Splash Art Lion Dance Kog'Maw Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Kog’Maw styled as a costume from the Chinese Lion dance.
Model: Major model changes for Kog’Maw.
Particles: New particles for his auto-attack, Caustic Spittle, Bio-Arcane Barrage’s auto-attack and Living Artillery.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New fireworks sounds for his auto-attack, Bio-Arcane Barrage auto-attack and Living Artillery.
Splash Art: This splash art makes a far-fetched concept plausible thanks to the intelligent structure of the setting. Kog’Maw is very well coloured and rendered, illuminated by the fireworks and perfectly blending as part of the piece. The background frames Kog’Maw in the procession of costumes with an eastern town visible behind. It’s a background that is both complex and faded at the same time. There’s a multitude of things to see in it but they are simply painted and drawn; only Kog’Maw is clearly delineated. Consequently, this piece is quite good, especially in structure, but it suffers from the stark quality contrast between Kog’Maw and the rest of the scene.
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Conclusion: Lion Dance Kog’Maw is a skin with a lot of additions but with an execution that ultimately falls short. The model changes and new textures are well used to give an eastern style and are quite effective at conveying a lion costume look. However, the void creature features stand out for not mixing well with the overall aesthetic. As a lion costume Kog’Maw is colourful and attractive but his shape pushes forth the void creature visual to the detriment of the eastern concept. Moreover, the particle changes are quite good looking and the accompanying sounds very charming. Regardless, some abilities still rely on ooze instead of fireworks. This lack of cohesion between style and shape, fireworks and ooze erode the quality of the skin. In conclusion, Lion Dance Kog’Maw is a rather disappointing skin: a good idea with a lacklustre execution.

Deep Sea Kog’Maw
Deep Sea Kog'Maw Splash Art DeepSeaKogMaw Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kog’Maw looking like an anglerfish.
Model: New model for Kog’Maw and new glow for his illicium.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is a marvel that shows a fantastic and well painted setting. The background is full of flora and fauna: the squid on the left, the school of fishes on the right, the eggs at the front and the algae between them. Kog’Maw is very well depicted: well detailed skin and membrane texture, glassy eyes and bioluminescent spots on the back and the illicium. Even the sea bed has a complex and pleasing surface. In conclusion, this is a splash art with an incredible quality and definitely one of League of Legends’ best.
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Conclusion: Deep Sea Kog’Maw is a skin that goes beyond a simple visual change and instead modifies the feel of the champion. Kog’Maw is usually considered a cute little monster, the void puppy, but Deep Sea Kog’Maw removes much if not all of that allure and replaces it with a more dreadful look. The new model is inspiring and menacing: Kog’Maw practically looks like a mutated deep sea fish. The thin long teeth, the membranes, glassy eyes and blood red skin present an interesting appearance. Furthermore, while the light sources on his back are simple textures that effectively get the job done, the illicium actually glows. Consequently, Deep Sea Kog’Maw is a awesome re-model for Kog’Maw thanks to how it challenges the way Kog’Maw is usually seen. It just needs a price more fitting to what it is.

Jurassic Kog’Maw
Jurassic Kog'Maw Splash Art Jurassic Kog'Maw Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kog’Maw as an skeleton from a museum exhibition.
Model: New model for Kog’Maw.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: New animation for Icathian Surprise.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is quite well done with a suitable setting and good technique. The background looks monotonous because of the lack of colour but it makes up for it with funny references: Jurassic Cho’Gath’s arm and Omen’s skeleton. Kog’Maw is superbly drawn with excellent use of lighting sources: both the sunlight and his mouth’s energy. Moreover, Kog’Maw’s skeleton has a complex texture with intensive use of reflections. Additionally, the cracks on the wall and falling stones add dynamism and help bring the piece to life. Therefore, this is a very good piece, with a disappointing background, but with an excellent portrayal of Jurassic Kog’Maw.
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Conclusion: Jurassic Kog’Maw is a definite visual departure from Classic Kog’Maw. Nonetheless, most of what makes Kog’Maw appealing, including his cuteness, remains. This bone structure isn’t a faithful representation of how Kog’Maw’s actual skeleton would look: there are front and tail horns, more leg articulations and questionable tongue bones. Nevertheless, the skeleton structure is believable and functional; as cartilage wouldn’t survive from the Jurassic era. In addition to this, the screws that hold the bones together and the new death animation help to effectively deliver the concept. In conclusion, Jurassic Kog’Maw is a very nice skin thanks to a very good concept with an adequate execution but the price is high for what it offers.

Battlecast Kog’Maw
Battlecast Kog'Maw Splash Art Battlecast Kog'Maw Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Kog’Maw as an artillery robot.
Model: New model for Kog’Maw plus smoke for his exhaust tube and spark for his flamethrower. New textures for Icathian Surprise.
Particles: New particles for his abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New animations for Bio-Arcane Barrage’s auto-attack, Void Ooze, Living Artillery, standing idle and recall.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall plus processed voice-over.
Splash Art: Blurriness is all over the background and in certain parts also over Kog’Maw. The setting could be anywhere as the elements are too obscure to avoid guessing: maybe near a factory or similar building. The near focus also doesn’t do Kog’Maw any favours as his general aspect isn’t easy to determine. He appears as a convoluted array of mechanical parts that, despite the dynamic setup, seems chaotic. The shading varies from good, around the centre of his face, to sketchy, around the periphery. This makes the piece interesting at a glance as Kog’Maw seems to jump out of it. However, a closer look makes evident the chaos prevalent and raises more doubts than excitement about what is there.
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Conclusion: In spite of the whimsical yet necessary creature design Battlecast Kog’Maw accomplishes a technological aesthetic. The model struggles with his classic physiognomy but the added weaponry manages to communicate the concept. The smoke and spark particles help cement the idea yet the dichotomy never disappears. In fact, it’s even heightened by the processed voice with regards to Kog’Maw’s quotes.
The particles and sounds do a good job at adapting his attacks into explosive bombardment. Nonetheless, his Bio-Arcane Barrage looks too subdued for its expected significance. The furnace effect is nice but doesn’t stand out enough with its timid animation. Maybe some extra modifications would’ve helped make it feel noteworthy. Living Artillery also would’ve welcomed some extra impact as well but it has the advantage of a more noticeable new animation. The recall takes advantage of the worm-like shape and appears like a clever touch.
Ultimately, Battlecast Kog’Maw never completely reconciles the biological and mechanical natures into one cohesive whole. In spite of that, the skin succeeds at communicating its theme and does so in an appealing way. Fans of robotic artillery will find that Battlecast Kog’Maw is a rather good choice.

Conclusion

Kog’Maw may be the void puppy but he isn’t just a cute little thing when it comes to outfits. Monarch Kog’Maw is the recommended purchase: a cheap and interesting look that elaborates on Kog’Maw’s cuteness. Deep Sea Kog’Maw and Jurassic Kog’Maw are also good alternatives: they provide distinct visuals with a menacing and funny concept, respectively.

A more expensive yet also attractive option is Battlecast Kog’Maw. While the mechanical adaptation doesn’t feel really complete the idea of robotic artillery is reached. The price is high but the skin mostly justifies the expense with its technological display.

As a skin for dedicated fans, Lion Dance Kog’Maw is too inconsistent to be recommended, it goes an extra step in changes but it also does so in price. Finally, both Caterpillar and Sonoran Kog’Maw offer simple and plain changes. Sonoran is a bit more appealing than Caterpillar but for that price there’s no reason to ignore Monarch Kog’Maw.

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

  1. Thanks for the review! <3

  2. Very nice review. Kog’Maw is my very favorite champion and wanted to buy a skin on him. I ended up with the Jurassic skin because I love Jurassic Park and Michael Chricton (writer or Jurassic park novels) is my favorite author also. I enjoy your style of writing and it is quite informative. If I may I suggest that you base your rating on a scale of 1-10 or 1-100 because the star rating is quite extreme. 3-4 star goes from ok get it if you are a fan to a good recommended skin. Just my thoughts.
    Cheers

    • Glad that you liked it and thanks for the compliments.

      Without doubt Jurassic Kog’Maw is the perfect skin for Jurassic Park fans. Don’t forget Jurassic Cho’Gath either.

      We chose to use a five star rating to better reflect that they are recommendations. For instance, three stars isn’t a bad rating, it simply means that there are better options but that it still is a good product. Regardless, your suggestion has been noted.

  3. I have Lion Dance Kog’maw and it is by far one of my favorite skins. However I strongly agree that there should be more cohesion between void ooze and fireworks. If Riot updates the skin so it’s more on-par with the more recent legendary skins (recall animation new particles for his Q E and Icathian Surprise) then he would definitely be more worth it.
    I just saw a preview on the SkinSpotlights channel on Youtube of a Dragonwing Corki skin that’s supposed to come out and it just put Lion Dance Kog’maw to shame. So, if Riot does update the skin then I think it would definitely score higher with you, am I right?
    Either way, thanks for the review. I might end up getting Monarch as well. Just because it’s cheap and cute lol.

    • Glad that you liked it and Monarch Kog’Maw is definitely a good option.

      Lion Dance Kog’Maw would benefit from some polish in an eventual Kog’Maw visual upgrade. The skin has its moments but we agree that legendary skins needs a good level of quality and consistency to be worth the expense.

  4. What’s the new animation for Icathian Surprise? Is it like a different run? He definitely has a new death animation.

    • Actually it’s the explosion: his body leaves a few bones on the ground whereas his classic Icathian Surprise just leaves his lower body. The change is certainly minor but present nonetheless.

  5. I believe I should point out that, not too long ago, Lion Dance Kog’Maw got a new particle for his Q, and that is important and should be mentioned in the Particles section of the skin.

  6. When can I expect the battlecast Kog’Maw review ^^
    great website by the way.

  7. I wish they added more particles and animations. Only two skins really have major changes. I wish Jurassic could have bones., deep sea could have fish auto attack ( that would be funny).

    • Completely agreed, there are several skins that would improve with some extra particles or sounds. At least, Battlecast finally adds something extra though it also charges for it.

  8. I like jurassic kog’maw because i find dinosaur skeletons awesome and looks fierce, but i also like battlecast kog as well cos im an avid fan of war machines, what do you think is more preferable?

    • Depends on what you are looking for and how much you are willing to pay. Of course waiting for a sale would be the best way of getting the skins but the difference in price remains. The questions left are: which concept do you prefer and would you pay more for a more elaborate skin?

      Jurassic and Battlecast have clearly different concepts so that’s a good way of making a choice between the two skins. Then there’s the fact that Battlecast has new effects but also costs more. Do you think that you like Battlecast enough to justify the higher price?

      Another thing to consider is: do you play Kog’Maw enough to buy two skins for him? Do you play him enough to get Battlecast or would the cheaper Jurassic be enough?

      With the answers to those questions you should be able to have a better idea of which skins is a better choice. Both are actually good skins and none should disapoint. However, there are significant differences between the two; concept and price among others.

  9. Thanks a lot zero. I think i’ll get battlecast kog but wait for it to be on sale and on a side note its original price justifies what u could get imo. My hype for CoD: Advance Warfare will live in this skin aftr i bought it. But seriously, i even if i play a champion a lot, i do not consider buying 1 more than skin for him/her or even buying a skin at all cos i think thats a wastet of a lot of money just for new looks(cosmetics only). Ive mained fiora but never bought a skin for her. Again, thanks a lot. Ur questions helped me narrow down what i really want. More power for this site. Ur reviews are gr8.

    • Thanks for the kind words, we are glad we could be of help. We agree that it’s not always justifiable to have many skins. Sometimes there are some great skins, even for the same champion, but in general it’s better to simply get a few that you really like.
      We hope you enjoy Battlecast Kog’Maw.

  10. hey, do you know that with the Reindeer Kog’Maw his nose keeps shining red and then becomes dull again… it happens every ~10 sec if im right, not sure if you already knew it….
    the reviews are really nice and i love the part that you react pretty fast when a new skin comes out, love to read your thoughts about it

    • Glad that you like the reviews. We didn’t notice the effect on Koggy’s nose so we’ll take a look; thanks for the notice.

      • alright, hope it helps. rly like that skin, since the song makes me, and the people around me happy :p

        • Indeed it helps, the more complete the reviews the more useful they can be.

          That’s a nice reason to like the skin. It’s always good to add some happiness to this tortured world.

  11. Hey zero! 🙂 I’ve waited for a battlecast Kog’Maw sale for ages and he is currently on sale, is it worth it at half price?

    • We haven’t been able to find in which region Battlecast Kog’Maw is currently on sale. However, if it is discounted to half its price then it’s a great chance to get a skin that does a rather good job at turning the Void Puppy into a mechanised menace. If you like the robot theme then Battlecast would make for an intersting artillery version of Kog’Maw.

  12. I have a special discount on battlecast kog’maw for 840, do you think is worth it? thanks for the review.

    • If it were a regular sale the price would be 675 RP, that is a difference of 165 RP. It’s not a big difference but if you plan to buy several skins in the long run the extra expense accumulates fast. If you really like to have it now then it’s not a bad price. However, if you aren’t in a rush and don’t mind the wait then you might as well wait a bit for Battlecast Kog’Maw to go on a regular sale.

      It was last discounted at the beginning of March, this year. Therefore, it will take quite some time before it goes on sale. Depending on how much you like it or want to have it now you may be able to decide whether those 165 RP matter. It’s a good skin yet in case you own other skins for the Void puppy you might want to play them a bit more. That way, when Battlecast arrives you can move on to that skin knowing that you got your money’s worth from the others.

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