Dec 202012
 
Angler Jax, Blacksmith Poppy, Feral Warwick, Matador Alistar, Professor Ryze, Safari Caitlyn, Scuba Gragas, Spectacular Sivir, Unmasked Kayle and Workshop Shaco
Legacy Epic Skins

As part of the Legacy Skin Project 42 skins were retired from the store under the legacy label. Ten of those skins are labelled as epic with an original price of 975 RP. Nowadays they usually return for the, possibly, biggest skin sales in League of Legends history: the legacy sales. Among the epic skins you will find from simple to elaborate re-models and while many truly show the passage of time there are quite a few hidden gems. Take a look below and discover some of the treasures contained in the Legacy Skin Vault.

Angler Jax
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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.

Baron Von Veigar
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Veigar in the image of a militaristic villain.
Model: New model for Veigar and his staff.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A machine of destruction is the setting and a devastated land the place; still both are mostly suggested rather than effectively depicted. Veigar is well depicted but with some problems. The stance is correct yet the difference in boot size seems too much; even considering the perspective. The shading is great on the helmet, it even shows dents, but on the glove and clothes it makes them look plain and dull. This fact stands in dire contrast to the clear quality of the right side of his body and cane. All things considered, it’s a good portrayal that suffers from an evident uneven quality.
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Conclusion: Baron Von Veigar is a skin that provides a great concept and an alright execution. Having Veigar as a classic militaristic villain is quite fitting and the model works really well at executing the idea. However, cosmic powers don’t suit the character as there’s no hint of such power in his persona. It’s not a deal breaker but aside from the nice model the skin provides nothing more. Therefore, the skin looks good but feels a tad flat. It’s hardly a bad purchase but it doesn’t do as much as it could’ve probably done.

Bilgerat Rumble
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Rumble as a yordle buccaneer.
Model: Major model changes for Rumble and Tristy.
Particles: New cannonball particles for The Equalizer.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The foggy background is just one of the many issues this piece suffers from. The setting is quite lacklustre despite hinting at a few suitable pirate elements. However, the depiction is so bland that it barely even feels like filler. Rumble stands proud over Tristy with half a jacket and a tiny sword. His mecha not only echoes his drab shading but also looks like it’s crumbling in pieces due to a numerous perspective problems. It seems as if every part of the mecha was clumsily glued to its body. On the whole, the piece manages to communicate its message but in a disappointing way.
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Conclusion: Bilgerat Rumble is quite conservative a skin as its price demonstrates. The result isn’t bad, anyway, and passes for a believably styled mecha. The ship design is reasonably adapted which added to the robust cannons, lean flamethrower and elaborate mace provide an appealing aesthetic. Rumble only receives some simple clothes and an eye-patch and with all this we can call it done. While the simplicity of the skin is effective it also feels lacking. It’s certainly enough for the asking price but the theme seems like it would’ve allowed room for more. In the end, Bilgerat Rumble is a good skin but feels like it has untapped potential for more.

Blacksmith Poppy
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Poppy outfitted as a blacksmith.
Model: Major model changes for Poppy plus new model for the Hammer of Orlon and her buckler.
Particles: New dark fissure and smoke colour as well as new hammer for Keeper’s Verdict.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In a thick atmosphere sparks fly through heavy air as a legendary hammer takes shape under the expert hands of Poppy and the might of Whomper. Simple and to the point the setup of this piece is spot on. The context is meaningful and the dark, fuzzy background makes perfect sense in the heat of the forge. A bit more detail would’ve been welcome but the general sense of the ambience is successfully accomplished.
In addition to this, the weary sense that permeates the background also paints Poppy in a different light. Hardworking and determined there’s no trace of her of her playful yordle nature, only the monumental task ahead; this is also a significant part of Poppy. The fact that the portrayal is impeccably shaded and that the foreground makes a wonderful spectacle of colour only serves to enhance the relevance of the depiction.
When all is added together we find that this is an excellent piece. It provides a robust context to a vivid portrayal of Poppy at work. The background could’ve been more detailed but the chaotic thickness of the background fits the weight of a forge. In few words, this is one of League of Legends best splash arts.
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Conclusion: Blacksmith Poppy is a nice skin that fits Poppy in character but also as a lore reference. The clothes are logically simple for a smithy as well as practical. The leather seems effective protection while the tool belt, little apron, cap and visor make up the rest of the necessary equipment. Her legendary hammer transforms into her father’s, Whomper, massive as always but with a design more appropriate for forging due to its flat faces. Her buckler used to have a logo and some decorations to match her golden hair ties but that has been lost. Details like Poppy’s blackened skin and some golden decoration remain but folds and seams on the clothes plus dents on the hammer and shield are absent and that removes part of the complexity and realism of the look.
That’s not to say that it’s a simple skin. In fact, there’s an abundance of suitable and elaborate designs that, as previously, prevent the style from getting boring and makes the skin comprehensive in its implementation but now in a more cartoony way; which is understandable. The few new particles added move the skin further in that direction. There’s a pervading intention not to simplify the skin but the result ends up somewhat modest. After all, it’s not much more than a re-model at 975 RP.
All things considered, if you like Poppy then Blacksmith Poppy is a fine skin that offers an attractive, meaningful and fitting look for this yordle girl. It gives her a rough style that tries to integrate with her cartoony playfulness but that ends appealing; though it should offer more for its price.

Coral Reef Malphite
Coral Reef Malphite Splash Art Coral Reef Malphite Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Malphite covered in algae and made out of coral.
Model: New model for Malphite and new textures for Granite Shield.
Particles: New particles for his abilities.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New splash sound for Ground Slam.
Splash Art: As a splash art this piece doesn’t aim to astound but it’s quality allows it to provide a good portrayal of Malphite backed by an undefined setting. The background is strange because it looks as if it’s underwater yet Malphite is walking over pools. The treasure chest is a nice addition but in general the setting isn’t very clear. Malphite doesn’t impress but he does show his coral based being rather well. Still, the pose and depiction is unconvincing, just like the background. This makes for a piece that is acceptable but leaves the feeling that could’ve been much better.
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Conclusion: Coral Reef Malphite is quite a consistent and satisfying skin. Malphite’s coral based model is complex and eye-catching: several types of coral adorn Malphite’s body as well as some algae. The sea theme is not only well implemented in Malphite’s look but it also is nicely complemented by the particles. The look could be more attractive or impressive but still is definitely good. Without doubt, a nice skin for fans of Malphite and the sea alike.

Defender Leona
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Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Leona wears heavy battle-worn armour.
Model: New model for Leona, her sword and shield.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The art shows Leona defiantly standing in front of a battle-torn landscape. Leona’s armour evokes the same feeling, dented and scratched but standing. While the background appears a bit simple the amount of detail on Leona and her dramatic stance are able to evoke the urgency of the situation. When a piece is able to capture a moment and transmit it’s feel it means that it’s something special.
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Conclusion: Defender Leona is a very well done skin that shows Leona as the vanguard of a staunch defence. Dents and cracks cover the whole armour, though the armour inexplicably doesn’t cover Leona’s right arm, and not even the sword and shield are spared of battle marks. The consistency of the model, reliance on darker tones and aggressive spikes convey a dedication to protecting that perfectly fits Leona. Moreover, it helps it stand apart from the other, brighter, skins. Few skins carry out a concept this well and for that Defender Leona is recommended.

Exiled Morgana
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Morgana as an angel before falling from grace but with wounded wings.
Model: New textures for Morgana and new particles for her dark aura.
Particles: New yellow particles for her auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This isn’t a bad piece but it shows a stark contrast between the quality of the technique employed and that of the portrayal. A look at the background reveals that some attention was paid to the frame of the picture. Besides, the smoke is a fitting addition that adds an air of eeriness. Although the background has a good contrast with Morgana’s shining figure it lacks diversity and relevance in the piece. For all intents and purposes it’s just a plain dark night filled with some ruins. Morgana suffers similar inconsistencies: she shines under the moonlight and her skirt has multiple folds and textures but the perspective and depiction aren’t convincing. The oversized ears, the tiny face, the huge forelock plus the peculiar proportions of the wings and her own body make Morgana look strange, even alien. In conclusion, this splash art is the very definition of inconsistency: it leaves the viewer with mixed feelings.
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Conclusion: As far as re-textures go Exiled Morgana is quite pleasing to look at. Not only is the angelic style well recreated but the concept is also quite fitting and interesting. For instance, the bloodied wings present an interesting contrast to the pristine elegance of her skirt and blonde hair. In addition to this, the yellow auto-attacks reference her divine magic. However, as her abilities retain dark colours the general effect is rather inconsistent. Overall, it’s an accomplished skin that does much with little. Unfortunately, the price bears no relation to the quality of the skin. It would be a nice acquisition weren’t the price so high, especially considering the great quality of other skins at this price range. As it stands, it’s a high price for a nice but minor change; better left for Morgana’s most dedicated fans.

Explorer Ezreal
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Category: Legacy
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.

Feral Warwick
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Warwick as a classic werewolf in shackles.
Model: Major model changes for Warwick.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a piece that uses all space in a relevant way and makes both background and foreground complement each other. Let’s start with the background, while it’s indeed blurry the lack of clarity can be attributed to Warwick’s rampage; to which the motion of his fur attests. This is reinforced by the destroyed tree trunks in his path which place Warwick as a predator, or as prey. Warwick is quite well displayed: his right arm leads to the broken trees while his pose and glowing in-human eyes are menacing and desperate; hinting at the predator or prey dichotomy. The drawing, colouring, lighting, and shading of Warwick, in particular his fur, are great; even the shackles show dents and are forcibly deformed. Besides, the blood on his mouth and left claw contrast the arrows piercing him; again referencing the predator or prey motif. The moonlight shining on Warwick’s back is the perfect addition to close the werewolf theme. Therefore, Feral Warwick is a magnificent splash art that puts its elements to great use to provide a compelling setting and narration. There is absolutely no doubt that this is one of League of Legends best splash arts.
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Conclusion: You might recognize these wolfish feet but from the legs and up it’s a whole new Warwick. It’s as classic a werewolf look as it could be and it’s also quite stunning thanks to its conception. Warwick’s design has many facets: the fur has several tones and good shading, the back shows huge claw scars while the expression of his face is very explicit. Furthermore, the shackles are detailed adornments that imply a broken restraint that matches his visage. All in all, Feral Warwick is an accomplished skin that effectively furthers Warwick’s ferocity in a sound and appealing way.

Fiddle Me Timbers
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Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Fiddlesticks dressed as a bearded corsair.
Model: Major model changes for Fiddlesticks and new model for his sickle.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: No pirate is complete without a bottle of rum and Fiddlesticks couldn’t be the exception. In spite of the general simple style of the piece the colours, reflections and style appropriately depict a corsair’s look. The background, though simple in style, has a good amount of scenery. Fiddlesticks is well portrayed with good attention lent to his braided beard and dented sword but missing the eye patch. While the piece doesn’t glow with sophisticated quality it effectively displays Fiddlesticks and his surroundings. Fiddle Me Timbers is a good piece that rises above its humble technique.
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Conclusion: Fiddle Me Timbers is practically a full re-model of Fiddlesticks and it succeeds because of its attention to detail. While the base model can still be seen behind the corsair garments, the changes are able to evoke a pirate look without erasing his scarecrow nature. Moreover, the base model parts don’t seem lazy or inappropriate. Fiddle Me Timbers makes use of almost every possible traditional pirate feature applicable to a scarecrow and it’s all these modifications that eventually make for a funny style that, while a little silly, stays interesting. In conclusion, Fiddle Me Timbers is a skin that takes advantage of a good concept and applies it to an unorthodox character to provide something different and attractive.

Guerilla Tristana
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Tristana dressed as a guerrilla fighter.
Model: Major model changes for Tristana and her cannon Boomer.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: To the right of a compulsory patch of black, Tristana leans against her cannon, holding a torch in the jungle. The background is a good complement but it looks sketchy, drab and blurry. Tristana is well depicted but there are some issues, especially the area of her face closest to the torch. Regardless, it has adequate lighting and reflections that salvage the quality of the piece. In summary, a good base that seems not to have been sufficiently exploited to make a wonderful splash art.
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Conclusion: With commando clothes, a red headband and a huge cannon Tristana only needs to exclaim that this is her war to make Rambo her surname. The modern aesthetic of her clothes give the Gunner a feel that is only a little tougher as the cartoon base remains. The cannon looks sober but is appealing even if it can look simple. Actually, perhaps a bazooka would’ve been a better choice than a, perhaps, old cannon; though it makes sense for a guerrilla to use whatever they can.
All added together, Guerilla Tristana, bad spelling an all, is a cute version of a tough, cannon-wielding action heroine. Unfortunately, the price is too high for just model changes so, while it has some appeal, it’s a skin that’s better avoided until it’s more reasonably appraised.

Imperial Lux
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Lux dressed in an army uniform.
Model: New model for Lux and her wand.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Among the high places of Demacia, Lux dramatically stands in her army uniform. The background is rich in details, even putting the wind in action thanks to the birds and flags’ movements. Lux is well drawn with great use of shading and lighting; though she looks a bit different from her other depictions; in particular her face. The uniform is quite complex, the different materials are well displayed and the wand has some nice glowing touches. However, the pose and overall sense of the piece seems a bit forced or artificial. It’s not a bad piece, it does have good quality, but the moment portrayed doesn’t convince as anything more than a pose.
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Conclusion: Imperial Lux seems to be another take at an army skin for Lux which succeeds, but up to a point. On the one hand, Lux receives a quality re-model with detailed textures. On the other hand, the wand as a sort of double gun is weird and her new face make her look like another person. It’s not that her face looks bad it’s that it doesn’t seem like Lux. Besides, something more appropriate could’ve been used as a wand; like a small double Demacian standard. Imperial Lux is a nice skin but only if you can ignore the strange wand design and accept Lux’s new face.

Infiltrator Irelia
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Irelia wears full cybernetic armour for a futuristic cyberpunk world.
Model: New model for Irelia, her blades and Mantle of Decorum.
Particles: New particles for Transcendent Blades.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The splash art is very interesting showing Irelia dashing over a minimalistic background surrounded by her blades. The simplicity of the background effectively reinforces the elaborate work on Irelia’s armour. No part of it lacks etchings and all plates are fully engraved. The use of lighting, with Irelia’s hands as the source, provides reflections all over her armour. The fine work put into this piece make it a pleasure to behold.
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Conclusion: Infiltrator Irelia is a disappointment, especially considering the impressive splash art that represents it. The intricate armour ends up looking plain and uninteresting. Even the design over the blades is simpler; not to mention that her hairstyle is the same as in Classic Irelia. If we ignore the high standards set by the splash art the model on its own isn’t particularly exciting: it neither realizes the cyberpunk angle nor is it visually striking. You could consider the splash art misleading or the model an underachievement; either way Infiltrator Irelia is a letdown.

Jailbreak Graves
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Graves as a futuristic soldier.
Model: New model Graves and his shotgun Destiny.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Jailbreak Graves’ splash art makes interesting use of dark tones to envelope the foreground. The hole in the wall is correctly drawn though debris and dust are missing. The contrast in lightness between the rooms, or corridors, now connected by the wall hole make the simpler, outer parts of the piece sensible; but no less disappointing. Graves is well depicted with good use of shading but minimal lighting from his shoulder torch. Unfortunately, his body proportions seem strange as if his body is too small for his limbs. All things considered this is a nice splash art with a few obvious problems.
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Conclusion: Jailbreak Graves is a skin overloaded with features to the point of visual saturation. For instance, he seems to be wearing trousers, shorts over them and boots. His armour is equally complex with a detailed pattern and also strapped to his body. Moreover, the shoulder torch is a nice touch of light but in some instances the lighter textures look unnatural. Besides the spiky hairstyle and inexplicable standard hanging from his back there’s the shotgun. This version of the shotgun is a double-barrelled energy rifle with a capricious and flamboyant style. In the end, Jailbreak Graves is an attractive skin to look at but it may have too much to pay attention to. If you like an elaborate look Jailbreak Graves delivers but it might have too much whimsical visual display for some.

Jaximus
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Category: Legacy
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.

Mad Scientist Singed
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Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Singed dressed as a classic mad scientist.
Model: New model for Singed.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background aims to show a laboratory filled with chemical ingenuity but instead we get a blurry industrial complex. The test tubes connected to some device seem whimsical and the wagon passing for table, where Singed works, feels ill suited. Conversely, even though not much is shown of him, Singed looks great. The lines and shading work well to bring to life a demented scientist only concerned with his experimentations. Although mixing chemicals on a bare table is an exaggeration the liquid splashes are eye-catching despite looking a bit too solid. Overall, it’s quite an impressive portrayal but in general a disappointing splash art.
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Conclusion: Mad Scientist Singed is a more traditional take on the mad chemist that, even if imperfect, manages to streamline the best parts of the theme. The large test tubes on the back and inexplicable bulwark are necessary sacrifices to achieve the result. However, the patched tunic, filled tool belt including some strange choices for a chemist and lunatic visage manage a great look. Unfortunately, some things aren’t as good as they could: neither the colour of the Erlenmeyer flask or gigantic test tubes’ content match that of his Mega Adhesive, Poison Trail and Insanity Potion; respectively. All things considered, Mad Scientist Singed is a pleasing skin that delivers an appealing and classic concept.

Major Ziggs
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ziggs as a highly condecorated grenadier.
Model: Major model changes for Ziggs and new textures for his bombs.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background suggest, more than show, a battlefield: some soldier silhouettes on the left, an explosion and barbed wire all around. Most of the setting is just smoke or, better said, just some dark hues to fill the space. Ziggs is outlined well but the shading looks a bit dull; especially the sparks and reflections. Nevertheless, the portrayal works even though it hardly impresses.
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Conclusion: Major Ziggs offers an appealing militaristic style that shares a few traits with Classic Ziggs. In particular, the bombs are simply re-coloured so they are essentially identical. Still, the uniform is nice looking, the goggles passable and the helmet too tall; yet not a big issue. If you wanted a more serious, earring-less, look for Ziggs then this is probably as close as the yordle desires to go. In conclusion, it’s an acceptable skin that may cater to army fans but that fails at impressing.

Matador Alistar
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Alistar ironically dressed as a torero.
Model: Moderate model changes for Alistar.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The piece shows a plaza de toros cheering on the torero, Alistar, probably after finishing the corrida. For some reason, the whole of the background looks foggy and even major elements like the ground or the structures are barely visible. Alistar is adequately depicted from the waist up as his lower body matches the background’s quality. The traje de luces looks alright and so does Alistar but there are obvious problems. The clothes, fur and horns look flat and messily painted: not only is the shading murky but the delineation is imprecise and off-putting. Overall, a disappointing splash art with a lacklustre background and a barely passable portrayal.
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Conclusion: Matador Alistar is a letdown, because it neither completely dresses Alistar as a torero nor does the skin capture their elegance and grace. In fact, the skin just suits the minotaur in chaquetilla and taleguilla and calls it a day. Absent are all other elements to the point that he even wears his classic sandals instead of zapatillas. Truth be told, with some textures the missing shirt, tie and socks could’ve been added so as to provide a more complete look; even if the montera wasn’t added. Regardless, Matador Alistar is a skin that wants to provide a concept but instead suggests it. Unless tauromaquia or Alistar are your passion, this skin doesn’t offer much.

Molten Rammus
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Rammus made of lava and fire.
Model: New textures for Rammus and Powerball.
Particles: New particles for Powerball.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background hints at the eruption of a volcano or maybe its insides but as so little is displayed it’s difficult to tell. Rammus is portrayed so that his body is clearly seen. However, the lava texture of his skin is messier and light coloured in-game. Regardless, it’s a piece that doesn’t do much but does enough with its limited resources; still disappointing though.
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Conclusion: Molten Rammus is another overpriced re-texture but in this case it’s a bad re-texture. The shell is passable with its lava spikes and lines. However, the rest of the body is a complete mess: not even his face can be seen; let alone try to make any sense of the random barrage of colours that try to pass for fire. Powerball gets a little extra with some flame particles but it’s hardly enough to compensate for the model’s disaster. If you can, avoid Molten Rammus as it’s a skin that has a good concept but an execution that didn’t know what to do with it.

Muse Sona
Muse Sona Splash Art Muse Sona Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Sona is dressed resembling Terpsichore, one of the nine Muses and Greek goddess of dance.
Model: New model for Sona and her Etwahl.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art The splash art is adequate albeit unimpressive. All in all, it’s an accurate representation of Sona’s in-game look.
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Conclusion: Sona looks very nice in this re-model as a Muse perfectly fits Sona and her musical theme. While the skin may not have any outstanding features it also lacks any faults as well. It’s simply a well done skin and nothing should prevent you from buying it if you like Sona.

Obsidian Malphite
Obsidian Malphite Splash Art Obsidian Malphite Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Malphite formed by obsidian and lava.
Model: New model for Malphite and new textures for Granite Shield.
Particles: New particles for Seismic Shard and Brutal Strikes.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Sulphuric vapours cloud this piece’s background, which is quite convenient, made of falling molten rocks and a lava furrowed ground. In front of this spectacle Malphite advances in a heated state; literally. Malphite looks like a furnace: barely containing the fire within yet powered by it. The obsidian that makes his body is irregular but polished giving an idea of contained strength. Overall, it’s quite a nice splash art but the worst part is the lack of clarity. It’s a piece that shows a great scene then covers it up; which is contradictory, disappointing and regrettable.
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Conclusion: Obsidian Malphite provides a very attractive look for Malphite based on polished yet asymmetric obsidian. The concept is particularly fitting for Malphite with a rather pleasing execution. For instance, just as Brutal Strikes shows him powered by the lava coursing through his body, when his Granite Shield falls similar lava lines become visible. The rest of the abilities don’t match his volcanic style that well but are acceptable. On the whole, Obsidian Malphite is a very appealing look for the Shard of the Monolith that could’ve been better but still is quite nice.

Perseus Pantheon
Perseus Pantheon Splash Art Perseus Pantheon Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Pantheon as a heavy-armed tribute to Perseus.
Model: Moderate model changes for Pantheon and new model for his weapons.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is little more than some rocks and a stone tile floor that could indicate a cave. At large, it’s an unclear setting that seems to be consumed by darkness. Pantheon has his own share of problems, as well: the use of light in his depiction is good but the shading, in general, is lacklustre; to the point where his armour looks like skin. Furthermore, there are obvious problems with proportions: one foot is huge, the other invisible, his legs are short, his body is deformed, his head a bit small and his arms not long enough. Overall, this is a disappointing splash art that has an interesting concept but an execution that falters.
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Conclusion: Perseus Pantheon is a peculiar skin as the Greek hero was supposed to slay the Medusa with a sword and a shield; along magical helm, sandals and knapsack for the eventual escape. Therefore, the armour and trident are an odd choice, in particular the trident as it’s the symbol of Poseidon; who may have something to do with Medusa’s aspect. Nonetheless, the helmet looks good, the sandals passable but the armour plain on the back and unattractive on the front. Fortunately, the shield is nicely designed with a Cassiopeia pattern. All things considered, it’s a skin with an interesting concept but an execution that could’ve been better

Primal Udyr
Primal Udyr Splash Art Primal Udyr Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Udyr dressed as his chosen animal spirits.
Model: New models for each of his stances.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is a rather messy affair that hardly offers a true setting. Only a few bamboo stalks on the left, a hint of water on the right, some fire at the top and a cloud of smoke on the bottom try to fittingly match the quartet of Udyrs. The group of stances pose in an eye-catching arrangement but the portrayal’s quality is uneven. The centre of the group seems rather clear but the borders look quite rough; especially near the smoky frame. Besides, the Phoenix Stance also looks a bit crude with its thread-like flames and dull colours. This piece has obvious problems but manages a very nice composition that offers a useful representation of the primal look.
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Conclusion: Primal Udyr isn’t a revolutionary skin due to its technical merits but it’s certainly an awesome skin as far as visuals go. While the classic base remains, each stance adopts new clothes to clearly represent the associated animal spirit. The effect can be a bit flamboyant and impractical but it surely compensates with attractive visuals. At its best is like having four skins in one and at its worst it seems like looking at a maniac cosplayer. In the end, the stances could’ve been better developed, Phoenix stance lacks claws for instance, and also could separate themselves better from Classic Udyr; the skirt is an obvious re-use of his gi. Nonetheless, the result is definitely appealing and any fan of Udyr will find Primal Udyr as the true interpretation of the Animal Spirit.

Professor Ryze
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ryze dressed as a classroom teacher.
Model: Major model changes for Ryze.
Particles: New glowing runes on his scroll for Overload’s passive.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The deep blur of the background isn’t just a disappointment but also particularly questionable given that distances are close and there’s much to see. From the headmistress’ portrait to the students’ photographs or the rich architecture it’s simply puzzling why such details are concealed by an inexplicable and also unsuitable fog. It also makes the proposed classroom less clear. The problems don’t even stop at Ryze’s own teacher table.
If we consider Ryze’s body then colours are sharp and vibrant which allow him to easily catch the eye. The simple clothes of homogenous colours appear more realistic than the dim skin and together they don’t match the almost sketchy spectacles. The magic makes for a good and focused effort in a demonstration of control and skill; something that is well reflected in the blackboard’s scores. However, as runes fly from the book to the space between Ryze’s hands the scroll on his back bathes in the background mist as if dipped into the surface of an invisible sea. The design of the scroll roll is evident but only due to its size and also lack of details.
In the end, we have another good portrayal of Ryze with a ridiculously foggy background. The obscured setting betrays all its relevance and richness of details which, ultimately, degrades the feel of the whole piece. At a glance, it’s a rather nice splash art but the abuse of the depth of field effect ruins the charm of the setting.
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Conclusion: Professor Ryze gives the Rune Mage a more conservative look that harkens back to the traditional studious arcane adept. A sensible set of clothes is in order and formal ones to be precise. Even though the look of the suit is, at large, simple the elegant approach is effective with classy shoes, trousers, jacket, waistcoat, shirt and bowtie, plus a scarf for a touch of snobbery, so that the strict teacher look is reached; finished with a cleanly trimmed beard and small round glasses. It’s the look expected from a particularly self-composed individual. It’s only that the giant scroll roller, blue skin and tattoos seem strange. Sure, the scroll roller is a fitting addition to preserve the parchment and the book hanging from the waist is a bit stylish for a suited man but added together they strike like too much. Thus, there’s a subtle inconsistency necessary due to the classic identity sipping through the seams.
All things considered, it’s an interesting alternative view of one of League’s most eminent wizards. For what its sets out to do, the skin accomplishes its objective. It changes the angle we look at the Rune Mage from but it’s the same wizard on focus; just with a fitting dose of meticulous care for his image. As a re-model it’s a good one but expensive for not offering any further changes. Still, fans of Ryze will find his Professor persona worth checking.

Queen Ashe
Queen Ashe Splash Art Queen Ashe Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ashe wears a queen’s dress and crown while wielding an engraved bow.
Model: New model for Ashe and her bow. New texture for her quiver and arrows.
Particles: New white particles for Frost Shot, Volley and Enchanted Crystal Arrow.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Queen Ashe is a magnificent depiction of Ashe where she eclipses all other parts of the piece; which is both a good and a bad thing. On the one hand, the background is rather good: an ice fortress with surrounding mountains. On the other hand, there’s a clear difference in quality between background and foreground. Furthermore, the background is effective but definitely simpler that Ashe. She looks amazing thanks to awesome shading and excellent use of reflections. Moreover, while she does pose it shows a natural stance for her which is greatly improved by the flowing hair and dress. All things considered, Queen Ashe provides an incredibly good portrayal of Ashe but a frame that leaves a little to be desired.
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Conclusion: Queen Ashe is an elegant skin that marries a good concept with a good execution. A dress can be considered impractical for an archer but there’s no doubt that Ashe looks delightful in it. The new model is very elaborate and has nice detailed textures that show folds and embroidery. Moreover, as Ashe walks the dress clearly shows her steps and trails behind her; which adds a sense of elegance to her movement. From the engraved bow to the lavishly decorated dress, Queen Ashe is a very good looking skin that clearly elevates Ashe’s look; the white particles are just icing on the cake. Few champions can look majestic, Queen Ashe is one of them.

Rune Wars Renekton
Rune Wars Renekton Splash Art Rune Wars Renekton Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Renekton as a warrior from the Rune Wars.
Model: New model for Renekton and his blade plus new textures for Ruthless Predator.
Particles: New particles for Dominus.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background of this piece is simply a vague hint at an army ready for war. There are silhouettes and, maybe, a dawn or dusk but in the end the setting is just a suggestion; even Renekton barely escapes from the background. On the one hand, his face and body look fantastic with great shading and incredible detail. On the other hand, his blade and limbs seems to be dissolving in the reigning blurriness. All in all, it’s a splash art that does a little more than just a portrayal but that doesn’t provide as sharp a depiction as it deserves.
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Conclusion: Rune Wars Renekton is surely the most polished look that he has available. Every part of his body is refined and precise and the armour follows suit with a mute but functional design; there’s only a couple of runed decorations on his back as an extra. Moreover, the blade is given a specific circular shape, a hand protector and several extra grips. The whole of the style gives a sense of being meticulously designed to maximize battle performance. However, this clashes with Renekton’s natural, visceral brutality. Fortunately, the new particles and textures for his abilities allow the skin a distinct identity that sets it apart. In the end, Rune Wars Renekton is the most civilized warrior style that the Butcher has received. As such it’s an interesting and different look that will certainly be appreciated by Renekton’s fans.

Sabretusk Sejuani
Sabretusk Sejuani Splash Art Sabretusk Sejuani Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Sejuani as a boar-riding, aboriginal warrior.
Model: New model for Sejuani, Bristle and her flail.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background isn’t as detailed and rich as a jungle would lead to expect: the diffuse darkness and blurry light, on the left and right respectively, seem like filler. At least the rampage shows trunks being ripped to pieces but in general it all looks empty and lifeless. Both Sejuani and Bristle look good, especially their faces but the sketchy nature of the depiction is difficult to ignore. Still, their general look is portrayed, shield aside, but the blurriness that covers Sejuani’s lower body as well as Bristle’s side hardly helps. Overall, it’s a piece that sets a reasonable mood for an acceptable depiction but it doesn’t look as good as it should and could.
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Conclusion: Sans ice powers, Sabretusk Sejuani is probably how she should look if she weren’t a frosty knight from Freljord. The aboriginal look is definitely fitting: the clothes design is reasonable, the flail primitive but deadly and the boar as much a weapon and companion as a tribal icon. Unfortunately, the ice powers ruin the illusion and one has to accept that Sejuani is an ice warrior dressed in jungle style. In the end, Sabretusk Sejuani is a nice look but one that simply doesn’t work with her ice queen theme.

Safari Caitlyn
Safari Caitlyn Splash Art Safari Caitlyn Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Caitlyn dressed for a safari excursion.
Model: New model for Caitlyn and minor model changes to her rifle.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In spite of making for an evocative scenery of ruins the background is particularly blurred with inexact lines and muddy colours. This draft feel makes most of the setting feel empty but it still manages to give an interesting frame for Caitlyn to lean on. The safari feel is completely lost but the interaction, even if minimal, with Caitlyn gives the background some significance.
Caitlyn appears completely different from the sketchy background like some specific areas do. Her clean lines, bright colours and pose easily catch the eye. Her pose midway between unassuming and ready to shoot speaks of her skill with her rifle. It manages to be enticing without solely relying on her sex appeal. The lighting adds depth to the depiction but it’s more vivid in Caitlyn. Her hat does appear a bit waxy and the rifle plastic instead of metal and wood. Fortunately, that doesn’t apply to the rest of the clothes and skin. Her hair also looks soft and believable even if the intense sunlight unnecessarily blurs it. In spite of some issues the portrayal is appealing and clearly the high point of the piece.
All in all, the portrayal is quite good but the background is a bit of a mess. It doesn’t fit the safari theme and seems to be a Tomb Raider reference instead. The fact that it’s uneven and mostly empty as well as lacking much relevance makes it much less important that it could’ve been. This makes the splash art good but with noticeable problems.
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Conclusion: A safari skin is quite appropriate for Caitlyn as both sniper and hunter have much in common. The skin is really nice: the clothes are appealing and believable while also practical. The high-heeled boots are acceptable as she shouldn’t need to run much; yet they are bit of a stretch. Besides, the rifle is barely modified to resemble some sort of steam-punk blunderbuss. In spite of the minimal modifications the result is effective: the lenses coupled with the ample muzzle give the rifle and old style that hints at the earliest safari ventures. The problem with Safari Caitlyn is that it definitely is a good skin, but not good enough for its original price. However, being on sale, it becomes an exceptional product.

Sailor Gangplank
Sailor Gangplank Splash Art Sailor Gangplank Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Gangplank dressed as a classic navy soldier.
Model: New model for Gangplank and his weapons.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece offers a picturesque display of Gangplank as a classic sailor that looks like fine fifties art ruined by a crude attempt at a caricature. The background doesn’t lack elements but does lack detail as it’s mostly out of focus. Furthermore, while Gangplank’s upper body seems like a painted portrait his lower body shows oversized shoes and trousers. Coupled with the fact that he seems to have only four fingers in each hand the portrayal disappoints despite its great potential. To sum up, a splash art with serious problems that could’ve been great but that ends feeling as a bad joke.
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Conclusion: Sailor Gangplank doesn’t have a particularly striking concept, even though it’s suitable, so the execution is in charge of making the skin special. Unfortunately, while the look is well realized it’s also rather simple and caricature-like. Therefore, the skin simply doesn’t feel attractive or interesting. It’s not a bad purchase for sailor or devoted Gangplank fans but there are better options for the pirate.

Scuba Gragas
Scuba Gragas Splash Art Scuba Gragas Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Gragas dressed as a scuba diver.
Model: Moderate model changes for Gragas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is just a bit of water and bubbles with an encroaching darkness coming from the left; or just empty space. There’s also, for some reason, a spatula in the middle of the piece still it all feels rather empty and oppressive. Gragas only displays his front body as he swiftly swims while tightly hugging his beloved barrel. The depiction is passable: the colours are correct the elements reasonable but hardly appealing; even the reflections aren’t convincing. To be fair, the background is mostly absent and the portrayal barely allows a good look at Gragas. In essence, an inadequate splash art that doesn’t have enough quality to even be useful.
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Conclusion: At first glance, Scuba Gragas looks almost like a full re-model. However, closer inspection shows that it’s a re-texture with some added scuba gear. The wetsuit looks alright but it’s questionable who would like to follow Gragas contour in such tight clothing. The diving mask is well done but the decompression meter looks like a simple watch. Besides, the scuba set shows a rather modern design but seems precariously strapped to his belly; as if Gragas wasn’t fat enough. It’s not just the unusual position of the scuba set but also that such an important device should be tightly and securely strapped. On top of that, the swim fins look like a flat surface with a single strap each; plus they make for rather uncomfortable footwear on the ground. The fact that his long beard and hair aren’t tied so as not to obstruct seems like a minor complaint. Add to all this that Gragas insists on carrying his barrel around and we end with one mess of a look. In conclusion, Scuba Gragas is a skin that doesn’t seem to provide anything substantial. It’s neither humorous nor realistic or even appealing despite its peculiarities.

Secret Agent Miss Fortune
Secret Agent Miss Fortune Splash Art Secret Agent Miss Fortune Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Miss Fortune dressed as a seductive spy and wielding silenced guns.
Model: Major model changes for Miss Fortune and new model for her guns.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The mist covered background is suitable but disappointing. As a setting it’s quite good: dead enemies lay among shot tables at a pub as an unscathed Miss Fortune stands among the havoc. However, the depiction is subdued to the point of enervation: not a single element is clearly shown, everything is covered by a blurring fog; except Miss Fortune. She looks quite nice but the portrayal, while adequate, isn’t fine. The dress’ colours and smoking guns are characteristics that stand out yet in general Miss Fortune doesn’t appear lean and agile. On the whole, it’s a passable portrayal with a good concept that is wasted by a sloppy execution.
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Conclusion: Secret Agent Miss Fortune literally places her in the shoes of the archetypal femme fatale of spy films. It definitely suits Miss Fortune and works perfectly with her personality, manners and abilities. The dress has an elegant blue tone but the pattern on the cloth is difficult to notice; if it survived. The golden guns look sleek and lethal; quite befitting her. Unfortunately, the skin shows a propensity to imitate Jessica Rabbit: from the hair to the clothes the similarities are evident. That choice affects the skin as it deviates from the sexy but deadly spy towards an inoffensive cartoon fetish. Besides, the new stockings, in imitation of the Mafia skin, add nothing to the theme and, along the gloves, seem like a cheap way of covering her. In spite of that the result is appealing though certainly flawed and inappropriate for its high price. All things considered, Secret Agent Miss Fortune is a classy skin and unless you can’t see Miss Fortune without a hat it’s a nice choice despite the unnecessary imitations and limitations.

Sinful Succulence Morgana
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Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Morgana dressed as a cook from her Sinful Succulence bakery.
Model: Major model changes for Morgana.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is a great example of a background being more than a simple frame. The kitchen is as important as Morgana’s depiction because her workplace tells as much about herself as her looks do. Morgana is neatly dressed with cook’s clothes and suffering a bit of frustration from a possible burning accident involving gingerbread men. Her expression is clear but not overacted which sets the piece apart from a simple pose.
In spite of the patch of black on the left the kitchen contributes just as much to the story: ingredients abound in several states of passionate or careless use. Because of the multitude of details working in tandem the piece as a whole becomes better than the sum of its parts. It tells a story about how Morgana cooks or about an accident in Morgana’s kitchen. Flexibility of interpretation is another strength of the piece.
Small additions like Morgana’s hat being on fire and her clothes covered in dough are the perfect finishing touch. Sinful Succulence Morgana is an excellent piece that shows that without fancy shininess it’s possible to display a champion’s look while telling a lot more.
It’s only fair to say that the saturated colours make the piece a bit flat and that some elements seem sketched and unfinished; like the eggs on the left. On top of that the background is a bit too diffuse for the small difference in distance between elements. In spite of a few issues the piece adds up to more than the sum of its parts and so is definitely one of League of Legends’ best splash arts.
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Conclusion: Sinful Succulence Morgana is a skin that captivates because of its clever concept more than its actual execution. That doesn’t mean that it’s not well crafted, as it’s quite the opposite: the cook’s clothes are well designed and perfectly suit Morgana. Nonetheless, underneath the cook attire it’s the same Classic Morgana; this can be verified by the unusual choice of leaving Morgana barefooted under her skirt, even as a cook. Regardless, the skin taps into Morgana’s life outside the Fields of Justice and it could be said into what she actually likes. It’s the flavour of the skin that makes it more than just new clothes for Morgana and, in the end, makes the execution sensible; except for the lack of shoes. Therefore, Sinful Succulence Morgana is a great skin for Morgana fans that provides much more than looks. However, if you are simply after a new style for Morgana, there are more visually appealing choices; though their concepts aren’t as close to the champion as this one is.

Spectacular Sivir
Spectacular Sivir Splash Art Spectacular Sivir Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP (Legacy Skin Project)
Concept: Sivir as a scantily-clad super-heroine.
Model: Major changes for Sivir’s and new model for her Boomerang.
Particles: New boomerang particles for Boomerang Blade, Ricochet and her auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The art shows Sivir preparing to throw her Boomerang with an explosion as background. While the setting may appear simple good use of lighting reinforces the piece as her gold encrusted outfit reflects the light in her daring pose. Moreover, the cracks on the Boomerang add even more details. Unfortunately while Sivir’s in-game look is identical to the piece it’s isn’t nearly as striking. Besides, the shading is rather simple despite the nice reflections. In the end, it’s a nice portrayal but it needs a better background and clearer colours.
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Conclusion: The intention of paying homage to Wonder Woman can be inferred by the similarities in appearance. However, Spectacular Sivir feels more like an underdressed version of the Battle Mistress with knack for heavy ornamentation. The clothes are minimal to say the least and expose as much decoration as they do skin. It’s true that the general style of such decorations matches the Boomerang’s design yet the weapon feels overloaded in its design. On top of that, the star shape seems to take weight and lethality from it; to the point that it feels decorative mostly. Spectacular Sivir is skin with a thin super-heroine theme, few clothing and a whimsical Boomerang. Not bad but a bit disappointing in its execution.

Sun Goddess Karma
Sun Goddess Karma Splash Art Sun Goddess Karma Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Karma dressed in the style of Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec Sun God.
Model: Moderate model changes for Karma, new model for her Mantle of Decorum and new textures for her fans.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background displays foggy valleys flanked by mountains with Maya pyramids connected by narrow passes. In spite of the diffuse colours, the setting is well conceived even if disappointingly dim and a bit sketchy. Karma stands atop a platform, presumably on a pyramid, taking on a pose that suggests the motion of a dance that may be dedicated to the Sun. While it’s possible to get a clear view of Karma she doesn’t resemble her in-game look much. On top of this, her right arm seems too short, even accounting for the perspective, the skirt folds suggest a strange position for her legs, which would make keeping balance difficult, her chest seems unnaturally brief plus the shading is quite murky. Actually, only the outer edge of her right fan seems to be clearly shaded, from her hand and all over her body there’s an abrupt and unexplainable blurriness covering her. It could be said that the general theme is delivered but the piece suffers from the lack of polish and faithfulness to the real in-game look.
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Conclusion: Sun Goddess Karma is a very satisfying skin that perfectly embodies the iconography of Huitzilopochtli: a hummingbird. The ornamented headdress, added to the feathered dress and etched stone decorations paint a clear picture of the concept. The fans seem a bit of a legacy leftover and the textured high-heeled sandals an unnecessary way of adding to the appeal of the already revealing yet reasonable outfit. In fact, one could also wonder if the broken Mantle of Decorum is a reference to the collapsed Aztec empire. Regardless, Karma’s look is pleasing and finely incorporates Aztec elements which make for a rather believable look. It’s a pity that Mantra isn’t incorporated better into the skin as it could’ve become a fantastic supernatural addition. All in all, Sun Karma Goddess is a great skin with a fascinating style and a lot of charm that re-interprets Karma as an enlightened Aztec priest.

Unmasked Kayle
Unmasked Kayle Splash Art Unmasked Kayle Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kayle wearing a rusted golden armour without helmet plus dusty grey wings.
Model: Minor model changes for Kayle and new textures for her sword.

Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: For all intent and purposes this piece lacks a proper background. Maybe there are clouds and a bridge or maybe they are just random strokes of the brush. Kayle’s portrayal is adequate: the rusty golden armour and her finely delineated face are the best parts. Conversely, the wings appear too yellowish, unlike in-game, and the hair seems rather greasy. On top of that, her waist is compressed in such a way that the armour is either oversized on top or crushing her lower body. Acutally, from the waist down the piece is a mess that makes little sense; even the sword looks too short. To sum up, an extremely uneven piece that does its job but should do better.
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Conclusion: Unmasked Kayle is a skin that simply became obsolete with the release of Battleborn Kayle. The only characteristic worth highlighting is the lack of a helmet which exposes Kayle’s beautiful features. The other changes are as minimal as they could be: new textures that darken the golden armour and sword as well as her wings. The effect of rusty gold and dusted wings is appealing but also inconsequential due to the general similarity with Classic Kayle. In the end, Unmasked Kayle is a skin that isn’t worth its price except for collectors or dedicated Kayle fans.

Vandal Gragas
Vandal Gragas Splash Art Vandal Gragas Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Gragas dressed as a biker gang member.
Model: New model for Gragas and his cask.
Particles: New particles for Barrel Roll and Explosive Cask.
Animations: New cask pumping animation when standing idle.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A blurry background may want to show a sense of distance, a fog or a difference in lighting conditions. Sometimes, blurriness is simply a way of working less. This background just shows the silhouettes of a couple busy patrons and places a minimal floor to stand. Gragas obviously takes centre stage, along with his barrel, but the depiction of either has issues. Gragas looks sketchy and even blurry in places. The barrel has a convincing metal surface but the beer looks solid like jelly. All things considered, it’s a disappointing splash art with a good set up but a lacking implementation.
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Conclusion: Gangs aren’t known for their subtlety and this perfectly suits Gragas classic style. Joining the Vandals hasn’t only given Gragas a more traditional aspect, thanks to the clothes, but it also has made him lose some weight. The result is actually refreshing and adds an alternative view of Gragas drinking: partying and messing around with friends. To sum up, it’s a skin that provides distinct changes to Gragas but they do work well. If you like Gragas or the gang style then Vandal Gragas is the skin for you.

Vandal Twitch
Vandal Twitch Splash Art Vandal Twitch Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Twitch as a punk gang member.
Model: Moderate model changes for Twitch and new model for his crossbow.
Particles: New slugs for his auto-attack and new projectile for Venom Cask.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New shotgun sound for his auto-attack.
Splash Art: The walls that frame this piece may have interesting anarchic messages, as well as Twitch’s self-portrait, but the quality is so low that it feels like a draft. Twitch looks better but only his upper body as the bottom is sketchy and drab. The depiction shows fuzzy fur and detailed elements, with dents and reflections, but also muddy pelage and flat gear. The shotgun looks alright, as its surface is well shaded, but appears a bit murky. In general, the whole of the piece has a certain messy style that suits the Vandals style but that doesn’t work to represent the gang mood or look.
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Conclusion: Vandal Twitch embraces the punk aesthetic and incorporates a mohawk plus some beard as well as multiple earrings along spikes. The chosen clothes are unsurprising but with some good touches like the open belt and Deadly Venom logo on the jacket’s right arm. The chain holding molotov cocktails is also a fine addition. Therefore, all the visual aggressiveness makes Twitch look feral and dangerous. This contrasts with the lean design of his steam-punk shotgun though its effectiveness could be reason enough. All things considered, Vandal Twitch succeeds at showing a dangerously mad punk with a serious tendency to inflict harm. Fans of Twitch will find it a good option for releasing the Plague Rat’s pent-up violence.

Vandal Vladimir
Vandal Vladimir Splash Art Vandal Vladimir Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Vladimir dressed as a biker gang member.
Model: New model for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: When darkness isn’t enough to cover a background, smoke will do. That is exactly what happens in this piece: the smoke cover is so thick that the city and riders behind are almost imperceptible. Vladimir’s depiction is alright yet his stance is a bit strange: he seems to be leaning to a side but his body contorts in a rather unnatural way. The motorbike looks good but just like Vladimir or the background the quality isn’t good. In conclusion, it’s a splash art that can and should be much better.
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Conclusion: The look of a punk biker is definitely well executed, albeit with a rather plain outfit, yet the concept of a biker gang appears ill suited for Vladimir. Not only does his classic self dress like a noble but his skins usually capitalize on elegance and refinement. Consequently, the punk style brings an unclean informal style that ends up feeling forced onto Vladimir. Alternatively, the style goes well with the use of blood as a weapon: they both are explicit ways of showing internal aggression. Therefore, Vandal Vladimir is a strange skin that suits his ways but not his style.

Viking Tryndamere
Viking Tryndamere Splash Art Viking Tryndamere Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Tryndamere stylized as a Viking warrior.
Model: New model for Tryndamere and his sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Viking Tryndamere’s splash art goes for a clear and distinct style which shines in some parts and lets down in others. The background paints a good setting but it omits details with simple blurs. It seems as if a good base was laid but wasn’t capitalized on. Tryndamere is well depicted but with a few problems. On the one hand, the metal shines under the light and the fur is convincing. On the other hand, the hair looks like threads and the obscured metal of the sword and boots look like stone and wood respectively. All things, considered this is an alright splash art but at times it seems hampered by the technique chosen.
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Conclusion: Viking Tryndamere is a gritty take on Tryndamere in all aspects. The theme is consistently displayed: his skin is dirty, the helmet has long impractical horns, his arms are uncovered to show his muscles and tattoos; he even looks angry. It’s not just his attire but also his heavily dented and huge sword as it seems to include a normal sized one as fuller. Strangely, the armour and clothes are lavishly decorated; which is unexpected of a fierce warrior that would eschew decoration. All in all, Viking Tryndamere accomplishes what it sets out to do. If you want a fierce look for Tryndamere, Viking Tryndamere works but note that he doesn’t omit embellishing himself.

Viscero Xin Zhao
Viscero Xin Zhao Splash Art Viscero Xin Zhao Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Xin Zhao dressed as a Noxian gladiator from The Fleshing arena.
Model: New model for Xin Zhao and his spear.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The splash art of Viscero Xin Zhao is interesting and straightforward. The background is The Fleshing Noxian arena for gladiators. While the setting contains an ample amount of details the drawing is uneven; one example is the border of the platform in the middle of the piece. Fortunately, the oppressive though drab arena is effective at displaying Xin Zhao’s lethality; experienced firsthand by the massive dead warrior. Xin Zhao’s stance and depiction is just as effective: the dents on his armour, the blood dripping from his spear, his defiant expression show how good of a gladiator he is. Still, while the metal is very nicely drawn other parts look sketchy in comparison; like cloth, skin and hair. In the end, Viscero Xin Zhao has an impressive splash art that is brought down by unequal quality.
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Conclusion: Viscero Xin Zhao harkens back to Xin Zhao’s days as a gladiator which makes the skin both suitable and relevant. Furthermore, the style is realistic yet appealing: the armour protects his exposed side, a loincloth his modesty and his spear resembles a trident; similar to a Roman retiarius. In addition to this, touches like the scars on his body, the mail under the armour and the matching spikes on his left gauntlet and helmet add depth without being unnecessary embellishments. In conclusion, Viscero Xin Zhao is a great skin recommended for fans of Xin Zhao and gladiators.

Winged Hussar Xin Zhao
Winged Hussar Xin Zhao Splash Art Winged Hussar Xin Zhao Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Xin Zhao wearing the armour of a Polish Winged Hussar cavalry soldier.
Model: New model for Xin Zhao and his spear.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Winged Hussar Xin Zhao is a piece that prefers to fill the background with a few colours and make it pass for a sky, so as to focus on Xin Zhao himself. As such an outstanding portrait of Xin Zhao is in order but not delivered. In fact, the piece seems to do as much as would suffice to get it simply done. So the horse is well delineated but simply inked, Xin Zhao shows good reflections and use of perspective but the shading makes him look plain. The problem may be that the piece has an acceptable concept but the execution is lacking: the composition is too titled to the right while the colours are dark and mesh with each other. Therefore, this isn’t an horrible piece but it leaves much to be desired to even resemble good.
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Conclusion: Winged Hussar Xin Zhao is a skin based on the eponymous Polish cavalrymen. This stylized version of the Winged Hussars follows the historical look of the armour in general but still adds some extra ornamentation; especially the vambraces and spaulders. Overall, the classic Winged Hussar aesthetic is respected and executed well; in particular the helmet and cuirass. The boots and trousers look practical but the design and colours clash with the armour. It seems as if the skin is at odds trying to accomplish historical accuracy and an exciting fantasy look at the same time. Therefore, the upper body is ornamented while the lower half is plain and one can only wonder why there’s no protection for the hands plus what is a cavalryman doing on foot. Ultimately, Winged Hussar Xin Zhao adapts the look of the elite cavalry, not as effectively as it deserved but, well enough.

Workshop Shaco
Workshop Shaco Splash Art Workshop Shaco Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Shaco as a clockwork toy.
Model: New model for Shaco and his daggers. New textures for Jack in the Box and Hallucinate.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Workshop Shaco’s background may not impress but still is an adequate setting. Although an actual workshop full of clockwork toys or machines would have been more suitable, the clock with its gigantic gears properly matches the concept. Shaco depiction isn’t very good: the whimsical stance shows how weird he is as a clockwork toy but that prevents a clear view of his aspect. In general, it’s possible to get an idea of how Shaco looks but that should be evident and in no way something that requires a close inspection. In conclusion, the concept behind the piece isn’t bad but the quality of the composition leaves much to be desired.
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Conclusion: Workshop Shaco capitalizes on another characteristic of Shaco: coulrophobia. The clown mixes with the evil toy and the addition of fears makes for a very interesting concept. The clockwork toy design is very good: the limbs have thin unions, the body a spring in the middle and clothes are made of metal instead of cloth. The artificial aspect is very well delivered which turns Shaco into an efficient killing machine; another suitable way of interpreting the demon jester. To sum up, Workshop Shaco is a great skin thanks to the confluence of a clever concept and an attractive appearance.

Conclusion

Nowadays epic skins are expected to offer more than just a new model. Nevertheless, at half the usual price a re-model becomes a rather good product. Not all skins have stood the test of time in the same way and some never where anything special to start with. Still, there are a few gems to unearth from the vault: Blacksmith Poppy, Feral Warwick, Muse Sona and Workshop Shaco are excellent choices that provide great concepts and equally satisfying executions.

There are still other good choices like Professor Ryze and Safari Caitlyn. Their quality shows their age but they still remain great products that offer interesting concepts and quite good, albeit imperfect, implementations. Spectacular Sivir is also a fine option with a nice concept; despite an execution that could be improved. The same can be said about Sailor Gangplank.

Finally, Angler Jax, Matador Alistar, Molten Rammus, Scuba Gragas and Unmasked Kayle are skins that only dedicated fans should consider. At this price point, none of them are utterly terrible yet they don’t offer much either. They mostly suffer from flawed implementations that don’t take advantage of their original concepts. Unmasked Kayle stands out for being quite simple in both conception and delivery so, unless you need to see Kayle in her original armour and without her helmet, there’s only a simple re-texture left.

  10 Responses to “League of Legends: Legacy Epic Skins’ Review”

  1. cool thanks for the review

  2. Thanks. I was wondering if I should be Workshop Shaco and this review persuaded me.

    • Workshop Shaco is definitely an exceptional skin that hits all the right notes for the Demon Jester.

      Glad that you found the review useful.

  3. Are you going to review all the legacy skins that are currently available?

    • That’s the plan but as 27 skins remain in the last category of 520 RP, except Phantom Karthus which is 460 RP, it will take us a little while. However, be sure that before the sale is over all skins will be reviewed.

  4. also wanted to add about Sivir, shes close in line for visual upgrade, (I think 1-2nd) so Spectacular Sivir skin will be a lot better after and since it’s legacy so who knows when it will be available again 🙂

    • Very good point. Still, note that skins tend to keep the same amount of changes. That is, Leopard Nidalee remained a re-texture and The Magnificent Twisted Fate stayed as a re-model. Regardless, it will probably look better and, hopefully, something extra may make its way to the skin. After all, Bewitching Nidalee did receive new particles.

      There might be another legacy skin sale next year but as you note it’s unknown when. We agree that now is the time to purchase legacy skins and there are a few good options available too.

  5. the spatula in Scuba Gragas is an homage to Urf
    Just thought you would like to know 😀

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