Dec 272012
 
Red Riding Annie, Masquerade Evelynn, Leopard Nidalee, Noxus Poppy and Crimson Akali
Legacy Rare Skins

As part of the Legacy Skin Project 42 skins were retired from the store under the legacy label; including 26 rare skins originally released at 520 RP and one at 460 RP. Usually returning in the largest sales ever made the legacy sales cover a good amount of champions and concepts. Even though the price is low there is a fair share of interesting options. Take a look and find out some little gems that time hasn’t been able to wear down.

Almost-Prom King Amumu
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Amumu wearing a dinner suit and a Prom King runner up band.
Model: Major model changes for Amumu.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In spite of the relevance of the background there’s little that’s actually shown. For the most part there’s a stage, a curtain at the sides and a blinding amount of light that barely reveals queen and king. There’s so little detail that one can only guess it’s a prom from the name of the skin. Speaking about the royalty, the king is a mystery while the queen only broadly resembles Annie: it’s neither her dress nor her shoes and only her hair looks familiar.
It’s surprising then to find a rather good portrayal of Amumu. The pose is meaningful and while the cartoony style lends itself to a certain scarcity of detail the result is appealing. The colours are too saturated but lighting is nicely used though with highlights that seem too abrupt. The shading is soft yet surfaces don’t look like what they really are. This way, teardrops look like jewels, eyeballs like glass, hair like leaves, bandages like plastic, cloth like cardboard, leather like dull metal and the rose made of ceramic.
In spite of its problems, there’s a useful and clear depiction of Amumu before a meaningful background. The real problem is that it’s a good splash only in general terms. When we move to the details, they shine by their absence.
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Conclusion: Almost-Prom King Amumu has an interesting execution because it’s a skin that gives logical proportions to his body parts; except the head obviously. That makes the dinner suit a better fit for Amumu; it even looks quite form fitting regardless of his bandages. The concept is a definite stretch and overall not particularly attractive. So, while the execution is good it simply can’t avoid the limitations of the raw idea behind. In the end, Almost-Prom King Amumu isn’t a bad skin but it also can’t do much to stand out.

Badger Teemo
Badger Teemo Splash Art Badger Teemo Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Teemo stylized as a badger.
Model: New textures for Teemo.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is an excellent splash art thanks to a background that provides a context that suits the action. To start with, the woods are very well drawn: the trees and grass softly fade in the distance and the forest appears large. The quality of the drawing is great as the trees even look photorealistic. The stealthed Noxious Traps give good context for Teemo to shush sitting on top of a cut tree. The badger style is well shown as well as his garments and the materials they are made of. This is a wonderful piece with a quality that is obvious at a glance. Without doubt one of League of Legends’ best pieces.
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Conclusion: Badger Teemo is a dark clothed version of Teemo with dark makeup. It does make Teemo resemble a badger, to an extent, but it isn’t particularly effective or attractive. As a re-texture it changes Teemo’s look a bit but more can be done with good texture work. Overall, Badger Teemo doesn’t bring much to the table and is hard to recommend even for Teemo fans.

Big Bad Warwick
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Warwick dressed as a granny like the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood.
Model: Moderate model changes for Warwick.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Big Bad Warwick is a splash art that tries to be more than a pose but without putting much actual effort. The background contributes an appropriate setting but is blurry, not to say plain. Besides, the patch of black on the left hardly helps. Warwick suffers from similar ailments: on the one hand he’s well delineated, having the dress’ cloth texture visible, dents on the bracelets and claw armour. On the other hand, the painting is quite simplistic on the dress including folds and cloth, the fur, the metal armour, bracelets and glasses frame. This splash art seems to be at odds with itself, it tries to show a complete picture but it does so with disappointing quality.
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Conclusion: Big Bad Warwick is quite a straightforward skin: it’s Classic Warwick wearing a granny dress, hat and glasses. While the concept also draws on Little Red Riding Hood, the execution is as direct as it could possibly be. Therefore, Big Bad Warwick’s allure largely depends on how much you like the Big Bad Wolf reference and its execution. This is a skin that gets the job done but with as little work as possible.

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.

Butcher Urgot
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Urgot dressed as a chainsaw wielding butcher.
Model: Minor model changes for Urgot.
Particles: New particle for Acid Hunter.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background resembles, somewhat, a butcher’s shop with an opportune discount on manatee meat. Nevertheless, most of the setting is guesswork as little is actually depicted. Urgot stands as a very unusual meat dealer with his blood-stained apron, deformed face and metal implants. Still, there are a few nice touches: the cold air surrounding the working chainsaw looks interesting as well as the lighting. Nonetheless, as far as showing Urgot’s fearsome presence the piece may be effective but that’s all that is offered here.
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Conclusion: Butcher Urgot is a skin recommended to Urgot’s purists: those that revel in his un-dead misery. His tormented self is clearly on display: the metal is dark, the weapons look deadly, his face is heavily injured and his flesh appears devoid of life. Moreover, the stained apron puts him closer to the ruthless killer his agony demands. The only problem is that while the look is appealing as a horror murderer it isn’t exactly attractive. In conclusion, Butcher Urgot is a skin dedicated only to Urgot’s true fans.

Caterpillar Kog’Maw
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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.

Count Vladimir
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Vladimir styled in black: black clothes and hair.
Model: New textures for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Among a graveyard Vladimir poses totally clad in black. The mist on the graveyard is appropriate and, considering it’s during the night, the lack of visibility is understandable. However, this results in a background that looks repressed and lacks relevance; not to mention that the left area is simply a patch of black. Vladimir’s portrayal is unconvincing: the cloth looks drab, the metal alright and his visage bored. On top of that, the floating blood ball feels solid and massive instead of liquid. In conclusion, a low quality splash art.
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Conclusion: Count Vladimir is a plain re-texture of Vladimir, the result is a stern visage and leather clothes but it hardly amounts to anything significant or even attractive. On the contrary, it seems to actually give a simpler, less interesting look that makes a purchase rather questionable. Still, fans of black leather may find the style appealing to their tastes.

Crimson Akali
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP (Legacy Skin Sale)
Concept: Akali dressed in a red suit.
Model: New textures for Akali’s suit and kamas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a great representation of Akali over a background that provides an apt setting to disrupt with her fiery presence. In particular, there’s a nice contrast between her flaming body and the dimly lit corridor. Akali’s depiction is excellent: her clothes show folds, the armour has reflections, her hair is impeccably drawn and the posture is dynamic and believable. Unfortunately, Akali looks too good in comparison with her in-game model because her clothes don’t match; nor does the kamas’ colour. She does look great but as a spotlight of Crimson Akali it’s deceiving. Therefore, as a piece it’s wonderful but as a splash art it’s a bit misleading though very pleasing.
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Conclusion: Crimson Akali shares the same problem with Stinger Akali: it’s an all right re-texture but nothing more. Moreover, the changes are less obvious as the colours don’t contrast so much with her classic look. Therefore, only devoted Akali fans or collectors may have any interest in Crimson Akali. It’s not terrible but it doesn’t offer or try much either.

Deadly Kennen
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kennen dressed with a black-red ninja outfit.
Model: New textures for Kennen.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is just a simple re-colour of Kennen’s classic splash art. The background is tinted with a bit more red but remains a black empty space. Besides, Kennen’s plainly but effectively modified to reflect his new look. The outline isn’t very well defined and the shading is rather murky but it ends up being a passable portrayal. Thus, the piece is useful but as boring and uninspiring as it could be.
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Conclusion: Deadly Kennen is a simple but appealing re-texture of Kennen that provides a different but distinct red ninja look. The basis of his outfit remains mostly unchanged, except for his mask, but the patterns of colours are a welcome change. The logo on the back seems simpler but the suit design is a bit more elaborate. In the end, the colour scheme doesn’t stand out much but generates an attractive ninja style. If you are a fan of Kennen, then Deadly Kennen is a nice alternative.

Deep One Kassadin
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kassadin styled an underwater theme.
Model: New textures for Kassadin.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is rather messy in its display of the depths of the sea; though it certainly looks like an oppressive vacuum. Kassadin dashes among bubbles as fragments float before him: the representation is breath-taking due to its fabulous composition and shading. The lines are complex and detailed while the multiple reflections and hues make for a fascinating portrayal. Actually, the scratches on his armour contrast with the diffuse arms. The Nether Blade and orb of energy mask, or cause, these issues with their light effects and are easily noticeable. Besides, his multi-layered armour doesn’t match the actual design well. In spite of this issues, it’s an excellent portrayal that is close to being an impressive splash art.
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Conclusion: Deep One Kassadin combines his apparent look and concept with a fitting underwater theme. Thus, Cthulhu meets the Void and a scuba diver receives some sea-based decorations. While it all seems fitting the combination could’ve been more elegant and elaborate than just a few dark colours that even clash with the abilities’ hue. Nevertheless, while Kassadin’s upper body seems rather moody and drab his lower body is a fascinating spectacle due to the awesome textures. This means that the skin becomes a polarized product but, surprisingly, manages to stay appealing despite such an issue. Overall, it’s a fantastic choice for fans of supernatural beings that lurk beyond the veil of reality. If you ever thought that the Void owes a good deal to Cthulhu then this is good option to bridge the gap.

Desert Trooper Garen
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Garen wearing a bronze Demacian uniform.
Model: Moderate model changes for Garen and new model for his sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Giving the background the benefit of the doubt we can say that it’s a sand storm in an arid desert. Still, the lack of detail is so severe that it looks scribbled with just a couple hues and a handful of brush strokes. Garen looks correct yet not good: the colours are limited, the style simple and sometimes he looks sketchy. On the whole, it’s a passable but disappointing portrayal.
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Conclusion: As far as adding a dose of Arabian style to the Might of Demacia Desert Trooper Garen succeeds, to a point. The scimitar is fine looking but its colour seems out of place. Additionally, the heavy armour hardly fits the intended agility that his blade hints. On top of this, the short length of the scimitar makes it less than ideal for such a huge warrior. Add to this that the bronze colouration looks rather dull and unexciting and we are left with a skin that seems to forget its purpose. Overall, it provides enough for its price but Desert Trooper Garen is hardly anything exciting.

Dragon Knight Mordekaiser
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Mordekaiser wearing a rusted, gold-engraved armour and matching mace.
Model: New textures for Mordekaiser and his mace.
Particles: New gold particles for Harvester of Sorrow.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: An arid scene of reddish rocks and sand pretends to give a setting but is just a simple frame that fills space. Mordekaiser’s depiction gives a good idea of his look but tends to look brighter than in-game. Furthermore, the proportions aren’t very convincing: the body seems too big and wide for the size of his head and limbs; the mace looks passable yet maybe a little too big. Overall, it’s a splash art that fulfils its duty as a portrayal but nothing more.
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Conclusion: Dragon Knight Mordekaiser is a simple re-texture that doesn’t stray far from Classic Mordekasier. However, the golden decorations provide a nice contrast to the rusted metal; which makes the aspect quite attractive. As a skin, it’s nothing more than a re-colour but it’s a good one.

Emerald Taric
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Taric as an elven grand lord from Middle-earth.
Model: Major model changes for Taric and new model for his mace. New colour for his floating gems and new glow for his mace, gems and bracelet.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Diffuse but enchanting the forest is vivid with colour and life. The river in the distance, trees with splendorous growth and animals that peacefully roam. The massive rock is a bit unexpected but somehow fits in the bucolic environment. Alas, the pronounced and homogenous blur doesn’t really convey depth: it merely delineates where the background is and where the main character lays; in case we lose our way.
At least Taric’s depiction is vibrant with details and colour. The lines are precise, the shading is marvellous and light effects of all kinds enhance the portrayal. The pose doesn’t say much: it’s an elven lord channeling his power to a broken branch and reigniting its life. Regardless, it’s a sensible and appropriate activity that is made all the most interesting by the elaborate surfaces. Said surfaces react to the environment and also the magical energy and make the conventional action attractive. The added blur to Taric’s left hand is unnecessary as there isn’t such a difference in distance and the glowing magic already gives a good idea as to where we are supposed to look.
All in all, this is a entrancing splash art that evidently abuses the depth of field effect. It adds nothing to the depiction and only gets in the way. Taric’s portrayal is fantastic and the setting doesn’t stray too far behind but it would be more interesting if it were clearer. In the end, it could be one of League of Legends’ best splash arts if it had a little better focus.
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Conclusion: While the extent of the changes isn’t as broad as it could be Emerald Taric manages to transform the Shield of Valoran into an elven lord. The Middle-earth reference is evident yet also suitable for Taric’s personality. The mix of mysticism and charm is present despite the clearly noticeable classic base. The human body changes little but the clothing takes care of accomplishing the forest feel. The colours aren’t very varied and stick to emerald shades. The richly ornamented clothes joined by measured but practical armour are evidently regal. Cloth tends to be simple looking except for the front and cape which is finely matched by the decorated new mace with a fitting emerald at the core of its head. There’s nothing particularly special but all adds up to create the fantasy of a lord of the elves with a bit of a cartoony feel. For its price, appealing concept and effective execution Emerald Taric is a great skin with a lot of appeal.

Executioner Mundo
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Dr. Mundo dressed as an executioner.
Model: Moderate model changes for Dr. Mundo and new model for his cleaver.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is a disappointing mud of colours that barely hint at an execution ground. Truth be told, the wooden structures as well as the sky seem to have been painted with the same colour so the difference is simply tone. Fortunately, Dr. Mundo’s depiction is appropriately more colourful: the lines are correct and the shading quite good. In fact, the banding of colours actually strengthens the visceral nature of his role. To sum up, a terrible background backs a great portrayal thus making for an interesting but flawed splash art.
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Conclusion: Executioner Mundo is a rather straightforward skin that dresses the mad doctor in some fancy clothes and gives him a double bladed axe; even though a single bladed axe would been better suited. The result is a definitely stylized but appealing executioner’s look. Fortunately, Dr. Mundo is quite a good fit for this concept and so the communion of elements works very well. Regardless, the skin doesn’t do much to develop the theme, just clothes and an axe, but it’s effective enough to communicate the idea clearly. In the end, Executioner Mundo is a nice skin but could’ve been much better with more work. Nonetheless, at its price and considering how well Mundo adapts to the executioner role it’s certainly a great choice for Mundo fans.

Freljord Ashe
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Ashe dressed in white clothes with blonde hair.
Model: New textures for Ashe’s clothes, hair, bow, 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: Freljord Ashe’s splash art is quite good but leaves the feeling that with the great technique used more could’ve been achieved. The background offers a great panoramic view of the Freljordian landscape. However, it’s mostly empty and the few trees that are visible a little more than a stroke of the brush. Ashe looks great, shooting an arrow, but without context it ends up being just a pose. Nevertheless, the delicate delineation of her dress, the well placed reflections and the flying of her locks make for an outstanding portrayal. Freljord Ashe is a good piece but it leaves the feeling that it can be excellent but, sadly, isn’t.
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Conclusion: The splash art is much more impressive than the skin itself. That’s not to say that Freljord Ashe looks bad, because the new colours suit her rather well. However, while Freljord Ashe’s colours make it visually stand apart from Classic Ashe, there isn’t anything else. Except for inconsistencies, as her in-game quiver is coloured in Classic’s brown while it’s depicted white in the splash art. Therefore, Freljord Ashe may only appeal to those that want to see Ashe blonde and dressed in pristine snow white. Overall, it’s just a re-texture, a good and simple one; recommended for dedicated Ashe fans.

Frozen Shen
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Shen dressed in blue tones with frosted arms.
Model: New model for Shen, his ninjatos and Spirit Blade.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A strong blizzard blurs the sight but one thing is sure: the climate isn’t enough to stop these ninjas. By himself, Shen would be merely making a grandiose pose that looks dynamic enough to catch the eye but also asks for a less clear depiction. It’s not easy to see his aspect and the strong winds, so to speak, make most of his body too diffuse. There’s a sharply depicted centre, around his face, but most of him is buried in the storm; perhaps too much. With such a weak background and passable portrayal this piece would feel lacking except for the meaningful presence of a dodged shuriken, a familiar ninja and his shadow. With little left to doubt, despite the blurriness, Shockblade Zed gives the splash art a relevance that ties directly into the history of Shen and gives his Frozen suit a direct opponent. It’s only by the grace of this enemy that this depiction of Shen stands out and becomes so interesting despite its many issues.
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Conclusion: A clear Sub-Zero reference Frozen Shen is interesting but a bit too homogeneous. The breadth of blue tones goes from dark to light but always remaining in the middle. This prevents the new design from shining and hides the subtler details. Regardless, it manages to differentiate itself from the classic style but much is owed to the strict colouring. Perhaps including frosted arms of pure white as well as other frosty details would’ve rounded better the theme; as it previously did. As it is, the idea is conveyed but as a change of uniform. It’s a good change though and so, as a cheap re-model, it’s quite appealing. It just needs a little extra to stand on its own.

Galactic Renekton
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Renekton as a futuristic alien warrior.
Model: Major model changes for Renekton and new model for his blade.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is definitely straightforward: just Renekton posing with his blade and a flash of light to fill some space. Seeing as there’s no setting to consider let’s move right to the portrayal. Renekton’s pose allows a clear view of his style but the drab colours make it very difficult to discern any details. The general idea can be gotten but the richness of the design is lost; especially as Renekton’s skin is supposed to be pale and the armour decorated with light colours. Add to this the caricature-like proportions and we end with a certain letdown. Overall, the general idea is displayed but it fails at being an attractive spotlight.
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Conclusion: Galactic Renekton is a fantastic skin that provides an appealing and unique futuristic style. The pale skin nicely contrasts his dark armour. Moreover, the reasonably colourful armour and multiple adornments make the skin quite interesting to look at. The blade is also re-designed into a more sober but equally effective shape thus making for a distinct look; though a darker colour would’ve made the blade more unique. While the skin shows a lot of texture work and doesn’t reach a full re-model it perfectly manages to re-interpret Renekton. In the end, Galactic Renekton is an impressive skin that manages to give Renekton a whole different feel while keeping his core personality; definitely recommended.

Glacial Olaf
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Olaf dressed with an ice theme.
Model: Minor model modifications for Olaf and new textures for his axes.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: What little background is shown makes a suggestion about a field under a snowstorm; nothing more. Olaf is reasonably depicted in his largely monochromatic aspect. The colour palette is mostly restricted to blue hues to the point that the axe on his right hand is just blue. At least, a practical idea of the aspect of the skin is given but it’s hardly a good splash art.
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Conclusion: Glacial Olaf’s modifications can be listed as: jewelled belt, ice horns plus blue and black colours. As such it shares some issues with Forasken Olaf, such as a monochromatic palette and concealment of details. The belt and horns are rather minor extras that don’t make up for the skins flaws. In the end, it’s mostly a re-texture so unless you really like the colours there’s little here to interest anyone.

Hextech Galio
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Galio as a mechanical gargoyle.
Model: New model for Galio.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The setting seems to be some sort of workshop with walls covered in pipes. On a table, Galio diligently sewns his left wing doing self repairs the old fashioned way. The background is a blurry disappointing that more than providing a setting just gives way to speculation. Fortunately, Galio is clearly depicted and his metal body shines under the light; whatever light that may be as his eyes don’t seem to illuminate anything and nothing else is shown. The artificial body is well designed but isn’t very convincing in terms of proportions and shading; in particular places that the light doesn’t reach. Overall, it’s an interesting splash art with an largely improvable quality.
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Conclusion: Hextech Galio is a full re-model of the Sentinel’s Sorrow though the result is quite unexciting. The artificial look is actually accomplished and he has an evident mechanical, even steam-punk, style that is fitting. Unfortunately, the soft lines, rounded physique and conservative colour palette make Galio look boring. Maybe his eyes could glow with energy or he could emit vapour or smoke but like this he looks like a broken toy. On the whole, it’s a skin that does a lot for its price but that doesn’t succeed and so isn’t a very good option.

Hextech Sion
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Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Sion as a zombie warrior improved with hextech technology.
Model: Major model changes for Sion and new model for his axe, Chopper.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece simply lacks a background. There are some colours on the right side but they are a poor excuse to mask its absence. Conversely, Sion gives some idea of his look: the outline is mostly clear and the colours passable; yet the legs look rather drab. Still, there’s some nice shading used for the stitches and reflections. Truth be told, it’s a splash art that its past its due and that gives only a general idea of Sion’s hextech.
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Conclusion: If anyone ever wanted to know how a hextech cyborg could look then this isn’t a bad answer. The blue skin is puzzling and makes his trousers difficult to notice; though they are there, fortunately. However, the technological enhancements look rather good and add a different air of monstrous power. One thing to notice is that when in movement the metal plates look quite flexible and stretchy which breaks the fantasy. In essence, we still have an undead juggernaut but with a different style. Fans of Sion will find it an interesting alternative with a touch of technology.

Highland Tryndamere
Highland Tryndamere Splash Art Highland Tryndamere Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Tryndamere dressed as a warrior from the Scottish Highlands.
Model: New model for Tryndamere and his sword.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Highland Tryndamere is a splash art that shows its age. The background is unclear, some rocks seem to be behind Tryndamere but there isn’t much detail or room devoted to the setting. Besides, the black space around the background suffocates the piece. Tryndamere barely keeps afloat among the drab colours and dim, almost whimsical lighting. His clothes are well delineated and the reflections add depth to the depiction; metal is particularly well drawn. Regardless, this is splash art that for every hit has a miss and ends up being just average.
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Conclusion: Highland Tryndamere is an unpretentious but practical look for Tryndamere. His helmet is proportioned without exaggerated ornaments, just like his clothes and leather armour. Even the sword, though long, seems easily wieldable. While the realistic approach is nice it also lacks appeal. Besides, the mute colours hardly help the matter. This all makes Highland Tryndamere seem opaque in comparison with the flashy portrayals natural of a fantasy game. In the end, Highland Tryndamere is a nice skin, especially if you prefer a plausible representation, but one without much lustre.

Hot Rod Corki
Hot Rod Corki Splash Art Hot Rod Corki Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Corki as a pilot with a knack for hot rods.
Model: Moderate model changes for Corki and new textures for his copter.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background may be considered a sunset but the fact that darkness seems to be advancing from the left of the piece seems a strange choice. Corki looks alright as a simple caricature. The copter fares a bit better with fine lines and nice shading on its upper-left. On the lower-right, the smoke coming from the missiles, which propel the copter in hot rod style, make the colours more diffuse than they already are. To sum up, it’s a passable depiction with obvious uneven quality but with an attractive composition.
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Conclusion: Hot Rod Corki is an unusual skin in that it centres the changes on Corki instead of the copter. The result is rather lacklustre but, at the very least, reasonably priced. Corki gets a younger and fresher image to match the flame job of the copter and the net result is different from his classic incarnation; to a point. The copter essentially looks the same so while the skin refreshes the visuals it doesn’t improve or modify them much. To sum up, Hot Rod Corki is marginally different and hardly innovative. However, if you’d like a lively alternative that keeps most of Classic Corki intact then this is your best choice.

Kingpin Twitch
Kingpin Twitch Splash Art Kingpin Twitch Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: A well dressed and groomed Twitch wearing an eye-patch and wielding a costly crossbow.
Model: Major model changes for Twitch, new model for his crossbow and arrows.
Particles: New projectile for Venom Cask.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is a mess: the background is missing and the portrayal hardly useful. Twitch is crudely depicted, to the point that he looks made out of polygons, and the colours lack contrast to easily appreciate details. Moreover, significant features like his dark coat and eye-patch are either difficult to distinguish or just absent. Still, it’s all understandable when we realize that it’s simply a re-colour of Twitch’s former classic splash art. In conclusion, a terrible spotlight that isn’t even useful.
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Conclusion: Kingpin Twitch proposes the idea of a criminal chief but that’s not something that can be clearly seen. Twitch is well dressed with rich clothing over clean combed fur. The crossbow’s design also speaks of a good weapon made by a professional. The eye-patch seems to hint at the price of all this: unsavoury activities. Regardless, the criminal aspect is, at best, thinly suggested. That’s not to say that the skin doesn’t look good as it provides a cleaner aspect based on his classic style. At this price, the skin is well worth considering for fans of Twitch but it still feels simplistic.

Leopard Nidalee
Leopard Nidalee Splash Art Leopard Nidalee Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Nidalee wearing leopard fur and cougar form as a leopard.
Model: New textures for Nidalee and cougar form.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: More than a jungle, the setting seems to be a mountainous area; which actually suits a leopard. The shadow against the rock is a great touch to reference Nidalee’s dual nature. Nevertheless, the background does feel a bit empty. Nidalee seems to be running but her stance doesn’t look natural. In fact, there are some problems with the perspective used that seem to flatten her figure into the plane. When we add the dull colours and sketchy fur we are left with a portrayal that fails to be exciting. All in all, it’s a splash art that gives a good look of her human form but that doesn’t make the most of its ideas.
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Conclusion: Human: while Nidalee’s skin and hair colours receive lighter tones the true star is the spotted leopard fur that makes her clothes. The difference may seem minor but it provides an elegant and classy style that fits Nidalee quite well.

Cougar: not only does her feline persona get a spotted fur but also peculiar bands on the legs and tail. To be fair, the mane is removed as well as the oversized tusks and the tail end is thinner which makes for a reasonable leopard look.

All in all, Leopard Nidalee is a very nice re-texture that may not seem to offer much but what little it does it sure does very well.

Longhorn Alistar
Longhorn Alistar Splash Art Longhorn Alistar Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Alistar dressed as a cowboy.
Model: Moderate model changes for Alistar.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is diffuse and empty but considering it’s trying to depict an arid piece of land it makes sense. Alistar appears to a side, air blowing from his nose and his hand ready to catch his revolvers; it’s definitely a good pose. The colours are a bit murky, especially considering that there should be enough sunlight, but the lines are well done. Additionally, the position of the revolvers seems strange just like the rather thin left tight. Minor imperfections aside, this is a good splash art that may not be as astounding as it could’ve been but is certainly a good portrayal.
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Conclusion: Longhorn Alistar is an interesting irony that actually manages to fulfil its premise quite well. The cowboy outfit is well done and suitably adapted to Alistar’s huge frame. Although, the trousers may be sagging a little too much and the revolvers seems too small for his hands. Still, the result is satisfying which added to the low price make a rather good skin for fans of Alistar or ingenious concepts.

Marble Malphite
Marble Malphite Splash Art Marble Malphite Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Malphite consisting of disjointed marble stones.
Model: New model for Malphite and new textures for Granite Shield.
Particles: New particles for Seismic Shard.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background of this piece is as unexciting as it is simple: a prairie with a cloudy sky behind. It’s so plain and uninteresting that while well delineated it ends up being unsatisfying. Malphite doesn’t fare much better: the in-game look is rather faithfully represented but the sketchy and plain depiction disappoints. It could be said that this splash art is simple and to the point, as such it isn’t bad at all but seldom is something so flat appropriate as a spotlight.
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Conclusion: This is a simple but effective new style for Malphite: the irregular marble body covered in moss gives Malphite an interesting and distinct look. However, the disjointed body parts make him look a bit comical and lacking in consistency. This perceived fragility directly opposes Malphite’s innate sturdiness. Besides, his shape bears more than a passing resemblance to Classic Malphite. In spite of this, the look is singular and attractive and coupled with the price makes for a good product.

Masquerade Evelynn
Masquerade Evelynn Splash Art Masquerade Evelynn Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Evelynn wearing a revealing masquerade outfit.
Model: Minor model changes for Evelynn.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Much of the background is just black but as the setting is a forest during the night it’s understandable; yet no less disappointing. The background may be minimal but Evelynn’s portrayal is better. The stance is dynamic but also allows a good view of her style. The colours are correct and the moonlight’s effect is clearly seen on her body. The drawing isn’t perfect: the face looks flat like the dress’s bands. Besides, her left boot doesn’t have a convincing perspective and the back bands are missing. Nonetheless, it’s a passable splash art with a useful but flawed portrayal.
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Conclusion: One of the first things that call the attention when looking at Masquerade Evelynn is the pleasing colour selection. The blue dress isn’t very dark but the chalk white skin offers a nice contrast; reinforced by the red hair. The dress has much in common with her classic outfit but the change from a two piece suit to a single low cut suit is effective enough. There’s little doubt that Evelynn shows a lot of skin but it’s nothing new taking into account her classic outfit. All things considered, it a rather attractive and satisfying skin thanks to a clever use of colours and design. Still, it may be too revealing for some, though that also applies to Evelynn’s core style.

Mr. Mundoverse
Mr. Mundoverse Splash Art Mr. Mundoverse Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Dr. Mundo dressed for a session at the gym.
Model: Minor model changes for Dr. Mundo and new textures for his cleaver.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Just a glimpse into a canyon is the background provided; except for the inexplicable glow the rest is just empty black. Dr. Mundo even suffers from an obscured lower body and arms so the background absence even affects the portrayal. Besides the lack of clarity, what is shown doesn’t look that great: the lines are alright and the shading just passable; nothing outstanding. On the whole, a splash art with a usefulness as minimal as its depiction.
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Conclusion: Mr. Mundoverse has a suitable concept for this muscular doctor but with an execution that doesn’t fully realize it. There’s just a few clothes added but while they are fitting they clash with the multiple remnants of Classic Dr. Mundo. A pair of snickers and maybe dumbbells would have helped further the concept. Regardless, as it is, it suggests its concept instead of implementing it so it feels quite lacklustre.

Nightmare Cho’Gath
Nightmare Cho'Gath Splash Art Nightmare Cho'Gath Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Cho’Gath as a dark blue Terror of the Void.
Model: New textures for Cho’Gath.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is strictly a re-coloured version of Cho’Gath’s classic splash art. If at least the piece were good it would be acceptable but it barely serves as a portrayal. The proportions and contorted pose of Cho’Gath don’t make for a good depiction and the background is just a few strokes of grey behind him. Considering that Nightmare Cho’Gath is a legacy skin a new splash may be low on the list of priorities. Still, it stands as one of League of Legends worst splash arts.
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Conclusion: Nightmare Cho’Gath is a re-texture of the Terror of the Void but not one that improves his looks or provides another aesthetic for him. The blue textures are simple, too bright and flat: Cho’Gath’s body ends up homogenized and every part looks almost the same. It could be said that it’s a skin that worsens Cho’Gath aspect. As a legacy skin on sale it may appeal to dedicated Cho’Gath fans or people obsessed with the colour blue. However, for most it’s just a disaster to be ignored.

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

Noxus Hunter Anivia
Noxus Hunter Anivia Splash Art Noxus Hunter Anivia Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Anivia as an armoured cryophoenix.
Model: Moderate model changes for Anivia.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The blurry background gives an idea of the power of the blizzard. It makes the whole scenery diffuse but there isn’t much to see anyway. There’s a lot of ice and a mute palace; not to mention the almost solid gusts. Anivia somehow manages to escape from the storm and is clearly visible. That’s not all good though: while the shading is reasonable the proportions are wrong. For example, her legs are thick and even human-like while her body seems incredibly wide judging from the top and bottom armour plates. Therefore, the piece becomes very disappointing as it does give an idea of Anivia’s armoured look but hardly contributes to generate any excitement about it.
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Conclusion: Noxus Hunter Anivia offers a classic concept: the armoured battle bird. While the changes to Anivia aren’t extensive, as it’s heavily based on her classic model, the result is rather good. The armour is reasonable as it covers important parts of her front and back but without hindering movement; essential for flying. The armour looks lustreless but also sturdy and attractive; due to its multilayered design. In practice, Noxus Hunter Anivia can be considered an interesting battle-focused alternative to her classic skin or even a more developed interpretation of the cryophoenix. All things considered, it’s a simple but appealing skin with a sensible price; a good choice for cryopheonix fans.

Noxus Poppy
Noxus Poppy Splash Art Noxus Poppy Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Poppy in black armour with stylized makeup and an heptagonal hammer.
Model: Major model changes for Poppy and new model for the Hammer of Orlon.
Particles: New auto-attack trails and new hammer for Keeper’s Verdict.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Diffuse and empty the background struggles to give context. There’re some rock formations that could be inhabited towers but it’s only a guess. For the most part, there isn’t much of a setting and the only significant element in the background is a few soldiers being smashed away; presumably Noxians, there’s no indication.
Poppy daringly combats in her dark armour. Her portrayal is good with some great shading that dilutes into the dullness of the background. The pose exposes the action but also hides much of her look. Truth be told, except for her head, right arm and leg the rest of Poppy dissolves into a fog. It does set the central point of the piece but it’s too accentuated and seems patronizing.
All in all, it’s a piece that displays Poppy’s dark look with some trouble and doesn’t know how to dress up the action with a relevant context. It’s surely an improvement over the previous splash art but also a piece that can be much better.
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Conclusion: Noxus Poppy is a direct skin : Poppy fully clad in black and even wearing black makeup. In spite of its straightforwardness both armour and hammer have a different more aggressive style that fits the darker aesthetic. There is a sense of monotony due to the reliance on similar shades but there’s a subtle degree of colour and variety to prevent the skin from being too homogeneous. Certainly, it’s a simple change of look but it’s distinct and works in its objective of making Poppy look more lethal yet keeping her lighthearted feel. In the end, it’s quite a nice appearance that manages to suit Poppy quite well. If you like Poppy then you should consider her dark, Noxian style; which may be ironic.

Pharaoh Amumu
Pharaoh Amumu Splash Art Pharaoh Amumu Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Amumu as a mummified Egyptian pharaoh.
Model: Moderate model changes for Amumu.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This is a nice piece that portrays a fitting Egyptian setting. The background is nicely detailed with hieroglyphs and pictures following the Egyptian style. Not only the walls are decorated, also the throne is fittingly designed and topped by stone cobras. Amumu wears distinct pharaonic garments with elaborate and suitable ornamentation. Truth be told is hard to find fault in this piece; except that Amumu’s in-game appearance isn’t as ornamented. Pharaoh Amumu’s splash art is a very good piece and while it doesn’t amaze it’s much more than a simple spotlight.
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Conclusion: Pharaoh Amumu adds a very fitting Egyptian look for Amumu. The attire is quite nice covering most of his body in brown and gold. Unfortunately, the colours are a bit mute and the design is quite simple. Therefore, the overall look isn’t striking and, actually, not really pharaonic. All in all, this is a nice skin, it could’ve been better but it provides enough for its price.

Prom Queen Annie
Prom Queen Annie Splash Art Prom Queen Annie Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Annie as a Prom Queen with Tibbers as her Chaperone.
Model: Major model changes for Annie, new textures for her teddy bear and moderate model changes for Tibbers.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art has an important difference in quality when comparing background and foreground. The former is dark and lacking in detail while the foreground is the opposite. Due to the abrupt fade of elements from one into the other, like the floor or Tibbers, they look as if cut in two. The sketchy tone of the whole piece hardly helps and despite Annie receiving a good depiction the same can’t be said about the rest. Tibbers looks too short and wide making for weird proportions plus he only has three claws in each paw; instead of four. Furthermore, Amumu looks so muddy in his solitary weeping that he almost disappears in the darkness of the curtains; it’s an interesting device but he’s barely noticeable. On the whole, it’s a piece with a very interesting composition but the execution leaves a little to be desired.
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Conclusion: Prom Queen Annie is a skin that at a glance looks good but has a few issues worth addressing. Firstly, Annie looks very nice in her little princess dress and tiara; the concept is surely delivered. Nevertheless, the skin borders on making Annie an attractive tween, which isn’t uncommon nowadays, but that doesn’t and probably shouldn’t suit Annie’s little girl persona. Additionally, the skin would’ve certainly benefitted from more work being placed on Tibbers. It seems as if the idea was to fully dress Tibbers with a suit but for some reason he’s left with a waistcoat, a bowtie and a hat. In the end, it’s not a bad skin as it manages, barely, to leave Annie as a little girl and pass Tibbers as her zealous guardian. Regardless, it’s a skin with questionable connotations and while it offers quite a bit for its price it may not be something for everyone.

Prototype Viktor
Prototype Viktor Splash Art Prototype Viktor Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Viktor in the beginning stages of his transfomation.
Model: New model for Viktor and his staff.
Particles: New particles for Gravity Field.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece gives a glimpse into Viktor’s workshop as he builds and tests robotic arms. The background isn’t as clear as it should be: elements near the window are barely visible and there’s no reason for smoke or mist to be present. The issue repeats itself behind Viktor but, at least, the table and tools are clear. Viktor looks reasonable but the depiction seems rather plain; not to mention that only half his body is visible. On the one hand, the setting is great; on the other hand, the piece doesn’t looks as sharply as it needs. In the end, it’s an interesting splash art that shows Viktor’s starting steps into his evolution. Still, the quality of the depiction lets down with its rough lines and flat colours.
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Conclusion: Prototype Viktor shows the first modifications that he made to his body. The look is reasonable like the concept but the result can be considered a bit crude. The combination of flesh and machine is evidently forced and, while it makes sense, it’s hardly appealing; it even reminds of Urgot. To be fair, the aspect is understandable for a prototype: severed flesh for appended prosthetics. Still, Classic Viktor isn’t finished either but mixes flesh and machine in a more tasteful way. Then, the problem may not lie in the concept but in the execution which tries to be visceral to the detriment of visual appeal. If you don’t mind the straightforward and explicit approach then it can be an interesting skin for Viktor. Nevertheless, most people may prefer the finished product to a coarse draft.

Recon Teemo
Recon Teemo Splash Art Recon Teemo Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Teemo fashioned as a camouflaged soldier.
Model: New textures for Teemo.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: As a mere re-colour of Teemo’s old classic splash art this piece carries a lot of burdens. On its own grounds it suffers from quite obvious ailments: the background is minimal though it’s somewhat masked as if the piece were an opening between the trees. Regardless, there isn’t much surrounding Teemo. The Swift Scout is well depicted but the composition is strange: he looks as if he were floating in the middle of the background. Truth be told, the piece does show Teemo’s recon look but that’s all. As a splash art it’s quite disappointing and doesn’t add much besides the basics.
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Conclusion: Recon Teemo may be a re-texture but it’s a good one. The most noticeable parts of this skin are the makeup, helmet, clothes and rucksacks. The camouflage is pretty evident and also the sole reason that makes the skin worth getting. It’s a fitting theme for a scout but it doesn’t make Teemo look like a true reconnaissance scout. Recon Teemo isn’t bad skin as it does much with just a few textures, but due to that it can’t do much more.

Red Riding Annie
Red Riding Annie Splash Art Red Riding Annie Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP (Legacy Skin Project)
Concept: Annie dressed as Red Riding Hood.
Model: New model for Annie plus new textures for her teddy bear and Tibbers.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In a bleak forest a little girl picks apples with the help of her teddy bear. Sounds sweet, doesn’t it? But, Annie isn’t that kind of girl. That may explain the almost ethereal blurriness of the forest; though her next apple looks quite clear. The rest of the background consists of a huge Tibbers that suffers from diffuse colours and viscous flames. At least Annie looks quite good in her bright anime style. The depiction isn’t completely faithful to her actual appearance but it surely looks nice and leaves a good impression. Still, it’s quite noticeable the difference in quality between Annie and the rest; as if two artist were commissioned. In the end, it’s a piece with a good idea behind it that struggles due to its uneven quality.
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Conclusion: Red Riding Annie’s recognizable red clothes consist of a nice dress, shoes and hood along a basket on her back. As a little girl’s look is good but fans of Little Red Riding Hood will be the ones enjoying her look the most. The new model effectively turns Annie into Red Riding Hood but unfortunately Tibbers only gets a new fur colour. It would’ve been great to see him taking on the role of the lumberjack, as he’s always helping Annie, but that’s not available; even the granny or wolf would’ve been appropriate. Regardless, if you like Red Riding Hood this is a great skin to get when available. Besides, even if you aren’t a fan of the story it’s a certainly suitable and appealing look for Annie at a low price.

Road Warrior Miss Fortune
Road Warrior Miss Fortune Splash Art Road Warrior Miss Fortune Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Miss Fortune as a post-apocalyptic wasteland inhabitant wielding sawed-off shotguns.
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: If there were a competition to determine the most unclear background this piece would be a top choice. Doing some guesswork it seems like a rocky wasteland with a city in the distance and a sand storm in full activity. Still, it could also be the dilapidated interior of a building. When the setting can’t be determined as being indoor or outdoors it’s a bad signal. Surprisingly, Miss Fortune’s portrayal is actually rather good. The clothes are well delineated as well as her shotguns. Her hair flows believably and her pose is suitable even though it feels a little forced. On the whole, it’s a disappointing splash art that places a good depiction of Miss Fortune over a grainy mess.
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Conclusion: Road Warrior Miss Fortune is a demure looking skin that still manages to appeal with its interesting concept. The wasteland survivor appearance is accomplished but the limited colour palette is unusual considering that any piece of clothing would be suitable, regardless of colour, in a post-apocalyptic realm. Nonetheless, the pastiche of different clothes and elements work as an effective Mad Max reference. The sawed-off shotguns are an integral part of the look. They are well designed but appear too new and clean as well as similar to each other; the band on the left one is a good touch but insufficient. Furthermore, the barrels cross section is elliptical instead of round, a peculiar choice for a firearm, and they sound like guns. In the end, Road Warrior Miss Fortune looks too tidy and pristine for a wasteland inhabitant but makes up for it with a fine execution of a good concept at a low price.

Ruthless Pantheon
Ruthless Pantheon Splash Art Ruthless Pantheon Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Pantheon styled as a fantasy warrior.
Model: Minor model changes for Pantheon.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The monochromatic background only reveals a rocky area and a few clouds on the sky which seem to mirror the ground. It provides a frame but nothing else. Pantheon is depicted with dark saturated colours which allow the detailed shield to display all its dents but also makes his skin look like wax. The clothes don’t fare much better nor does the spear look particularly interesting. In fact, he doesn’t represent the in-game look well. Another noticeable problem is that the proportions and perspective don’t work. For instance, his small head sinks in his body, his limbs appear too short and his body goes from too wide to too narrow. In the end, this piece manages to give an idea of how Pantheon looks but only in a general sense.
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Conclusion: Ruthless Pantheon is a clear He-Man homage that doesn’t look bad nor that good either. The weaponry and helmet are what distance him from the source as both armour and clothes are practically borrowed from He-Man himself. However, the combination of Spartan and He-Man styles brings inconsistent visuals as they don’t mesh that well. Overall, it’s a classic fantasy take on Pantheon and while it doesn’t stand out it’s hardly a bad choice.

Sasquatch Nunu
Sasquatch Nunu Splash Art Sasquatch Nunu Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Nunu wearing dark clothes and Willump with brown fur.
Model: New textures for Nunu and Willump.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A re-colour couldn’t be any simpler than this: it’s the same exact sketch but painted differently. The background is largely absent and the depiction is adequate but to a point. The stance shows most of Willump and Nunu and the colours are alright. However, the boy seems to be on the yeti’s shoulder rather than hanging from a bag on his back. Besides, most of the yeti’s body isn’t clearly shown. Overall, it gets the job done but just that.
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Conclusion: If the splash art was as simple a re-colour as it could be then the actual model doesn’t disappoint: same model but different colour for the textures. The result could be considered a more classic yeti look but, as with most mythological creatures, descriptions are based more on imagination than fact. If you like the colour scheme then it may be worth getting but it’s as basic and unsurprising a skin as it can be.

Shamrock Malphite
Shamrock Malphite Splash Art Shamrock Malphite Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Malphite with a light-green hue over his body and a shamrock as decoration.
Model: New textures for Malphite and Granite Shield.
Particles: New particle for Seismic Shard.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Somewhere within League of Legends’ splash arts there had to be a piece that completely skipped a background; Shamrock Malphite is the one. That’s not all, as a simple re-colour of Classic Malphite’s splash art the piece hardly has any merit: it simple adds some green and a shamrock over Malphite. The portrayal does reflect his in-game look but it’s done with as little effort as could be possible. Truth be told, this is a shame of a splash art.
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Conclusion: Shamrock Malphite is an unimpressive re-texture that tries to be more than a colour swap but ends up barely different from Classic Malphite. As far as re-colours go it has an interesting style that hints at a Malphite covered in moss. However, the change isn’t substantial and ends up looking like Classic Malphite with a bit of green splattered on. The change on Seismic Shard matches the shamrock on his chest but the theme isn’t well implemented. Overall, it’s a disappointing skin that doesn’t strive for much with its limited changes but for its price it may be a possible option.

Sheriff Caitlyn
Sheriff Caitlyn Splash Art Sheriff Caitlyn Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Caitlyn as a sexy far west sheriff.
Model: Moderate model changes for Caitlyn and new textures for her rifle.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Sheriff Caitlyn’s splash art is really well done. The background provides a detailed and fitting setting, despite looking like an abandoned town. Additionally, the sky is a tad simple, the distance fading is somewhat abrupt and there are a few problems with perspective. Caitlyn looks great, with well defined clothes, nice hair and appealing expression. Nonetheless, the rifle is too wide and the lenses appear deformed; especially the bigger one. Overall, this is a nice piece and while it has its flaws it works as a whole.
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Conclusion: Sheriff Caitlyn is definitely a sexy take on the far west sheriff but its design successfully makes the look attractive without sexualizing Caitlyn. This is mainly due to the fact that it doesn’t tread far from Caitlyn’s classic style. Therefore, the sheriff style isn’t perfectly executed as the skin does as little as possible to fulfil its objective. In spite of this, it’s a skin that looks good and is alluring. If you don’t mind the lack of resources and style of Sheriff Caitlyn, it’s hardly a bad product.

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.

Stinger Akali
Stinger Akali Splash Art Stinger Akali Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Akali dressed in a yellow suit.
Model: New textures for Akali’s suit and kamas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art seems made from an image with a more modest intent. While the art isn’t bad both the background and Akali stay on the right while the left of the piece is simply black. Besides, the frame of the action could’ve been better, it’s a nice touch that Akali’s right kama is dripping blood, while her right boot and thigh are splattered, but there’s no sign or even hint of that previous engagement. In addition to this, the openness of a cliff seems a bad spot for a character that is supposed to work in secrecy; regardless of how well the lightning reinforces her image. As a result, it’s not a bad piece but it does disappoint.
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Conclusion: Stinger Akali is a simple skin: Akali’s suit changes to yellow, her hair becomes blonde, plus a few little extra changes to her clothes and kamas’ colour. It’s nothing more than a re-texture and it could be said that it’s all right as it is. Ultimately, that’s exactly the problem with this skin: it’s neither interesting nor exciting. So unless you are particularly drawn by a yellow kunoichi, there isn’t much to get from Stinger Akali.

Swamp Master Kennen
Swamp Master Kennen Splash Art Swamp Master Kennen Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kennen as white clad furless ninja yordle.
Model: New textures for Kennen.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Like many others, this piece is just a re-colour of Kennen’s classic splash art. The background hints at some naked trees but not even a suggestion is made about a swamp. Kennen’s portrayal uses a dynamic stance that shows his full body and allows him to float in the empty piece. The colours are alright but rather murky; still it serves as a portrayal. It’s a disappointing piece but useful at least.
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Conclusion: Swamp Master Kennen does much with little yet the result isn’t exactly appealing. The white outfit looks dirty and washed out. Besides, the furless skin appears unhealthy, unattractive and alien; especially for a yordle. Even the nails seem unsuitable. In general, the skin does much with little but it doesn’t end looking good. If you like this particular style it’s not a bad choice. However, it hardly exploits the strength’s of a yordle or a ninja.

Tempest Janna
Tempest Janna Splash Art Tempest Janna Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Janna dressed in black clothes with white hair and eyes.
Model: Minor model changes for Janna, new model for her staff.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art’s background is the complete opposite of the foreground. While the former is simple and blurry the latter is clearly defined and well painted. Janna looks great bathed in the light emitted by her staff: her skin and clothes reflect the light and are nicely lit. The use of colours is particularly well done and the selection generates a general allusion to lightning. Overall, while Janna is very well depicted in this piece the background should’ve been a better frame for her; not a bad piece but a bit disappointing as a whole.
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Conclusion: Tempest Janna minor changes are a huge contrast to their effectiveness: with a few new textures and minor model changes Janna looks quite different yet maintaining her classic style. The new staff also helps distinguish Tempest from Classic Janna and is a good fit for the skin. Tempest Janna shows that much can be done with little resources and some ingenuity. For a cheap and nice alternate look for Janna there’s no better option that Tempest Janna.

Time Machine Zilean
Time Machine Zilean Splash Art Time Machine Zilean Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Zilean as a time traveller from the Machine Age.
Model: New textures for Zilean plus new googles and new model for his clock.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background shows a dimly lit and even unclear workshop. There are some light-emitting tubes and maybe other trinkets around but not much is actually discernible. Zilean is depicted working on the controls of his time machine yet only his upper body is shown and most of his body is covered by the aforementioned controls. Besides, the colours are quite dim so that much of the details aren’t visible. On the whole, it’s a piece with a nice setting but it suffers, along with the portrayal, from an overly diffuse quality.
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Conclusion: Time Machine Zilean doesn’t completely change his style but it does give him a Machine Age, or maybe steampunk, feel. The clothes are very similar with only different decorations and patterns. Besides, the goggles are a minimal reference to the time machine construction. In fact, the long robe, hair and bear added to the lack of shoes still keep his hippie air. The clock is completely re-modelled with a more industrial style but sadly lacks any animation on the hands. On top of that, the controls face away from Zilean; which seems a peculiar and hardly useful placement. All things considered, it’s a skin that gives Zilean a more grounded and refined style but mostly keeps his identity intact.

Toxic Dr. Mundo
Toxic Dr. Mundo Splash Art Toxic Dr. Mundo Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Dr. Mundo with green skins.
Model: New textures for Dr. Mundo and his cleaver.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: First thing: no background, just a green mist surrounding Dr. Mundo to fill space. Second: it looks like a retouched snapshot of Mundo’s three-dimensional model; the fingers are quite telling. Besides the polygonal outline, the shading looks a bit rough but sort of works. Lastly, in spite of the fact that it serves as a basic portrayal, it’s a thorough disappointment.
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Conclusion: Toxic Dr. Mundo is as simple as it can be: same doctor but with green skin. The clothes and cleaver are also re-textured but there’s no big difference. The core is the green skin and also all that is really offered. Unless you really like the new colour, Toxic Dr. Mundo is a skin that isn’t very interesting.

Tribal Ryze
Tribal Ryze Splash Art Tribal Ryze Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Ryze with white skin and dark lightning-like tattoos.
Model: Major model changes for Ryze.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A volcanic area or the scene of a meteor shower, a mage protects himself from the fire with a magical shield as predators close in on him. The setting doesn’t seem to make much sense. It implies that the extinction of dinosaurs is at hand but why Ryze is there is anyone’s guess. On top of that, the setting is rather barebones and there isn’t much to see except for an ominous sky, some rocks and dinosaurs.
Ryze shines with magical light. The colours are a bit dim but the use of light and shadow is very well realised. His lower body still looks a bit duller in comparison with the great impression that the upper body gives. Regardless, it’s an eye-catching portrayal that gives a reasonably good depiction of him while also attracting attention. The magic supports Ryze without stealing the show and reflects his power well.
All in all, while the context isn’t clear Ryze’s portrayal is attractive and the background does present some good challenges for his arcane power. At the very least, it’s an effective spotlight for Ryze.
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Conclusion: Even though the model changes are extensive the classic base is quite evident. Tribal Ryze aims at showing a different style that is aboriginal and closer to nature. In spite of that, the major changes are the fur clothes; the thick, leather parchment of his big scroll and the tusk earrings. There’s also the chalk-white skin with some blue tattoos on them so, in theory, there are sufficient changes to realise a new look. Regardless, they feel sparse and don’t work together to affect more than the surface. Worse may be that, despite what’s noticeably different, he still looks like Classic Ryze but with some changed colours.
When all is added together, Tribal Ryze is a skin with many changes that fail to work together in displaying a new style for the Rune Mage. It’s, technically, a skin that does quite a bit for its low price yet the modifications are ineffective in conjunction and so the result isn’t particularly novel.

Vandal Brand
Vandal Brand Splash Art Vandal Brand Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Brand dressed as a biker gang member.
Model: Major model changes for Brand.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece’s brush-like technique ends up generating greatly varying degrees of quality. The background displays a bar in an extremely simplistic way: a few barrels and sketchy bottles plus the counter. The draft quality also extends to Brand: the trousers look like mud and flames are minimal. Then, it’s quite a contrast to see that the counter reflects the glow of his hands. Moreover, the jacket is has a nice print on the back though the overall quality remains sketchy. Brand’s skin also suffers from mixed quality: the dark parts are adequately depicted but those that burn are simply painted yellow. Overall, the composition isn’t ambitious nor is it the concept which added to the draft quality make for a subpar splash art.
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Conclusion: Vandal Brand is an unexciting skin that simply gives him some leather clothes and that’s it. On the one hand, the clothes are appropriate and convey the intended look. On the other hand, he doesn’t appear particularly striking: it’s just a clothed Brand and nothing else. In summary, a modest concept joins an unimaginative execution and the result is a rather plain skin.

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

Vindicator Vayne
Vindicator Vayne Splash Art Vindicator Vayne Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Vayne dressed as a contemporary vampire hunter.
Model: New model for Vayne and her crossbows.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is quite pedestrian: it simply shows Vayne aiming her arm crossbow. The background is practically absent; except for some light effects that seem to be coming from nowhere. Vayne herself is not particularly well drawn and the use of colours is bland: even the light reflections on her are subdued and uninspiring. Considering the quality of the Chinese splash art, this piece has no place in League of Legends.
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Conclusion: Vindicator Vayne provides a modern look for Vayne which doesn’t appear as out of place as one could initially think. Technically, it does change all aspects of Vayne’s look, even her arm crossbow has a different animation due to its particular design. However, while the concept does suit Vayne it isn’t exactly attractive; the execution could even be considered dull. The overall look of the skin doesn’t effectively deliver the point of a modern vampire hunter. If you do like Vayne’s look you should definitely get it as the price isn’t much of an obstacle. However, some people may not find the look exciting at all.

Vizier Malzahar
Vizier Malzahar Splash Art Vizier Malzahar Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Malzahar as an evil magical advisor.
Model: New textures for Malzahar.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background shows structures built on red rock along a, presumed, volcano; if the ever-present red hue is any indication. There’s a mysterious blue orb floating in the middle that isn’t bathed by the red light, unlike the nearby voidling; which is misguiding as they remain blue in-game. To Malzahar’s right, the scene is repeated. Malzahar is well depicted though with proportions that don’t convince. He looks rather stubby: his legs and body long and wide while his arms short. Still, the clothes flowing give him some panache and the shading is correct. Overall, an acceptable splash art with a monotonous background and a passable portrayal.
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Conclusion: Vizier Malzahar is a re-texture that feels like a re-colour. While other elements are displayed, like the metal wristbands or the exposed hair under the small cap, it’s mostly a red and blue outfit and nothing more. For Malzahar’s fans it may an interesting choice of colours but if that doesn’t entice you, then nothing else will.

Void Nocturne
Void Nocturne Splash Art Void Nocturne Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Nocturne as a being from the Void.
Model: New model and Void trail for Nocturne.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: If we take the brush strokes as a background we should consider it an abstract depiction of the horrors of the Void. On the other hand, we can simply admit that the colours simply fill space. Nocturne’s depiction tries but is unable to escape the unclear technique: his right arm is diffuse, the left blade is almost entirely out of the picture and the lack of detail on his body hardly represents the complex textures of the model. In conclusion, it’s an unclear and imprecise piece that is unable to give more than a faint idea of Nocturne’s look.
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Conclusion: Void Nocturne is a skin with a model that is as intricate as it is enjoyable to watch. The elaborate design is a good match for the mysteries of the Void. Moreover, the multiple spikes and multi-layered body show an obvious readiness and aptitude for battle. The extra Void trail for Nocturne’s body is a great extra. Unfortunately, there’s no Rift effect for Duskbringer’s trail and his other abilities; which would’ve been awesome. Regardless, it’s a great skin at a good price; fans of the Void or Nocturne will find much to like in it.

Yellow Jacket Shen
Yellow Jacket Shen Splash Art Yellow Jacket Shen Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Shen dressed in yellow and black.
Model: New model for Shen, his ninjatos and Spirit Blade.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A burning sky is the ceiling under which fiery ninjas charge forward. While a strange view considering their subterfuge the background manages to give some context aside from its abstract framing sections. Shen is surrounded by flames with a comic-style depiction that shows sharp abrupt lines yet becomes a distinct and useful display of most of his aspect. The inhuman eyes join the fires around and connect him with the other ninjas. In spite of some blurriness, even the background is rather clear. Unfortunately, nothing explains the relevance of these mysterious ninjas that join Shen though they occupy almost half of the piece. For the impactful portrayal of Shen there’s a noticeable lack of relevance. It all appears important but lacks a specific element, like Zed presence is in Frozen Shen’s splash art, to make the display a relevant vision. In the end, it’s an effective splash art that looks good and serves its purpose but that leaves one wondering what all the fuss is about.
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Conclusion: Yellow Jacket Shen adapts Scorpion’s look to the Eye of Twilight and provides a more traditional yet still dazzling ninja look. Although the yellow and black palette is the most distinct characteristic, thanks to the nice contrast of colours it provides, there’s more to it than that. The aggressive design of the armour reinforced by the torn cloth stand apart from the tidy and composed visage of Classic Shen; something that his blades echo. It also makes for a visually attractive uniform though the darker parts hide much of their details. Nevertheless, Yellow Jacket Shen is a skin that defines an iconic look for Shen that feels familiar yet different from his usual self. Fans of ninjas will find much to like in this cheap but attractive skin.

Phantom Karthus
Phantom Karthus Splash Art Phantom Karthus Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 460 RP
Concept: Karthus wearing a black robe and a mask.
Model: Moderate model changes for Karthus, new model for his staff and new textures for his book.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Phantom Karthus’ splash art barely serves as a representation of his in-game look and definitely nothing more. To start with, there’s no background and Karthus’ black robe hardly stands out from the black patch in its place. Karthus portrayal is passable as the robes don’t look very good: they are difficult to see and show problems with the use of perspective. Besides, the bone appears muddy and the book sketchy while the staff is the only part that is passable; thanks to its light effects. Overall, a splash art that is so ineffective that doesn’t even work as a good depiction of the champion.
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Conclusion: Instead of a ghost, Phantom Karthus is an armoured battle-mage as the metallic protection of his outfit reveals. The engraved plates provide the skin with a clear image that is echoed by the book and staff. The tattered, black robe is still noticeable underneath but a new aesthetic is realized nevertheless. So, while originality isn’t the strong point of the skin, the aspect is appealing and has a low price. Therefore, fans of Karthus will find it a nice option despite its modesty.

Conclusion

Many skins are offered at this price and there’s quite some variety of quality levels; despite sharing the same price. A skin in particular, Red Riding Annie, stands out thanks to a fitting and interesting concept added to a rather good execution. This skin is a great option for Annie fans without any doubt.

Thanks to the visual upgrades, Emerald Taric, Kingpin Twitch, Phantom Karthus, Frozen and Yellow Jacket Shen are now much more satisfying options. They are simple skins that don’t go far beyond model changes. Still, between the low price and good looks they are attractive alternatives.

Great skins don’t end with Red Riding Annie as the following ones are also fine choices: Butcher Urgot, Dragon Knight Mordekaiser, Highland Tryndamere, Masquerade Evelynn, Pharaoh Amumu. Their implementation isn’t as polished or elaborate as it could be but they still offer great looks and attractive concepts.

There are other skins that, even though not outstanding, are definitely good for the price: Desert Trooper Garen, Hextech Galio, Hextech Sion, Leopard Nidalee, Noxus Poppy, Shamrock Malphite, Time Machine Zilean and Vizier Malzahar. They are a set of skins with interesting concepts and implementations which may be either flawed or simple. Nevertheless, they are all good choices for fans of the respective champions.

Another set of skins remains: Badger Teemo, Caterpillar Kog’Maw, Crimson Akali, Mr. Mundoverse, Nightmare Cho’Gath, Nottingham Ezreal, Sasquatch Nunu, Sonoran Kog’Maw, Swamp Master Kennen and Toxic Dr. Mundo.

The last batch of skins may appeal to dedicated fans of the associated champions but they aren’t particularly appealing or in cases are too simple to be of any interest. There may still be some nice choices for fans but unless you really like the champion in question the skin alone won’t win you over.

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

  1. mundo, mundo, MUNDO! (skin review pls)

  2. not sure how exactly do you dope these review up
    but scorpion oh thats 4 star
    but incredible hulk nah thats boring 2 star

    • Yellow Jacket Shen has an elaborate texture work to provide Scorpion’s look whereas Toxic Dr. Mundo is the same old Mundo but with green skin; only the skin colour is changed, no further changes. As both cost the same there is a difference in quality.

      That doesn’t mean that Toxic Dr. Mundo is a bad skin or that you shouldn’t buy it, the review is just a guide. Considering the work the skin has along with its price we recommend how good the purchase would be. In other words, if the changes that the skin provides are worth the price it has.

  3. You should change the Twitch and Karthus skins’ reviews. The picture was changed but not the review itself.

  4. I’m pretty sure the Phantom Karthus review needs to be updated for his VU, which raised the quality of the skin considerably.

  5. where is workshop shaco? that is a legacy skin too :'(

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