Nov 292012
 
Pantheon, the Artisan of War
Pantheon, the Artisan of War

Pantheon, the Artisan of War is a warrior from every angle, even his skins. All of them represent a combatant, whether fantastic or historical, with different equipment but the same Pantheon underneath. If you want to make a good impression when falling from the sky, take a shot at his skins’ review.

Myrmidon Pantheon
Myrmidon Pantheon Splash Art Myrmidon Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Pantheon dressed as a Greek myrmidon.
Model: New textures for Pantheon and his weapons.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The blurry and reddish battlefield behind hints at instead of showing bloodshed. Therefore, it ends up like a mishmash of red tones that suggests instead of providing a frame. Pantheon is quite well depicted with excellent shading but proportions that, at moments, seems awkward. This may be due to the low perspective that tries to make him look imposing but might make his head too small and his legs too large. Regardless, it’s a very good portrayal of Pantheon that stands in polar opposition to the unclear background.
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Conclusion: Myrmidon Pantheon is an interesting re-texture that provides a distinct look for the Artisan of War. In spite of being only a re-colour, the high contrast and bright hues make Pantheon quite attractive though too familiar to look at. To be fair, not much can be said as it’s quite simple yet striking. As far as re-textures go, it does enough with very little but it could’ve certainly been more.

Ruthless Pantheon
Ruthless Pantheon Splash Art Ruthless Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
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: For all intents and purposes, this piece lack a background. The colours that fill the space are in no way a setting and completely ineffective as a frame. Pantheon’s depiction is passable as the shading isn’t very attractive due to dull colours. Besides, he isn’t very well drawn as the peculiar delineation of muscles makes evident. A crack on his shield is the only detail that adds some depth to the piece. Regardless, it’s clear that it’s a splash art that is way past its due time.
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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.

Perseus Pantheon
Perseus Pantheon Splash Art Perseus Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
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

Full Metal Pantheon
Full Metal Pantheon Splash Art Full Metal Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Pantheon as warrior made of metal.
Model: New model for Pantheon and his weapons.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece doesn’t show much background and, to be fair, doesn’t need to. Still, the strokes of colours that try to frame Pantheon are inadequate at trying to provide a setting. Therefore, all that can be said is that Pantheon is under the rain, somewhere. At least, Pantheon’s depiction is superb: the design of the metal plates that make his body is carefully done with great attention to detail and admirable shading. His body looks a bit dark, like his left arm but in general it’s an excellent portrayal. Unfortunately, his red cape and rags look coarsely drawn; which is puzzling. All things considered, it’s a great depiction of Pantheon that stands surrounded by lesser quality art.
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Conclusion: Full Metal Pantheon aims to turn Pantheon into a warrior made of metal. Sadly, he seems to be wearing a suit of armour with an air akin to the Tin Woodman. In fact, the concept is attractive and has great potential but the particular design chosen makes him look weak and messily crafted; as if he was patched in several places with suboptimal parts. On the whole, it’s a skin with a lot of potential but the execution pales in comparison with the great expectations set by the splash art.

Glaive Warrior Pantheon
Glaive Warrior Pantheon Splash Art Glaive Warrior Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Pantheon in the image of a Dacian knight.
Model: New model for Pantheon and his weapons.
Particles: New particles for Heartseeker Strike.
Animations: New animation for Spear Shot.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Blurry backgrounds aren’t always inappropriate but in this case the lack of clarity simply can’t be attributed to dust or speed. The background suggests a battlefield, near or in a city, but it’s too diffuse to clearly distinguish anything. This low quality creeps on Pantheon and blurs his right leg, as well as making his cape a bit rough and his body drab. Luckily, he rises with good depictions of his helmet, shield and spear. Regardless, it’s a piece that provides an interesting composition but not enough quality to effectively back it up.
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Conclusion: Glaive Warrior Pantheon is an interesting skin with an attractive yet classic look but an uneven execution. The armour looks rather simple and the clothes underneath are just plain, yet the helmet and cape are attractive and suitable. Additionally, the shield and glaive look rather good with complex designs but muddy colours. Actually, the general subdued colour palette stands in stark contrast to the bright classic particles for Aegis Protection and Grand Skyfall; which makes the particles look inconsistent. Furthermore, the glaive has a strange design that makes the blade and dragon head have opposite directions. As Pantheon wields the glaive so that the dragon head is vertical, the blade looks upside-down. In the end, Glaive Warrior Pantheon is a skin that suffers from an irregular implementation but ends up being appealing.

Dragonslayer Pantheon
Dragonslayer Pantheon Splash Art Dragonslayer Pantheon Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Pantheon as a dragon-knight.
Model: New model for Pantheon and his weapons.
Particles: New particles for his abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New animations for Grand Skyfall and recall.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities and auto-attack.
Splash Art: He’s here, he lands on the ground scarring its surface with his weight. The night seems empty except for the light he produces. At least, there’s something to see. Flying rocks aside, there’s no setting to speak of and so the background marks its absence. Fortunately, Pantheon’s portrayal surely catches the eye. It’s magnificent use of colour, light and great details make every element worth staring at. Sadly, the pose doesn’t allow a full view of his armour or weapons plus the torso and cape, near the spear’s blade, look peculiarly dull. Nonetheless, this may be one of the best portrayals available in the whole of League of Legends; despite being a clearly straightforward piece. It certainly puts the bar quite high for the model to deliver.
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Conclusion: Considering the impressive splash art the three-dimensional model feels underwhelming. Not only does the colour palette look dull but it doesn’t even match the one presented by the splash art. In fact, the armour and weapon designs are quite different; though the latter aren’t well depicted in the splash art. Taken for what the skin actually is, we have a moderately armoured Pantheon with dragon-based gear. For a task like dragon-slaying the unprotected torso and feet are surprising; even though we could always say that it’s Pantheon’s style. The design is surely appealing and elaborate yet hardly original. The particles add some extra glow to his abilities but only the visuals of Heartseeker Strike and Grand Skyfall really stand out. Besides, the new sounds are hardly noticeable. In the end, it feels like an obviously stylized version of a warrior. Nevertheless, it’s appealing as long as you take it for what it truly is. Fans of Pantheon will find it an interesting and expensive addition to his wardrobe but most people will have to make an effort to ignore the splash art’s promise. If you like it, consider catching it at a sale.

Conclusion

Pantheon’s skins are firmly centred on warriors and among the multiple references some skins work better than others. Glaive Warrior Pantheon is the recommended skin due to its traditional yet attractive Dacian design. The skin has problems but it’s a convincing representation of a battle-ready warrior.

Perseus Pantheon is an interesting Greek-inspired alternative as long as historical accuracy isn’t an issue. Whereas, Ruthless Pantheon stands as the best of the cheaper options; especially for He-Man fans. However, Full Metal Pantheon and Myrmidon Pantheon are lacklustre in their execution and hardly the best choices available.

Lastly, Dragonslayer Pantheon is a skin that sets the sights quite high with its impressive splash art and then it’s unable to deliver. The result is a fictionalized dragon-knight with some nice touches, especially on Grand Skyfall, but that struggles to justify its price.

  22 Responses to “League of Legends: Pantheon Skins’ Review”

  1. Hey, thanks for the great Pantheon review, I loved it. Just ashame that Full Metal Pantheon got such a low rating, since I have him and I love to play with him and his amazing splash art. But maybe its just me who thinks its attractive ;)

    Anyway, thanks again.

    • It’s nice to know that you liked it.

      We agree that Full Metal Pantheon’s splash art is incredible but the in-game model is leagues away. The concept is great but the execution is sadly lacking: it seems as if he looks brand new in the splash art but used and patched up in-game.

      Maybe when Pantheon gets a visual upgrade Full Metal Pantheon will be reborn as he deserves.

  2. dragon something pantheon first impressions? :D

    • Seems good, it’s Pantheon wearing light dragon-styled armour; traditional but acceptable. Some of the new particles look quite nice but we’ll have to see the price to determine how worthwhile it really is.

    • Most of it was probably repurposed while making that Braum skin…

      • That wouldn’t really be surprising nor the first time it’d happen.

        • i realised something when comparing the original panth and dragonslayer. The ult for dragonslayer takes longer to do damage because of the animation that he has. It really puts a disadvantage on the skin

          • In theory, there shouldn’t be a difference as the changes necessary to make Dragonslayer Pantheon’s Grand Skyfall look good were extended to the other skins.

            In practice, there could some visual differences with the other skins but we are to assume that Grand Skyfall works the same accross all skins.

            In actuality, only Riot really knows. As far as we know skins are checked not to affect the power of a champion. However, some changes sometimes do give a little advantage or disadvantage.

  3. There’s a new badass dragons slayer skin for pantheon… The splash art almost enough to make me want to jungle… Not gonna buy it until you guys do your review though…

    • We can confirm that the splash art is amazing but the actual skin is another matter. We’ll have a review as soon as possible.

  4. looking forward to the review on DragonSlayer Pantheon :)
    the ultimate looks so badass, too bad you will never get to see it as a pantheon player since if you’re using it, you are most likely looking at somewhere faraway :)

    • That’s a very good point and considering that the most attractive addition were the changes to the Grand Skyfall it leaves little else of interest.

  5. When dragon slayer pantheon will be reviewed since braum is reviewed already

  6. hey zero thanks for the review!would u say its a good buy at 975 rp?? considering the fact that the other options at 975 are glaive warrior and full metal i would think its way better for panth fans…all of that aside,would u recommend it at sale price???i got the rp just dunno if im gonna get it or not..

    • If you don’t usually buy skins on regular sales then at 975 RP Dragonslayer Pantheon is a fine skin to get. For those that prefer to wait they’ll still have to pay a bit more, even at a 50% off, but the skin is certainly better acquired at a discount. It’s not that the skin is bad but it doesn’t really feel good enough for such a high price.

      Also, keep in mind that Pantheon is scheduled for a visual upgrade, like Andy mentions below, so things could change afterwards. In theory, Dragonslayer should be the best of the skins but anything’s possible. The skins could remain at the same rating, some could improve and others not.

      For instance, consider that Piltover Customs Heimerdinger stayed much the same as it was only polished. Headhunter Master Yi was made worse as it lost its unique glow for Wuju Style. Conversely, Chosen Master Yi was improved as it also received new auto-attack sounds for his lightsaber.

      If you want to play it safe, you should wait. On the other hand, if you really like Dragonslayer Pantheon and waiting a long time for a sale isn’t for you then now is the best time to catch it.

  7. It has been said that Pantheon needs a model update (source: http://forums.na.leagueoflegends.com/board/showthread.php?p=46658336#46658336 ). How soon this will come is not entirely clear, but it is on Riot’s radar.

    • Indeed and its high time he received it. Even at a glance you can tell the differences in quality between the old skins and the most recent ones. It’s especially significant between the classic one and Dragonslayer.

  8. first of all it pantheon definitely wont be in high priority cuz as we all know sion urgot ryze and karthus are on the A-list.4 reworks will take a while even if they give out one per month.we also have the Fiora rework(mostly kit wise) coming up so that will delay it even more.and normally with VU’s the best skins and most polished dont change for instance if udyr gets a VU SGU wont change and u can be sure that riot wont change the model or effects of a skin they just gave out otherwise they would just fix him in the first place!Or they could put the skin back until after his VU.

    • That’s quite probable even though we can always hope that more skins receive the same treatment as Chosen Master Yi.

  9. Hey Zero, what skin would you recommend buying, im stuck between ruthless pantheon and perseus pantheon but I can only buy one skin

    thanks

    • Don’t forget that you can always lessen the impact of a purchase by waiting for a sale. They do take a while and require a lot of patience but they pay off in the long term.

      With that said, in terms of features both Ruthless and Perseus are balanced: Perseus has more model changes but is also more expensive. You could take into account if you are willing to pay more for more or if you prefer to pay as little as possible. In terms of concepts you could consider whether you prefer a classic fantasy warrior or a Greek-based one.

      The skins aren’t particularly complex but they are good options for their price. The more significant differences are in concept and price. So, those are the main elements to keep an eye on when making your final decision.

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