Sep 052012
 
Rengar, the Pridestalker
Rengar, the Pridestalker

Rengar, the Pridestalker stands as one of League of Legends most vicious hunters; of any kind of prey. The concept of hunting is explored and expanded over his skins covering sci-fi and fantasy. However, do the ideas fully come to fruition in his skins? Read further on his skin’s review and discover the answer.

Headhunter Rengar
Headhunter Rengar Splash Art Headhunter Rengar Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Rengar as an armoured hunter.
Model: New model for Rengar.
Particles: New brown particles for his auto-attack and abilities.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Headhunter Rengar’s splash art is visceral and astounding. The colours, the lighting and the roar under the rain make for a piece that is a pleasure to behold. The background is eloquent, skull as trophies and trees that have been victims of a predator’s fury, while the rain reasonably clouds the vision of it all. Rengar seems to be between the moonlight and a fireplace, both bathing his armour and fur. Actually, the fur is barely identifiable but the drops hitting his armour make for an excellent effect; though it seems a bit inconsistent, as if a part of his body was under cover. Regardless of the minor gripes with the execution, this piece is one of the best in League of Legends. This is a wonderful example of how to show a champion.
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Conclusion: Headhunter Rengar suits the Pridestalker in armour, references Predators and gives him new particles. While the idea isn’t bad the quality of what is given is to be questioned. The armour is extremely drab and dark, there’s so little contrast that the whole skin looks washed out and the design isn’t attractive either; which is a pity as the skin is rather elaborate. The reference is passable but it leaves the feeling that it has to coexist with a fantasy theme; being a sci-fi reference it doesn’t work well. Finally, the new particles are visually attractive but they don’t all work. The brighter colour distances them from the almost bloody effect that Classic Rengar’s auto-attacks and Savagery had. Nevertheless, the other abilities are acceptable with the golden aesthetic; especially Thrill of the Hunt which looks amazing. As a whole, Headhunter Rengar seems like a good idea that couldn’t find its best form. It’s hardly a bad skin but it isn’t an attractive, distinct take on a vicious hunter as it should.

Night Hunter Rengar
Night Hunter Rengar Splash Art Night Hunter Rengar Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Rengar as a cowled panther-assassin.
Model: New model for Rengar.
Particles: New dark blue particles for his abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New cowl toggle for his taunt and new recall animation.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The trees twist in this section of the forest as if tortured by the oppressive night. The waterfall ahead seems calm and welcoming. Then, the obvious: a dark assassin appears. That would be Rengar with his monochromatic look. He surely looks sleek, so much that he almost seems luminescent despite the Moon negating its warm light everywhere else. Still, his apparition gives us a good glimpse of him and he surely looks dangerous. Regardless, while his face looks photorealistic his legs seem cartoony. Besides, the background is a diffuse suggestion behind him. On the whole, it’s a splash art with an impactful portrayal that might be amongst the best in League of Legends yet, ultimately, feels too straightforward and somewhat uneven.
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Conclusion: Night Hunter Rengar is a skin with a modest aim: turn Rengar into a dark, hooded assassin. It succeeds but it shows that the skin’s concept wasn’t aiming high. The result is a dark panther that fills most of the requisites of the classic cloak and dagger stereotype. His feline nature adds some originality to the concept and the colour scheme is distinct though monotonous; which is furthered by the particles. Still, the disappearing effect for Thrill of the Hunt is fantastic and the aesthetic lends itself well to his role. Ultimately, Night Hunter Rengar isn’t an impressive skin but it’s surely pleasing because while it does little it does it well.

Conclusion

While options are few for feline predators Rengar manages to expand his wardrobe with good options. The recommended purchase is Night Hunter Rengar because it suits his role and also provides a simple but attractive aesthetic. The colour scheme makes it look too homogeneous and the new particles fail at adding much fanfare to the action. So, fans of Rengar will surely notice that the skin is rather unambitious but the result is enjoyable nonetheless.

The alternative is Headhunter Rengar which is a bit of a disappointment, exacerbated by the good concept backing the skin. Rengar as a Predator makes perfect sense but the new look is too rooted on fantasy for the idea to be realized. Moreover, the new particles are flashy but not as visceral as the classic ones. Therefore, what the skin does well is balanced by something that doesn’t work making Headhunter Rengar barely a good product. If you like the mute aesthetic then the skin may be for you but it has no excuse for being so unexciting.

  19 Responses to “League of Legends: Rengar Skins’ Review”

  1. I really like Rengar! He’s my favorite champion and I use him very often! When I’m not playing Farmville 2, I play LOL using Rengar as my champion!

  2. Didn’t know they changed his name to Regnar XD

  3. You should update it as soon as night hunter rengar comes out :3

  4. hey zero GJ on the review u made a little spelling error in the new animations part u wrote “toogle” instead of “toggle”

  5. I personally dislike the night hunter rengar skin, I personally think it makes him look like more of a thief than an assassin and prefer his headhunter skin.

    • We agree to an extent. the Night Hunter skin is more civilized and tries to conceal instead of display the menace that Rengar is. On the other hand, Headhunter is more visceral, primal and plainly exposes the threat that Rengar can be. They are two very differents approachs for the depiction of an assassin.

      As a concept, Headhunter feels richer and more interesting than the good old cowled assassin. However, the implementation tips the scales in Night Hunter’s favour.

  6. Night hunter rengar is a def a tribute to night crawler its just like his old cartoon and comic suit and “Night” Hunter very obv riot doesn’t just have to come scream it in our ears.

    • The aesthetic is certainly similar though the lack of a proper teleport or any fencing are noticeable differences. Actually, it’s the nocturnal assassin aspect that seems to be the shared element between them. It could very well be a tribute but it doesn’t seem as direct as others.

  7. can u please help me a bit which one to choose

    • If you mean among Rengar skins then the choice is clear: we recommend Night Hunter. You could wait for a sale in case you aren’t in a rush. Regardless, it’s a good enough skin to justify its price.

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