Nov 062012
 
Ryze, the Rogue Mage
Ryze, the Rogue Mage

Ryze, the Rogue Mage isn’t an archetypical mage and his skins revel in his unique idiosyncrasy. Some skins take his peculiar image to fantastic extremes while others try to root it as much as possible into the realm of the believable. If you are desperate for the power to make Ryze look like a true arcane master, read his skins’ review.

Human Ryze
Human Ryze Splash Art Human Ryze Model
Category: Exclusive (Retail Collector’s Edition Pre-order)
Price: Not Applicable
Concept: Ryze with normal tattooed skin, wearing white and black trousers.
Model: New textures for Ryze.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: As a simple re-colour of Ryze’s old splash art there isn’t much to appreciate here. There practically is no background, only some magical energy oozing from Ryze to frame him. His portrayal is simple and rather cartoon-like. The shading isn’t bad, as some attention was paid to shadows and reflections, but the depiction shows obvious problems with proportions and perspectives. For instance, his legs and arms look too thin and short while his body has muscles out of place and his head is too narrow. Furthermore, Ryze’s skin colour doesn’t actually reflect the colour in-game. In essence, a terrible splash art that is not only past its due but also doesn’t even serve as a faithful portrayal.
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Conclusion: Human Ryze biggest virtue is clearly showing Ryze’s multiple tattoos. As a re-texture not much else is accomplished; just differently coloured clothes. The aspect isn’t bad but after a while the tattoos are no longer interesting and so the skin becomes a simple re-colour. Considering its status it’s not a bad collector’s item nor is it worth worrying about missing it.

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: New textures for Ryze.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is minimal to an extreme: on the left just a patch of black, under Ryze a stone ground and behind him nothing. Ryze’s portrayal shows a dynamic pose but it’s as if his body had been stretched horizontally: the legs and boots are too wide plus the legs look too far apart. Moreover, his body appears rather narrow in contrast; even taking the perspective into consideration. The lighting is a nice addition but so much light makes his tattoos difficult to discern; which is its major difference with Classic Ryze. Overall, it’s a piece that barely serves its purpose and disappoints in almost all aspects.
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Conclusion: Tribal Ryze can be considered an alternative to Human Ryze but the objective of the skin lies elsewhere. In spite of that, it shares similar problems with the mentioned skin. The aspect is different from Classic Ryze but the new tattoos are rather plain. Coupled with the unnaturally white skin it doesn’t make for a particularly interesting appearance though it is quite distinct. In summary, it’s a different look for Ryze, as much as an uninspired re-texture can do, but it is neither attractive nor innovative.

Uncle Ryze
Uncle Ryze Splash Art Uncle Ryze Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Ryze dressed as Uncle Sam.
Model: Major model changes for Ryze.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Magna Carta behind and Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer: the piece is straightforward and simple. The background is little more than a frame to fill the space; better use of the Magna Carta could’ve been found. Besides, Ryze looks strange as Uncle Sam. It’s more than the adaptation: the proportions of his body parts aren’t right. The problem is so severe that it looks as if he has a humpback and lacks a pelvis. At the very least, it does show Ryze’s look but in general it’s a piece that evidently is past its time.
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Conclusion: Uncle Ryze is a skin directly aimed at United States citizens and fans as other people won’t find much to like in it. The skin isn’t bad looking at all and does a good job at adapting Ryze to Uncle Sam’s style; though as a caricature. Overall, it isn’t a bad skin and it shows that some thought went into its implementation. However, its concept reduces its appeal; especially considering it’s almost a parody.

Triumphant Ryze
Triumphant Ryze Splash Art Triumphant Ryze Model
Category: Exclusive (Win an official tournament)
Price: Not Applicable
Concept: Ryze as a trophy in the form of a metal statuette.
Model: Moderate model changes for Ryze.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Staircase behind, Ryze stands on a podium as the light from his own magic makes his body shine. The background isn’t noteworthy but gives a suitable setting with a building accessed by a rock flanked stair. Conversely, Ryze portrayal is eye-catching and satisfactory. The shading and, in particular, use of light in this piece are superb and help make an otherwise simple portrayal quite a spectacle. It may be just a spotlight for Ryze’s look but it’s a good portrayal that does its job very well.
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Conclusion: Triumphant Ryze is an interesting look for Ryze: bronze and grey to resemble a metal statuette. The aspect is well realized while still staying close to Ryze’s classic look; perhaps too close. Regardless, as a trophy for tournament winners it isn’t a bad prize though it isn’t fantastic either. Therefore, it’s a nice skin if received but not worth taking great pains to acquire.

Professor Ryze
Professor Ryze Splash Art Professor Ryze Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ryze dressed as a classroom teacher.
Model: Moderate model changes for Ryze.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: For a course in arcane studies the classroom looks very convincing: a big blackboard full of runes with a carved desk at the front, topped by all kinds of suitable objects. A pity that the piece fades to black in the left as the wood desk looks nicely shaded as well as the instrumentation over it. Ryze is well coloured and drawn which, added to the magic charged book, would make for a good portrayal. However, his waist twists in an unnatural way that makes his body look broken in two straight parts. Additionally, his trousers and boots look plain, which contrasts the nice colours and lighting of his jacket. On top of that, the shirt’s neck piece appears displaced to a side as if it were falling. Overall, it’s a good piece with a few problems that serves as a spotlight but isn’t able to shine with its mixed quality.
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Conclusion: Professor Ryze gives the Rogue Mage a more conservative look that harkens back to the traditional studious arcane adept. As such, clothes are in order and semi-formal ones to be precise. That is one part of the problem: from the waist up, the clothes are well designed but the trousers and boots look plain and cartoon-like in their proportions. The scroll roller is a fitting addition to preserve the parchment but the book isn’t much different, just the colour. All things considered, it’s an interesting alternative view of the League’s resident wizard.

Zombie Ryze
Zombie Ryze Splash Art Zombie Ryze Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ryze as a brain-eating zombie.
Model: Moderate model changes for Ryze.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: An eerie fog clouds the night and most of the background with a green hue. The moon is thin as if painted by a brush and darkness creeps from the left suffocating all colour. A tombstone is visible next to a twisted tree but it’s empty. Right before us an animated corpse staggers towards our tasty brains; can’t blame him. His limbs contort in unnatural and painful motions as his decrepit grin shows how he savours our flesh. Something seems wrong: his right leg is huge but his left one is very thin. It’s isn’t our eyes and the mist fails at hiding something so obvious. With a last glimpse we look at the fireflies illuminating the vegetation and the moon revealing more details of the rotten body that can’t reach us. It was all a frightful experience, at time it looked revolting and at times as if somebody had finished a piece started by a vastly superior artist.
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Conclusion: Zombie Ryze is Ryze as a zombie but in as a straightforward manner as possible. That is, there is absolutely no doubt that it is Ryze: all his classic elements are present but in a tattered state. In other words, his clothes, scroll, book and also his body clearly show the effects of decomposition; as if he had been buried in his classic form. The general effect isn’t bad, though a little too explicit; especially the deformity of his face and exposed vowels. Therefore, if you like the idea of a zombified Ryze with a pumpkin on the book cover, the skin delivers. Still, some people may find the aspect too gross or simple as the zombie concept isn’t elaborated but splattered over Ryze.

Dark Crystal Ryze
Dark Crystal Ryze Splash Art Dark Crystal Ryze Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ryze as a demonic sorcerer.
Model: New model for Ryze and new glow for his crystal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: New dark crystal shatter for his death.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Ruins with elaborate markings crumble over a night so dark that nothing else is visible. It reaches the point that the darkness seems to devour all colour, extending like mist over each rock and stone. A figure seems to rise over it, his legs are obscured and barely visible but his distinct red skin and shining horns catch the eye. There’s giant crystal on his back that he carries along with a book that drips magic with every turn of a page. We can’t help but stare at such a sinister yet eye-catching display. Yet, when we pay attention at our surroundings we notice how they fade to nothing in our vision, leaving only the upper body of the demonic sorcerer behind.
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Conclusion: Dark Crystal Ryze treads close to the realm of the demonic. The aspect has much in common with a devil but doesn’t stay at just that. The skin goes to great lengths to deliver a refined and attractive look that also leans in the territory of the arcane. The giant crystal in Ryze’s back is firmly secured to his body and his clothes are a little armoured; ready to face hostilities. In a way, it shows the determination to protect a great power and how that power has changed him. Alternatively, it could also be a demon simply stepping into the world of the living. The rich aesthetic not only provides a lot of detail to stare at but it also inspires multiple interpretations of the concept that make the skin more than a simple change of look. In conclusion, Dark Crystal Ryze is a skin that is as rich in concept as it is in visuals. It’s an excellent skin for Ryze fans and a great example of how much can be done with just a model change; even if it should offer more for its price.

Pirate Ryze
Pirate Ryze Splash Art Pirate Ryze Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Ryze outfitted like a classic buccaneer.
Model: New model for Ryze.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: New animation for Overload, Rune Prison and standing idle.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The setting of this piece is mostly a fuzzy sky with some rock formations and sea water. What actually makes the background attractive is the presence of multiple champions in their pirate attire: Swain, Tristana, Katarina, Fiddlesticks and Rumble join Ryze in this disembarkation. Unfortunately, the cartoony appearance of the champions doesn’t mesh with Ryze’s visceral depiction. Ryze shows ample detail: multiple folds on his clothes, strands of beard that reflect the sun, he even has a couple of gold teeth and his eye patch shows a rough surface. On top of that the cannon on his back shows dents like much of his apparel. Therefore, this faithful pirate depiction makes the ball of magic in his left hand very peculiar. In the end, it’s a nice splash art that tries to mesh League of Legends with buccaneering with mixed but overall positive results.
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Conclusion: Pirate Ryze is a skin that isn’t as simple or pedestrian as it looks. The model is quite elaborate with particular attention to classic pirate attire. Moreover, the skin adds a few fitting animations that reinforce the corsair theme. Overload shoots a magic ball from the cannon on his back and for Rune Prison he strikes a daring pose. There’s no doubt that the former looks better than the latter but both complement the flashy pirate look. Besides, when standing idle Ryze takes a sip from his rum bottle; which is a perfect addition. On the whole, Ryze’s usual magic display directly clashes with the pirate aspect. However, if taken as a costumed mage the idea becomes more reasonable. After all, Classic Ryze’s voice, quotes and manners aren’t that far from the concept.

Ryze Whitebeard
Ryze Whitebeard Splash Art Ryze Whitebeard Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Ryze as a fairy tale wizard.
Model: New model for Ryze.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A group of friends make a campfire and share a quiet time on their travels. A lake enchants the view with its moonlight reflection and only cartoony soil makes it company with regards to setting. It’s simple for a background but works. The stars of the piece are the merry men that follow the soil’s cartoony depiction.
There’s a knight petting his poro which draws the attention of the bowman; perhaps. That doesn’t distract the knight from having a firm grasp on his cup but the one responsible for the pouring of spirits can’t take his eyes from the wonders at the fingertips of the wizard. Even though there’s a clear disconnection between some of the champoins, Varus and Ryze seem to be on their own more than part of the group, there’s interaction between most of them. This links them together and also allow a view that goes round them covering their activities. The portrayals differ in quality with Braum and Varus having more elaborate shading than Gragas and Ryze who appear to economize on details despite being part of the central scene. Additionally, it’s difficult to get a good look at the two champions closer to us and legs tend to look sketchy as well as some gear and Varus’ right hand. The cartoony feel pervades the whole piece, mostly, and where it doesn’t fit feels out of place as if borrowed from a better piece.
In the end, the composition of this splash art is great. Simple but effective, it gathers all the champions and allows a rather good look at them all. There are problems with how close some are and how uneven the depictions are. Besides, the setting feels too simplistic and even neglected around them. Overall, it’s a splash art that does a good job at offering a group view of the champions despite some annoying flaws.
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Conclusion: The appearance of an old and wise wizard from a fantasy realm suits the Rogue Mage perfectly. Ryze Whitebeard adopts a decidedly stylized and even cartoony aesthetic but that only works to the skin’s benefit. The appearance is familiar and distinct including classic elements like the pointy hat, a long beard, scrolls of various kinds, a mysterious tome and a magical staff or two. A cloak is missing as well as some other classic items but Whitebeard does look like a travelling wizard which suits the Rogue aspect; despite lacking the vibrancy of the splash art. The classic particles don’t appear out of place though a bit more blue could’ve been added to certain elements to better connect appearance and magic. Ryze’s raspy voice suits the elder sorcerer without problems and so the new style is adopted without significant inconsistencies.
All things considered, Ryze Whitebeard is a direct but appealing skin. The skin relies on its fantasy wizard aesthetic as its sole feature but it’s something well done, albeit not perfectly, that is iconic as well as welcomed in a fantastic setting. For fans of Ryze and wizards, it could be one of the best skins; as far as re-models go.

Conclusion

While Ryze’s skins faithfully stick to his classic appearance there’s still room for interesting concepts. The recommended skin is Ryze Whitebeard thanks to its iconic fantasy wizard appearance. The familiar and appealing style suits the Rogue Mage without problems and provides an alternate take that draws from more traditional fantasy. For fans of wizards Ryze Whitebeard is a very nice option.

It’s also worth recommending Dark Crystal Ryze it takes the Rogue Mage’s untraditional aspect and furthers the concept with a taste of dark magic. The demonic appearance stands out and makes explicit the lethality of his power. It’s certainly a skin with a distinct style but skins at its price are expected to be more than a re-model nowadays.

Uncle Sam may convince some while Tribal Ryze may appeal to others, and they aren’t bad skins, yet their concepts don’t work that well. The former has a very specific target audience and the latter is quite simplistic as a re-texture.

  14 Responses to “League of Legends: Ryze Skins’ Review”

  1. Galio and Viktor please?
    My favorites 😀 I also want to know if Galio’s legendary is worth it. I’ve seen it and already want to get, just want to make sure it’s worth it.

    • Both, already in the list and accordingly bumped.

      Gatekeeper Galio is quite a nice skin in terms of looks, particles and ultimate. The new ability and auto-attack animations are quite similar to the classic ones though there is a subtle difference; still the auto-attack seems practically identical. However, the skin doesn’t have new emotes or recall as it’s older than Battlecast Prime Cho’Gath.

      If you are a Galio fan then it may be worth it but be mindful that the level of quality isn’t on par with recent offerings.

  2. Have you figured out if Dark Crystal Ryze’s death animation is different? Sounds interesting.

    • Sorry we left a notice like that, we forgot to check. We’ve updated the review, thanks for the notice.

      After checking we noticed that the animation is the same except for his dark crystal which shatters. It’s not much of a difference but it’s something.

  3. Champion Ryze => Triumphant Ryze

  4. In your opinion what is the best ryze skin out of all of them?

    • Ryze’s skins could do with some extra elaboration but, from them all, if you want something serious then the best is Dark Crystal Ryze. The demonic angle suits him rather well as if his power is coming from an evil source.

      Professor Ryze is an option for something believable yet not so gloomy. If you want something less serious then Pirate Ryze is an interesting skin. However, don’t expect it to make too much sense.

  5. I enjoy your skin reviews, and thanks for making them. However, I think the Dark Crystal Ryze skin has a new animation for walking. Please check it out 🙂

    • Glad that you like the reviews.

      We made a side by side comparison and there doesn’t seem to be any difference. Did you notice anyting in particulary that stood out?

      • Strange you did not find anything difference. It seems like a very small walking animation change…
        I noticed his animation is a bit more “blocky” or chunky. Especially his right arm, it seems to sway unnaturally. I do think there is an animation change, but it is very small. Hope this helps.

        • Could be that the walk looks different due to the new model. Perhaps it had some minor modifications to adapt the movements for the new model. We’ll check again in-game to make sure and update if we find noticeable changes.

  6. I enjoy your skins review,and thanks. May I ask when can I buy the pirate ryze?msorry for the broken English :P.

    • Don’t worry, all is understood. Pirate Ryze is a legacy skin from the Harrowing event. It’ll most probably be available for purchase again around Hallowen; by the end of October. There’s the possibility that it could appear in some special event or a bundle that’s less probable.

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