Feb 162012
 
Sivir, the Battle Mistress
Sivir, the Battle Mistress

Sivir, the Battle Mistress has a varied assortment of skins at her disposal. A few draw inspiration from established franchises while others base themselves on more traditional sources. If you need help in choosing the right dress for the Battle Mistress, take a look at her skins’ review.

Warrior Princess Sivir
Warrior Princess Sivir Splash Art Warrior Princess Sivir Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Sivir resembling a chakram-wielding warrior.
Model: Major changes for Sivir and new model for her Boomerang.
Particles: New boomerang particles for Boomerang Blade, Ricochet and her auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The art is simple but adequate. The focus is clearly on showing Sivir’s appearance; nothing else. Lighting is well used, it reflects off her Boomerang and armour. Additionally, the cracks on the latter are a nice touch. While Sivir’s in-game appearance is reasonably recreated in the art, her model simply isn’t as sharp looking as this piece.
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Conclusion: In spite of not being a full re-model, Warrior Princess Sivir adapts the Battle Mistress quite well into the image of Xena. The armour and hairstyle convey the aesthetic and the chakram, albeit oversized, cements the personality of the skin. On the whole, it’s hardly an original concept but the aspect is likeable and, considering its fantasy roots, believable. Whether you like Xena or the Battle Mistress, Warrior Princess Sivir is a skin that keeps her identity but adds a distinct layer of fantasy style.

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

Huntress Sivir
Huntress Sivir Splash Art Huntress Sivir Model
Category: Exclusive (Champions Bundle)
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Sivir dresses as an aboriginal native wielding a traditional Boomerang.
Model: Major model changes for Sivir and new model for her Boomerang.
Particles: New boomerang particles for Boomerang Blade, Ricochet and her auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The art provides a simple background that enhances the focus on Sivir and the new Boomerang on the centre. Sivir’s new look is correctly depicted making the piece dynamic and fresh. Sadly, there are a few perspective problems like Sivir’s feet and her left upper arm. Moreover, the Boomerang is supposed to rotate on its centre yet the effect on its tips implies a forward movement. The problems aren’t significant enough to ruin the piece still they aren’t sufficiently minor to be unnoticeable.
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Conclusion: At a glance, Huntress Sivir immediately communicates its theme while leaving a clear impression of its unique identity. The aboriginal theme is presented with wood-based protection, war paint and a distinct boomerang. Her sandals, as well as her revealing clothes may be stylized but the aspect is reasonable and fit the theme. Overall, Huntress Sivir provides a new style for the Battle Mistress that keeps her core but instils a fresh aboriginal aesthetic that stands on its own. Fans of the Battle Mistress and aboriginal warriors will find much to like in Huntress Sivir.

Bandit Sivir
Bandit Sivir Splash Art Bandit Sivir Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Sivir wearing spiked light armour and wielding a boomerang with angled blades.
Model: New model for Sivir and her Boomerang.
Particles: New boomerang particles for Boomerang Blade, Ricochet and her auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The art is very well done with a nice background over which Sivir gazes. Sivir is full of details, more than her model shows, the armour contains many reliefs and even the fur’s texture is visible. A magnificent splash art that clearly surpasses Sivir’s three-dimensional look.
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Conclusion: A well protected warrior is a sensible choice and, without disregarding style, Bandit Sivir incorporates some armour. The protection is light but with an aggressive design that speaks of a lady that shouldn’t be crossed. The Boomerang also follows this theme with and interesting appearance that is decorated but without obstructing its primary function. All things considered, Bandit Sivir offers a more aggressive yet fitting aesthetic that tells that the Battle Mistress knows her business. Still, at this price it could elaborate some more so as to stand out. It’s a good skin for Sivir but it doesn’t that much more in comparison with others.

PAX Sivir
PAX Sivir Splash Art PAX Sivir Model
Category: Exclusive (PAX Prime 2011)
Price: Not applicable
Concept: Sivir enters the Grid dressed in Tron-style gear while her Boomerang becomes a giant digital pad.
Model: New model for Sivir and her Boomerang.
Particles: New boomerang particles for Boomerang Blade, Ricochet and her auto-attack. New red trail for Boomerang Blade.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The splash art is very good with a rich background and a detailed look for Sivir. The setting makes Sivir look fantastic, something that her model isn’t able to match that well. Regardless, the visuals are fresh and the lighting effects and reflections on the borders of Sivir’s Boomerang close a very solid piece.
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Conclusion: With a heavy dose of science fiction added, PAX Sivir is quite an eye-catching skin that, upon closer inspection, seems like it could’ve offered more. The new suit evokes a futuristic setting well but her Boomerang, while technologically advanced, doesn’t look deadly at all and instead seems a plastic toy. Additionally, as most of the details of the suit are made with textures, they look flat and deform a little too much as the model flexes and moves. Add to this the restricted availability of the skin and we are left with a great concept with an acceptable execution that evades most people. PAX Sivir is a good skin but if you don’t already own it it’s simply not worth spending huge amounts in its pursuit.

Snowstorm Sivir
Snowstorm Sivir Splash Art Snowstorm Sivir Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Sivir as an ice warrior.
Model: New model for Sivir and her boomerang.
Particles: New particles for Boomerang Blade, On the Hunt, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sound for her recall.
Splash Art: The background is a mess of ice with the touch of a blizzard. You can recognise the hint of snow-covered trees but besides that there’s nothing. As a setting it provides a place for Sivir to be but it’s nothing more than a frame. Sivir is nicely depicted with bright colours and ample use of lighting effects. Her boomerang also displays a great amount of detail like cracks and dents, perhaps too deep cracks, along glittering edges and snow. The result is attractive but also a bit artificial; in fact, her skin looks plastic and the fur too solid. On top of that, her face doesn’t look like Sivir. Even though her features vary wildly between splash arts it should resemble her classic look yet it seems like a different person. The fact that her arms and legs are difficult to discern and appreciate the elements incorporated on them is just another point on the list. On the whole, it manages to be an eye-catching spotlight yet it feels as if that was all that mattered.
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Conclusion: Snowstorm Sivir is a skin that takes a predictable path in its implementation: the sexy ice warrior. In spite of the hardships of cold weather, the irreplaceable cleavage and open dress don’t seem to pose a problem. It’s true that an ice warrior is fantastic enough that sexy clothes are a possibility. Yet, it seems like a missed opportunity not to have chosen a more practical route. Besides, Sivir seems like a serious warrior and hails from the desert. With that stated, the new boomerang is a great choice that suits the theme perfectly. The same can be said about the new, sublte particles on her auto-attack Boomerang Blade and On the Hunt but her other abilities seem like they would’ve welcomed an icy touch. In spite of its issues, Snowstorm Sivir is a charming skin with a unique identity; mainly thanks to the snowflake boomerang. However, it’s reasonable to wonder if an extra layer of polish and realism could’ve made it excel.

Conclusion

Sivir’s skins offer many different things: from franchises’ references to complex boomerangs; there’s a lot of variety. Most of her skins also rely on her impressive classic base and build upon it. This means that there is a certain familiarity between skins though it’s understandable as Sivir mostly changes clothes and boomerangs.

None of her skins disappoint but some do stand out. The recommended choice is Warrior Princess Sivir: for a low price it does just as much as more expensive skins while offering an attractive and suitable style. Regardless, it’s a rather conservative skin so, if you’d like something more distinct then, Huntress Sivir is your best option: it’s a skin that provides a fantastic and well implemented concept with a lot of appeal.

There’s also a lot of appeal on Snowstorm Sivir with her fantastic boomerang and new particles. However, being a Snowdown skin, more is to be expected as the skin looks nice but doesn’t go beyond the minimum to be acceptable.

The final choice is Bandit Sivir with its aggressive aesthetic. It’s certainly a good looking skin but doesn’t do more than cheaper alternatives. The aspect is distinct but, added to the concept, it hardly innovates. At this price point, it’s hardly a bad choice but there are better options.

  38 Responses to “League of Legends: Sivir Skins’ Review”

  1. NICE POSTING!
    I LOVE BASIC AND PAX SKIN
    I WANT TO PAX SKIN
    BUT I CAN’T GET PAX IN KOREA
    PLEASE SEND ME USED PAX SIVIR CODE.

  2. Glad that you like it. You may find PAX Sivir codes for sale at eBay, but be careful with your purchase.

  3. already used pax sivir code works now. i really want to get pax sivir! so.. if you don’t mind, please send me your used code

  4. Sivir is one of those champs which really benefits from the “Chinese Art Pack” in the forums. Her Chinese artwork looks absolutely beautiful and makes her older skins a tad bit more valuable in my opinion. While PAX Sivir seems the most popular choice nowadays i think its the option for those who are extravagant, specially considering that right now the PAX Sivir Skin is worth 10$ USD at least, on ebay.

    • Interesting suggestion. I agree that in many instances, the Chinese splash arts are superior to the Western versions; though not in every case. Besides, they don’t affect the quality of the three-dimensional model. So they aren’t a complete solution, but are a nice extra.

      • They are not a definite solution, of course. But most people I’ve seen really take in consideration the splash art when they are buying skins. (people that really value pretty loading screens, i guess)

        I also agree that not every champion looks better in the Chinese art, but really old champions like Soraka get a piece of art that is very nice to look at in loading screens and in game icons and it does add a little bit of value to me considering i play Support Soraka all the time and my girlfriend plays AD Carry with Sivir.

  5. Man… i really like the idea around Warrior Princess skin (as a reference to Xena) but the giant feet always kills it for me.

    • Truth be told, Sivir is in dire need of a visual rework.

      • And yet, her remodel (as far as i know) is not even planned

        They have to leave space for the almighty and all popular Karma. (ha ha)

        • Not to talk about Nidalee and her beloved gigantic boots. Although, they make her look cute; especially when running “on the Prowl”.

          Indeed, Sivir is just one of many champions that have to queue up for a visual re-work.

  6. Isn’t sivir’s ulti changed in the bandit skin? I mean isnt it more colorful?

  7. Are these reviews updated to the VU?

  8. Review Sivir as of the VU :)

  9. I still think I like bandit skin the best (probably because I like her weapon best in that version) but I’m disappointed that after the VU her hair clips – very noticeably – through that spike on her shoulder when she runs. It seems a bit sloppy.

    • That would’ve probably involved altering the classic animations to fit with the Bandit model; which may be too much for a 975 RP skin. It’s still a very nice skin with a distinct identity but her boomerang could’ve kept the five blades instead of having four.

  10. Are you going to review the new skins when they are released this snowdown? (Winter Wonder Lulu, Snow Day Singed, and Snowstorm Sivir)

  11. Does Snowstorm sivir have new particles for ricochet?????

  12. in her recochet , when it has blue particles. right.? nice review too.!

    • Glad that you like it, the particles for Ricochet are simply inherited from her auto-attack. As it is an auto-attack modifier and doesn’t have any additional particles you can consider that it hasn’t received any new particles.

  13. i think snowstorm sivir is legacy but not.?

    • Snowstorm Sivir along Winter Wonder Lulu and Snow Day Singed are legacy skins as far as we know. As such they’ll retire to the Legacy Vault after the event and return next Snowdown.

  14. nice but i cant agree with the snowstorm sivir.

    • We aren’t happy with it either but for a legacy skin Snowstorm Sivir has to be held at a high standard. The skin is certainly good but it simply lacks something extra to make it truly special.

  15. what is the best skin for sivir.?? Better to hear your opinion…

    • Huntress Sivir is the most unique in terms of looks, thanks to the boomerang. However, it’s also the most expensive and difficult to get if you are not interested in the contents of the Champions Bundle; fortunately it’s a flexible bundle. Bandit and Snowstorm are interesting but Warrior Princess stands out due to her distinct theme. If you’d like something reasonably priced with an iconic style then Warrior Princess would be a good choice.

  16. Thank you very much i have snowstorm sivir but for now i didnt like it.. i want pax but i cant get i want huntress but unavailable too better to get warrior princess thank you for your opinion. Nice reviews for the GOD OF ADR SIVIR :) ….

    • Not at all, hope you enjoy Warrior Princess. Also, don’t forget to give Snowstorm another chance: it’s not a bad skin and has a clear theme. It simply doesn’t feel really special but can be charming in its own way.

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