Feb 092012
 
Sona, the Maven of the Strings
Sona, the Maven of the Strings

Sona, the Maven of the Strings may not have that many skins but the ones she does have are quite good. If there’s one thing that her skins share is heavy musical influences. There’s a lot of variety among them ranging from Greek goddesses to metal bands. If you want the best dresses for the deadliest musician the League has known check this review.

Muse Sona
Muse Sona Splash Art Muse Sona Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Sona is dressed resembling Terpsichore, one of the nine Muses and Greek goddess of dance.
Model: New model for Sona and her Etwahl.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art The splash art is adequate albeit unimpressive. All in all, it’s an accurate representation of Sona’s in-game look.
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Conclusion: Sona looks very nice in this re-model as a Muse perfectly fits Sona and her musical theme. While the skin may not have any outstanding features it also lacks any faults as well. It’s simply a well done skin and nothing should prevent you from buying it if you like Sona.

Pentakill Sona
Pentakill Sona Splash Art Pentakill Sona Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Sona embraces the gothic style to join metal band Pentakill.
Model: New model for Sona and her Etwahl.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art While the splash art does recreate Sona’s three-dimensional look the overall mood of it all seems wrong. It may be possible to fit Sona as a hard rock enthusiast nonetheless it’s definitely difficult to believe that she would behave as aggressive as she is depicted. It’s adequate but unfitting.
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Conclusion: Technically, the skin is a nice re-model with a well defined dark look for Sona. In practice, the metal theme seems a little forced. On the one hand, she is a classically trained musician so branching into symphonic metal seems acceptable. On the other hand, Sona’s personality and music represent the complete opposite of the usual features of metal rock. In the end it all comes down to the concept. If you like the metal angle it’s worth it but if you, reasonably, think that it’s inadequate you should pass on it.

Silent Night Sona
Silent Night Sona Splash Art Silent Night Sona Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Sona lets the Christmas spirit engulf her: she dresses for the occasion and decorates her Etwahl accordingly.
Model: Major modifications to Sona’s model and small additions to her Etwahl.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New joke for Sona, she plays an excerpt of ‘Deck the Halls’.
Splash Art The splash art is a good representation of Sona’s model. The art is nice showing Sona’s flowing hair as she plays her instrument. The particles emanating from the glowing chords of her Etwahl round up a solid piece of art.
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Conclusion: While the modifications to the skin are not enough to consider it a re-model it also didn’t carry the price of one. Moreover, the addition of a new joke is a nice plus that makes it special; as it should be for a limited skin. All things considered, if you bought it while available you made a good purchase.

Guqin Sona
Guqin Sona Splash Art Guqin Sona Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Sona wears a Chinese dress to welcome the Lunar New Year while her Etwahl becomes a Guqin.
Model: New model for Sona and her Etwahl.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New sound effects for Sona’s abilities and new background music for her auras. Check Ciderhelm’s skin video to listen to them.
Splash Art: The splash art is well done, effectively merging Sona’s character with Chinese traditions. While the art has a few minor problems with perspectives and shows more details than Sona’s model has it’s not bad at all
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Conclusion: Few skins provide much more than a new model that may or may not affect some abilities. While visually Guqin Sona is just a re-model, aurally it’s much more than that. The use of a Guqin changes the whole feel of Sona while keeping her character intact. Aside from legendary skins there are very few opportunities to get this much for this price. If you like Sona, you deserve to own Guqin Sona.

Arcade Sona
Arcade Sona Splash Art Arcade Sona Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Sona in casual clothes with a complex game controller as her Etwahl.
Model: New model for Sona and her Etwahl.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and death.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack, joke, taunt, laugh and new background music for her auras. Check Ciderhelm’s skin video to listen to them.
Splash Art: As a portrayal of Arcade Sona this piece is quite good but it leaves the feeling that much more could’ve been achieved with a proper background. It’s nice that Sona’s skirt meshes with the background, integrating both. However, aside from the little sparks and effects there’s nothing in the piece besides Sona. Conversely, Sona has never looked so upbeat and fresh. The quality of her depiction is wonderful but also is what was chosen to be depicted: her expression, her stance, the flow of her hair and clothes; the end result is breathtakingly beautiful. Arcade Sona’s splash art is excellent and only a more interesting background prevents it from being superb.
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Conclusion: Arcade Sona is much more than a reference to old arcades and 8-bit nostalgia. Sona’s new model gives her attractive yet elegant clothing as well as an incredible new Etwhal. This new Etwhal is not just for show as Sona constantly presses buttons and moves the joysticks. On top of all this, there are new particles and sounds for the auras and auto-attack that effectively round the arcade theme. Arcade Sona is a skin that changes a lot about Sona but everything is cohesive and appealing. Seldom are themes implemented so well and Arcade Sona shows that no matter the theme, with good execution a great product is possible. In conclusion, Arcade Sona is a fantastic skin and no fan of video games should ignore it.

Conclusion

Sona’s skins have good quality and are appropriately priced for what they provide. It’s not so much that the execution of the skins fails but that sometimes the concepts don’t merge well with Sona.

However, Arcade Sona stands as an awesome exception that makes its outlandish concept work thanks to an incredibly good execution. Arcade Sona is not only Sona’s best skin but also one of the best available in League of Legends.

Guqin Sona is also among the best of her skins while Muse Sona is a solid purchase as well. Finally, Pentakill Sona may not be for everybody, it does look good but the concept may not fit Sona’s personality all that well.Conclusion

  26 Responses to “League of Legends: Sona Skins’ Review”

  1. Arcade Sona is a lot better and more complicated than some Legendary skins. Totally worth 975 RP !!

  2. Will this Arcade skin ever come on sale I’m wondering? ;x

    • Yes it will go on sale, eventually. Even though it was offered for free at an event it was made so that it wasn’t restricted to it; unlike PAX skins.

  3. I have some requests please.
    -Viktor
    -Ziggs
    -Yorick
    -Galio
    -Kennen
    -Renekton
    -Veigar
    -Rammus
    -Gragas
    Sorry for the long list, take your time. Just champions I want skins from XD

  4. I really do like both Amumu and Sona. They are one of my favourite champions buy I can only afford buying skin for 1 of them. Since Sad Robot Amumu and Guqin Sona are on sale please guys tell me which one should I buy. I really really do love both of them and can’t decide. If Guqin had some particles it would be the one but I don’t know. Help me!

    • Firstly, Guqin Sona only changes the aspect and audio of Sona. In her particular case, the new sounds for her abilities and auras are a great addition. However, particles aren’t changed.

      Secondly, Sad Robot Amumu not only changes the audio of most of his abilities, and modifies his voiceover, but also the look of all of them.

      Therefore, Sad Robot Amumu is a more complete skin in term of sheer features. However, Guqin Sona is cleverly designed as it provides brand new sounds to a music-based champion.

      You should also consider how much you play each champion and if you like the skins enough to use them when new ones are available. For instance, if you eventually acquire Arcade Sona, will you still play with Guqin Sona? The same could happen to Sad Robot Amumu when a new skin is released.

      If you have more questions please feel free to ask them.

  5. The thing is that I love and want some skins more than theese but I am afraid that I will apologise in the future for not buying those. I know….Im overthinking it but it’s all about money spending.

    And one single question. Do you think Aeser Wing Kayle skin will be a legendary one? I know it’s incomplete yet but do you think keeping the same ultimate visually is a good choice from riot?

    • Money is actually a good point to consider when making purchases. Besides, remember that these skins will be on sale again, eventually. If you are patient then there’s no problem. If possible, try to buy the skins that you like the most for the champions you play and enjoy the most. In that case, chances are that it will be a good investment.

      Aether Wing Kayle has a new voice-over so in all probabilities it will be a legendary skin; as those are the only ones with wholly new voice-overs.

      If there is any change to Intervention it sure is subtle; though particles aren’t finished yet. There are two arguments on particles changes: one is to keep particles to make the ability easy to read regardless of skin. The other is that a legendary skin should provide a distinct visual style to reflect its status.

      Both arguments are valid and understandable. However, one belongs to the designer and the other to the player. Therefore, as a paid product the skin should incorporate as much visual flare as possible to awe and impress beyond a good first impression; especially legendary skins. Besides, there’s much that can be done while keeping the general style of iconic abilities intact so as to facilitate readability.

  6. I find your skin reviews rather exquisitely fascinating. Two thumbs up for all your work. Crisp and downright precise as they are, keep’em reviews coming. :)

  7. Will Guqin Sona get on sale soon?

    • Guqin Soneawas last on sale between the 11th and 14th of January, 2013. Theoretically, it’s been enough time for it to go on sale again but, as there are so many skins and sales are rather small, chances are you’ll have to wait. That’s because there are a lot of skins that haven’t been discounted for over a year. Regardless, don’t let your hopes down as sales are quite unpredictable and it could be discounted at any time. Sorry we can’t be more specific but with the ever increasing amount of skins in the game sale have become very difficult to predict.

  8. It feels like the reviews for Sona’s skins (except for Arcade) are all a bit shorter than most other skin reviews, but they are still nice. I have a question about the Guqin Sona skin though. I tried it out on the PBE and noticed that her walking animation is not exactly the same as in her other skins. She seems more “pointed forward” when she walks and the two flowing parts of her dress that are behind her seem to constantly “cross” while she is talking. I have taken a screenshot of each skin’s walking animation from lolking for comparison. http://i.imgur.com/7dTbWu6.png
    Looking at that, you can also notice the flowing parts of her dress in her Arcade skin seem to stay lower to the ground while she is walking.

    • Sona’s review was one of the first we made and so they seem a bit brief. Fortunately, they still serve their purpose and we have a planned update in the future; at least, when her visual upgrade comes.

      What you mention about her walking animation is very interesting though it might not be enough to call it a new animation. It seems that the animation was adapted to each skin to ensure a better view of Sona according to the model. It’s nonetheless something worth giving a closer look, thanks for the notice.

  9. I got both Arcade Sona and Guqin for free, so which one do u think is better?

    • Both are nice and different: Guqin is more musical even if Arcade is more elaborate, regardless they both are great for their price. As you have them both, we hope you enjoy them.

  10. Although the reviews are pretty much adequate, the star ratings here are quite baffling. First you describe goquin as a pretty good skin and give it 5 stars. Then you label(correctly) arcade sona as fantastic and one of the best skins available and give it…. 4 stars. Something is not quite right. Certainly it has a bit higher price of 1350, but we are talking about whole new model sounds and visuals. We are lucky it is not 1800ish.
    I may see a bit fanboyish, but i simply think ratings(which are probably first things people look at) are misleading.

    • We know well that ratings are the most explicit indication of a skin’s value that’s why we try hard to make them as accurate as possible. In fact, the conclusion tries to be an explanation of why the skin received its rating. We probably aren’t always as clear as we should but the idea is that by merely looking at the rating you should know how good a skin’s value is. Then, you have the conclusion if you want to delve into the whats and whys.
      As always, feedback is appreciated and we pay attention to suggestions to make the reviews the most useful they can be.

      In this particular case, there’s little doubt that Arcade Sona is more elaborate and visually spectacular than Guqin Sona. However, there’s the matter of the price. For 975 RP Guqin Sona offers great value but Arcade Sona might need a little extra to really shine at 1350 RP. The price of 1350 RP is quite high and even close to a Legendary skin. Thus, we feel that a skin needs to justify the expense and the higher the price the more and better features it needs to provide.

  11. Hey Zero, as mentioned on the comment above, “Arcade Sona is not only Sona’s best skin but also one of the best available in League of Legends.” you wrote this and labelled it 4 stars. Is it due to the price? Now it’s on sale, I’m not a Sona main but then this skin sounds appealing at 675 RP, what do you think? Does it worth 5 stars?

    • Arcade Sona is a fabulous skin but a bit expensive at 1350 RP. If you like Sona then Arcade is a fantastic choice and at 675 RP it’s a more palatable purchase. So, you can add an extra star despite still being a bit more expensive than 487 RP.

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