Mar 152012
 
Soraka, the Starchild
Soraka, the Starchild

Soraka, the Starchild is the iconic healer in League of Legends. She’s one of the original forty champions and one of the most played support choices. If you need advice to choose the best looks for a healing session, gaze into her skins’ review.

Dryad Soraka
Dryad Soraka Splash Art Dryad Soraka Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Soraka dressed as a Greek tree nymph.
Model: Moderate model changes for Soraka and new model for her staff.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Dryad Soraka’s splash art is quite eye-catching thanks to her dramatic pose and multiple light effects. In the background dark trees loom while in the foreground Soraka catches a light in her hands. A breeze sends her ponytail and cape flying but that doesn’t disturb her gazing with ethereal shining eyes. Although the background looks poor, Soraka’s depiction is excellent: it sets the mood of the piece and superbly portrays her; yet her eyes don’t shine in-game. From the light shining on her locks to the clothes folding in the wind, she emanates an air of mysticism that covers the whole piece. In conclusion, an very good splash art that only lacks a better background to excel.
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Conclusion: New staff, new clothes and a more human-like aspect are what Dryad Soraka actually delivers. Her in-human features do convey the tree nymph aspect but in comparison to her classic self the changes make her less astral and more earthly. These changes are, indeed, small but they are effective nonetheless. Not all is good as the skin tends to look a bit monochromatic due to the restricted colour palette used. Still, it’s a nice aesthetic that, while based on her classic look, provides an alternative, possible aspect for Soraka. On the whole, a nice skin for Soraka fans but don’t expect to see much dryad in this green healer.

Divine Soraka
Divine Soraka Splash Art Divine Soraka Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Soraka before her de-evolution: the heavenly child of the stars.
Model: New model for Soraka and her staff.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is dark yet a fitting frame for Soraka: a forest bathed by the light of the stars. Her body is meticulously depicted with many tattoos adorning it and several folds on her skirt. Her hair reflects the moonlight as well as her wristbands and flute. The flute, in particular, is a great addition that complements the piece by adding another aspect of Soraka’s personality. Even the weapon is part of the background as the attention is on showing Soraka’s communion with the stars instead of her battle prowess. Without doubt it’s a well made piece: it may not be the most flashy or perfect but it’s a superb portrayal of Soraka and one of the best splash arts available.
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Conclusion: Divine Soraka pretends to display Soraka completely devoted to her stellar union, as such she doesn’t exhibit any primitive traits: she’s a unique being blessed by the stars. In fact, the concept of a healer chosen by the stars is quite exciting but none of that astral essence is reflected on her look. At a glimpse, she’s just a tattooed girl, wearing a dress and wielding a staff. That doesn’t mean that she doesn’t look good, on the contrary: the dress is elegant and suggestive, without being revealing, the jewellery properly matches the staff’s design and the jacket exposes her decorum. The general aspect is gracious and appealing but there’s no divinity involved. Therefore, taken for what it is, human Soraka wearing a dress, the skin is actually quite nice. However, if you truly expect it to deliver on the promise of full starry might, you’ll be disappointed.

Celestine Soraka
Celestine Soraka Splash Art Celestine Soraka Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Soraka as a battle healer.
Model: New model for Soraka plus new model and particles for her staff.
Particles: New particles for Starcall, Astral Infusion, Equinox, Wish, auto-attack, recall and death.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack, recall and death.
Splash Art: The background barely reveals a battle taking place. Among the warriors, Soraka unleashes her healing magic in a daring and spectacular way. The setting ends up being mostly as a suggestion as not much is actually shown yet serves as a minimal frame. Conversely, Soraka looks simply stunning: from her sharp lines to the impeccable shading it’s an awesome portrayal. For instance, metal dents, magic sparks, cloth folds and even hooves’ scratches are a handful of details added to complement the depiction. In fact, every aspect of Soraka is greatly developed; even though the abrupt perspective complicates fully appreciating the shape of the staff. All things considered, it’s a wonderful portrayal that could’ve been perfect with a clearer and richer background. Still, it stands proud as one of the best portrayals available in League of Legends.
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Conclusion: Celestine Soraka is essentially the classic cleric ready to unleash healing magic to keep the party in good health. As such, the robe and moderate yet elegant decorations are effective at portraying the role. The clothes look good due to the patterns and refined style, all without compromising its suitability for a battlefield. The staff, in contrast, is certainly more flamboyant but manages to stay practical despite its elaborate ornamentation. Its added particles seem to intend to make it a central piece of the skin. Regardless, the star is Soraka and the staff stays as a nagging but good looking accessory.
The particles have much in common with the staff as they have the same result and style; though the game-play update has severely affected their uniqueness. In particular, Astral Infusion and Wish barely stand out, whereas Equinox is simply re-coloured and Starcall barely modified; also, it’s a pity that Salvation looks just the same. In that regard, the update seems like a step backwards. Still, the new particles for her recall and death are a nice addition. Her death, in particular, better communicates her astral theme and seems like a worthy addition to her classic self. On the whole, Celestine Soraka is a fantastic skin that delivers an appealing and fitting theme while compensating for its flaws.

Reaper Soraka
Reaper Soraka Splash Art Reaper Soraka Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Soraka as a harvester of souls.
Model: New model for Soraka and her staff.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall plus processed voice-over.
Splash Art: Is this an empty night sky over a rocky land, devoid of life, or simply darkness surrounding devastated earth? The setting is mysterious but also lacking meaning due to its ambiguity. Soraka looks clearer as the land trembles before her power. Her dramatic pose catches the eye and still allows a good view of her appearance. The lighting is good and her depiction detailed even if her right arm seem too out of focus despite not being that far; like her left hoof. Dents, scratches and tears give an air of plausibility and decadence that seems appropriate. Nevertheless, the heavily restricted colour palette, used for the whole piece, means that the elements barely stand out and only the light attracts attention. This results in a good portrayal of Soraka framed by an insipid background in a view that seems unnecessarily dim.
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Conclusion: In theory, the idea of having a healer styled as the Grim Reaper seems original and innovative. Conversely, maybe there’s a reason why it hasn’t been done before. It could be because the task of a healer and a reaper are diametrically opposite. To say that Soraka doesn’t look good and different would be amiss. However, the idea of a reaper seems imposed on her and, ultimately, doesn’t fit her nature at all.
Visually, the appearance is sensible and well done. The model is ghastly yet elegant and has a sinister appeal. The particles are nice too, with their creepy ghosts, but they are nothing out of this world. In practical terms, they seem like a dark re-colour of the classic ones; which is a letdown.
The sounds aren’t impressive but they fit the theme with some nice, eerie effects. The tune used for Salvation is particularly attractive though and Equinox manages to stand out. Unfortunately, the processed voice-over merely keeps things consistent as her healer quotes clash with the theme.
When all is added together, we find a skin with a preposterous concept for a healer with an execution that is acceptable but that fails to convince. The changes do their job but they feel insufficient: they don’t develop the theme so as to enable Soraka to embrace her ominous role. Therefore, Reaper Soraka is a skin that tries to be something special but stays as a curiosity unable to captivate. Better left for dedicated Soraka fans.

Conclusion

Regardless of being a classic and popular champion, Soraka remains relegated to only a few skins. Celestine Soraka is the recommended purchase but not just for her more elaborate work. The skin offers an attractive and well executed theme that further develops her usual role in battles. Sadly, the game-play update made significant changes to the style of the particles and now they are missing their unique style.

An alternative that doesn’t work as well as it should is Reaper Soraka. The concept feels forced and the implementation does just enough to present the theme. More is necessary to recreate such an antagonistic role for a healer and so the skin is different but not really attractive.

From her release skins, Divine Soraka is the better of the two as long as you consider it as a graceful, human healer version of Soraka; instead of a child of the stars blessed with heavenly power.

Dryad Soraka isn’t a bad option either, it’s rather close to Classic Soraka but it still has its distinct identity. Take it as an earthly version of Soraka that isn’t striking yet doesn’t disappoint at all.

  28 Responses to “League of Legends: Soraka Skins’ Review”

  1. Dryad Soraka will be on sale (260 RP) tomorrow.

    Do you think it’s worth it?

    • In its current state it’s just green Soraka and when she gets the visual re-work she will still be green Soraka; according to Freljord and Sherwood Forest Ashe. There is the possibility that they re-work the skin to be more dryad-like but as it’s a re-texture it’s improbable.

      Divine Soraka is the better option unless you really enjoy the dryad reference or prefer Soraka in green. As a re-texture Dryad Soraka is plain and not particularly appealing.

  2. Soraka’s visual overhaul. That takes All of Soraka from two stars to four or five, because her particales are simply amazing!

    • Remember that skins are judged in comparison to the classic skin. Therefore, while Classic Soraka has improved a great deal, thanks to the visual rework, Dryad Soraka is still a re-texture and Divine Soraka a re-model. The questions then are: how good do they look and are they worth their price?

  3. The new splash arts for both classic and Dryad skins are fantastic. I was actually considering buying the dryad skin until I saw it in-game, on the enemy Soraka. I was disappointed. I don’t think it is, in any aspect, an improvement of the regular skin. First of all it is definitely too green (this, you mentioned). Is it the wrong green or just a lack of nuance? I cannot tell but the result doesn’t feel right. The other thing that bothers me a lot is the shape and texture of her hair. The pony tail is basically a cone of green with a waxy, shiny aspect that looks terrible. Moreover, the hair seems stiff for it does not move quite naturally as Soraka walks and attacks. I know that hair is a difficult business in 3D-models but it doesn’t look as bad on the regular or divine skin as it does on the Dryad Soraka skin.

    I really hope Riot will release a new skin for this old but excellent champion.

    • Indeed, Dryad Soraka was, and still is, mostly green Soraka. It does alter her aspect, but not much, and the limited colour palette sure makes it look rather plain. It’s better considered as an alternative take of Classic Soraka than a distinct idea.

      Hair is definitely something difficult to model and animate. The key is to be able to efficiently model an element composed by thousands of smaller objects. Too complex and render performance plummets, too simple and it looks unrealistic; it’s all about balance.

      Let’s hope that the promised new skin, that would’ve been released along the visual rework, doesn’t take too long. For such a popular and classic champion the amount of skins she has is really underwhelming.

  4. Do you think celestine will be on sale soon? since they are putting steel legion garen and others for sale despite the balance changes they are doing on her?

    • Theoretically, balance changes have nothing to do with skins sales. Celestine Soraka still has eleven new skins queued before her to go on sale. Regardless, sometimes they skip a few due to events or other reasons. Considering the slow rate at which new skins are discounted it could very well take quite some time until it’s on sale. Athough, remember that skin sales are highly unpredictable and we might as well see a super sale or other event that changes the panorama.

  5. Doesn’t Celestine Soraka have a trail of glitter behind her whenever she walks?

    • The glitter may be what emanates from the bottom of her staff. Everytime she moves it there’s a trail of ‘stardust’ left behind. It’s certainly a nice touch.

  6. Hey there, if I’m not mistaken Celestine Soraka has new sounds as of patch 4.17 for her abilitiws and her recall. The skin is trully amazing before and after her kit rework but still I think it’s worth mentioning if it has new sounds :)

  7. Dear lord that new Reaper Soraka skin…is Riot serious? That model looks nothing like Soraka and ecen though it has a sinister theme she still says “Live” “For Life!” and all her other heavenly lines…I already got a bad impression of that skin :/ what do you about it from the pics in Surrender at 20? Looks very simple compared to Celestine model-wise.

    • It could be something special but we agree that between healer and reaper there’s a long distance. Celestine also has some nice particles added to her staff and death; even if the visual upgrade flattened the rest. Therefore, Reaper has much to do to stand out.

      We’ll have to wait and see. It could be surprisingly good but a lot of work will be needed.

  8. When will you be updating the reviews?
    It still says new particles for starcall and such and i want to know of the skin got better/worse with the rework.

    • We have updated the review, shortly after the visual upgrade, and Celestine Soraka definitely got worse. The visual upgrade made her particles practically a recolour of the classic ones and they’ve lost their unique designs. The skin is still quite good but nothing like the spectacle it used to be. That’s why it went from five stars to four.

      The others remain the same as they only had model changes.

  9. What are your thoughts on Reaper Soraka now that is avaible? Love your reviews. Thanks!

    • We’ll have a review published shortly but we can say that it seems like a skin with evident ups and downs. It could be a worthwhile purchase for dedicated fans of Soraka but it’s not as well done as one would expect at its high price.

  10. Hi Zero! Reaper Soraka is actually a legacy skin, not a regular one. http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/news/champions-skins/skin-release/tremble-reaper-soraka

    It goes back into the vault on the 21st. ^^

  11. I really do love the new equinox as it conveys the feel of a Grim Reaper but for the price, I just don’t think its worth it as I have to forgo it.

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