Nov 012012
 
Twisted Fate, the Card Master
Twisted Fate, the Card Master

Twisted Fate, the Card Master sticks to his gambler roots in all his skins while offering different versions of the classic role. Some concepts work better than others but overall they all have a bit of Twisted Fate in them. It’s destiny to choose the best outfit for Twisted Fate so better than trusting his stacked deck, open a gate to his skins’ review.

PAX Twisted Fate
PAX Twisted Fate Splash Art PAX Twisted Fate Model
Category: Promotional
Price: Not Applicable
Concept: Twisted Fate wearing his classic clothes in black and blue, adorned with the PAX’09 logo.
Model: New textures for Twisted Fate.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is effective in catching the eye but doesn’t work well as a portrayal of Twisted Fate’s in-game look. The background is only a blue magical mist or energy surrounding Twisted Fate so there’s no setting to speak of. Twisted Fate depiction is very well delineated and shaded but he resembles his original model not the upgraded one. Also, the thrown tarot cards are a nice touch but they don’t represent the cards the he actually uses. In summary, a visually attractive splash art that doesn’t serves its objective.
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Conclusion: Pax Twisted Fate is a minor re-texture that serves more as a product endorsement than an actual skin. The blue and black colour palette isn’t a bad choice but looks too subdued. Furthermore, there isn’t much that is different from Classic Twisted Fate, except the gigantic PAX logo on his coat and shoulders. As a promotional skin it isn’t unusable but it sure isn’t worth worrying about missing it.

Jack of Hearts Twisted Fate
Jack of Hearts Splash Art Jack of Hearts Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Blonde Twisted Fate wearing his classic clothes decorated with a heart suit motif.
Model: New textures for Twisted Fate.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is practically absent, just some red smoke on the left and some blue to the right. Twisted Fate looks impressive throwing playing cards as the magic oozes from his fingers. Unfortunately, neither cards nor Twisted Fate faithfully represent their in-game look. For instance, the colours of his cape are reversed in-game, having a heart at the bottom instead of the top. In fact, it’s obvious that both Twisted Fates wear different clothes: flamboyant in the splash art and more streamlined in-game. Therefore, despite the attractive portrayal the piece doesn’t do its basic job.
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Conclusion: Jack of Hearts is a distinct and even flashy re-texture for Twisted Fate. It takes the heart suit as a base and decorates his clothes in a rather appealing though simple way. In other words, the changes are small but the theme comes through along the nice red and white palette. The blonde hair and beard seem to be a whim, much as his clothes resembling his old self’s style, yet they don’t clash with the theme. Overall, Jack of Hearts is a whimsical but interesting look for a card master.

The Magnificent Twisted Fate
The Magnificent Twisted Fate Splash Art The Magnificent Twisted Fate Model
Category: Legacy, Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Twisted Fate dressed as a stage magician.
Model: Major model changes for Twisted Fate.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Blue web-like effects and sparks adorn this portrayal of Twisted Fate as the background is missing without notice. There are also a few cards flying with some interesting drawings but they don’t appear as they do in-game. Twisted Fate’s depiction is rather good though the cape covers all his body, preventing a clear vision of his clothes. Additionally, the cape helps make the look resemble the in-game version, as many details aren’t visible; still, it’s obvious it’s based in its previous incarnation. Overall, a disappointing piece undeserving of representing a legendary skin.
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Conclusion: Practically a re-model, the Magnificent Twisted Fate is a victim of the evolution of League of Legends. What once would’ve been a formidable new model is now a product unbefitting of its legendary label. Truth be told, it’s a good look that accomplishes the style of a classic illusionist. However, a new look is all there is and currently, much more is expected. Those that already own it will probably enjoy the refined model but for the rest it isn’t something to envy.

Tango Twisted Fate
Tango Twisted Fate Splash Art Tango Twisted Fate Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Twisted Fate dressed as a rose-munching tango dancer.
Model: Major model changes for Twisted Fate.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A grand drape is all that this piece exhibits for a background. In the foreground, Twisted Fate dances dramatically with Evelynn framed by a mysterious glow; she looks very attractive and elegant. Her pure skin is a great match to the intense red of her dress. Twisted Fate matches her colour scheme but his clothes don’t look as good. The hat seems made of plastic and despite the jacket having a nice ornamented neck piece the rest looks rather dull. Overall, the piece serves as a portrayal of Twisted Fate’s tango style but Evelynn steals the show.
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Conclusion: Tango Twisted Fate stands between two different interpretations without realizing either and therefore suffering from the flaws of both. On the one hand, the rose in his mouth and embroidered suit hint at a flashy tango dancer. On the other hand, the overall sober aspect and mute colours suggest a believable tango dancer with a realistic base. The confluence of polar elements ends with a tango dancer that dresses a little too serious and looks a little too flashy. In the end, it still is Twisted Fate as a tango dancer but it isn’t a look that accomplishes more than that. At its price it’s a nice alternative, especially for tango and Card Master fans, but it has its issues.

High Noon Twisted Fate
High Noon Twisted Fate Splash Art High Noon Twisted Fate Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Twisted Fate styled as a Far West cowboy.
Model: Major model changes for Twisted Fate.
Particles: New particles for Wild Cards.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Batwing doors open to show smoking bullet marks and a man with blank eyes coming into the saloon. Behind him the dust of the street conveniently covers the scenery. In front of him, a flurry of cards departs from his hand, propelled by a mysterious essence, as bullets barely miss their mark. The setting of this piece is very well done and makes up for any minor flaws in its execution. In addition to this, Twisted Fate is impeccably depicted: his clothes show folds and reflect the light while his expression perfectly suits a man with more power than meets the eye. This is a piece like few that provide a little glimpse into a story with a very high quality to back it up. Definitely one of League of Legends best splash arts.
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Conclusion: Even though Classic Twisted Fate sports a look with heavy Far West influences High Noon Twisted Fate actually delivers the classic cowboy look. Boots with spurs, chaps over the jeans, Boss of the Plains hat, napkin around the neck and belt with a distinctive buckle effectively make the look. The leather jacket looks quite nice as well but it hardly is a usual cowboy piece. Regardless, the general look is distinctive and recognizable as belonging to the Wild West. All things considered, it’s a nice skin with a classic concept and a good execution; perfect for Maverick fans.

Musketeer Twisted Fate
Musketeer Twisted Fate Splash Art Musketeer Twisted Fate Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Twisted Fate as a French Musketeer of the Guard.
Model: Major model changes for Twisted Fate.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A wall and a tower frame Twisted Fate as the intense sunlight makes everything fuzzy. Hanging from a rope the Musketeer throws cards charged with magical energy at the halberdiers. The background is quite simple but serves as a minimal frame for the action. Twisted Fate looks rather daring, making for an interesting situation. However, his stance hides most of his clothes and his look isn’t easily visible. Besides, for being the most important part of the piece he uses a very small fraction of space. What is seen of his clothes is good but his boots don’t match those in-game. All things considered, it’s a splash art with an interesting composition that ultimately doesn’t work that well.
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Conclusion: Musketeer Twisted Fate has more in common with the French musketeers of 1660, created by Louis XIII, than more modern incarnations. Even more, his aspect could easily homage D’Artagnan’s monument in Paris. In fact, it’s a look that seems to draw inspiration from fictional musketeers instead of historical ones. In spite of the flamboyant look and lack of a proper musket or rapier, Twisted Fate looks quite good yet it’s a bit of a forced concept, due to the weapon mismatch. Regardless, it’s a good looking skin in general that does fit Twisted Fate’s demeanour if not his ways; after all, soldiers usually like a wage.

Underworld Twisted Fate
Underworld Twisted Fate Splash Art Underworld Twisted Fate Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Twisted Fate as a spectral gambler.
Model: New model for Twisted Fate and new glow for his left arm.
Particles: New particles for his auto-attack, Wild Cards, Pick a Card (Card Selection), Stacked Deck and Gate.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New sounds for Wild Cards, Stacked Deck and Gate.
Splash Art: Gothic buildings raise over the mist that shrouds the city while a cloudy sky covers all. Leaning on a wall a mysterious figure offers a bet that may include more than gambling. The background is actually a bit too sunny and clear for Twisted Fate’s haunting style; even if it looks abandoned. Regardless, his depiction is great: his eyes echo his left arm’s glow and his armour looks to have successfully served its function, shining under the sunlight. Truth be told, this piece shows a dichotomy as the ghastly Twisted Fate doesn’t suit the sunlit and pristine city. On the whole, it’s a nice splash art that shows great quality in its implementation but suffers from a contradictory composition.
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Conclusion: As a ghostly card master Twisted Fate works better than could be expected. The model suits him up in a dazzling outfit that combines chains and spikes for a distinct wraith-like aspect. It looks as effective protection as it looks comfortable but the aesthetic is well realized. Nevertheless, the new card particles are a stunning addition to deliver the theme. White, semi-transparent and glowing they perfectly fit as the cards of a spectral gambler. There are a few extra changes that, while minor, do add to the skin: Pick a Card shows worn-out cards to choose while Wild Cards has an ominous new sound. Additionally, Gate gets new sounds and particles that truly make Twisted Fate seem like an apparition dissolving in thin air. On the whole, Underworld Twisted Fate is an accomplished skin that contrives to be more than the sum of its parts and is very pleasing to use.

Conclusion

As a gambler some concepts suit Twisted Fate better than others but none are inappropriate. In fact, people like to bet in all aspects of life and so the role can see some variety. Therefore, Musketeer and High Noon Twisted Fate are the recommended skins. The former is visually attractive while the latter is a very fitting concept. Tango Twisted Fate has conflicting elements but can still appeal to tango fans. Finally, Jack of Hearts is a cheap but ultimately unimpressive skin; yet it looks good enough for its price.

Image Credits

PAX Twisted Fate and The Magnificent Twisted Fate model screen-shots taken with Gamebase’s League of Legends Skin Viewer.

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

  1. Thanks for the review much appreciated :D

  2. Can u make a better screen shot for high noon twisted fate, because it got hard for me to choose which skin and I haven’t seen high noon tf in game before.
    Thanks for your good Reviews!

  3. Hey Zero what’s your favorite splash art?
    I’d say mine is Dragonblade Talon.

    • Difficult question, because, even though on the whole they aren’t that many, they are quite a few due to the sheer number of splash arts available. A quick search for the classic phrase ‘one of League of Legends’ best’ not only reveals a few typos but also a good amount of great pieces.

      We definitely agree on Dragonblade Talon and, as you can imagine, Sewn Chaos Orianna is also a favourite. In general, pieces that tell a bit more of the champion, a little story, or those that simply leave you with your mouth open are splash arts that deserve to be an example.

  4. One thing i believe you failed to mention in your jack of hearts twisted fate skin review is that the colors on his cape are actually reversed in comparison to his splash art and it is missing a red heart near the top of the cape.

    • You are very much right, good eye and thanks for the notice. Seeing as the splash art largely deviates from Twisted Fate’s in-game look we didn’t go into specifics but we surely could add some more detail.

      We’ll add those elements as soon as possible. Thanks again for the notice.

  5. Underworld Twisted Fate should be a legendary skin but because it’s only on Halloween i agree with the price

    • To be legendary Underworld Twisted Fate would also need new animations and a new voice-over, though it’s certainly a striking skin nonetheless. Still, we agree, considering it’s quality and seasonal nature it has a reasonable price.

  6. Hello again Zero, I recently watched a video where High Noon Tf had a new particle for his Q, cards are replaced by dollars. Just wanted to let you know so you can add it to the review whenever you can :) Here is the vid i saw the changes: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w5_3v4MyVMU a stream from xpeke

  7. What skin do you recommend to me high noon or musketeer tf, and should i wait for underworld one?

    • Underworld Twisted Fate is really nice and by Halloween it should be back at the store; as it’s a legacy skin

      In terms of looks, both High Noon and Musketeer Twisted Fate look good. Thus, their different concepts can be what really sets them apart. Additionally, Musketeer’s model appears more dazzling but High Noon has some new particles. Overall, they are both good skins but the one that stands out is Underworld.

  8. So will Underworld Twisted Fate come back this year or no?
    Because I’ve heard people say that because it was an event skin for the Twisted Treeline rework, rather than Harrowing, that it is a limited skin, not a legacy.
    But i can still dream, right?

    • Theoretically, both Shadow Isles and Harrowing skins from 2012 are legacy and should come back this year again. At the very least that seemed to be Riot’s intention as they even didn’t want to have the Shadow Isles skins as legacy. They did label them as such due to fan request. After all, considering all the work that went in implementing those skins they wanted to have them available as much as possible.

      With the exception of some strange and unusual reasons, those skins should be back this year so better than dream about them, get ready for them.

  9. So with the vintage skins coming back, what are your 3 favourite harrowing skins and 3 favourite christmas skins?

    • Well, the 2011 Harrowing skins are very nice though there are a few from 2010 that are also nice like Nosferatu Vladimir and Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks. The Snowdown skins tend to be too centred on the holidays. Silent Night Sona seems to be rather nice despite the restricted concept.

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