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: In spite of the extremely blurry background one can get an idea of the setting. The throne room is inexplicably foggy and its architecture can only be guessed at but, at least, there’s a setting. In the throne we find the King of Clubs with his golden armour glinting under the sunlight. On the stairs, we find the elegant but distant Queen of Diamonds; not far from the sinister Joker. On the other side, in the darkness we find a knave discretely hiding his presence. In the foreground, a confident aristocrat greets us as we approach the room.
In general, each champion receives a portion of the spotlight and, mostly, characteristic traits are noticeable. Perhaps Shaco should’ve been in the darkness while Twisted Fate charmingly received the viewer or presented the court to us. Besides, Mordekaiser doesn’t say much sitting in the throne and doesn’t really strike as imposing; except for his title.
Ultimately, the splash art presents the champions in a rather clear way in an appropriate setting. The background could’ve been clearer and some champions could’ve been better presented. Still, considering how many champions vie for the viewer’s attention, this is a piece that manages to give each a relevant place that is supported by the others.
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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, Gate and critical hits.
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.

Red Card Twisted Fate
Red Card Twisted Fate Splash Art Red Card Twisted Fate Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Twisted Fate as a referee.
Model: Major model changes for Twisted Fate.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: Whistle blow for Gate.
Splash Art: The splash art, shared by all of the new football skins, is a bit of a mess. The background is unnecessarily diffuse, as if the depth of field effect was a way of working less. It gives the idea of a pitch but looks blurry. The champions stand to the right as a sapling-football blurrily rolls on the right. Their portrayal has sharp colours but the proportions don’t convince: some champions seem too small and others too large. Besides, they don’t state anything else besides their presence. It’s as basic a depiction as possible and that makes the piece lack a meaning. In the end, it’s a splash art with no personality that impresses with its crisp colouring but when you look closer you find little.
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Conclusion: In spite of the similar aspect to a player Twisted Fate breaks the monotony by adopting the appearance of a referee. That’s a perfectly fitting idea due to his coloured cards which nicely help to fill the role. Nonetheless, there are some things to excuse. It’s necessary to ignore his blue cards and hat, the whistle is strangely strapped to his hand plus while the clothes look fine they are nothing impressive. In the end, it’s a simple skin with a clever concept that will probably appeal to football fans.

Cutpurse Twisted Fate
Cutpurse Twisted Fate Splash Art Cutpurse Twisted Fate Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Twisted Fate as a fancy, magical pickpocket.
Model: New model for Twisted Fate and new blue card for his joke, standing idle and recall.
Particles: New cards for Pick a Card.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The setting is undoubtedly too blurry as the action takes place over a medium distance. Regardless, the background manages to display things in a way that one gets a good idea of the context. We have two stylish pirates fighting a generic ship’s crew and it seems like the stakes are high. Although the background is brief and only meaningful in a small area on the left it conveys a significant amount of information. Regardless, elsewhere it’s diffuse and only fills space. Coming from an unconvincing barrel, the oranges on the floor lack volume: they look flat.
The stylish pirates, with a rather modern feel to them, don’t mind each other and concentrate on the fight. They trust each other and know how to complement their abilities to get away from a tight spot. It also helps that the portrayals are crisp with details and make the most of their elaborate gear. The lighting is fantastic and the difference in tones between surfaces under the shade and sunlight is delightful. Where appropriate, the metal shines, the leather is marked though hair is a bit cartoony and the cloth seems too shiny and new. Nevertheless, both pirates make a great show with their smoking cannon and glowing cards. Additionally, it’s a pity that on the lower part of their bodies the quality gets a tad sketchy.
In general, the depiction of Graves and Twisted Fate fighting together is evocative and a relevant remainder of their lost friendship. The context is different to what it is now but it feels like a possible event in the complex life of these two. The background is a tad uneven in places but full of significance, which added to the way that the champions integrate on the action, allows the piece to proudly approach the podium of the best splash arts in League of Legends. A great example of how multiple champions can be depicted at the same time.
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Conclusion: Elaborate clothing, full of golden decorations and designed to attract the eye makes Cutpurse Twisted Fate seem escaped from a Pirates of the Caribbean film. The hairstyle and beard only contribute to make that statement even more convincing. Actually, there isn’t much that reveals the Card Master as a pirate and as a criminal he seems to be rather extravagant. Regardless, considering the fictionalized approach the idea of a fancy thief that ends up as a hero fits.
There’s one addition that adds to the identity of the skin even if it doesn’t really further develop the theme. That is the new card designs for Pick a Card. Unfortunately, his other actions still rely on the classic designs so it feels inconsistent. Another aspect that negatively affects the skin is the lack of a hat. It’s not that the aspect requires it, though it could work with one, but that his animations are based on the presence of one. Without a hat, his joke, recall and even Gate look very peculiar and the card fix doesn’t work that well.
All in all, Cutpurse Twisted Fate is an elaborate style that doesn’t say pirate or criminal loudly but that could pass for one with a sufficient dose of fiction. His aspect isn’t bad but the inconsistencies don’t help an improbable concept with a frail implementation. As a fancy style for the Card Master it works but you’ll have to excuse its flaws.

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 Twisted Fate is the recommended skin from the ones regularly available. It’s a visually attractive and reasonably priced skin that gives the Card Master a distinct style.

Nevertheless, the most interesting skin is Underworld Twisted Fate even though there’s usually a limited time to catch it. The price won’t see high discounts but the skin justifies the expense with a nice model and attractive particles as well as sounds.

High Noon Twisted Fate is an interesting alternative as a gambling cowboy is a classic concept. Red Card Twisted Fate is a nice football themed skin with a suitable choice of role. Tango Twisted Fate has conflicting elements but is well priced and 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.

Borrowing in spades from Pirates of the Caribbean, Cutpurse Twisted Fate is a skin that puts style first and the concept afterwards. The pirate or criminal theme is weak and besides the extravagant look there isn’t much; even if it does catch the eye. The inconsistencies present in the skin are rather noticeable though so if you like it expect to find things to overlook.

Image Credits

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

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

  1. Thanks for the review much appreciated 😀

  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.

  10. For Red Card Twisted Fate, when he uses his ultimate it also makes a whistle sound.

  11. Hi,

    I am a huge fan of your reviews! Also, Underworld TF is not featured in the conclusion.

    • Glad that you like them. We sometimes don’t include legacy skins or others with limited availability in the conclusion as we prefer to concentrate on what’s available. However, we are adding them as they are relevant nonetheless.

      We’ll add a sentence or two to Twisted Fate’s conclusion so that it’s more complete. Thanks for the notice.

  12. Hi Zero, I was just wondering when I might be able to next grab Underworld Twisted Fate?

    Thanks in advance

    • Most probably around Halloween during the Harrowing event. It could appear in a bundle at some point, it has happened with some Snowdown skins, but that’s much less probable.

  13. Btw, Underworld skin also has an ominous sound whenever he crits

  14. I like the model for Cutpurse a lot but I like the particles and sounds for Underworld just as much (don’t like the model though). Which one do you think is more appropriate for me to buy, considering I don’t play him all that much to warrant buying 2 skins.

    • From what you mention Cutpurse seems to be the skin you like though it doesn’t have new particles. Underworld does have new particles and sounds but if you don’t like his looks then chances are you won’t enjoy the skin much. You’ll probably appreciate the new particles but the base of every skin is the model.

      Cutpurse is a simpler skin but also cheaper and can even be bought on sale; if you are the patient kind. In that case you may want to go with Cutpurse. We agree, the skin would benefit from some extra work to make it more special but you like the model. At least Pick a Card has new designs for the cards; even if the rest of the abilities don’t use them.

      You may also want to consider some of the other skins if the lack of particles on Cutpurse doesn’t convince you. However, only Underworld has new particles and sounds so we are back at the beginning.

      In the end, we’d say that you should buy what you really like. Underworld is more elaborate but if you don’t like it chances are that it won’t be used much. Cutpurse is a modest alternative but you do like it so, at the very least, you’ll enjoy what it has to offer.

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