Sep 252012
 
Vladimir, the Crimson Reaper
Vladimir, the Crimson Reaper

Vladimir, the Crimson Reaper isn’t a vampire but comes really close with his blood magic. The hemomancer can dress in wildly different outfits: some further his refined look while others rely on his vicious power. Read his skins’ review to figure out whether Vladimir is able to make his elegance and sadism co-exist.

Count Vladimir
Count Vladimir Splash Art Count Vladimir Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Vladimir styled in black: black clothes and hair.
Model: New textures for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Among a graveyard Vladimir poses totally clad in black. The mist on the graveyard is appropriate and, considering it’s during the night, the lack of visibility is understandable. However, this results in a background that looks repressed and lacks relevance; not to mention that the left area is simply a patch of black. Vladimir’s portrayal is unconvincing: the cloth looks drab, the metal alright and his visage bored. On top of that, the floating blood ball feels solid and massive instead of liquid. In conclusion, a low quality splash art.
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Conclusion: Count Vladimir is a plain re-texture of Vladimir, the result is a stern visage and leather clothes but it hardly amounts to anything significant or even attractive. On the contrary, it seems to actually give a simpler, less interesting look that makes a purchase rather questionable. Still, fans of black leather may find the style appealing to their tastes.

Marquis Vladimir
Marquis Vladimir Splash Art Marquis Vladimir Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Blonde Vladimir wearing elegant embroidered clothes.
Model: New model for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: While the night is a good excuse to have a dark background the lack of clarity makes the setting difficult to discern. The characteristics of the gothic city behind Vladimir are mostly obfuscated but at least he’s clearly depicted. His clothes look good but there are too many folds which seem artificially placed. Besides, the texture of the materials makes them look like plastic; the same can be said about the leather, hair, skin and blurry blood. The composition of the piece isn’t bad but the implementation disappoints.
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Conclusion: Aristocratic elegance is quite suitable for Vladimir and Marquis Vladimir allows him to enjoy the pleasure of wearing an embroidered coat in addition to fine trousers and boots. The exquisite clothes and hairstyle provide a refined style that makes violence inappropriate and unbecoming of such stature. Therefore, while this skin gives him an impeccable look it also makes the visceral blood magic rather unsuitable. Regardless, the contradiction between looks and actions adds depth to the experience and helps make Marquis Vladimir a unique skin with an interesting, old fashioned feel. The Crimson Reaper is a refined predator and Marquis Vladimir is a great exponent of his nature and so highly recommended.

Nosferatu Vladimir
Nosferatu Vladimir Splash Art Nosferatu Vladimir Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Vladimir with the aspect of a classic vampire.
Model: Minor model changes for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Over an old wall covered in webs a mysterious shadow advances. With claws forward it seems to approach its destination like a predator its prey. The setting provides an excellent frame for Vladimir and his depiction is really interesting. He seems to have been surprised just before attacking his victim and stands in the very moment when deciding whether to proceed or shift his attention to the new presence. The portrayal also helps: the skin is pale and shiny while the clothes are mute and simple. Actually, the cloth looks a bit sketchy at times but overall the look is good. On the whole, a very nice piece that perfectly capitalizes on its promising concept.
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Conclusion: Nosferatu Vladimir is minimal in terms of changes but the impact of those minuscule changes is astounding. The end result of changing Vladimir’s head, hands and altering the clothes is that of a classic vampire that is as appealing as it is nostalgic. Nosferatu Vladimir capitalizes on the core of Vladimir just like the film did in 1922: it’s a different take on the traditional vampire. Merging both concepts it’s not just fitting, it’s natural. Nosferatu Vladimir is an excellent skin despite its minimalism and makes clear that a good enough concept can transcend a limited execution.

Vandal Vladimir
Vandal Vladimir Splash Art Vandal Vladimir Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Vladimir dressed as a biker gang member.
Model: New model for Vladimir.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: When darkness isn’t enough to cover a background, smoke will do. That is exactly what happens in this piece: the smoke cover is so thick that the city and riders behind are almost imperceptible. Vladimir’s depiction is alright yet his stance is a bit strange: he seems to be leaning to a side but his body contorts in a rather unnatural way. The motorbike looks good but just like Vladimir or the background the quality isn’t good. In conclusion, it’s a splash art that can and should be much better.
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Conclusion: The look of a punk biker is definitely well executed, albeit with a rather plain outfit, yet the concept of a biker gang appears ill suited for Vladimir. Not only does his classic self dress like a noble but his skins usually capitalize on elegance and refinement. Consequently, the punk style brings an unclean informal style that ends up feeling forced onto Vladimir. Alternatively, the style goes well with the use of blood as a weapon: they both are explicit ways of showing internal aggression. Therefore, Vandal Vladimir is a strange skin that suits his ways but not his style.

Blood Lord Vladimir
Blood Lord Vladimir Splash Art Blood Lord Vladimir Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Vladimir wearing an engraved armour with a super-natural aspect.
Model: New model for Vladimir.
Particles: New particles for his abilities and emotes.
Animations: New animations for his emotes and death.
Sounds: New voice-over for Vladimir.
Splash Art: Blood Lord Vladimir’s splash art is just a portrayal of Vladimir. The background tries to convey the image of a gothic castle but it’s as obscure as it is plain. Conversely, Vladimir’s armour is quite a spectacle framed by an impressive vessel covered cape. In contrast to this, in-game the armour looks much simpler and the cape only has a black-red gradient on it. Additionally, the blood ball looks flat and unimpressive. Still, the jewel in the breastplate looks eye-catching and Vladimir’s intense stare coupled with his red eyes and pale hair make for an interesting style. In conclusion, this is an uneven piece that while concentrated on doing only one thing doesn’t actually perform it well.
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Conclusion: Blood Lord Vladimir is an impactful skin thanks the raw breadth of changes on display and a letdown because of their quality. The new model is quite elaborate but doesn’t compare to the notion given by the splash art. Regardless of that, the model looks monochromatic and doesn’t deliver the idea of pure power that the skin constantly boasts about. In particular, the voice over is so focused on presenting Vladimir as an unstoppable force that it becomes empty and boring. It turns into a constant reminder of Vladimir’s alleged might while losing the charm and plays on words of the classic voice over. In addition to this, the new blood particles are attractive even though they look more like mists instead of streams of blood. To sum up, the problem with Blood Lord Vladimir is that its concept of an all-powerful armoured blood mage isn’t effectively implemented. Considering its price, it’s a skin better appreciated by Vladimir’s most dedicated fans.

Soulstealer Vladimir
Soulstealer Vladimir Splash Art Soulstealer Vladimir Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Vladimir as a harvester of spirits.
Model: New model for Vladimir.
Particles: New particles for his orb, abilities, auto-attack, recall and death.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities and auto-attack.
Splash Art: The mist barely allows the twisted trees and ruins to surface. The well kept windows in the remains of a wall stand in contrast to the heavy ambience. Before all this a figure wields an obscure power: between darkness and light something unearthly is at work. The feel of the piece is very well done as it easily communicates an oppressive air. However, the background is simplistic and, ultimately, empty. Fortunately, Vladimir looks wonderful with his display of magical prowess. The fantastic colours and precise lines make for a great depiction of textures and supernatural power. Thus, the splash art becomes a great portrayal of Vladimir with a nice feel to it but framed by a plain setting.
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Conclusion: As a skin that aims to change part of the core identity of the Crimson Reaper Soulstealer Vladimir accomplishes its goal. The skin takes some of the elegance away and adds a degree of flamboyance and a clear predator feel. The appearance also exemplifies Vladimir’s specific command of the supernatural. That is reinforced by the ethereal particles and sounds; though the recall is mostly for show. Therefore, the skin maintains the nature of Vladimir but with an interesting eerie air. In the end, Soulstealer Vladimir is an expensive skin that tries to justify its price with its great concept and appropriate execution. The theme could’ve been further developed but as it stands it’s a worthwhile choice though better caught on sale.

Conclusion

Champions usually have several interesting options available but in the case of Vladimir the best ones can be the most unexpected ones. Marquis Vladimir is the recommended skin as it capitalizes on Vladimir’s noble aesthetic.

Another nice option is Soulstealer Vladimir. Even though it changes part of his nature the result fits him well and is interesting as well as appealing. The price is an obstacle though so a sale is advised.

A couple of options remain that aren’t the best they could’ve been. For a more roughed up look Vandal Vladimir is a fitting alternative. Finally, dedicated fans will find Blood Lord Vladimir an interesting, even if unconvincing, option.

  12 Responses to “League of Legends: Vladimir Skins’ Review”

  1. Zero you can make Brand skin’s review..? Plz… :)

  2. Zero, I have a question. I bought Soulstealer Vlad on its current sale (975 RP) but I thought back to Blade Queen Lissandra and saw that the two skins offer pretty much the same, just with different themes (souls and iron blades). So my question is which skin is better made in your opinion?

    • To be fair both seem rather similar. That is, the concept has great potential but the execution does just enough to make it come to life. It could even be argued whether the skins belong to their high price of 1350 RP. Maybe there’s something we simply aren’t noticing but both skins feel like missed opportunities.

      If we had to pick one it would be Soulstealer Vladimir because the particles and sounds are more convincing. Both Blade Queen Lissandra and Soulstealer have flamboyant models but the Blade Queen’s particles feel like a re-colour and the sounds barely noticeable. The only noticeable addition is the iron maidens; which could’ve even been used better.

      • I do agree with you Zero, I was quite excited when I first heard about Blade Queen Lissandra. I’ve always thought that Riot made her particles look “sharp” and “blade-y”… but.. her particles turned out to be “recolors” and not quite “sharp”. I really really wanted to buy that skin, but the particles really disappointed me; therefore, I decided to take my tokens back. However, on the other hand, Soulstealer Vladimir caught my eyes. Everything about this “Soulstealer” skin is JACKPOT! I mean, every particles, every look… it makes you (the player) feel like playing a different champion. I’d recommend Soulstealer Vladimir (though, I never bothered buying him, well, because I never play Vladimir)

        • It’s a real pity that skins at 1350 RP fail to justify their price. Re-coloured particles can be understood when they are fitting and the price is lower. However, at this level more is to be expected.

          Soulstealer Vladimir’s particles and sounds are definitely better and the concept is a great fit for him. Still, while we think that the skin is good it requires something else to really justify the price. After all, while Soulstealer isn’t after blood he still behaves the same so an additional twist would help cement the unique and appealing identity.

  3. One thing worth mentioning, is that imo Soulstealer Vlad has a bit of an identity crisis, in the sense that his model, particles etc try to push the idea that he is a soul harvester, yet his dialogue is still exactly the same; all he says are blood puns, which seems a bit lost on a ‘soul harvester’. No mention of spirits, only talking about blood, which doesn’t really connect with the idea of souls. It’s my reason why I’m not going to get him. What’s your opinion?

    • We agree, there is an obvious inconsistency between the theme and the voice-over. Maybe the skin should’ve treaded into legendary territory and become a full-fledged soulstealer. As it stands, there is an air of soul harvesting but it’s not as cohesive as it should be.

  4. I love Vladimir and really wanted to see which skin you would recommend. Tbh the only thing I like about Blood Lord Vladimir is the hair and how realistic the blood looks (forever disappointed in the lack of puns in his dialogue). Definitely agree that Marquis is his best skin but unfortunately for some reason I don’t find it particularly appealing. I guess I’ll have to wait for his next skin. Hopefully it will not disappoint (year 2019 here I come)

    Soul Stealer was like being whacked over the head with a wet mop. Yes it reinvents Vlad but I think it clashes with his…personality(?). The voice-over doesn’t fit this skin at all and I find the skin lacking in its execution. Something didn’t go right somewhere along the way.

    Btw sorry for the long comment, just wanted to share my opinion lol

    • Your opinion is welcome.

      We agree that Marquis Vladimir can be considered the best, in no small part, due to the lackluster alternatives. Visually, Soul Stealer is attractive but the voice-over does get in the way. Besides, Blood Lord shows its age which means that its flaws become more noticeable.

      Let’s hope that we don’t have to wait until the next vampire-revival for a good Vladimir skin; that would leave us livid.

  5. I’ve noticed that soulstealer vladimir got new particles for his death animation!

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