Jul 312012
 
Zyra, Rise of the Thorns
Zyra, Rise of the Thorns

Zyra, Rise of the Thorns release skin turns her dress to stone and sets her aflame; as well as her plants. Following the trend of one quality release skin for each new champion it’s a skin that provides a lot but, does it execute its concept well? Read further on this skins’ review to find out.

Wildfire Zyra
Wildfire Zyra Splash Art Wildfire Zyra Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Zyra enveloped in flames.
Model: New model for Zyra, her plants, seeds and Rise of the Thorns.
Particles: New fire particles for Zyra, her abilities, auto-attack, plants and death.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Wildfire Zyra has a good splash art with contrasting quality between the background and foreground. The background is appropriate: Zyra stands amidst vicious vegetation; still, it looks unnecessarily unclear and dark. However, the plants on the foreground and Zyra are very well delineated and coloured. The plants erupt from the ground like lava and Zyra shines in her engraved bark dress. The fire is better shown on the plants than on her as the vines and hair look luminescent rather than flaming. All things considered, this is a nice piece with a nice foreground and disappointing background that isn’t always effective at delivering the fire theme.
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Conclusion: Wildfire Zyra is a good skin that provides more than just new models thanks to its fire particles. Specifically, Zyra’s model is appealing despite mostly following her classic style. The dress is less revealing than its classic counterpart, resembling obsidian with lava lines as engravings, notwithstanding she looks a tad too homogeneous. Her hair is also nicely stylized, though almost identical to the classic version, yet her face looks a bit plain. The plants follow the same style and appear as stones with lava coursing through them; still the lava looks quite simple at its most intense. Fortunately, the flames that burn over Zyra and her plants mask most of the models’ flaws. On top of that, the new particles help in making up for them. In conclusion, Wildfire Zyra isn’t a perfect skin but it does provide a lot; fans of Zyra won’t go wrong in getting Wildfire Zyra.

Haunted Zyra
Haunted Zyra Splash Art Haunted Zyra Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Zyra as an amalgamation of graveyard and plant.
Model: New model for Zyra, her plants, seeds and Rise of the Thorns.
Particles: New particles for her abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: The background suggests some sort of mausoleum with several gravestones nearby. However, it’s so blurry that it’s difficult to be certain about most elements. At least Zyra’s depiction is rather clear: her body shows a gruesome mix of roots, tendrils and stone; thus making her both inhuman and magnificent. The lighting is very well done, especially due to the light sources also being part of the piece. Besides, the cracks on the stone and texture of the bark are quite detailed. On the whole, it’s a fantastic portrayal of Zyra set against an unclear setting.
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Conclusion: Haunted Zyra aims to change her origins to a more sinister source. Instead of florid jungle vegetation, Haunted Zyra takes root in a dark graveyard where her twisted tendrils assimilate the present structures. In that regard, the skin is a success: the new models, for her as well as her plants, incorporate vegetal and stone to make an unnatural hybrid. Moreover, the abilities, with their ghastly arms and ominous sounds, add a fitting spectral presence that reinforces her unearthly lethality. On the whole, Haunted Zyra is a skin with a good concept and a fine execution. The price is high but the skin does quite a lot of good things; just not enough to reach excellence considering the expense.

SKT T1 Zyra
SKT T1 Zyra Splash Art SKT T1 Zyra Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Zyra wearing casual clothing.
Model: New model for Zyra.
Particles: New yellow tint for her abilities, auto-attack and plants’ attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Following on the footsteps laid before, the splash art is content with depicting the team of champions at an arena among bright lights and confetti. As dynamic as the portrayal is it also feels like it’s treading the same ground. It also doesn’t help matters that the background is so diffuse and that the setting seems empty.
That considered the champions do look good. Each depiction speaks about them though not always in the right way. Specifically, Jax appears agile and ready for a fight, Lee Sin concentrated and physically apt while Zed seems sneaky and lethal. The ladies though don’t shine as much: Zyra simply lashes forward with her classic tendrils and Vayne looks unexpectedly light-hearted and enticing.
In a way, it seems that the splash art followed the traditional path: powerful guys flanked by sexy girls. To be fair, the portrayals are nice with vibrant shading and great variety of colour. Besides, for better or for worse, all the champions look attractive in some way. Therefore, we can say that it’s a piece with a disappointing background and a good portrayal that doesn’t always display the best that each champion can offer.
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Conclusion: While other members of the SKT T1 group manage to convey more than just new clothes with their look Zyra doesn’t. She still looks quite nice in her casual clothing which lets her wonderful hair stand out. However, the skin also feels very straightforward and even narrow. To be fair it doesn’t convey more than plant girl in modern clothing. Besides, the new particles only alter part of the colour of each action. The result is attractive but doesn’t provide anything significant except for a contemporary look. While it might be worthwhile for Zyra’s fans most would prefer something more elaborate.

Conclusion

Wildfire Zyra doesn’t disappoint in its execution regardless of the typical concept used. It gives enough new things to make it distinct from Classic Zyra and so is worth considering. The quality is satisfactory yet not superb but thanks to the sheer amount of features it delivers a nice fire style.

The same can be said about its spooky alternative: Haunted Zyra. In some terms they tread similar ground but Haunted Zyra is more clearly terrifying. It also comes with the disadvantage of carrying a high price, though sales can help with that, thus making it another attractive option.

  24 Responses to “League of Legends: Zyra Skins’ Review”

  1. Wildfire Zyra doen’t appear to me as as great skin. The first and the strongest argument I have to support my opinion is that Wildfire Zyra completely throws away the concept of plant-lady. In what universe is fire compatible with the plant kingdom? The designers tried to make her look somewhat demonic with that magma texture and by adding a few horns onto her body, but I think it doesn’t work very well.

    My second argument concerns her flowers. Although I really appreciate their original in-game design I feel rather disappointed by the fire-flowers.

    Every single thing in Zyra’s original design is about plant and vines and flowers. I believe that her designers should try to create variations on this theme rather than changing her profound nature. This is not only true for Zyra but should apply to every champion.

    Her skins could be designed as variations on the theme of seasons. But let’s see what her future will be like.

    • You raise very valid arguments and we agree that the concept is a bit lacking. However, the execution is quite good as it does deliver a very consistent feel for the champion; which isn’t as common as it should.

      We think that wildly different concepts for skins are fine as long as they are attractive and well implemented. Actually, if skins stayed close to the classic concept most will simply be new clothes for the champion; as is the case of many warriors.

      The idea of skins based on seasons is interesting so you may want to promote it in the forums. Let’s hope that future Zyra skins are awesome in all aspects.

      • The execution is indeed very good, I do not question it (except those fire-plants, but then again it is a matter of personal taste). I simply regret that she has only one skin and it does not live up to my expectations for the reasons I mentioned earlier.

        I completely agree with your saying that different concepts are fine. I would even add that all new skins should be created towards that direction. Though I am sure it is a tricky business because you have to be innovative and in the same time try not to alter the character’s concept too deeply. A fragile equilibrium that is mostly subjective.

        • We agree, the problem is that no matter how good the execution is if you dislike the concept then the skin simply won’t have much for you to like. Truth be told, Wildfire Zyra stands out due to it’s execution rather than its concept. The former is an example of how to implement a great skin; though it isn’t perfect. However, the later is just passable as it doesn’t mesh that well with what Zyra represents.

          Lastly, please send our regards to Hobbes.

          • Hmm, a fan of Bill Watterson. That’s good to know 😉
            Hobbes salutes you and asks if he can get a review of Fizz´ skins. Fish just drive him crazy.

          • Tell him we send a tuna fish sandwich his way. Fizz added to the list, we’ll review him as soon as possible; preferably before Hobbes gets any fancy ideas about a shark sandwich.

  2. This skin got raised to 1350, along with about 10 other skins. FYI. And about 30-40 got decreased.

    • Thanks, we are aware but with some many price changes and the Freljord event we are a bit delayed. We have already modified a few discounted skins’ ratings and will soon move to the 1350 range.

  3. Let me ask you this. What is exactly is compatible with fire? Fire destroys everything. If you want to make your argument based on the fact that fire does not mix with plants, it actually does hence the name ‘wildfire’.

    • We don’t actually base the review on fire not mixing with plants. In fact, with good execution fire plants could offer quite an attractive display. The problem is that the visuals are unpolished so while the skin provides a lot of new features they aren’t as good as they could’ve been. Thus, for the price it does enough but not well enough.

  4. Oh yeah zyra’s wildfire and irelia’s frostbutt err frostblade is now 975 🙂 according to [email protected]

  5. Hi Zero, I’ve been planning to buy SKT T1 Zyra generally because there are no cheaper alternatives (an a fan of SKT), and I’m founding it hard to save money (because I like to buy stuff). I’ve been looking on many videos and I don’t see the yellow tint. I’ve been looking on your site to see if there are particle, animation, and sound changes, but I can’t seem to see this one. Maybe it’s just not noticeable?? Please explain it to me further or give comparisons (sorry if I’m asking too much). Thanks!

    • No problem, it’s a subtle change so it’s indeed difficult to notice. In fact, we had to compare the abilities of SKT T1 and Classic side by side to notice it. The idea is that part of the particle is tinted with a yellow hue but not the entire particle. Therefore, depending on where you are looking you could see it yellower or identical to the classic one. In terms of animations and sounds there are none so there’s nothing to find there.

      For all intents and purposes the particles are the same as classic with only a slight re-colour. If this is to be the deciding factor on whether you get the skin we don’t think you will appreciate the change much. It’s subtle and for the most part, in the heat of battle, it could very well pass inconspicuously. You can check and compare them with this two videos: SKT T1 Zyra and Classic Zyra.

      If you are patient you might want to consider getting Wildfire or Haunted Zyra on sale as they are both more satisfying. SKT T1 Zyra isn’t bad but aside from the casual clothing it doesn’t add much.

  6. Hey Zero, I was just wondering if you could help me. First of all, I love your site and your reviews that point out the little things that make these skins so unique and cool as well as a broad overall glance at what is the best. Anyways, I was planning on buying a Zyra skin and I am stumped between the SKT T1 Zyra skin and the Haunted Zyra skin. I was planning to grab the Haunted one on sale, so the price would be generally equal. I love the unique particle effects of Haunted Zyra, but the model just seems not as awesome in comparison to the SKT T1 skin. I don’t know what to do. Thanks ^.^ – Riverpup

    • Thanks for the kind words.

      SKT T1 Zyra is a simple skin so the model is mostly Zyra in casual clothing looking quite human. That has its appeal but Haunted Zyra is certainly a superior skin. The model is original even if alien and the multiple effects added do provide the skin with something different.

      Of course what matters the most is what you like. If you prefer a human-looking Zyra then SKT T1 is the best choice. If you are looking for a skin with dark style then Haunted is better. If you just want lots of effects then Wildfire is also an option.

      None of Zyra’s skins are really bad but they all offer radically different things.

  7. Haunted Zyra has new sounds for her recall as well. I think possibly for her autoattacks too, but I am doubtful. It might be worth a check anyways.

  8. I find both of Zyra skins quite attractive and eye catchin, specially the wildfire it completely develops a theme; and if we’re talking abour Haunted Zyra I will say that the splashart is so good and has so many details, not even pointing that it sorta looks like Angelina J face.

    • We agree, both Wildfire and Haunted are quite nice and her Haunted portrayal in the splash art is great. All in all, Zyra does have good skin options.

  9. Hey
    I don’t mind it to much but i think it would be cool if you would add in the pictures how zyra looks in her dead flower form. just a idea. still awesome review

    • We’ll keep it in mind. It’s something we’ll consider when the time comes to make new images for the skins. Currently, we don’t think we would be updating the images. It’s one of many aspects of the skins and making the composite images is very time consuming. However, it would be something relevant for future images.

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