Mar 122013
 
Anivia, the Cryophoenix
Anivia, the Cryophoenix

Anivia, the Cryophoenix is a unique champion in all aspects. Her skins don’t always follow such an exceptional path as some simply play with her avian physiognomy. Nonetheless, some skins do re-interpret her under a different and original light. The time of the cryophoenix has come, let the storm rage while this review analyses her icy facets.

Team Spirit Anivia
Team Spirit Anivia Splash Art Team Spirit Anivia Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Anivia painted white, blue and red.
Model: New textures for Anivia.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background of this piece is extensive but actually doesn’t amount to much. There are sparks over a clear sky and a platform made or covered by ruby and sapphire crystals yet it all seems to tell nothing. Anivia is depicted as if just landing or about to take flight while paying attention to something not depicted; a mere pose. The outline isn’t very precise as her body seems too wide and her wings too narrow. Moreover her breast displays wide ice shards with an icon that aren’t present in her three-dimensional model. On top of that, the contrast between the purely white body and her red legs is missing. Still, the shading is good and does an acceptable job at depicting sparkling ice; even if the reflections seem forced and dim. All in all, it’s a splash art that catches the eye but that has some inconsistencies.
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Conclusion: Team Spirit Anivia is a capricious re-texture that restricts itself to simply being Anivia painted in three simple colours. Sure, blue fits her ice body but it’s the same colour used for her classic look. The others are a definite stretch that doesn’t fit her; they don’t even pass for ruby or sapphire crystal references. To sum up, Team Spirit Anivia is a forced re-colour that may only be of interest to collectors.

Bird of Prey Anivia
Bird of Prey Anivia Splash Art Bird of Prey Anivia Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Anivia as a bald eagle.
Model: New textures for Anivia.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is a natural but still unimpressive setting; it’s suitable but doesn’t say much. The foam looks good, the waves are glassy and the sky is covered in a diffuse fog. As a setting it works but doesn’t astound with neither its display nor its quality. Anivia appears as a crystal bald eagle carrying a philosopher’s stone; presumably for her nest. The depiction of the shards is uneven: great in certain parts and sporadic in others; just compare the head to her right wing. Furthermore, the shards’ shading focuses too much on reflections which contrast the matte finish of her three-dimensional model. Besides, her breast also exhibits large shards with an icon that doesn’t correspond to her model. The fact that the right colours aren’t used for her body, especially on her legs, is just another straw. In the end, it’s a splash art that doesn’t look bad at all but that doesn’t serve as a faithful portrayal of Anivia’s look.
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Conclusion: Bird of Prey Anivia may be just a re-texture but it’s a very effective one. Her crystalline body is evident and doesn’t match the physiognomy of an actual bald eagle well. However, it’s not necessary to look twice to realize what she looks like. The re-texture is simple but also unambiguous and distinct. In the end, Bird of Prey Anivia delivers what it promises; even if that makes little sense with her ice abilities. It could be improved with a better model and smoother integration with her ice but, for its price, it’s a great purchase.

Noxus Hunter Anivia
Noxus Hunter Anivia Splash Art Noxus Hunter Anivia Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Anivia as an armoured cryophoenix.
Model: Moderate model changes for Anivia.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The blurry background gives an idea of the power of the blizzard. It makes the whole scenery diffuse but there isn’t much to see anyway. There’s a lot of ice and a mute palace; not to mention the almost solid gusts. Anivia somehow manages to escape from the storm and is clearly visible. That’s not all good though: while the shading is reasonable the proportions are wrong. For example, her legs are thick and even human-like while her body seems incredibly wide judging from the top and bottom armour plates. Therefore, the piece becomes very disappointing as it does give an idea of Anivia’s armoured look but hardly contributes to generate any excitement about it.
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Conclusion: Noxus Hunter Anivia offers a classic concept: the armoured battle bird. While the changes to Anivia aren’t extensive, as it’s heavily based on her classic model, the result is rather good. The armour is reasonable as it covers important parts of her front and back but without hindering movement; essential for flying. The armour looks lustreless but also sturdy and attractive; due to its multilayered design. In practice, Noxus Hunter Anivia can be considered an interesting battle-focused alternative to her classic skin or even a more developed interpretation of the cryophoenix. All things considered, it’s a simple but appealing skin with a sensible price; a good choice for cryopheonix fans.

Hextech Anivia
Hextech Anivia Splash Art Hextech Anivia Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Anivia as a steam automaton.
Model: New model for Anivia.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A city of tall and monolithic buildings is discernible behind the copper smog that makes it look like a city of brass. While Anivia manages to depart from that mishmash of tones she keeps a similar colour palette. Still, her portrayal is good if unspectacular: she looks extremely faithful to her in-game appearance. The perspective is simple, a plain side view, which makes her look a bit flat. Additionally, her body doesn’t seem to bend well so as to make the wings placement believable. The fact that her left wing and a bit of her left leg are practically sinking in the sea of bronze doesn’t help matters. Truth be told, considering the outline it seems like a low-polygon snapshot of her model. On the whole, it’s a faithful and useful portrayal but as a splash art it leaves much to be desired.
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Conclusion: Hextech Anivia’s concept is nothing groundbreaking even if it’s interesting. Conversely, the execution is wonderful as it perfectly delivers the theme. The model is a pleasure to behold as it’s carefully crafted and detailed. The wings are a spectacle in motion as the metal blades make a great job as remiges. Besides, the multilayered body and head look artificially but suitably aerodynamic. In addition to this, the runes and lines used for decoration give a remarkable aesthetic. If one were to complain then the crest of simple pipes, empty hole on her back, exaggerated exhaust pipes as retrices and obvious leg articulations come to mind. Regardless, they help give the model an appealing steampunk feel. Therefore, it’s certainly a pity that her ice abilities make such a strong contrast with her design; steam escaping the pipes is also absent. To be fair, Hextech Anivia is a great looking skin and if you can forgive it’s strict re-model nature then you’ll get an amazing steampunk style for the cryophoenix.

Blackfrost Anivia
Blackfrost Anivia Splash Art Blackfrost Anivia Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Anivia after embracing the darkness.
Model: New model for Anivia and her egg form.
Particles: New dark ice particles for her abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New animations for her abilities, auto-attack, critical hits, flight, emotes, recall, tower channel, re-spawn and death.
Sounds: New voice-over and sounds for her abilites.
Splash Art: The darkness of the night is disrupted by the glow of an aurora borealis and the iridescent presence of a magical being. The idea behind the piece is attractive but the setting is mostly sky and a summit for Anivia to stand. That’s not to say that the portrayal isn’t good as it seems fascinating. Although The wings tend to look a bit dull in the edges, especially in comparison with the rest of the body, Anivia still appears magnificent. The ice formations framed by polished metal give her an aspect that elicits both royalty and predatory images. Unfortunately, the posture doesn’t let her shine in all her glory and what a wing doesn’t cover is occluded by another body part. The piece still manages to provide an intensely attractive portrayal but only around Anivia’s head. In the end, it’s a rather polarized splash art: magnetic where it works and dull where it doesn’t.
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Conclusion: Blackfrost Anivia aims to give the cryophoenix a more sinister nature but also adds some welcome royalty to her aspect. Her body being made of dark ice is lavishly decorated with polished metal which still shows a few dents. In fact, sometimes it’s difficult to differentiate between decorations and body as the remiges and retrices demonstrate. Her body seems a monolithic, hybrid construct with a subtle futuristic facet that essentially looks quite good and manages to mesh well in the fantasy setting.
The dark ice particles are good but don’t scream corrupted frost as much as they could’ve. They do look as tainted ice but not clearly frozen or dripping with decay. It’s something subtle and it may be just the shades. For instance, Crystallize makes a convincing wall with cold air around it yet seems delicate. On top of this, Glacial Storm doesn’t communicate the rage of a baleful blizzard. The falling shards are few and the cloudy vortex hardly equates to a vile tornado. It could be said that the blackfrost is darker ice with black air around it. The blackfrost itself doesn’t look bad at all but leaves the feeling that it could been more visceral about its intentions.
The multiple animations are a good addition in that they help make the casting of abilities clear. Furthermore, they add many nice touches that make evident Anivia’s supernatural nature and wicked personality. Thanks to them she appears more magnificent and, thus, more appealing.
Furthermore, the new sounds work well even if they don’t stand out in any particular way; except for her cries in Glacial Storm and Rebirth. In general, they fit the theme and provide the expected dose of chilling evil. Regardless, her new voice-over reflects very well her malevolence with a pinch of misguided benign intent. Therefore, instead of sounding simply cruel she is relatable but distinctly malignant.
All things considered, Blackfrost Anivia is a great skin for Anivia’s fans and an option worth considering for those that enjoy champions with a vicious facet. The skin doesn’t make the frosted corruption entirely clear but manages to display it in an appealing way. When considered as the sum of its parts Blackfrost Anivia surely raises above its flaws and becomes a pleasing re-interpretation of the cryophoenix.

Conclusion

In general, Anivia’s skins are rather good. In many cases the concepts directly clash with her frosty nature, especially the more original ones, but the results tend to be good enough that it can be overlooked; with some effort.

The recommended skin is Hextech Anivia: it’s neither a flawless skin nor an achievement of originality but it’s certainly a fantastic looking one. If you are going to get only one skin for Anivia then this is the best option.

Fortunately, Bird of Prey and Noxus Hunter Anivia are also great choices. Neither of them can certainly match the implementation of more recent skins. Nevertheless, they offer attractive concepts backed by satisfactory executions, considering their price.

For Anivia fans, Blackfrost Anivia is a choice worth pondering on. The skin isn’t visceral and explicit about either the frost or the taint but accomplishes an appealing aesthetic. Regardless, her personality is definitely attractive so if you also like a shade of evil in your champions then Blackfrost Anivia is a great option.

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

  1. Thank you.I’ve been waiting to see Anivia’s skins reviewed for quite a while,now my wish is granted. :)

  2. Is there gonna be a new anivia skin. I have heard this rumour, but i just wanted to confirm it.

    • Dear Doppelgänger,

      Battlecast Anivia was hinted at during the release of Battlecast Prime Cho’Gath; just like Battlecast Skarner and Kog’Maw. However, there is no further information on the matter and when they would become a reality is completely unknown.

  3. Hey, I just want your opinion on which do you think is the best 1820 RP skin?

    • Dear heroic alter ego,

      It’s difficult to simply point one skin as superior to others as recent legendary skins are quite well done. Specifically speaking, Battlecast Prime Cho’Gath, Eternum Nocturne, Aether Wing Kayle, Blackfrost Anivia and even Zombie Brand show a marked improvement with regards to older legendaries. All of these skins are good and it could just be a matter of personal preference which one you like more.

  4. With the new Texture Updates on the horizon for our favorite avian champion, will they warrant a new review for each skin? The textures have been very vastly improved in my opinion, and the skins even appear to not entirely use the base model. Team Spirit And Bird of Prey both have new wing models, separate from that of the new classic skin. It would seem some of the models have been slightly touched up. In my additional opinion, the armor on Noxus Hunter looks slightly improved some how.

    • If it is a proper visual upgrade we’ll surely review Anivia again. However, if it’s only a texture update we don’t think much will be different because, in essence, the amount of features would remain the same. The overall look may improve but it’s not as significant as an actual visual upgrade. Still, we’ll give a look at the skins after the change to see if the review needs some adjustments. Let’s hope it’s all for the better.

  5. i just bought the team spirit anivia with my last refund credit. I made a horrible choice

    • It’s a pity but at least you have the most difficult skin to catch for Anivia. Still, have you considered contacting player support? They may not be able to help but you lose nothing in trying.

  6. I dont know which one to buy.. hextech anivia or noxus hunter anivia… any suggestions? thanks!

    • Well, to start with there’s a difference in price between the two. Additionally, Hextech is more original with its steampunk aesthetic but Noxus Hunter is a natural evolution of a battle bird.

      If you want something different yet attractive then Hextech would be the one. Noxus Hunter is more of the same but with a fitting addition. The price also reflects how conventional each skin is, so that the more you pay the less of Classic Anivia in the skin.

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