Feb 052013
 
Dr. Mundo the Madman of Zaun
Dr. Mundo, the Madman of Zaun

Dr. Mundo, the Madman of Zaun hardly has the traditional intellectual look expected from a scientist. Regardless, experiments are what have made him this way and he would surely say this is the way he pleases. Therefore, if you want to look good where you please take a look at his skins’ review; before Mundo reviews himself.

Toxic Dr. Mundo
Toxic Dr. Mundo Splash Art Toxic Dr. Mundo Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Dr. Mundo with green skins.
Model: New textures for Dr. Mundo and his cleaver.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: First thing: no background, just a green mist surrounding Dr. Mundo to fill space. Second: it looks like a retouched snapshot of Mundo’s three-dimensional model; the fingers are quite telling. Besides the polygonal outline, the shading looks a bit rough but sort of works. Lastly, in spite of the fact that it serves as a basic portrayal, it’s a thorough disappointment.
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Conclusion: Toxic Dr. Mundo is as simple as it can be: same doctor but with green skin. The clothes and cleaver are also re-textured but there’s no big difference. The core is the green skin and also all that is really offered. Unless you really like the new colour, Toxic Dr. Mundo is a skin that isn’t very interesting.

Mr. Mundoverse
Mr. Mundoverse Splash Art Mr. Mundoverse Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Dr. Mundo dressed for a session at the gym.
Model: Minor model changes for Dr. Mundo and new textures for his cleaver.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A plain and modest room is the place for Gym Mundo where Dr. Mundo trains to become Mr. Universe. All in all, there’s more in the imagination that in the background: it’s all rather empty and simple. This stands in contrast to Mundo’s portrayal which has bright colours and detailed precision; except for the fact that Mundo has only three toes per foot and that darker areas are diffuse. Still, despite the exaggerations proper of the style Mundo looks good. Therefore, this is a piece with a disappointing background that serves as a good portrait.
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Conclusion: Mr. Mundoverse has a suitable concept for this muscular doctor but with an execution that doesn’t fully realize it. There’s just a few clothes added but while they are fitting they clash with the multiple remnants of Classic Dr. Mundo. A pair of snickers and maybe dumbbells would have helped further the concept. Regardless, as it is, it suggests its concept instead of implementing it so it feels quite lacklustre.

Corporate Mundo
Corporate Mundo Splash Art Corporate Mundo Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Dr. Mundo as a business manager.
Model: Moderate model changes for Dr. Mundo and new model for his cleaver.
Particles: New particles for Infected Cleaver.
Animations: New animation when standing idle, walking and for his laugh.
Sounds: New quotes for Infected Cleaver and Sadism plus new voice-over.
Splash Art: The background does a respectable work at depicting a manager’s office: there’s a messy file cabinet, an equally untidy trash can, a surprisingly ordered desk and an antique mini-bar. Still, there’s quite some space solely filled with simple colours plus the bustling city is hardly discernible through the window. Dr. Mundo also suffers from mixed quality: the legs seem to dissolve in the desk but the upper body is sharply outlined and clearly shaded. On the whole, it’s an acceptable splash art that could be better but still does a reasonable job.
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Conclusion: Corporate Mundo is an obvious joke skin but despite its seemingly forced premise it manages to stay funny; to an extent. The model is nothing surprising yet correct. It could be said that the look is a bit too casual and a bit too Elvis-like but it works. The paper trail used when throwing his case is a good touch but it seems as if the skin could do more but stayed at just enough. Additionally, the funny quotes double as references so they don’t become tedious as fast as a simple joke would do. In general, Corporate Mundo implements its concept rather well and, jokes aside, displays management with a healthy dose of sarcasm. It’s still not as groundbreaking as a legendary skin should be but remains a good choice.

Mundo Mundo
Mundo Mundo Splash Art Mundo Mundo Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Dr. Mundo wearing a costume of himself.
Model: Moderate model changes for Dr. Mundo and new model for his cleaver.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New sound for Infected Cleaver.
Splash Art: The background is diffuse, dark and feels empty in some places. However, the clothes hanger display is filled with champion references and adds much needed depth to the picture; like the peeking Shaco on the right. Dr. Mundo in front of a mirror is an interesting idea to show his front and back alike; though the front is largely occluded. The depiction is alright but the lower body looks blurry just like Mundo’s reflection. Overall, it’s not a bad piece but the idea of Mundo surrounded by champion’s costumes is better than the final result.
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Conclusion: Mundo Mundo is a skin with a concept that seems clever but that in practice isn’t as funny or interesting as it appeared. In fact, the look is simply too similar to Classic Dr. Mundo and, while intended, it just doesn’t add much. In the end, the idea is executed but it’s hardly attractive. In conclusion, Mundo Mundo is a skin that looks better on paper and that doesn’t provide enough for its price.

Executioner Mundo
Executioner Mundo Splash Art Executioner Mundo Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Dr. Mundo dressed as an executioner.
Model: Moderate model changes for Dr. Mundo and new model for his cleaver.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is a disappointing mud of colours that barely hint at an execution ground. Truth be told, the wooden structures as well as the sky seem to have been painted with the same colour so the difference is simply tone. Fortunately, Dr. Mundo’s depiction is appropriately more colourful: the lines are correct and the shading quite good. In fact, the banding of colours actually strengthens the visceral nature of his role. To sum up, a terrible background backs a great portrayal thus making for an interesting but flawed splash art.
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Conclusion: Executioner Mundo is a rather straightforward skin that dresses the mad doctor in some fancy clothes and gives him a double bladed axe; even though a single bladed axe would been better suited. The result is a definitely stylized but appealing executioner’s look. Fortunately, Dr. Mundo is quite a good fit for this concept and so the communion of elements works very well. Regardless, the skin doesn’t do much to develop the theme, just clothes and an axe, but it’s effective enough to communicate the idea clearly. In the end, Executioner Mundo is a nice skin but could’ve been much better with more work. Nonetheless, at its price and considering how well Mundo adapts to the executioner role it’s certainly a great choice for Mundo fans.

Rageborn Mundo
Rageborn Mundo Splash Art Rageborn Mundo Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Dr. Mundo as an orc warrior.
Model: New model for Dr. Mundo and his cleaver.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: New walking and standing idle animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background shows the barren land that surrounds a castle; which provides a setting but still leaves the piece feeling empty. Dr. Mundo appears on the right, with a dynamic pose, as he throws his axe. The stance certainly catches the eye but it also conceals most of Mundo’s body so that only a fraction can be seen. What is depicted does look good. Besides, the shading is great: the texture of the metal or the skin is detailed and believable. Regardless, it’s a splash art that draws attention to the subject but doesn’t display him in the best of ways. Not a bad piece but not as useful as it should be.
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Conclusion: Rageborn Mundo is a very interesting skin as its concept represents something alien but fitting in the League of Legends: an orc warrior. The model shows a lot of polish with great textures that make both metal and skin look fantastic. The axe is also sensibly proportioned so that it can be easily thrown yet remain useful in close quarters. Unfortunately, the skin doesn’t do much else to further the theme. The animations added are different but only marginally from the classic ones. Therefore, Rageborn Mundo is a skin that looks good and seems destined for excellence but doesn’t do enough to actually reach it.

TPA Mundo
TPA Mundo Splash Art TPA Mundo Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Mundo as a triumphant e-sports player.
Model: New model for Dr. Mundo and his cleaver.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New sounds for his auto-attack and Infected Cleaver.
Splash Art: The background suggests a big arena where the audience clamours for the champions. At least the lights of such incredible place are visible because the rest is just the imagination working. The champions are clearly portrayed though, but their simultaneous exposition makes them compete for attention.
Regardless, they manage to convey a bit of their personality in the depiction: Mundo is brutal and towering, Orianna vaguely humane, Ezreal overconfident, Shen sneaky while Nunu and Willump display their close teamwork. In parts they seem to be escaping from the diffuse maws of the background but the portrayals are correct anyway.
All in all, it’s a nice splash art that displays a team of champions celebrating the fruit of their labour. While it’s unclear in certain parts each champion has its place. Nevertheless, it’s a piece that seems better suited for a presentation of the full set of TPA champions than to be used in individual spotlights.
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Conclusion: The first impression that TPA Mundo gives is that of an uninspired and simple concept. At large, it’s just Mundo in casual clothes with a cup instead of a cleaver. The healthy dose of Mundo brutality in the gamer world is suggested but without a new proper voice-over it stays as just that. At least, what the skin lacks in originality it makes up for with consistency: when hitting someone with the cup the sound is appropriately hollow and metallic. Regardless, it’s not a look that seems special despite not being bad at all. TPA Mundo isn’t a awful choice but it’s potential isn’t exploited much.

Conclusion

Dr. Mundo’s skins mostly centre on his brutality and lack of common sense; or even sense at all. In spite of that, there are a few interesting choices. Rageborn Mundo is a great skin as it’s not only the most elaborate but also provides a novel concept for the League of Legends. Still, it doesn’t manage to excel and while a great choice it’s not as good as it could’ve been.

Still, there isn’t much Mundo in an orc so Executioner Mundo becomes a less developed yet wildly attractive choice. Both Mundo’s nature and the skin’s theme go hand in hand but not much was done to exploit it. Nevertheless, the executioner role works great in Mundo and it makes this skin greatly recommended.

Finally, Corporate Mundo is a skin that dedicated Mundo fans will probably enjoy. The management parody is rather well done but not at a level that would make it satisfying for a legendary skin. Nonetheless, it’s an appealing option that does its theme justice even though it doesn’t impress.

Image Credits

Mundo Mundo model screen-shot taken with Gamebase’s League of Legends Skin Viewer.

  9 Responses to “League of Legends: Dr. Mundo Skins’ Review”

  1. thx! for review

  2. Well, I thought that Toxic Dr. Mundo was a referance to The Hulk. But, who knows?

    • You could say so, as they both share a degree and a muscular green body. Regardless, it’s such a simple re-colour that it hardly works as a reference. If the skin actually incorporated further changes to better represent the Hulk it would be much better.

  3. Wow… Corporate Mundo or TPA Mundo… Difficult to choose….

    • Corporate is obviously more elaborate though for a legendary it shows its age. TPA is more casual and simple yet it fits Mundo’s personality. Nevertheless, both skins need some extra work to stand well among current skins so it’s better to choose based on personal preference.

  4. Hello Mr. Zero,

    I was really wondering if I should choose TPA mundo or Rageborn Mundo. Since the TPA skins sale ends soon, i’m in quite a hurry!

    • Well, TPA is mostly Mundo with casual clothing whereas Rageborn is more of a digression which turns him into an orc warrior. We think that Rageborn is more interesting but, if you want Mundo to stay Mundo, then TPA is more conventional.

      It depends on what you are looking for, if you want something different yet fitting then Rageborn. However, if you want more Mundo but in another context then TPA.

  5. Did you also check that the TPA Mundo Skin has a new critical strike animation were he headbutts? :)

    • We did and, as with other critical strike animations, it’s shared between all skins; including the classic one. Sometimes skins do add a new critical strike animation, like Sultan Tryndamere, but that seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

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