As the epitome of Demacian courage and fanaticism Garen has certainly won his position in the League of Legends. However, it’s his peculiar way of attaining victory that has reserved a special place among fans. Then, how does this visual upgrade benefit the Might of Demacia?
The visual upgrade surely refines Garen’s aspect: his bulkier armour is more imposing as well as his sword. The new aspect manages a balance between good looks and practicality. His equipment is not only more appealing but it seems better suited for a sturdy warrior.
Specifically speaking, the armour offers effective protection while allowing for a certain freedom of movement. Still, it doesn’t ignore a good layer of decoration to clearly cement Garen as a Demacian example. The sword is also better ornamented while being broad and heavy. It conveys the idea that it hurts as much for its edge as for its weight.
Details like some torn clothes and dents on the metal speak of equipment that has seen some share of battle. However, the pristine aesthetic seems tainted by such imperfections instead of proudly displaying them as scars. They make sense but feel like an addition that barely suggests.
The part where the visual update feels like a real success is the particles: the new visuals are consistent and attractive. They feel like a true step forward in the visual quality and clarity of the abilities. Additionally, their strict colour scheme allows for easy re-colours that can add some extra style to skins.
Except for the rather recent Steel Legion Garen, all skins receive modifications. The result is a more polished appearance but at the cost of homogeneity. That’s because skins look quite similar to each other as they all share a common base.
Therefore, cheaper skins that were a mere re-texture vastly improve their looks but full re-models become more similar and less unique than before. This is made evident by taking a look at Sanguine or Desert Trooper and comparing the enhancement with Dreadknight or Rugged.
On the whole, the visual upgrade betters the experience of unleashing a spinning, armoured warrior in the battlefield. The looks is polished and the abilities eye-catching. While Classic Garen has little to complain about, not all skins find the upgrade as such. The more modest ones do improve but previous re-models are homogenized with the classic base. As such, the visual upgrade has a lot to like but it also brings some questionable consequences.
What do you think?