Jan 292013
 
Gragas, the Rabble Rouser
Gragas, the Rabble Rouser

Gragas, the Rabble Rouser demonstrates his love of liquor all the time; whether it’s fitting or not. This can cause some impractical barrel-hugging but also allows some classic portrayals of drinking culture. When the time comes to have a drink with style, let the barrel roll with this skins’ review.

Scuba Gragas
Scuba Gragas Splash Art Scuba Gragas Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Gragas dressed as a scuba diver.
Model: Moderate model changes for Gragas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is just a bit of water and bubbles with an encroaching darkness coming from the left; or just empty space. There’s also, for some reason, a spatula in the middle of the piece still it all feels rather empty and oppressive. Gragas only displays his front body as he swiftly swims while tightly hugging his beloved barrel. The depiction is passable: the colours are correct the elements reasonable but hardly appealing; even the reflections aren’t convincing. To be fair, the background is mostly absent and the portrayal barely allows a good look at Gragas. In essence, an inadequate splash art that doesn’t have enough quality to even be useful.
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Conclusion: At first glance, Scuba Gragas looks almost like a full re-model. However, closer inspection shows that it’s a re-texture with some added scuba gear. The wetsuit looks alright but it’s questionable who would like to follow Gragas contour in such tight clothing. The diving mask is well done but the decompression meter looks like a simple watch. Besides, the scuba set shows a rather modern design but seems precariously strapped to his belly; as if Gragas wasn’t fat enough. It’s not just the unusual position of the scuba set but also that such an important device should be tightly and securely strapped. On top of that, the swim fins look like a flat surface with a single strap each; plus they make for rather uncomfortable footwear on the ground. The fact that his long beard and hair aren’t tied so as not to obstruct seems like a minor complaint. Add to all this that Gragas insists on carrying his barrel around and we end with one mess of a look. In conclusion, Scuba Gragas is a skin that doesn’t seem to provide anything substantial. It’s neither humorous nor realistic or even appealing despite its peculiarities.

Hillbilly Gragas
Hillbilly Gragas Splash Art Hillbilly Gragas Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Gragas as an inhabitant of a rural, montainous area.
Model: Minor model changes for Gragas.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The style of this piece is undoubtedly coarse, both in colours and lines. The background is a diffuse mess that merely shows a hand-made distillery while the rest hints at a shack and some vegetation. Gragas looks just as rough: broken nails, worn clothes, and muddy colours. While it can be said that the general style suits the theme it still doesn’t appear as a particularly nice spotlight. The piece does its job but there are better ways of depicting Gragas.
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Conclusion: Hillbilly Gragas is as crude a depiction as it could probably be. The worn and dirty clothes added to the unkempt, rough look are not only unappealing but also questionable. Truth be told, there isn’t much humour in this skin so it simply furthers a negative stereotype. That probably wasn’t the skin’s objective as it could be amusing to some. Regardless, it’s a skin that doesn’t seem to do much of anything right.

Santa Gragas
Santa Gragas Splash Art Santa Gragas Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Gragas dressed as Santa Claus.
Model: Moderate model changes for Gragas and new model for his cask.
Particles: New particles for Barrel Roll, Drunken Rage and Explosive Cask.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: At first glance the piece may seem comical but that passes soon. Gragas as a, let’s say, enticing-wannabe, Santa isn’t as funny or interesting as a splash art needs. Besides, the background is mostly a few brush strokes that barely hint at a Christmas Tree and a sofa. Gragas depiction is passable as the uneven colours and lines show great detail for his face and barely display his lower body. Overall, a piece that shows lack of polish in both concept and execution.
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Conclusion: In an effort to adapt Gragas into Santa Claus some compromises had to be made; which were concealed with a veil of humour. For instance, the disproportionally small suit allows for the belly and arms to be exposed, clearly showing that Gragas doesn’t fit the role well. The humour may try to excuse Gragas drinking from his presents’ bag and throwing explosive barrel decorations. However, it feels as it simply made the implementation easier. Still, the result isn’t terrible but it certainly lacks polish. If you don’t mind a rough looking Santa then it’s a skin that you may like but you’ll have to overlook its hard edges.

Gragas Esq.
Gragas Esq. Splash Art Gragas Esq. Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Gragas as a dignified fancier of good liquor.
Model: Major model changes for Gragas, new model for his cask and smoke for his cigar.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: New broken glass sounds for Barrel Roll and Explosive Cask.
Splash Art: A dimly lit room may be a good choice to relax along a good glass of liquor. However, in this case it’s just an excuse to leave one third of the piece empty. What is shown is rather basic: a not very tidy bookshelf, a picture of the esquire and a bi-dimensional table to hold a huge bottle. It comes as no surprise then that Gragas depiction doesn’t enjoy pristine quality. Regardless, the lines are well done and the shading is effective at depicting folds. On the whole, it’s an adequate splash art but the theme might’ve benefitted from a sharper portrayal.
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Conclusion: Gragas Esq. provides an air of distinction that suits Gragas quite well. The suit is elegant, the hair and beard tidy and the clock fitting; even the giant bottle makes sense with its apt message. However, Gragas constant belching is kept intact which makes the elegance all show and no substance. All in all, it’s a nice skin for Gragas but it’s in direct conflict with his classic manners.

Vandal Gragas
Vandal Gragas Splash Art Vandal Gragas Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Gragas dressed as a biker gang member.
Model: New model for Gragas and his cask.
Particles: New particles for Barrel Roll and Explosive Cask.
Animations: New cask pumping animation when standing idle.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A blurry background may want to show a sense of distance, a fog or a difference in lighting conditions. Sometimes, blurriness is simply a way of working less. This background just shows the silhouettes of a couple busy patrons and places a minimal floor to stand. Gragas obviously takes centre stage, along with his barrel, but the depiction of either has issues. Gragas looks sketchy and even blurry in places. The barrel has a convincing metal surface but the beer looks solid like jelly. All things considered, it’s a disappointing splash art with a good set up but a lacking implementation.
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Conclusion: Gangs aren’t known for their subtlety and this perfectly suits Gragas classic style. Joining the Vandals hasn’t only given Gragas a more traditional aspect, thanks to the clothes, but it also has made him lose some weight. The result is actually refreshing and adds an alternative view of Gragas drinking: partying and messing around with friends. To sum up, it’s a skin that provides distinct changes to Gragas but they do work well. If you like Gragas or the gang style then Vandal Gragas is the skin for you.

Oktoberfest Gragas
Oktoberfest Gragas Splash Art Oktoberfest Gragas Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Gragas dressed in Bavarian clothes to celebrate die Wiesn.
Model: New model for Gragas and his cask.
Particles: New particles for his abilities.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New music for his recall.
Splash Art: A classic bar full of patrons making a toast sure is a suitable setting. Moreover, the whole of the piece exhibits a consistent level of quality; though the windows barely display the outside world. Gragas is greatly depicted in all his beer loving splendour: the colours and lines are well done, the stance appropriate and he is part of the whole scene. While the depiction isn’t astounding and a few problems with perspective arise there’s nothing major to detract from the portrayal. In the end, the piece works thanks to the good work applied to the composition and painting. If this isn’t one of League of Legends best splash arts, then it isn’t far behind.
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Conclusion: In spite of not being, strictly, a humorous skin Oktoberfest Gragas manages to display the Rabble Rouser under a merry light. The refined proportions and characteristic clothing keep Gragas classic theme but adapt it in an appealing way; without ending like a caricature. His manners haven’t improved but are understandable at the evident drinking passion. If we add the new particles, to better reflect the drink of choice, and the fantastic recall then we can conclude that it’s an excellent skin with a picturesque and appealing theme.

Conclusion

Gragas’ core concept is drinking and, one way of another, it ends up reflected or adapted in all his skins. Therefore, Oktoberfest Gragas is the recommended option as it seems to expose some of the best aspects of drinking culture. Additionally, Vandal Gragas is also a good option as it suits Gragas manners and habits quite well.

Not so great is Gragas Esq.: a good looking skin that is at odds with Gragas classic demeanour. It sure adds elegance and distinction but in looks alone, nothing else. Finally, Hillbilly Gragas is a stereotypical skin that some people may find funny. Nevertheless, it is neither comical nor thoughtful in its approach.

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

  1. Oktoberfest Gragas no animations? He has a recall animation with music. It’s pretty much what MADE me buy the skin :D

  2. thanks for the review,
    just in time for me to buy vandal gragas too :)

  3. gragas esq. when his barrel explodes it has a different sound than usual. it sounds like glass exploding.

    • Oh and smoke comes out of his cig.

      • Thanks for the notice, we’ll give it another look.

        • Np, btw the glass shattering happens on both the barrel roll and his ult

          • That’s useful to know to check more specifically, thanks.

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