Oct 112013
 
Jinx, the Loose Cannon
Jinx, the Loose Cannon

Destruction, utter and complete demolition of buildings and straight faces; what is not to like? Jinx comes to light the day, and the fuse, until it all falls down in happy debris. On top of that, she’s not only doing it multiple times, she dares do it with the style of different time periods. Keep reading and find out more about Jinx’s peculiar sense of fashion.

Mafia Jinx
Mafia Jinx Splash Art Mafia Jinx Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Jinx as a flapper from the Roaring Twenties.
Model: Major model changes for Jinx and new models for her rocket launcher Fishbones, minigun Pow-Pow and shock gun Zapper.
Particles: New particles for Zap!, Flame Chompers! and Super Mega Death Rocket!.
Animations: New animations for Switcheroo!, recall and dance.
Sounds: New sounds for her recall and music for her dance. New quotes when moving, attacking and using Zap!.
Splash Art: This piece makes a strong statement about Jinx’s personality applied to the Prohibition Era. Starting with the background, it suffers from an intense blur as depth of field and the right side is a nondescript mess of shapes. On the other hand, the left side shines with multiple champion references like Miss Fortune, Twitch and, possibly, Urgot. Moreover, Jinx’s portrayal is fantastic, not only is the spectacular shading and lighting fascinating but the pose is dynamic, feasible and provides a good look at her. From the meticulous delicacy of her dress’ tassels to the glowing pearls and folds on the gloves, this depiction is a pleasure to behold. On the whole, it’s a splash art that suffers from a less than ideal background but it might as well be one of the best champion portrayals in the whole League of Legends.
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Conclusion: Mafia Jinx adopts a different angle to transport a champion into the 1920’s. Instead of going straight to the underground of the Prohibition Era it switches towards the trendy Roaring Twenties. The flapper style is refreshing and also allows for a more playful style that fits such a liberal approach to life. The model looks a bit flat in terms of textures but the modelled elements are correct. The pearl necklace could have been longer and worn with several loops or even twists or knots as it looks comically big. Furthermore, the simple fingerless gloves seem out of place as something more elaborate would’ve fitted better; or simply with covered fingers. The new dance is a clever addition but the recall seems a bit whimsical. However, the transformation of her cello case into a minigun is quite nice and offsets the preposterous cannon on her back. Overall, Mafia Jinx is a fine skin that will appeal to fans of vintage styles as it’s a reasonably well done adaptation with a unique style.

Firecracker Jinx
Firecracker Jinx Splash Art Firecracker Jinx Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Jinx as a dragon-styled fireworks expert.
Model: New model for Jinx, her rocket launcher Fishbones, minigun Pow-Pow and shock gun Zapper.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New animations for Switcheroo! and recall.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: With mayhem all around her Jinx makes her way precariously holding to a dragon shaped rocket; makes perfect sense. The chaotic and explosive background is a good fit for Jinx but also feels lacking in elements that could be exploding or burning; even if she wouldn’t leave much standing behind. Still, the abundance of sparks makes it clear that Jinx is on to something.
Speaking of which, Jinx’s depiction is excellent with a suitable cartoon style that incorporates unpolished bronze to contrast the sudden brightness she brings to the scene. The shading is a bit simple on Jinx though and clearly contrasts with the detail offered by the metal; as if two images were imposed one atop the other.
In the sum of its parts, the splash art succeeds. The setting is simple but eloquent and Jinx puts her heart in display for all to see. While it has some problems it’s a fantastic scene that displays Jinx in her element. Therefore, it could very well be considered one of League of Legends best splash arts.
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Conclusion: Translating Jinx’s mayhem to the realm of pyrotechnics isn’t much of a stretch. In fact, she seems to be right at home. In that regard, there’s no doubt that the most relevant feature offered by Firecracker Jinx is the eye-catching firework particles and also sounds. That’s because while Jinx’s aspect is nice it isn’t more than appropriate. Although, the ornamented dragon design of her weapons, Fishbones and Pow-Pow, is attractive with its golden dragon heads over dark shades.
Still, the real highlight is the fantastic firework particles that are effectively complemented by new sounds. Explosions tend to be stylized while sparks aren’t as plentiful as one would expect. Nonetheless, the general feel is appealing. Being fireworks they also carry the disadvantage of feeling less deadly than actual explosions but it’s an understandable compromise.
Strangely, Zap! looks disappointing as it abruptly ends without impact. The contrary can be said when shooting the Super Mega Death Rocket!: it initially looks just like a dragon styled projectile; only once it explodes does it reveal its appeal. For some reason, unlike her auto-attack and other abilities, her ultimate doesn’t leave a trail of sparks as it travels.
All things considered, Firecracker Jinx is a stunning skin despite the absence of actual firecrackers. The problem is that despite how attractive it all is there really isn’t any addition that explains the high price: the modifications are similar to those offered by cheaper skins. Therefore, this is a great looking and sounding skin but also a peculiarly expensive one. If you are a big fan of Jinx or fireworks then catch it on sale.

Slayer Jinx
Slayer Jinx Splash Art Slayer Jinx Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Jinx as a zombie-huntress.
Model: New model for Jinx, her rocket launcher Fishbones, minigun Pow-Pow and shock gun Zapper. New smoke for Pow-Pow.
Particles: New particles for her abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New animations for Switcheroo!, Zap! and recall.
Sounds: New sounds for Get Excited!, Switcheroo!, Zap!, Super Mega Death Rocket!, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: In the distance, explosions destroy what the zombies haven’t. The red fumes cover most of what remains but one can guess that there isn’t much to see. At least that’s the idea, because the background is notable for its poor quality with regards to the simple and dull depiction of the setting. The foreground is, fortunately, the complete opposite. Here we find the zombie slayers enjoying their job against the hordes of the undead. The stains on their clothes and bodies show that they like the get quite involved in the activity. However, they are being flanked by an unusual enemy. In this area, the context is not only clearer but also more meaningful. While the zombie horde is suggested more than shown their presence is clear. The only exception to the emptiness of the background is the presence of a certain legendary undead that has his flames ready to join the battle; if he can stagger there on time. The vertical stripe on the left of Jinx and Pantheon’s splash art also catches the eye but isn’t as evocative.
Without a doubt the portrayal of the champions at combat is the central part of the piece. Their portrayal exhibits a magnificent use of colour and light that manages an attractive display. Their combat poses don’t compete with the need to allow a clear view and their expressions are reminiscent of their joy. Even the regular zombie on the corner of the foreground displays quite a bit of detail. Each surface and texture is meticulously drawn and shaded with the correct use of depth of field effects; which adds to the portrayal. It’s only when certain elements move towards the background, like Pantheon’s jetpack, that they become sketchy. For the most part, each champion has their place and their personality is eloquently presented. So, between Jinx’s dementia, Pantheon’s blood lust, Nunu’s derangement and Willump’s ferocity there’s much to appreciate.
Ultimately, it is an uneven splash art. The background, though clearly secondary in importance, is plain and uninteresting. In stark contrast, the foreground takes the reins of the whole piece and presents a battle for survival that shows the best that each champion has to offer. In consequence, this is a great portrayal backed by a disappointingly presented setting.
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Conclusion: At a glance, Slayer Jinx is a bit of a disappointing skin. Her appearance seems too similar to her classic one and only the more industrial approach of her weapons differentiates it. Even so, it looks like a normal change of clothes for Jinx: something she could use in her everyday mayhem and not actually custom made for a zombie outbreak survivor. She still looks good but the casual clothing is unremarkable and even seems to downplay her madness. It’s too sober and even dull. Jinx seems to be the kind of girl that would wear more colourful attire and a t-shirt with something more eye-catching in it; like a zombie face in a prohibition sign with ‘Die Zombie Die’ printed on the back.
The new look for her weapons is appealing but nothing impressive. It adds a bit of an industrial angle to her aspect but doesn’t deviate much from her classic aesthetic. Exactly the same can be said about the particles and sounds. There’s nothing that feels novel and that easily presents the zombie-huntress theme. Surely nothing looks bad but it all seems to play too safe without innovation in any area. The only addition that states the zombie theme is the recall but it’s too little considering that’s the basis of the skin.
All things considered, Slayer Jinx is a fine looking skin but also pedestrian. It’s appealing but mostly because it sticks close to her classic style; which is already attractive. The result isn’t bad but leaves a feeling that much more could’ve been done. It’s like a more casual, relaxed Jinx that doesn’t worry too much about style and goes for rougher weapons. Considering its price, it’s an alright skin but also expensive and a letdown considering the theme’s potential; better to get on sale.

Star Guardian Jinx
 Splash Art Star Guardian Jinx Model
Category: Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Jinx as a magical girl wielding the magic of the stars.
Model: New model for Jinx, her rocket launcher Kuro (Fishbones), minigun Shiro (Pow-Pow) and shock gun Zapper. New flying familiars: Shiro and Kuro.
Particles: New particles for her familiars, abilities, auto-attack, high-speed run, death and recall.
Animations: New animations for her familiars, abilities, auto-attack, standing idle, walk, high-speed run, death, recall, emotes and dancing animations for her weapons while still.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack, high-speed run and recall plus new voice-over. New quotes when taunting certain champions, when idle, recall, respawn, buying certain items, killing champions, getting a killing spree and pentakill, destroying a tower, using a health potion, placing a ward, attacking Baron Nashor and Dragon.
Splash Art: At a glance, the background is a group of clouds that may cover the circumference of Earth. For a Star Guardian to be soaring the skies shouldn’t be much of a stretch. Sadly, this is all conjecture as there aren’t any elements to confirm or deny such a guess. The only thing of relevance is Jinx and her friends.
On the right we find Shiro, the familiar corresponding to her minigun carrying her rocket launcher; which corresponds to Kuro. They appear subdued and opaque so that their designs aren’t allowed to shine and the rocket launcher isn’t even entirely depicted. On the left we also find her shock gun Zapper floating nearby without much rhyme or reason to do so. Regardless, it allows a clear view of the weapon and suits the fact that she may be in free fall or floating on the air. With bright colours and sharp lines it’s a good depiction.
Moving on to Jinx, her anime-like lines are clear and evident but the soft colours and gradient of shades give depth to the surfaces. This allows her portrayal to avoid looking flat and gives her appearance a more realistic feel. While the pose doesn’t allow a full view of her magical girl look it gives a reasonably good idea. Her ponytails twirl and twist with wild whims which add to the spontaneity so inherent to Jinx; as her face clearly displays. Unfortunately, not everything is perfect. The right arm appears blurred and the burst of light dim and lifeless. There’s absolutely no reason for such a mistake to be present; just as there isn’t for her left ponytail and leg to be blurry, yet they are.
When all is added together, there are some issues with the portrayal but it’s quite good albeit straightforward. Sadly, elements on both left and right show reduced quality and the background is perfectly inconsequential. Therefore, it’s a fine portrayal that works as a good presentation card but lacking as a legendary splash art.
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Conclusion: Youthful and passionate, Star Guardian Jinx effectively adapts her natural rebellious personality into that of a magical girl. The clothing follows the expected style but with some veiled punk elements proper of her nonconformism. While the clothes are nothing extraordinary they are appealing and her wild red ponytails add a touch of wild vivacity. Also, she no longer talks alone; so to speak. Her weapons turn into familiars, Shiro represents her minigun and Kuro her rocket launcher. With evident references to shoulder angels and devils, they serve as fantastic companions to Jinx’s volatile personality. The actual weapons are redesigned with coloured, winged barrels lined with gold and ending in star-shaped muzzles. Both familiars only have one wing which corresponds to the wing shown in the respective weapon as well as the main colour; a great way of combining both aspects.
The particles are as playful as the sounds and they even leave a humorous feel that suits the light-hearted mischief embraced by Star Guardian Jinx. For the most part, there’s a vibrant display of bright lights accompanied by stars and backed by soft twinklings and bouncing twangs. The effect could be considered a bit saccharine but it’s certainly attractive and full of delightful charm. The chompers look like a playful twist on the familiars and even if the cat-like appearance is a bit different from the general feel the aesthetic is matched. Their sounds do seem recycled from Classic; explosion aside. Super Mega Death Rocket! deserves special mention for summarising all of Star Guardian Jinx’s power and design in one unique but effective whole. Wings corresponding to each weapon and familiar appear behind Jinx and she shots the combined Shiro and Kuro as one single entity producing an explosion of stars that looks and sounds peculiarly weak and brief; rather anticlimactic truth be told. Nonetheless, it’s a cohesive way of finishing the skin’s identity.
In terms of animations, emotes are charming and so is the recall. They mostly rely on Jinx’s personality and the patience of her familiars. The death animation takes advantage of her familiars to make a distinct end proper of the theme. Her ultimate and high-speed run also look rather different; though the former benefits a lot from the wings. The rest of her actions barely display a difference. Some small touches are noticeable but there’s nothing relevant that adds to the theme.
All things considered, Star Guardian Jinx is a delightful skin that transports the Loose Cannon’s passion for mischief into a magical girl realm. The model is effective, the particles and sounds evocative and there are some animations that are significant. However, the new familiars and her relationship with them, which isn’t restricted merely to emotes, allow the skin to reach farther than an adaptation to a new style. When all is added together, fans of Jinx and magical girls will find that Star Guardian is a skin with an enchanting personality.

Conclusion

Spreading chaos wherever she goes Jinx also likes to fit in with the locals, at least before it all explodes. With that in mind, her recommended skin is Mafia Jinx. For a release skin, Mafia Jinx is an interesting deviation that instead of furthering her style moves it to another era. The vintage style is well recreated though there are a few things that don’t convince. In the end, it’s a nice skin that would appeal to fans of the 1920’s.

One alternative is Firecracker Jinx. At a glance it’s a fantastic skin with striking visuals and sounds. However, it’s not as consistently implemented as it could. Besides, the additions, very attractive and all, don’t justify such a high price. Fans of Jinx and fireworks are advised to catch the skin on sale.

Another alternative is Slayer Jinx. The aesthetic is rather uninventive and too safely close to her classic style. The industrial aesthetic of her weapons is nice but there’s nothing that clearly states the zombie theme; recall aside. Unsurprisingly, the skin looks nice but that’s owed to the reliance on the classic aspect. It’s a good skin for Jinx’s fans but also expensive and lacking any impressive features so it’s better to get it on sale.

When we reach the legendary option Star Guardian Jinx stands tall as a worthy alternative worth of its moniker. The model, particles, sounds and some animations are great but the new familiars set the skin apart. They are taken advantage of to instil the skin with a unique personality that is permeated to many of Jinx’s usual actions. This results in a skin with a distinct style that fans will surely appreciate.

  52 Responses to “League of Legends: Jinx Skins’ Review”

  1. Her electric raygun has a new model as well, it becomes a champagne bottle that launches its cork

  2. She also got 3 new quotes in this skin as well Zero.

  3. Can you do a review on the upcoming limited edition Harrowing skins please? Thank you.

  4. Mafia Jinx is okay but I’m not quite happy with the recall animation. The champagne touch is amazing but the execution is not totally working for me, currently it’s just a splashing sequence. It would have been perfect if they made it like Jinx rides the champagne bottle propelling upwards as the champagne squirts to the ground.

  5. I would very appreciate it if u did a review the classic skin’s splashart I know u have alot of other things to work on so this is just a suggestion thanks 🙂

  6. Yo, what do you think of the new jinx skin?
    i think its pretty cool but it could’ve been better.
    Also the price of 1350? any first reaction? thanks! 😀

    • If the particles and sounds are well made then Firecracker Jinx could be a great skin. The question is whether it has any extras that justify the high price because Dragonwing Corki is priced at 975 RP with a similar theme.

      • The particles look great imo, however the recall is nothing special. I think it is not worth 1350 if the recall isn’t spectacular. The particles and sounds carry the skin.

        • While the particles and maybe the sounds might make the skin great Dragonwing does the same at a lower price. So, we agree that unless there are some significant additions, more than a fancy recall, then the higher price isn’t really justified.

  7. After Fire Cracker Jinx gets released and you get around to reviewing it, it should be noted that the auto attack sound on pow-pow is bugged and shouldn’t be fixed until 5.3 I believe. Unless they actually get around to fixing it before release, if so, disregard me.

  8. Firecracker Jinx! Review Firecracker Jinx! Cracker, cracker, cracker pls!

  9. Love the review for Firecracker Jinx! The price all though is not worth it in my opinion, I don’t understand Riot’s way of making a skin more justified at its price range. Dragonwing Corki has the same theme and have very similar changes. I think the effort that was put into a skin is what really puts the price on the skin.

    • Glad that you like it.

      We also don’t understand how Firecracker Jinx ended up with such a high price. Even ignoring the relevance of Dragonwing Corki, if we compare Mafia and Firecracker, we end up seeing that the difference isn’t significant between the skins. Firecracker has new auto-attack particles which Mafia lacks but Mafia has a new dance and quotes so there’s a balance. Besides, Switcheroo! is an ability so the new auto-attack particles would be included there.

      The thing is that the price doesn’t make sense. Riot increased the price of some 975 RP, to 1350 RP, in the past due to the effort put into them. Some had to go back to the 975 RP price because they simply weren’t good enough for such a high price. In fact, it’s arguable whether those that stayed should be there.

      At 975 RP, new particles and sounds for abilities and auto-attacks plus a new model is understandable. Therefore, 975 RP for Firecracker Jinx is a reasonable price. To fit at 1350 RP the skin should have something else, probably new animations, to justify the price. As it is, we are left wondering.

  10. The firecracker’s SP, it bother me that the smoke coming out from the minigun, it’s not move according to the speed of jinx’s movement

    • Such details are often neglected when making skins, especially at 975 RP and less. However, they should be taken into consideration; even more so when the price is rather high.

  11. First off, I would like to thank you for your lengthy and detailed reviews, as I like to use my money as wisely as possible, I often look to your reviews for insight. Lately I’ve been looking into purchasing Mafia Jinx. What do you think of that skin compared to Firecracker? I realize Firecracker’s particles are really well done, but I feel as if the price differential between the two doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, as Mafia also has new particles, more animations, new voiceovers and more. What do you think? Appreciate your effort, and thanks again.

    • We agree, the main feature offered by Firecracker Jinx is her particles and while they are attractive the skin is expensive for doing, essentially, just as much as Mafia. Mafia Jinx, though cheaper, is less eye-catching and also a bit ridiculous but that fits Jinx’s peculiar personality.

      Mafia Jinx goes on sale tomorrow so that’s a good opportunity to get the skin. If you are still interested in Firecracker we’d recommend waiting for a sale. The skin has its appeal but it asks too much for what it offers. As far as value is considered, Mafia is a better choice.

      In the end, choose based on which theme you like the most. There’s no point is getting a skin because it’s cheap when you actually like another one. However, if you find both interesting we think that Mafia, especially on sale, shouldn’t disappoint. Firecracker is a nice skin but too expensive for basing its appeal on firework particles and sounds.

  12. Mafia Jinx: “New quotes when moving”
    What are thoses??

  13. Me again. Just wanna know your opinion on Slayer Jinx. For me it looks not fun at all, not crazy enough for her. Although Riot try to do something different for harrowing this year, but the zombie theme sounds kinda far-fetched. None of the skins look appealing.

    • We agree that Slayer Jinx seems a bit too safe of a concept. To a point, it’s just casual clothes with more industrial-looking weapons. There isn’t anything that really stands out from what we’ve seen and while it seems like Slayer can be a good skin it’s more fitting at 975 RP than at 1350 RP; as it seems to be priced.

      Slayer Pantheon appears to be following a similar mold but it doesn’t play it so safe and also it’s well priced at 975 RP; or so it seems. In this case, while the changes aren’t groundbreaking they are nice touches and add up nicely given the price.

      Perhaps Zombie Nunu is the boldest of the trio. It certainly looks more like a reference to Frankestein and his monster than a classic zombie but any reanimated corpse would probably qualify without issues in the zombie category. It doesn’t seem to be strictly speaking and appealing skin, but to each their own, yet it appears to have a well defined identity. If you like all that goo then Zombie Nunu seems to deliver in spades.

  14. Wait… Slayer Jinx is a legacy skin? (Assuming that was a typo) Is it supposed to be legendary?

    • No mistake there; as far as we know. Slayer Jinx is a legacy skin which means that after the 16th, along the other legacy Harrowing skins, it’ll retire to the Legacy Skin Vault and only return in the next Harrowing or Halloween; depends on Riot.

      It’s not a legendary skin because of its features and price. Legendary skins carry a price of 1820 RP as oppossed to the 1350 RP of Slayer Jinx.

  15. slayer jinx doesnt change the sound of all her abilities and autoatack.. just for switcheroo! Q Rocket launcher and W … the rest has the same sounds as the classic one. You can give 1 star for it

    • You’re right about Flame Chompers the sound is identical but we do notice different sounds for Zap! and Super Mega Death Rocket; Switecheroo! and auto-attacks aside. We’ll update the review as that’s something relevant; thanks for the notice.

      • haha true AA are a little bit diferent from the classic one, seems like an improvement of the base skin.. the whole Slayer Jinx looks like that… but still the ult sounds like the classic one not even change the tone.. maybe its a confuse because Super Mega Death Rocket! has different variable sounds when impact

        • It’s possible, we did check several times but we’ll check some more. If we find that they sound the same after all we’ll change the review. Thanks for your help.

          • what is the new sound on the passive?

          • We notice a new sound before the classic one for the burst of speed. Perhpas we are wrong and it’s all the same. Slayer isn’t a skin that adds that much in the aural department. You can check the new sound on this video by WretchedOutkasts.

  16. I’m considering buying Firecracker Jinx, because she is 70% off for me thanks to the Lunar Revel. Is it worth the RP?

    • At 70% off, if you like the Firecracker style and play Jinx often then it’s a great opportunity to get the skin at a more reasonable price. It’s a good skin but it doesn’t offer enough for 1350 RP. With a good discount added it becomes a much nicer proposition.

      • I bought the skin, and I love it!

        Thank you for your great reviews! They really help me make smarter purchases, and I am more satisfied as a result.

        Have a happy lunar new year!

  17. Hi Zero! >w< Have you seen the new Star Guardian skins? What do you think about the Jinx one? 🙂

    • They look rather nice, including Jinx’s. The point is whether the skin offers enough for its legendary label and price. We haven’t seen enough to know yet but we hope that the skin goes an extra step in making the Star Guardian theme shine as bright as it can.

  18. Can you leave a review of the new star guardian jinx? I can’t decide if it is worth the money.

  19. Hi Zero! Why did u rate star guardian 4 stars? I feel like it’s dope, why not 5 stars? Best skin in game. Love your reviews btw.

    • While we find Star Guardian Jinx a cohesive skin that links all of its elements we found that there’s only the familiars and their use in a couple of abilities that are the most significant feature that sets the skin apart. We would’ve preferred a more active relationship with the familiars in the other abilities and aspects of the skin. After all, without them the skin feels very similar to classic with a superficial change of style.

      In other words, a deeper development of the relationship between Shiro, Kuro and Jinx would’ve allowed the skin to reach five stars. There is a relationshp established but in many aspects Star Guardian Jinx plays it safe. While the result is attractive its more salient feature have room to be expanded upon. That would’ve allowed the skin to reach five stars. We think that if a skin is to get the hightest rating then it should have little room for improvement; if any at all.

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