Apr 032013
 
Kassadin, the Void Walker
Kassadin, the Void Walker

Kassadin, the Void Walker has seen what’s beyond the veil of the unknown and its coming must be prevented at all costs. In his pursuit to preserve the world from the Void Kassadin has suffered many changes; some of which his skins explore. When walking through the hollow rifts this skins’ review will guide you in the choice of the right outfit.

Festival Kassadin
Festival Kassadin Splash Art Festival Kassadin Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kassadin dressed in red, white and green clothes with ice decorations.
Model: Moderate model changes for Kassadin.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background shows an ice covered cave with a stone throne where Kassadin meditates. The setting doesn’t tell much of the concept, or Kassadin, and only what’s on the foreground is clearly displayed. At least, the throne with its rigid, imposing lines makes for a good frame. Kassadin’s portrayal is quite interesting, showing him reflecting on unknown matters. Such a glimpse into Kassadin’s life seems like an inspection of his mind that his stance reveals: what has become of him and how that has affected him. His profound stare into his hand, with materializing Nether Blade, paint a clear picture. The same can be said about his depiction: clear lines and shading make a sharp but a bit simple and sometimes flat look; despite the layer of frost over him. A problem is that his in-game model doesn’t sport the same style. For instance, both clothes and armour are more elaborate in-game but the result is a tad more convoluted. In the end, it’s a nice portrayal of Kassadin with an attractive composition but not as faithful as it should be.
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Conclusion: Festival Kassadin was and still is a rather disappointing skin that stamps some flashy decorations and new colours over his classic style. His clothes receive a different colour scheme and his spikes are made of ice; which looks rathers good. However, the skin doesn’t communicate anything: there’s no single message or theme tying it all together. It’s essentially a change of clothes with an inexplicable ice topping.
Admittedly, the skin doesn’t look bad but it after the novelty wears off the aspect is just preposterous and doesn’t mesh well with Kassadin’s brooding nature. Maybe it should’ve developed the ice theme more or try to reflect a particular style with the clothing. As it is, Festival Kassadin is a skin for dedicated fans of the Void Walker or collectors.

Deep One Kassadin
Deep One Kassadin Splash Art Deep One Kassadin Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kassadin styled with a Lovecraftian, underwater theme.
Model: Moderate model changes for Kassadin.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is rather messy in its display of the depths of the sea; though it certainly looks like an oppressive vacuum. Kassadin dashes among bubbles as fragments float before him: the representation is breath-taking due to its fabulous composition and shading. The lines are complex and detailed while the multiple reflections and hues make for a fascinating portrayal. Actually, the scratches on his armour contrast with the diffuse arms. The Nether Blade and orb of energy mask, or cause, these issues with their light effects and are easily noticeable. Besides, his multi-layered armour doesn’t match the actual design well. In spite of this issues, it’s an excellent portrayal that is close to being an impressive splash art.
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Conclusion: Deep One Kassadin combines his classic look and concept with a fitting underwater theme. Thus, Cthulhu meets the Void and a scuba diver receives some sea-based decorations. While the combination is interesting the underwater theme isn’t particularly developed and draws most of its elementes from what is already present. The aesthetic is different but is based on new colours, ridged spikes and a pattern of tentacles for his skirt. The appearance is certainly different but the theme’s potential remains largely unexploited. It’s even difficult to understand why the former attractive textures used for his lower body were simplified into such a pedestrian and uninteresting design. On top of that the colour of the particles doesn’t fit the greenish palette.
Overall, it’s a passable choice for fans of supernatural beings that lurk beyond the veil of reality. If you ever thought that the Void owes a good deal to Cthulhu then this is and acceptable option to bridge the gap.

Pre-Void Kassadin
Pre-Void Kassadin Splash Art Pre-Void Kassadin Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kassadin as he was before being transformed by the Void.
Model: Moderate model changes for Kassadin.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Whether metaphorical or explicit the display of tendrils from the Void capturing Kassadin make for an interesting setup. Unfortunately the piece doesn’t live up to its potential: the background is quite simple at showing a cave marked by runes. Additionally, Kassadin’s depiction is good but unimpressive: The outline is correct and the shading good but it looks too shiny as if covered in oil; unlike the dry clothes used in-game. On top of this, Kassadin’s expression isn’t very convincing considering that a supernatural entity is claiming his body. Some surprise is shown but he still seems too calm; especially knowing the Void’s fame. All in all, it’s a good splash art but it doesn’t elicit any astonishment.
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Conclusion: Pre-Void Kassadin feels like a letdown as it doesn’t actually change much of Kassadin’s classic style. The new clothes and armour have an interesting bramble pattern over bark that set the skin apart; much like the absence of his breathing apparatus. However, these same clothes seem peculiar for a normal human; he seems like a zealous cultist with very strange eyes. The last straw is that Kassadin keeps his Void powers intact as well as his deformed voice. While it makes sense that they would remain in some form the fact that they are completely unaltered makes for a glaring inconsistency that affects the concept itself. What it all comes down to is a skin that suggests a human Kassadin without touching much of his actual self; superficially at best. If you can make such a compromise you may enjoy the skin but it fails at such a basic level that it makes it difficult to really consider it pre-void.

Harbinger Kassadin
Harbinger Kassadin Splash Art Harbinger Kassadin Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Kassadin as a herald of the Void.
Model: New model for Kassadin and new design for his Nether Blade.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: While not in the level of H.R. Giger’s work this piece manages a fascinating mix of metal and flesh in both subject and setting. The latter is, sadly, too blurry but the ornamented structures with an organic design are well suggested at least. Kassadin suffers from much of the same ailment: on the one hand, his armour is meticulously carved as his plain Nether Blade bathes it with light. On the other hand, the colours are rather murky which added to the colour banding make for a disappointing sketchy look. At a glance, this is an astounding piece that oozes style. However, under closer examination it would benefit from a sharper quality to make its fantastic representation shine as it truly deserves.
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Conclusion: Harbinger Kassadin is an incredible skin that would make any H.R. Giger fan happy. The ornamented armour grafted to bare flesh mixes an organic and mechanical style that results in a surreal wonder of inhuman conception. The way that the clean metal and sick flesh mix speaks of a forced but powerful communion, just as the subtle backward curl of the spikes adds a deliberate but composed aggressiveness to the aspect.
It’s surprising then to find the lower body so simple in comparison. It could be said that too much detail could overload the skin but the complexity wouldn’t necessarily need to cover the whole of Kassadin; as the upper body demonstrates. Still, the tidily arranged metal lines frame the folds of the cloths in an unassuming but fitting arrangement.
The addition of a new Nether Blade is a necessary and pleasing asset that perfectly matches and connects the surrealism to his classic abilities. Unfortunately, no further changes are added. Perhaps a darker shade for his abilities as well as his blade would’ve helped cement the identity of the skin but, like this, it can feel like a change of clothes as the changes stay at the surface.
In conclusion, Harbinger Kassadin is a wonderful skin that provides an attractive yet horrific look that is as macabre as it is enticing. Sadly, while the model is fantastic there’s nothing else on offer so it can’t justify its price in this day and age. If you are a fan of Kassadin then this is a natural choice and if you are a fan of biomechanical nightmares then you simply won’t find a better option but be aware that it’s an overpriced choice.

Conclusion

Kassadin’s skins tend to have good concepts but the executions struggle to stand out. Fortunately, they usually do and there are a few good choices to make. The recommended skin is, without doubt, Harbinger Kassadin. Anybody with an interest in biomechanical art will enjoy this imperfect but monumental accomplishment. However, know that the price is a bit high for what is mostly just a new model.

Deep One Kassadin is a nice and cheaper alternative that combines Cthulhu with the Void in a simple but attractive way. The skin is certainly underdeveloped but manages to offer something different.

Pre-Void Kassadin is a skin better left for the most devoted of Void Walker followers. In essence, the skin suggests but doesn’t actually accomplish its objective. It doesn’t look bad but it hardly is what it aims to.

Finally, Festive Kassadin is a whimsical skin that essentially only adds new colours and some ice on top. It’s not possible to identify a theme or idea that is being communicated so it’s mostly an arbitrary set of elements. It’s different but just that.

Image Credits

Festival and Pre-Void Kassadin model screen-shots taken with LoLKing’s Model Viewer.

  10 Responses to “League of Legends: Kassadin Skins’ Review”

  1. good work, so close to having all the champ review

  2. UGH So it’s H.P. Lovecraft or H.R. Giger.
    Honestly can’t decide. May go with Deep One to save some RP, but I really don’t know which to go with haha.

    • Tough decision indeed.

      Harbinger is more elaborate while Deep One is more polarized but both are quite nice. Maybe you should consider waiting for a skin sale to save some RP and, possibly, acquire both. You’ll need patience though.

  3. Isn’t it more correct to say “a herald” than “an herald” in the concept text for Harbinger Kassadin?

  4. Zero, Have you seen Kassadin’s new VU? What’s your take on it? Is Harbinger Kassadin still the recommended skin?

    • At a glance, all of Kassadin’s skins look almost the same after the VU. We’ll have to give the skins a good look to see if there’s any extras that set them apart. Harbinger still looks good but as cheaper skins improve their looks who knows if it’ll still be the best.

  5. So overall, did the texture rebalance help or worsen kassiden’s skins? You should leave like the old rating to the new rating for those of us with short memories, just my 2 cents worth. ty keep up the work!

    • We hinted at the results of the visual upgrade in the review but it’s not a bad idea to make it clearer. The visual upgrade didn’t improve things for the skins as much as the classic one. Much like it happened with other champions, the skins became more homogeneous and they aren’t as different as they used to; especially in comparison to Classic. Besides, the new technology ended in just a layer of polish and missed the chance to add some extra elements to round the themes in a better way.

      In comparison with the previous ratings, the visual upgrade made Harbinger go from four to three stars just like Deep One. Classic Kassadin improved significantly so the new textures and model changes offered by the skins aren’t as remarkable as they used to. They are still good options but at the current technological level more is expected.

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