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.
Model: New textures 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 is a rather disappointing skin that stamps some flashy patterns and bright colours over his classic style. The patters wouldn’t be such an issue if the colours didn’t make them so prominent. In addition to this, the colours simply don’t go well with Kassadin’s brooding nature. It’s far from unusable but such a flamboyant colour scheme feels unfitting. As far as being a different colouration for Kassadin the skin succeeds; but that’s all it does.

Deep One Kassadin
Deep One Kassadin Splash Art Deep One Kassadin Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Kassadin styled an underwater theme.
Model: New textures 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 apparent look and concept with a fitting underwater theme. Thus, Cthulhu meets the Void and a scuba diver receives some sea-based decorations. While it all seems fitting the combination could’ve been more elegant and elaborate than just a few dark colours that even clash with the abilities’ hue. Nevertheless, while Kassadin’s upper body seems rather moody and drab his lower body is a fascinating spectacle due to the awesome textures. This means that the skin becomes a polarized product but, surprisingly, manages to stay appealing despite such an issue. Overall, it’s a fantastic 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 good 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 bit of 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. However, these same clothes seem peculiar for a normal human; he seems like a zealous cultist in fact. The last straw is that Kassadin keeps his Void powers intact. 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. 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 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 quasi-organic metal and sick flesh mesh speak 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 fascinating arrangement. The addition of a new Nether Blade is a necessary but pleasing asset that perfectly matches and connects the surrealism to his classic abilities.
In conclusion, Harbinger Kassadin is a wonderful skin that provides an attractive yet horrific look that is as macabre as it is enticing. If you are a fan of Kassadin then this is a natural choice but if you are a fan of biomechanical nightmares then you simply won’t find a better option.

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.

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 uneven but manages to stay satisfying with its wonderful patterns.

Finally, 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.

  6 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?

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