Jan 082013
 
LeBlanc, the Deceiver
LeBlanc, the Deceiver

LeBlanc, the Deceiver is a master illusionist but also displays a liking for fine fur coats; aspects that her skins perfectly reflect. Unfortunately, her wardrobe is rather limited so there aren’t many choices to be made. Nevertheless, sometimes looking in the mirror isn’t enough to choose a nice outfit. In those cases, there’s no need to mimic someone else’s style or stay silent in acceptance; just dash to her skins’ review.

Wicked LeBlanc
Wicked LeBlanc Splash Art Wicked LeBlanc Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: LeBlanc dressed as Cruella de Vil
Model: Major model changes for LeBlanc plus new textures for her staff and Mirror Image.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece hasn’t much of background actually. There’s only a rack full of fur coats and a box of dogs that look like bears. The rest of the piece, sans LeBlanc, is just empty blackness. The Deceiver’s portrayal isn’t much better as it shares the coarse quality of the mentioned elements. The use of light on her clothes, from her staff, is nice but is unable to mask the obvious flaws. Overall, it’s splash art that serves as a portrayal but looks like a sketch.
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Conclusion: Wicked LeBlanc isn’t even a full-remodel and on top of that doesn’t look particularly attractive. It can be said that the clothes are reasonably designed and that her look is rather traditional; even casual. Regardless, the staff remains, almost untouched, and while she doesn’t look bad it’s a style that doesn’t seem to aim for much. Fans of the 101 Dalmatians might find more to like but in general, it’s just a passable skin.

Prestigious LeBlanc
Prestigious LeBlanc Splash Art Prestigious LeBlanc Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: LeBlanc in the image of a stage illusionist.
Model: Moderate model changes for LeBlanc plus new textures for her staff and Mirror Image.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Maybe there’s some sort of background that the naked eye can’t glimpse; LeBlanc could’ve made it disappear. Still, except for the light effects produced by her staff, the piece lacks a background. At least, LeBlanc is adequately depicted: the stance isn’t anything special but allows a clear look at her clothes plus the outline is correct and the shading well done, albeit neither seems impressive. To sum up, an appropriate portrayal of LeBlanc but just that.
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Conclusion: Prestigious LeBlanc’s concept is particularly suitable for the Deceiver. Additionally, it provides an extra layer of refinement to her look that allows it to cater to both magicians and elegance fans. The skin doesn’t change LeBlanc’s style completely, and probably shouldn’t, as illusionists often dress in eye-catching outfits. In fact, the coat, top hat, shirt and gloves work quite well to implement the concept despite being only a handful of modifications. In conclusion, Prestigious LeBlanc is a satisfying skin to use and a great choice for LeBlanc fans.

Mistletoe LeBlanc
Mistletoe LeBlanc Splash Art Mistletoe LeBlanc Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: LeBlanc in a sexy dress, along fur cape and boots, wielding a staff with mistletoe and a lantern.
Model: New model for LeBlanc plus her staff. New textures for Mirror Image.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background barely shows trees and a path covered by snow. The dark colours and lack of contrast summed to the blurry lines make the setting lacklustre. LeBlanc looks alright lighting her way with some magic and her staff lamp. The dress is well depicted and shaded and her body looks good. To sum up, a fine portrayal of LeBlanc backed by a mess of a background.
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Conclusion: Mistletoe LeBlanc is a skin that does only one thing but very well: give a high quality model to LeBlanc. The clear outline and detailed textures give a satisfying pristine aesthetic to her. The dress may be a bit too revealing but considering the mistletoe theme it’s not illogical. Besides, the lantern-staff wrapped in mistletoe is a fine addition that further develops the theme. Unfortunately, that’s all the skins offers. The model is great looking but as a seasonal skin it deserves something else to make it stand out. In conclusion, a nice re-model for LeBlanc but a disappointing skin overall.

Ravenborn LeBlanc
Ravenborn LeBlanc Splash Art Ravenborn LeBlanc Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: LeBlanc as an elegant aristocrat.
Model: New model for LeBlanc and her staff. New textures for Mirror Image.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New animation for Distortion and recall.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: Are we among ruins, in a dark cathedral or in the balcony of a castle? Maybe we are in all those places or even in none at all. The background suggests a dark place but is as ambiguous about it as it can be. LeBlanc on the other hand is rather clear: she’s casting a spell. The impressive shading displays surfaces that sometimes look flat, like the cape, and sometimes photorealistic, like her hands. The mentioned spell adds dynamism to the piece and helps fill space and separate the depiction from just another pose. In the end, it all amounts to little but the splash art manages to provide a good and interesting look at LeBlanc.
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Conclusion: At long last LeBlanc receives a skin that makes an effort to display her in a different light. The concept chosen is that of an extravagant aristocrat, something that suits the Deceiver rather well. The elegant dress with an abundance of feathers, the iconic staff and the elaborate cape are eloquent enough. Unfortunately, the colours lack enough contrast and so elements mesh with each other. Besides, some parts are just made out of textures and while not obvious at a distance with some attention it’s possible to find some funny shapes; like her shoes.
The particles add a fitting degree of flamboyancy proper of her style. They have a unique appearance based on ethereal smoke and feathers that feels aptly supernatural; even if too restricted in colours. The style is effectively reinforced by the sounds which add a fine background for an illusionist and even catch the ear on their own.
The result is a fantastic skin that suits LeBlanc in both elegance and illusion. Not everything is what it seems but in Ravenborn LeBlanc’s case it is: a wonderful skin that no LeBlanc fan should miss.

Elderwood LeBlanc
Elderwood LeBlanc Splash Art Elderwood LeBlanc Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: LeBlanc as a fairy from a florid forest.
Model: New model for LeBlanc and her staff. New textures for Mirror Image, new glow and particles for her staff.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack, recall and death.
Animations: New wing flutter for Distortion and Mimic: Distortion plus new recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: For being a forest the background can be quite abstract about its subject. Except for the twisted tree trunk on the right and the bushes all around the view there’s no concrete vegetation. The setting is mostly made up of brushstrokes that fill space with little resemblance to plants. The eerie presence of LeBlanc’s mirror image adds some meaning to the background though it doesn’t look as interesting as it does in-game. The hands over the bushes aims to put the viewer in the place of a hidden spectator but there’s little context for that. At least, LeBlanc looks quite good.
Her portrayal is straightforward but vivid and attractive. The details of her bark dress are unevenly distributed with the limbs looking ripe with life and the body actually looking diffuse and a tad bland. The patterns on her skin verify that fact. It’s as if body and legs were buried in steam. Head, arms, staff and wings are vibrant with light and elaborate textures, however. The bubbles on her left hand are strange but the dim glow of her flower-staff and the surrounding pixie dust, which is connected to her wings, adds a subtle but appealing dose of magic. The crest and horns on her head seem added over her human features and the hair strikes as too solid. Regardless, they make for a good frame to her delicate face; which looks much less stern and aged as it does in-game.
All things considered, this is a splash art with an attractive depiction of LeBlanc that loses no opportunity at showing cleavage. The portrayal is a bit uneven and the background plainly shows issues and characteristics that aren’t exploited or connected. Still, it serves for a good spotlight of LeBlanc as an enticing fairy.
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Conclusion: With its evocative model and eloquent particles Elderwood LeBlanc manages to change the fantasy of the Deceiver from a sorceress to a fairy. The new model doesn’t shy from adding animal facets, like the horns, but ends up looking like an elaborate dress. It’s a nice bark dress anyway, with a strict colour scheme that captures the insectoid nature with some hints at vegetation; still the legs look a bit plain and the feet flat-out weird. The new wings help with the insect facet but don’t take part in much of what LeBlanc does. Of course, nothing gets in the way of the sex appeal and a generous amount of cleavage is on display; lest anyone fail to get the allure of the skin. The flower staff is great as it passes for a living plant with supernatural properties thanks to the new glow and falling particles. Her face looks much more stern and aged in comparison with the splash art which added to the inhuman features make her look alien; perhaps on purpose yet it’s not very appealing.
Speaking of particles, the floral style of her abilities and auto-attacks defines a clear identity for the skin. However, they tend to feel too similar to each other and perhaps even monotonous. The colour palette is quite restricted, just like the model, so it seems to lack variety as each ability retreads the same flowery blooms. The sounds feel rather familiar too. They seem like a softer version of the originals that fit the new style but offer nothing innovative. They are so recognizable that the classic auto-attack sound, which remains in the skin, fits perfectly among the new ones. In terms of animations we have an appealing recall that makes use of her wings and floral theme quite well. It also makes a clear reference to Tinker Bell’s famous displays of pixie dust as well as insect behaviour. Unfortunately, that’s the most relevant use that the wings get. Surely, Distortion gets a new flutter but a fast ability like this makes it difficult to notice such a subtle touch. The fact that nowhere else does the wings make their relevance felt leaves them as an unexploited area. One thing that works very well is the new look of Mirror Image, an effect shared with Death Blossom Kha’Zix, that makes the illusion all the more special.
All things considered, Elderwood LeBlanc is an effective skin but despite its many issues. It benefits mostly from its fairy theme and floral aesthetic but each area seems a bit too safely explored. There’s potential to make a full transformation but even in the colours the skin bent on avoiding any risks. At 975 RP, that would be a missed opportunity but the skin would still offer an appealing approach to the theme. At 1350 RP, it needs more than a subtle animation to stand out. The model is attractive, the particles elaborate enough and the sounds complement everything; there’s nothing strictly bad. Yet, there’s a mantle of missed opportunities that permeates every aspect of the skin. Therefore, it’s an option that may be better to catch on sale.

Conclusion

With a lot of patience LeBlanc has managed to slowly increase variety in her wardrobe. The best option is without a doubt Ravenborn LeBlanc; even if it is a legacy skin. The class and visual effects proposed by the skin are proper of the Deceiver and also quite eye-catching. Mixing her elegance with her magical prowess, this is a skin that takes all that is good about LeBlanc and refines it with class. If you’ve been waiting for a skin that furthers and improves LeBlanc’s style then this is what you need.

An alternative that tries to stand up to the great standards established by Ravenborn is Elderwood LeBlanc. It’s a skin with a well communicated theme that doesn’t shine as much as it could. The rigid colour selection and repeated flower designs can make it monotonous and the potential of the fairy theme isn’t completely tapped. In spite of this, it’s a skin with a unique identity that is well worth considering for Deceiver fans when on sale.

There are other options though few and not very impressive ones. Nonetheless, Prestigious LeBlanc is good enough to be a fine recommendation: it mostly harkens to LeBlanc’s nature but does so in a nicely refined way. Wicked LeBlanc isn’t a bad skin but it simply doesn’t seem very interesting; though 101 Dalmatians fans may disagree. Finally, Mistletoe LeBlanc has little to offer apart from a fine model; yet it has its charm.

  43 Responses to “League of Legends: LeBlanc Skins’ Review”

  1. Nice review, it was very interesting to read.

    It is possible that Nasus and Nautilus may be reviewed soon?

  2. Is there any chance Mistletoe Leblanc will go for purchase again? I just got into LeBlanc and it’s her best skin, in my opinion. 🙁

    • As far as models go Mistletoe LeBlanc is quite appealing and also the most polished she currently has. Chances are that on next Snowdown Showdown Mistletoe LeBlanc will be available again. As a seasonal, legacy skin there shouldn’t be any issues with it returning each year.

      • Fantastic.
        I’d say my favorite part about the skin, though, is the changes to the staff. A lantern. So simple, but so effective.

  3. In the “Conclusion” of Wicked LeBlanc, it say “LeBlack” rather than “LeBlanc”.

    I love your reviews, they’ve helped me make great choices in the past.

  4. what is the best skin for leblanc????

    • Mistletoe LeBlanc is quite charming but also simple: it’s just a re-model. So it can feel overpriced for what it offers. Besides, Wicked LeBlanc might appeal mostly to fans of dalmatians.

      Prestigious LeBlanc is the one that stands out due to a clever concept. The implementation is undoubtedly modest but fits LeBlanc and the price is quite reasonable; especially while on sale.

  5. Hey Zero,

    Have you got a quick opinion on Ravenborn LeBlanc? Curious to see if you think the long wait was worth it.

    This website has previews of her splash art and new animations: http://www.surrenderat20.net/p/current-pbe-balance-changes.html

    Kind Regards,
    Stranger

    • It seems like a good skin that LeBlanc was in dire need of. From what we’ve seen it would be a nice option for fans of the Deceiver but, considering the long wait, one could’ve expected something more spectacular.

      • Having said that, if the skin was more spectacular, the price would also probably go up. Do you think it has enough depth for a 975 RP skin?

        Stranger

        • Agreed, it’s simply that the long wait leaves the feeling that they were cooking something legendary or more.

          After giving it a closer look we think that Ravenborn LeBlanc is a great skin at 975 RP. At its price it has a good model as well as particles and sounds which is reasonable enough.

  6. Do you think that the ravenborn leblanc skin will go on sale for 487 rp this harrowing?

    • As Ravenborn LeBlanc is a legacy skin the probability is exrtremely low. Chances are it will be included in a bundle next year along Underworld Wukong with a 20% discount. For this Harrowing the price will probably stay at 975 RP. There could be some strange flash sale or any other rare situation but that would be unusual.

  7. What would your verdict be on the classic Leblanc splash art?
    Just interested to know 😀

    • The background is a bit empty though reasonable. However, her portrayal is quite good as it shows her in her element. Overall, it’s a good depiction but the setting is somewhat plain.

  8. I think Ravenborn has a new animation on w. Idk it just feels “different”

    • It does have a new animation, good eye. It’s such a fast ability that it’s very difficult to notice but there is a difference: instead of dashing through the ground she flies forward. Thanks for the notice.

  9. I have a suggestion. In the Concept section of Mistletoe LeBlanc, it would be more appropriately accurate to mention that she has a lantern attached to her staff, not a lamp. Also, the dress itself doesn’t actually have any fur, the fur is only on her boots and cape.

    • You’re right that lamp and lantern isn’t the same thing. We’ll see how we can repharse the dress description. The idea was to describe her whole outfit in as few words as possible but, speciffically, her dress isn’t very furry it seems.

  10. Will Ravenborn LeBlanc be returning this Harrowing? I didn’t discover League of Legends in time to get it. I’ve also seen code offers online that look sketchy and heard of purchasing codes on eBay, whether these are legitimate or approved I can’t be sure. I just really want that skin.
    Thank you!

  11. We’d advise against purchasing any code anywhere. Theoretically, there are only codes for promotional skins like the PAX and Riot ones. Besdies, Riot will be desactivating those codes to prevent all that funny business on the side. In the end, chances are that there will be better skins released in the future so usually it’s not worth worrying about old ones.

    Besides, Ravenborn LeBlanc, as a legacy Harrowing skin, should return next Harrowing. You’ll need to be patient but it would be really strange if it didn’t return. As far as we know it’s surely coming back as well as other legacy skins tied to a specific event; during the respective event.

  12. Zero what is your favorite skin? I cant sort the skins after 5 star rating i think you guys should implement that.

    • At the Skin List you can order all the skins by rating. However, we are having a problem with that page and it’s a bit outdated.

      We usually prefer skins that give a well rounded implementation of an interesting concept. A skin that we usually use as an example is Sewn Chaos Orianna. It might be only model changes but the result is quite well done. It’s a skin that shows that you don’t need a lot of elaborate effects to be good.

  13. Although I don’t like the Mistletoe skin, I wish more champions had a skin selection like Le Blanc, to me it seems all her skins are really well designed and each of them presents a unique personality and identity. And I like the Wicked one, though not being a dalmatian fan 🙂 ( maybe Sweeney Todd or sth ) It looks extravagant and self-confident and that I know what I’m doing when playing her 😀

    • In essence, the different concepts that LeBlanc skins’ offer are rather unique; though there’re elements in common. They all keep the sexy sorceress angle and some could be said to just offer another view on the matter.

      However, the core of each idea stands out from the others. It’s just that some need more work to better implement their ideas. At least none of her skins is really bad and she even has some really nice ones. Indeed, not a bad selection at all.

  14. Ravenborn LeBlanc actually even has new particles for her recall. They are brief and not the easiest to notice but they are there when she disappears. (at the end of the recall)

  15. Wow, the new elderwoood skin is….interesting. The theme and the implements are all well done, but for Leblanc, it just seems a little too out there for her personality and for her, and just isn’t as appealing as it would be on other champs, your thoughts?

    • It can fit LeBlanc’s nature as the Deceiver as fairys are known for their deception. However, we feel that the theme, while attractive in its implementation, could’be elaborated further. It’s all appealing but it all ends up feeling familiar and the design restricted. It’s as if the potential is withheld and the concept never allowed to grow to its fullness. It’s still an interesting skin but the feeling that it could’ve been so much more permeates every aspect of it.

  16. The new Elderwood LeBlanc skin actually does have new sounds for her basic attacks; they are just subtle and mixed with the classic ones so that is why you might have missed them.

    • Indeed, the auto-attack keeps the classic sounds almost until the end. On hit the strike sounds different. Thanks for the correction, we’ll update the review.

  17. Missed opportunities indeed. It would’ve been really great if LeBlanc flew whenever she uses Ethereal Chains.

    • Or whenever she runs

    • That would’ve been great and given the skin a unique feel. That’s usually the problem with skins: they don’t take advantage of the unique identity that a concept can provide them. The adaptation usually covers the surface but doesn’t go further with a few relevant changes that can define a new personality for the skin.

      The case in point would’ve added a lot to Elderwood LeBlanc. She has wings, if she did, in fact, fly or at least flutter a bit when walking or running then the skin would’ve been something much more satisfying. The flying animation from the recall could’ve been adapted for a few abilities as well. A skin doesn’t need to change everything to be good. It just needs to make changes that matter. As it is, the wings end up being mostly decorative. One of many missed opportunities, no doubt.

  18. On Mistletoe LeBlanc, it’s also just new textures for Mirror Image, not a new model as you worded it.

  19. Will you be reviewing the updated splash arts?

    • We will eventually. We have over a hundred splash arts to update and we are giving priority to new content. Still, we’ll try to have everything up to date when we are able.

  20. I did my skin discount shop thing and got ravenborn lb for 70% off

    • Ravenborn LeBlanc is her best skin so far. With such a discount, if you like the Deceiver, then there’s no reason to skip it. It’s a great skin and for such a low price you’ll get a lot.

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