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League of Legends: Ezreal Skins’ Review – StrategyZero
Jun 292012
Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer
Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer

Ezreal, the Prodigal Explorer has an interesting wardrobe: it ranges from some simple changes in clothes to an impressive cybernetic incarnation. Additionally, he’s no stranger to references and his skins add a few as well. The question is: how does he look while trotting around ruins? Perhaps there’s no need for a map but you could read further on this skins’ review to find out.

Nottingham Ezreal
Nottingham Ezreal Splash Art Nottingham Ezreal Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Ezreal as an armoured elf archer.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: An arrow gets stuck on a branch and another misses its mark but this is a target that is ready to shoot back. That’s the entire setup which makes sense but certainly is devoid of specifics. Most of the background is a diffuse sky with a few branches for Ezreal to stand on: nothing meaningful.
Ezreal makes an eye-catching display of magic but the blue, magical arrow easily gets lost in the blur of the blue sky. His stance is dynamic and his expression confident. His right leg looks a bit weird but it’s something subtle. Light and shadow are rather elaborately spread over Ezreal which added to the metallic highlights make his look stand out. Unfortunately, colours are dim and reflections seem dull. Besides, there are areas which are more clearly depicted than others.
All in all, this is a rather good albeit straightforward portrayal that needs some extra polish to reveal all of its potential. The background disappoints and it’s little more than a simple frame. Still, the basics of a splash art are covered and a bit more.
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Conclusion: In spite of the literary reference in the name of Nottigham Ezreal there’s little archer in him. What is present comes from the prominent bow used in his abilities. For all intents and purposes, this is Ezreal as a sort of armoured archer or ranger but with a magical bow. The look isn’t bad but the model is a bit homogeneous due to the limited colour palette. Moreover, even if there are pointy ears to reference an elf it seems like there’s no real identity. It’s a mix of several elements taken from archers all across fiction, picked up from here and there.
Therefore, Nottingham Ezreal is a worthy purchase only for Ezreal’s most dedicated fans or collectors. It’s a skin that doesn’t look bad but is clearly unfocused so it ends up offering little.

Striker Ezreal
Striker Ezreal Splash Art Striker Ezreal Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Ezreal dressed as an association football player.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: While quite diffuse, the audience of the football pitch is discernible. It’s a pity that so many details are lost under the blur. The grass barely looks as such and the football seems to have its silhouette lost as if vibrating at a high frequency; which makes no sense. Fortunately, despite the blurry and exaggerated depictions, Alistar and Lee Sin add some much needed meaning.
Ezreal appears ready to make a magically-infused kick. The effect is rather unconvincing as the sparks seem solid. The perspective allows a clear view at his clothes but, added to the cartoony style, make his limbs too long and thin, his torso too short and his head too small. His face and hairstyle also don’t look like Ezreal’s so that we end up with an Ezreal that doesn’t look like himself. At least there’s some good use of light and shadows for the clothes’ folds.
The result is a splash art that sets the scene well enough and then drops the ball when it comes to making an exciting portrayal. It’s difficult to see the appeal when the main character seems to be absent and replaced by a lesser imitator. In general terms, the splash art works but perhaps there’s too much artistic license.
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Conclusion: The Fields of Justice have much in common with association football as they both are team activities. Regardless, a football player’s garments aren’t well suited for intense struggles and brushes with death. Still, it can’t be denied that the football clothes catch the eye and are believable. With bright tones and a fancy hairstyle Ezreal would fit in any football team. It’s a bit surprising then to find the preposterous metal glove. It’s certainly a necessity but it doesn’t fit with the football theme. It’s some advanced gadget that has no place in a pitch. Perhaps if it were to suggest a virtual device to access a game he’s taking part in or a hi-tech angle were used it would find some sense.
In conclusion, Striker Ezreal is mostly a collector’s item but it also offers nice football attire. It’s a reasonably cheap legacy skin for association football fans that don’t mind about a prominent metal glove.

Frosted Ezreal
Frosted Ezreal Splash Art Frosted Ezreal Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Ezreal dressed in black and blue.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Amidst mysterious, dilapidated buildings the wind blows snow and death. The architecture suggests a splendour long gone and now, only wolves and memories haunt the place. Quite a perilous place to be in but it’s just a normal experience for the Prodigal Explorer. The detailed and sensible setting speaks volumes about the context to Ezreal’s presence: it sets the champion right where he’s at his best, a masterful stroke.
Speaking of whom, Ezreal’s depiction is sharp, detailed and full of great lighting and shading; though his body is a bit diffuse. His daring stance and concentrated stare indicate that he has everything under control as the expert he is. The magical bow also has an intangible feel that clearly exposes the meaning of his favourite tool: his magical glove. The colour palette is too restricted though; to the point that it shows a blue bow that isn’t really in the game. Not only in Ezreal’s portrayal but also in the background there’s a complete absence of anything outside the blue spectrum of colour. The pose is also a bit forced as if it doesn’t really fit the uneven terrain. It makes sense but when trying to find the plane where he stands it come as too inclined.
All things considered, this is an amazing splash art for far too modest a skin. The blue colour palette is too restrictive and the blue bow is deceptive as there are not particle changes. On top of this the portrayal isn’t fully faithful to the revamped in-game look. Regardless, the setting is meaningful and suitable while the portrayal reveals much about his personality. This makes an imperfect splash art yet, in many other ways, also one of the best in League of Legends.
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Conclusion: Maybe the original concept was that of an ice based skin with Ezreal exhibiting frost over his clothes. Nevertheless, what Frosted Ezreal actually became is a gothic or emo version of Ezreal with a cartoony aesthetic. The new look would fit in any high fantasy story provided that the dark angle is acceptable as tame as it is. Clothes are made of convincing leather and denim; furthermore, the metal glove looks quite sleek. Notwithstanding the good apparel, the bluish hair and dark eye shadow might be a bit too much. Consequently, Frosted Ezreal is a good looking, misleading and made up version of Ezreal. If you don’t mind the cosmetics it’s a nice, faintly dark skin to get, yet be aware that is a superficial and shallow style.

Explorer Ezreal
Explorer Ezreal Splash Art Explorer Ezreal Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Ezreal dressed as a spelunker.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The blur of the background is too intense to identify any specifics. Where it’s not, it’s sketcy as the bottom right shows. The bottom left seems to show Risen Fiddlesticks’ tomb which added to the idol in Ezreal’s hand may explain the mummy’s gloomy mood. Unfortunately, this all may very well be a guess as nothing concrete is really visible.
Ezreal appears clearly and takes a lot of space and he also appears sketchy. There’s some sense to the rough depiction given his adventures but when looking for details about his look it gets in the way. Light sources and sparks are dull, colours are muddy and there’s an all-encompassing washed-out feel to the portrayal which takes away from an otherwise dashing pose and confident success in his skills.
In the end, what we have here is a scene that needs better context. The base is good but there’s a clear need for polish and support of the narrative with specifics. At a glance, it’s good enough but a simple closer looks tears the appeal apart.
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Conclusion: If you were looking for a skin that turned Ezreal into a steampunk cave explorer then this is it. As a spelunker Ezreal is well equipped with goggles and an advanced head torch but the simple napkin seems ill fitted for a dangerous adventure. There’s also rope around his left shoulder and a torch not very convincingly strapped to his right thigh. Add a pack to carry a scroll, which certainly doesn’t contain a map, and that’s it. His equipment placement seems lax, like the the variety. Still, one would suppose that the steampunk wonder that is his cumbersome glove would take care of the rest. The clothes offer some protective padding on his legs and boots and that’s as much personality as they can muster. On the whole, his clothes look plain and uninspired.
Overall, Explorer Ezreal is a disappointing skin: it has a good concept but its execution is unsatisfactory. The steampunk angle is shy as well as the explorer gear. The result is a washed out identity that doesn’t take advantage of its concept. Still, the gear displays enough references to display some appeal.

Pulsefire Ezreal
Pulsefire Ezreal Splash Art Pulsefire Ezreal Model
Category: Ultimate
Price: 3250 RP
Concept: Ezreal as a futuristic warrior employing cybernetic equipment.
Model: New upgradable animated model for Ezreal: it changes by levelling Trueshot Barrage; at levels 6, 11 and 16.
Particles: New particles for his suit, abilities, auto-attack, recall, taunt, joke, dance, Trueshot Barrage level up and enemy deaths.
Animations: New suit animations as well as new animations for his abilities, auto-attack, recall, death, emotes, walk, high speed run, tower channel and two new occasional flying animations with full suit.
Sounds: New sounds for acquiring and using abilities, auto-attack, jokes, taunt, match beginning, recall plus new voice over for Ezreal and Pearl; his suit AI.
Extras: A Summoner icon and profile banner. Animated splash art for the champion’s profile overview. New in-game champion portrait.
Splash Art: With Pulsefire suit, apparently, fully upgraded, Ezreal dashes through portals to destinations unknown. By his side a cybernetic entity offers maps he doesn’t need while, in the distance, Caitlyn follows with a stern demeanour. The alternative is to mention an empty background with a few diffuse portals and a blurry cameo. Truth be told, there’s the hint of a context but nothing significant enough to support Ezreal’s portrayal.
Speaking of which, the perspective makes sure that below his chest his body remains a mystery. It’s not as if his arms were that visible either and, in fact, little is easily identifiable. The buster is clear, though. Energised and ready to shoot it’s a good match for his visor and chest. The few grid-like patters are somewhat chaotic instead of clean and hi-tech so that they work more like an obstacle than a technological enhancement; much like the devices on his back. After all this, perhaps it’s not just a flight of fancy to see Ezreal’s fake smile as a mocking smirk.
Truth be told, the splash art catches the eye with its pronounced perspective. The problem is that it sacrifices too much clarity, almost all of it, in the name of style. The weak background doesn’t help so that the piece ends up being too straightforward and one-dimensional. It shows a bit of Ezreal’s Pulsefire look, and that’s saying a lot.
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Conclusion: Pulsefire Ezreal finely propels the Prodigal Explorer into the future with a dazzling array of visual and aural modifications. Firstly, the model reflects a futuristic archaeologist-warrior and the evolution of the armour makes a strong statement about the advancement of technology. Besides, the animated cannon and jetpack provide a welcome extra layer of complexity to his aspect. The dark tone of the textures reveals an inclination for the grim and gritty which, while not being out of place, sometimes ends up making the skin dull looking as light glows are too shy.
The particles match the theme and range from good to disappointing. The auto-attacks and normal abilities don’t impress at all. They are mostly small balls of energy with no personality and only the new lean, frail design as a feature. Arcane Shift does stand out but only because of how out of place its yellow particles feel amidst the blue colour palette used. The grid pattern over Ezreal when he teleports with Arcane Shift is a nice feature, though. Trueshot Barrage is a fine example of what an ultimate skin shouldn’t do. Not only is it overly simplistic but also has a weak design and feel. As a matter of fact, the visual upgrades have reduced the amount and length of the particles as well as the variety of design. There’re less grids and specific shapes for each ability and trails are notoriously plain or flatout missing unlike how particles were initially. Now, each ability looks like some generic energy with, sometimes, extra decoration around it. It’s frankly surprising and unexplainable how an upgrade can end up having the opposite effect. Something that is new is that as Trueshot Barrage is levelled up all abilities start to incorporate more yellow; except Arcane Shift. It’s a little touch which isn’t unwelcome but doesn’t fit in with the colour palette or manage to incorporate Arcane Shift’s odd choice. On top of that, as a progressive demonstration of increased power it’s simply lacklustre.
The animations are definitely a highlight especially at the latter levels when Ezreal can fly with his jetpack. The abilities’ animations range from good to great. Auto-attacks are significantly different, Mystic Shot and Essence Flux are merely adapted to his cannon but Arcane Shift and Trueshot Barrage provide an attractive spectacle. There’s also the high speed run which makes Ezreal fly but the jetpack doesn’t work as it used to.
Additionally, the new sounds are a good addition to finish the suit capabilities. There’s nothing noteworthy but they support the visuals with a technological feel. That said, the voice-over is what stands out. The dual nature of both Ezreal and PEARL interacting is fantastic. Besides, PEARL habitually updates Ezreal about the situation and questions his actions; like a good suit AI is expected to. The additional lines added by the upgrade are welcome icing on an already tasty cake.
On the whole, Pulsefire Ezreal is a skin that delivers a distinct and appealing experience that forces its way into a fantasy setting. The particles have become the low point of the skin as the visual upgrades have homogenised their look and dulled their florid design. The result is still attractive but suffers from a design that draws too much from the classic base and a spectacularly high price. At the initial sale of 1625 RP the skin was certainly a great choice. Nowadays, the normal price of 3250 RP is surely steep. It’s without doubt an appealing skin but due to its price it may be better left for collectors or dedicated fans of Ezreal; especially now.

TPA Ezreal
TPA Ezreal Splash Art TPA Ezreal Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Ezreal as a gamer fan.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: Removed transparent bow from Mystic Shot, Essence Flux and Trueshot Barrage.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background suggests a big arena where the audience clamours for the champions. At least the lights of such incredible place are visible because the rest is just the imagination working. The champions are clearly portrayed though, but their simultaneous exposition makes them compete for attention.
Regardless, they manage to convey a bit of their personality in the depiction: Mundo is brutal and towering, Orianna vaguely humane, Ezreal overconfident, Shen sneaky while Nunu and Willump display their close teamwork. In parts they seem to be escaping from the diffuse maws of the background but the portrayals are correct anyway.
All in all, it’s a nice splash art that displays a team of champions celebrating the fruit of their labour. While it’s unclear in certain parts each champion has its place. Nevertheless, it’s a piece that seems better suited for a presentation of the full set of TPA champions than to be used in individual spotlights.
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Conclusion: As far as looks go Ezreal seems to seamlessly flow into modern day casual clothing; which maybe shouldn’t be unexpected. The outfit seems believable and correct to the point that it seems clean and polished with a subtle cartoony feel. This works to the skin’s benefit as it reinforces its identity. The same can be said about the lack of magical bow in his abilities: it makes them look different even though nothing was really added. TPA Ezreal isn’t a striking skin but it’s well designed and refined in its stylization. As such, it’s a nice addition for Ezreal fans; specially those that prefer less outdated weaponry.

Debonair Ezreal
Debonair Ezreal Splash Art Debonair Ezreal Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Ezreal as an elegant and refined gentleman.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: As the other half of Debonair Vi’s splash art it completes the picture but also offers a more concrete setting. The background, despite its dusky illumination, at least displays a couple at the bar and a pair of admirers for Ezreal. He is undoubtedly the star of the piece as his earnings demonstrate. His good luck could also explain why his half seems more vivid than Vi’s. Moreover, his portrayal is more complete as most of his suit is visible and the colouring is also quite good; to the point of showing the reflection of his glove’s light on the sofa. In spite of all this visual quality Ezreal’s demeanour strikes as too arrogant even for his usual cocky attitude; perhaps to the point of looking distant and even unpleasant. Ultimately, this splash art is the better half of the Debonair duo as, flaws aside, makes for a compelling picture of how Ezreal would fare in a casino.
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Conclusion: If we talk about elegance then a good suit has to be included in the conversation. Debonair Ezreal doesn’t present us with any surprises in that regard. What is unexpected is how plain and discordant the suit ends up looking. The colours don’t reach harmony as the dark blue stands out too much over the lighter hues, making for a stark contrast of colours clashing into each other. The chain and flower are on the opposite side of what the splash art suggests, struggling to be noticed. Besides, the shoes have a simplistic design plus, even if the ponytail and sunglasses evoke his cockiness they seem out of place. The art deco glove is nicely designed, though, with its exaggerated proportions fitting that style.
To sum up, Debonair Ezreal is a skin that tries but fails to realize an elegant style. It seems like a classy-wannabe kid trying to dress formally on his own; which could be fitting but not really debonair. Fans of Ezreal can find some interesting characteristics but, for the most part, it’s just acceptable.

Ace of Spades Ezreal
Ace of Spades Ezreal Splash Art Ace of Spades Ezreal Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Ezreal dressed in a spades suit motif.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In spite of the extremely blurry background one can get an idea of the setting. The throne room is inexplicably foggy and its architecture can only be guessed at but, at least, there’s a setting. In the throne we find the King of Clubs with his golden armour glinting under the sunlight. On the stairs, we find the elegant but distant Queen of Diamonds; not far from the sinister Joker. On the other side, in the darkness we find a knave discretely hiding his presence. In the foreground, a confident aristocrat greets us as we approach the room.
In general, each champion receives a portion of the spotlight and, mostly, characteristic traits are noticeable. Perhaps Shaco should’ve been in the darkness while Twisted Fate charmingly received the viewer or presented the court to us. Besides, Mordekaiser doesn’t say much sitting in the throne and doesn’t really strike as imposing; except for his title.
Ultimately, the splash art presents the champions in a rather clear way in an appropriate setting. The background could’ve been clearer and some champions could’ve been better presented. Still, considering how many champions vie for the viewer’s attention, this is a piece that manages to give each a relevant place that is supported by the others.
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Conclusion: With a flamboyant suit and hairstyle Ace of Spades Ezreal becomes a fashionable court member with a penchant for attention. The eye-catching yet elegant clothing suits his extroverted and even ostentatious personality while keeping the spades suit reference. The main colour is sober but the golden highlights, which match his hair, add elements attractive to the eye that also serve as lavish decoration. His glove also suits the general style and doesn’t seem imposed upon, as it usually is, so that it can feel like the extravagant choice of a rich aristocrat.
All in all, Ace of Spades Ezreal is a fine skin: it accomplishes what it intends with a well realized model. Although it’s effective it’s also unsurprising and leaves the feeling that it’s all right but that misses something else to place it into greatness.

Arcade Ezreal
Arcade Ezreal Splash Art Arcade Ezreal Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Ezreal as a fully-geared gamer.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: New particles for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New Trueshot Barrage and recall animation plus blinking for his death.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: A voxellised background with great reliance on blue tones plus the too subtle apparition of Battle Boss Blitzcrank. In spite of having a sensible aesthetic there isn’t much to see. Elements are disjointed and everything seems chaotic as if half built and also monotonous in its unstructured homogeneity. Perhaps that’s the intention but it doesn’t work as well as it intends to provide a proper setting. Apparently, Ezreal is entering into the scene through a side but it’s not clear where he comes from or where he’s actually arriving to.
Ezreal’s depiction is the complete opposite to the messy background. Except for his disappearing and largely omitted right leg he’s clearly visible. The colours are bright, the lines sharp and the shading elaborate. There’s good use of light over the different surfaces and everything catches the eye with all its detail. It’s also true that every part of Ezreal looks like made out of plastic. From his hair to his shoes and including his skin and the clothes he wears it all looks like plastic. That does detract a bit from the, otherwise, attractive portrayal. The controller on his hand is a bit duller, more diffuse than the rest but still looks like plastic; strangely, not as much as the rest of him does.
All added together, this is a splash art that gives a good first impression with its dashing arrival to a digital world. However, closer examination reveals problems that don’t ruin the piece but prevent it from accomplishing all its appeal.
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Conclusion: Embracing the spunky teen aesthetic proper of Japanese RPGs Arcade Ezreal also adds a bit of Captain N: the Game Master. The casual yet fancy clothing matches the unnecessarily complex, spiky hairstyle. Said hairstyle added to the baggy Bermuda shorts, large snickers and hoodie with a big zip give a proper Kingdom Hearts air. In spite of the pastiche, as each element draws from the same JRPG conventions, the result is cohesive; at large. The new controller glove and pointless rucksack seem to be the only, even disconnected, console references which, ultimately, aren’t as attractive as they initially appear. They don’t mesh with the overall feel and seem to be giving another message on top of the already stated JRPG one.
The new particles have nice designs and try to reference the usual JRPG trappings. There’s a sword or dagger, a hook, a magical teleport and a wide slash with a magical sword to produce a giant wave of ultimate magical energy. Everything fits yet everything also seems too familiar and done in too conventional a way. In other words, it’s the expected elements in pixellated form. That doesn’t prevent the ultimate from being evocative and appealing thanks to its new animation; even if the arc of energy looks only like a pixellated version of Classic. The chip-tunes are quite nice and support the visuals effectively. Trueshot Barrage is only noticeable for how it transforms Ezreal’s initial groan because the rest is simply acceptable; like Arcane Shift. The fizzing sounds at the end of both Mystic Shot and Essence Flux stand out and give an appealing finish to two of Ezreal’s most used tools. The recall is a simple JRPG tribute that further develops the theme but isn’t really noteworthy.
All in all, Arcade Ezreal is quite a nice skin that pays homage to JRPGs while trying to keep the cosplaying pretence; unfortunately. Particles, sounds and animations are effective and there are even a few notable additions that make the skin stand out with a unique identity. There isn’t enough, though, to make the skin feel truly special. For the most part it covers the bases and seldom takes a shy, extra step to impress. Nevertheless, Arcade Ezreal is quite a fine option for fans of old-school Prodigal Explorers.

Star Guardian Ezreal
Star Guardian Ezreal Splash Art Star Guardian Ezreal Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP (742 RP, 45% off if you own Pajama Guardian)
Concept: Ezreal as a magical boy wielding the magic of the stars with his familiar Yuuto.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: New particles for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New standing idle, high speed run and recall animations.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: A bluish sky with many stars and a beam of light. It’s suitable but also simple. There’s also Yuuto, Ezreal’s familiar, to add something to the otherwise empty setting. Seemingly moving at high speed, given the trail of light, the wings are diffuse and also flat looking. The body is also diffuse and the actual shape is difficult to discern. The head is a bit sketchy though fur appears nicely fuzzy and the eyes reflect the light of the stars well enough.
With spiky hair and bathed in light Ezreal appers a bit sketchy and diffuse. The upper body is cartoony with colours that seem a bit weak. Moving down colours strengthen but outer areas become diffuse; making the cape a simple filled polygon. The legs display soft shading that contrasts with the sharper look of the body and the pencilled style of the head. His boots are mostly omitted and the intense light on his famous gauntlet gets in the way of appreciating its design. Besides, golden linings appear more bright and vivid in the upper areas than the lower body; though metal is generally dull looking as well as the gems.
Overall, this is a serviceable splash art that shows Ezreal and his familiar without any fanfare. The portrayal works but seems uneven as if trying to marry two different styles that end up opposing each other. The result works to show what the skin is about but that’s as far as it goes.
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Conclusion: Classy yet undoubtedly cocky Star Guardian Ezreal becomes the first magical boy. Dressed in white and blue in a suit of golden linings the design catches the eye while suiting the Prodigal Explorer’s extroverted personality. The over the shoulder cape is a perfect match which adds a nice asymmetry along his familiar-powered gauntlet. The spiky hair and goggles finish the overt anime influence.
Particles have a consistent yet also rigid design of stars with curved vertices that explode in almost floral patterns. Although the abilities clearly communicate and suit the theme they can feel too similar. At a glance, it seems like the same effect, wider or thinner, is used for auto-attacks, Mystic Shot, Essence Flux and Arcane Shift’s shot. However, closer inspection, almost impossible in the midst of battle, reveals differences. Stars are of different colours and sizes while trails have different swirls and tones but in action similarities stand over differences; which end up subtle. Besides, as in all cases Ezreal shoots stars which are followed by stars which explode in stars: there isn’t much identity to the individual abilities. The one ability that does stand out, as it should, is the ultimate. Trueshot Barrage fittingly releases his familiar in full power as the sparkling trails of stars demonstrate. The magical power is clear and the identity of the skill is unique which adds a lot to the skin. Rising Spell Force, the passive, shouldn’t be ignored as the star shape of the glow and capricious yet appealing trail of the gauntlet make the ability noticeable and eye-catching.
Sounds rely mostly on twinkling of different kinds. Auto-attacks and Mystic Shot are lower pitched with bouncing tones. Essence Flux is brighter and more crystal-like. Essence Flux sounds playful with a clear magical tone. Trueshot Barrage mixes things with a playful twinkle for charge and discharge alike. It’s a suitable choice for the ultimate but, frankly, Essence Flux ends up being more aurally memorable. Still, sounds seem mostly cut from the same cloth with little individuality.
Animations are few but they all add to the skin’s personality. When standing idle Ezreal strikes a confident pose with gauntlet high and before him as his symbol of power; a good match for his confidence. Running at high speed, as in homeguard, sees him placidly lying on his back as the magic propels him forward. The animation is a good display of his personality and the appearance of his familiar flying alongside makes it feel special; which, sadly, is a touch seldom used in the skin. The recall is the last new animation which has Ezreal fuse with his familiar to fly away like an angel. It may not be impressive but it’s a decidedly good use of the magical base.
All things considered, Star Guardian Ezreal is a rather cohesive skin. The model is a clear representation of the concept even if it offers little that’s new. The familiar is patently unexploited as it’s only present in a trio of occasions; though at least the ultimate feels relevant. Particles and sounds have a rigid design but they also communicate the theme effectively. Animations are few, very few, but in all cases they reinforce the theme. Thus, if you like the idea of a magical boy with star-magic at his disposal know that Star Guardian Ezreal knows that he’s the best choice.

SSG Ezreal
SSG Ezreal Splash Art SSG Ezreal Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Ezreal as a young magical prodigy.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: New particles for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: The setup is pretty simple: a lake surrounded by carved rocks in the form of waves. There’s a statue of Mega Gnar which, despite how diffuse it is, looks photorealistic. Besides some rocks for the champions to stand on, except Taliyah whose feet aren’t visible, we can only comment on how clear and fresh the water looks. It’s a setting for the champions to be present but there’s no content or meaning in it.
The champions appear in a way that part of their personality is visible in their stance. Xayah and Rakan hold hands to represent their link, Gnar is mildly curiuos, Taliyah is confident, Jarvan IV serious and Ezreal cocky. Each portrayal is eloquent enough about the look of each champion. Taliyah, being at the forefront shows the sharpest colours with an appealing soft glow on her strips; Jarvan IV and Gnar’s transparencies are more solid. Ezreal manages to show a nice glow to represent his powerful magic but Xayah and Rakan look a bit dull with washed out colours.
All added together, this is a shared splash art that takes the shared part to heart. Each champion gets a good share of the space available but the composition is content with simply showing each one. The setting has little significance and each champion is only able to display a bit of personality in their stance. The result is a splash art that works at the basics but doesn’t aim at anything else.
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Conclusion: With a set of clothes blue and simple with a traditional feel, SSG Ezreal shows him as an apprentice or young sorcerer of ample potential but few accomplishments; at least as of yet. The model practically centres on the young, magical prodigy which gives an interesting even if familiar role to Ezreal. Colours are similar to each other so there isn’t much variety but there’s a good aesthetic.
This aesthetic is shared by the particles. All attacks take the shape of puffs of blue, magical smoke. Some are more condensed and some less so but the visuals, for all of their consistency, are a bit monotonous. Trueshot Barrage is where the magic is most concentrated with the SSG logo as projectile. The magical circle used when channelling is a nice addition; Elementalist Lux should be thanked. It makes the ultimate feel more special but only just.
Sounds are similar to Classic but with higher pitched tones and some magical twinklings. The feel is quite familiar but suitable to visuals that centre on soft magic.
The new recall is a clear tribute to team and associated SSG player. However, the part that sees Ezreal looking for a magical entrance with a map is a good touch.
In conclusion, this is a direct skin but one with an identity. It shows Ezreal as a young magical prodigy which employs powerful but stylised magic. The real problem is that every aspect is rather close to the classic style so that the skin feels superficial. For a legacy skin at this price, it’s surely could’ve showed more depth.

Pajama Guardian Ezreal
Pajama Guardian Ezreal Splash Art Pajama Guardian Ezreal Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP (742 RP, 45% off if you own Star Guardian)
Concept: Ezreal as a magical boy wielding the magic of the stars with his familiar Yuuto, in a pajama party.
Model: Major model changes for Ezreal.
Particles: Star Guardian particles for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Animations: Star Guardian animations for standing idle, high speed run and recall.
Sounds: Star Guardian sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: Diffuse but cosy, we can reasonably expect the pyjama party to take place in a bedroom but the armchair in the middle hints at a living room or perhaps some other room that is being trashed in a pillow fight; there’s also a bookcase on the right. Fitting, no doubt, but with everything so diffuse details about the environment are lost. Worse yet is that those which are visible like the board game on the floor, biscuits on a bowl and toys lying around are disappointingly sketchy.
Amidst this feathery chaos we find a selection of Star Guardians donning their familiar-inspired pyjamas. The portrayals are uneven, the farther away the champions are the blurrier they get. On top of that, colours are saturated and they lack vibrancy which give the portrayals a lacklustre feel. Take for instance the highlights on hair strands: they look rather dull while the hair looks flat-out waxy. The good news is that each champion has some room to show a bit of their personality. Truth be told, each Star Guardian manages to stand apart from the others in more than looks. Regardless, their actions could’ve been more tied to their personality and their portrayals less partial. We are dealing in subtle tells from the poses instead of clear messages coming from what and how they do things.
In general, this is a splash art that joins five champions in a sensible setting and manages to show them in a good light. Portrayals could show each identity better and if we talk about the quality of the depictions and the background then it’s simply a letdown. This results in a functional piece which could’ve been much more interesting.
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Conclusion: Star Guardian Ezreal was already a bit of a stretch but it was also well realised so that the magical boy fantasy was realised in an appealing way. Add to this a pyjama party and we, undoubtedly, derail. With a stern visage and an onesie that is flashy into the extravagant, the cape is surely covering for the Star Guardian counterpart, Ezreal looses any modicum of sense. Perhaps that’s the idea: Ezreal taking it all so seriously despite how ridiculous the situation is. It’s still not that great of a joke, nonetheless. Besides, as a representation of his familiar, the pyjama doesn’t really bring Yuuto to mind.
In the end, as a re-model of Star Guardian, Pajama Guardian Ezreal is an accompanying product for fans. It probably is too ridiculous without adding anything novel to the Star Guardian narrative so it’s value is questionable. As an alternative to Star Guardian, there’s not much to be said: Star Guardian is the superior choice.


Ezreal skins are good but they all have some caveats. Pulsefire Ezreal stands out as the best skin, as far as production goes, but the price is a huge deterrent. At the sale price, similar to a legendary skin, it was definitely worth getting as it offers even more than such a skin. However, at its regular price it’s a huge investment only valuable enough for collectors and hardcore Ezreal fans; though they probably already got it with the release sale. For new fans, be mindful of the uneven effect of the visual upgrade.

Also expensive but with much to offer we find Arcade Ezreal. The skin is an evocative JRPG homage with appealing features to develop the theme. It does have some missteps, mainly that there are only a few remarkable characteristics and most changes adapt the theme without reaching the spectacular. For a skin based on excesses it seems rather measured but it remains a charming option.

Explorer Ezreal has an interesting concept enough apparel references but its execution is lacklustre. It’s clear about its concept but it fails to be anything exciting. Whereas, Frosted Ezreal has a faint dark style but actually stands out more for its emo or gothic leanings. For an Ezreal with a touch of dark fantasy it can be good but reliance on makeup may dissuade you.

A more recent addition is TPA Ezreal. In spite of the skin being legacy and having a straightforward concept the result is appealing and well adapted to the Prodigal Explorer. Additionally, Debonair Ezreal isn’t as elegant as he should or could. Still, it’s a formal look that can be of interest to dedicated fans.

The extravagant court style of Ace of Spades Ezreal is a fine choice for those with a knack for aristocracy. The skin passes well the idea of an eccentric noble without forgetting the spades suit. It does feel like it just does enough to work but it still manages to be quite good.

Star Guardian Ezreal is the magical boy wielding star magic. With the help of his underused familiar his classy appearance and strict but well presented star powers make a good case for his aptitude to save the world. The skin is very consistent but also the design can seem too rigid. Regardless, at what it intends to accomplish, it’s a good choice.

SSG Ezreal has a nice identity but a lacklustre execution. The young magical prodigy is interesting but the similarities to classic leave the skin feeling superficial. With more depth the identity could’ve been developed farther from Classic to better justify how special the skin is supposed to be.

Pajama Guardian Ezreal is a re-model of Star Guardian and should be treated in light of that fact. It’s an extra for fans of Star Guardian which may be too ridiculous and not meaningful enough. As an alternative to Star Guardian, it simply isn’t worth considering.

  64 Responses to “League of Legends: Ezreal Skins’ Review”

  1. I’m actually surprised that you gave PFE 3 stars.

    Not that i care considering i don’t even use Ezreal to begin with, but i thought this was a 5 star, considering the very high number of changes.

    I guess the price really kills it a little too much.

    • Indeed, if it were priced as a legendary skin it would probably get five stars. However, Pulsefire Ezreal’s regular price is double that amount.

      While it’s a skin, or theme, that gives a new feel for Ezreal it’s also a huge investment.

  2. will pfe be on sale again or its like legendary skins?

    • According to Riot, Pulsefire Ezreal was never stated to be legendary. On top of that, it went on sale for a week after its release. A new sale shouldn’t be discarded, considering the information available, but it’s probably something that won’t happen often.

      • To quote riot on the issue (and avoid any misleading info) “They [ultimate skins] may have initial promotions or discounts, but will not be put on sale.”
        and for the sake of legendary skins “and they[legendary skins] will not be put on sale.”

        this is all according to http://na.leagueoflegends.com/news/skin-rp-price-changes-0

        • Thanks for clarifying the issue. Riot did disclose the rules for skin pricing in the Skin Price Changes notice and it’ll come in handy to avoid any confusions.

  3. Yeah I can see how Pulsefire Ezreal wouldn’t be worth it for everyone. But if someone were to have played Ezreal for a long time, genuinely had fun with him, and planned on continuing to play him for a while, then it could definitely be well worth the 25 dollars. I personally won’t buy until I have some time with Ezreal to see if he’s worth playing and worth buying even a normal skin with.
    In quality, it could be the best skin in League of Legends, however, in price, it is currently the most expensive item in the LoL store and costs more than double that of a Legendary Skin. Thanks for the review, though. If I’m going to get a skin with Ezreal it will probably be Explorer but who knows? Maybe sometime I will get Pulsefire Ezreal. But, my point is, I would need a DAMN good reason to.

    • Indeed, Pulsefire Ezreal is an incredible skin but its price also is. You shouldn’t discard the possibility of another sale as it, technically, isn’t a legendary skin. Still, at its current price, only the most dedicated Ezreal fans would find it appealing.

  4. will the tpa skins ever return because I didnt really like them when they came out due to the fact I was waiting for another skin but will it return this year? thanks in advance zero

    • As legacy skins they can return at any time but when is unknown. They were available for Mystery Gifting at last year’s Snowdown Showdown though it was a less than ideal way of getting them. Maybe they’ll be made available again when the next bundle of championship skins are released. However, there isn’t any firm information about it.

  5. You should probably review the classic skins for ALL champions because I found (personal opinion) out that some classic skins (Ezreal) are the best (excluding PFE cause of price). So maybe you should review the classic skins as well? So that people might decide to not buy skins at all and rather continue to use the classic skin.

    • We have considered that as it has been requested. The problem is that we lack something against which to compare a classic skin. In the case of purchasable skins we compare against the classic one and see whether it’s an improvement worth its price. In the case of the classic skins we need something else to compare them with.

      Besides, classic skins don’t have a monetary cost so they are a different kind of expense. In case a champion’s classic skin stands above the purchasable alternatives then those skins will have low ratings.

      We still think that it would be interesting to review classic skins but we need to find a way to do it so that it would be useful.

  6. Can you review Debonair Ezreal and Debonair Vi?

  7. 2 things. First, what exactly is tower channel? is that teleport?
    Also, in PFE, he technically gets a new dance.

    • Tower channel is the animation when capturing a point or relic in Dominion or other alternate game modes. PFE floats while his cannon channels the point.

      You’re right about his dance and the rest of the emotes are also different. We’ll give another look to the set of changes. Thanks for the notice, complex skins can be difficult to get all changes right.

  8. Why don’t you put TPA Ezreal in the conclusions?

    • We used not to add legacy skins in the conclusions so as to keep it centred on what skins were available. Nowadays we add a sentence at least to indicate where the skin would fit among the others when available.

  9. Nottingham Ezreal 520
    Striker Ezreal 520
    Frosted Ezreal 750
    Explorer Ezreal 750
    Pulsefire Ezreal too expensive to count as a skin for anything ever
    TPA Ezreal 750
    Debonair Ezreal 750
    and now … and other 750 skin Ace of Spades… so many missed opportunities. At least it looks nice even if the face represents a girl. Rito plz

    • Completely agreed, for a fan of Ezreal the best option is to have bought Pulsefire while it was on sale. Ultimate aside, if you really like him you only have a bunch of re-models that don’t go far in realizing their themes. Truth be told, it’s high time that Ezreal receives a good skin with fine effects.

  10. What do you think of the new Ace of Spades Ezreal skin? Personally I really really love the splash art (someone on Riot art has an Ezreal fetish or something, it’s so good) but the ingame preview is somehow really dull in color and kind of lacking in contrast.

    • It often happens that splash arts promise something that the actual skin doesn’t deliver. All in all, it seems a reasonable skin for its price. We’ll have to take a closer look to the whole set but it would be nice if they had some extras here and there; besides the new model.

      • Which skin would you recommend between Frosted Ezreal and Debonair Ezreal? Frosted is a less interesting concept to me, but the overall aesthetic is surprisingly good, whereas Debonair is a much more fun skin but a bit plain (the white tux doesn’t seem clean white).

        • Both skin aren’t very convincing as they don’t do much to develop their themes. If you aren’t sure we’d recommend buying neither of them. Frosted is cheaper but also uninspired even if it looks good for a re-texture. Debonair is superficial and the concept feels forced on Ezreal.

          Perhaps TPA could be more interesting as a modern take on the Explorer? The clothing suits Ezreal well and even if the glove isn’t very serious at least it keeps things consistent.

          At any rate, buy a skin that you are convinced that you’d like. There’s no point in buying a skin that you’ll end up not using.

          • I ended up buying the TPA Ezreal skin; while initially I didn’t include it because the particles coming out of the glove looked wrong, upon re-evaluation I actually found it kind of charming. Thank you for the recommendation! Now I have a skin I don’t regret buying. 🙂

            (Although Ezreal could totally use some new higher end skins from 900-1300 with polished particles and different themes.)

          • Completely agreed, it’s high time that Ezreal leaves PFE behind and gets new, elaborate skins.

            We are glad that you like TPA Ezreal and we hope you enjoy it; it has its charm. Now that we think about it, TPA removes the bow from his abilities so that it works better with his big glove. That’s a good touch to keep things consistent and adds to the skin’s personality.

  11. While looking at Almost-Prom King Amumu, I thought about which champion would have won prom king. Ezreal was the prettyboy who came to mind, but he’s in a liiittle different league in terms of age with Annie.

    With that said, it’d be pretty fun if Homecoming King Ezreal and Homecoming Queen Lux (or hell, Taric, but that’s even more unlikely) were skins, though I imagine Ezreal’s would be too similar to debonair. Or maybe a different pair of champions would better fit the theme? What comes to mind?

    • Not necessarily if it’s actually Homecoming as that is less formal than a Prom. The idea could work but it would be better if instead of being just a change of clothes the skins actually reflected the dancing in all their aspects. Perhaps they should even be more ambitious and reflect a specific dance or have a general musical style with new sounds and animations as well as particles. It’s an idea.

  12. Ezreal always has Dark Eye Shadow, not just in Frosted.

    • Perhaps in Frosted he overdid it because it’s too noticeable. Nevertheless, that’s not the main issue with the skin. The problem is that it’s supposed to have an ice theme and instead it’s a gothic or emo version of Ezreal. Even at that it’s a bit simple, not far from a re-colour. It’s not a bad skin but either theme needs to be more developed. Part of the issue could be that it’s a skin that tries to be two things at the same time.

  13. Hello! what’s your opinion about upcoming ”Frosted Ezreal” Splash art update?I know it’s nothing big but i’m quite impressed how it somehow looks less cartoony now.

    • It’s quite a good splash art, perhaps too good for a mere re-texture but it’s actually a great thing that the quality improved. It’s just peculiar that sometimes legendary skins received rather disappointing splash arts. Regardless, all splash arts should be impressive. After all, they are the presentation card of the skins and champions.

  14. Hey, I really like the concept of the TPA Ezreal skin, but after looking at the models on mobafire, I am struggling to decide between Debonair or TPA- which would you recommend? I’m swinging towards TPA, especially because these worlds legacy skins are not always available and I don’t really want to wait until next year if I change my mind 😀

    • As a youthful explorer TPA probably fits Ezreal better than Debonair. It could be said that he looks like a kid in a suit and not truly debonair but the casual clothing exhibited by TPA seems just the kind he would wear in the real world. After all, Ezreal is a fancy guy so while a suit fits him he’s a bit too young and reckless to seem serious and classy. He can look elegant as Ace of Spades demonstrates but he has a tendency for a bit of extravangance; mostly due to his personality.

      The disadvantage of TPA is that you won’t find it on a sale but it has that air of exclusivity. That aside these re-models are all rather nice but we prefer TPA and Ace of Spades to Debonair. Also take into account that TPA removes his bow when using his abilities. While that can be seen as a disadvantage it manages to better define the identity of the skin; contemporary magical gloves probably wouldn’t look so outdated.

  15. Pretty sure TPA Ezreal has new particles when he uses his ultimate. While his other skins (excluding Pulsefire, of course) have a solid blue bow coming out of the wrist, TPA has a golden bow that looks much less solid.

    • That’s actually the energy of Trueshot Barrage gathering on the bow. As TPA Ezreal removes the bow from his abilities it’s easier to see the bright, yellow particles assembling in the the arc of energy from the ultimate which is released forward. Technically, the skin removes an effect, the transparent bow, from Ezreal’s abilities. In the review we note it but perhaps we should list it in the particle section as well. It’s something that gives the skin some of its unique identity. A good example of how less can be more. Thanks for the headsup.

  16. Got Pulsefire Ezreal in Hextech crafting box, seems like a good skin considering I got it for free 😛

    Now Just to gather the orange essence…

    • That’s good luck, hope you enjoy the skin. Surely, if we take out the price, Pulsefire Ezreal is one of the most interesting skins available due to its evolving model. Time for a true display of skill.

  17. As said above I got pulsefire ezreal from opening like 3.7 k rp worth of boxes. I made a huge chart on all of the skins and what I could get if I disenchanted the bad skins and upgraded good ones like ravenborn leblanc instead of mundo mundo. And the option where I would get pulsefire ezreal literally took up like 9 skin shards of varying prices. (including a base 675 essence). Luckily i managed to figure out a way to keep all the decent skins which in my opinion are snow day bard, woad scout Quinn,ravenborn lb, all star akali and surprise party amumu but I run the risk of not being able to get any of those skins if I get pulsefire ez. The skin does seem ‘decent’ but compared to other legendaries right now it just seems kinda outdated, but the fact that it gives you stuff like an icon a summoner page and new effects for like every single thing is what makes me write this comment.
    Yet, if I don’t get pulsefire ez I can get all of those good skins mentioned above by disenchanting the skin shard.
    I don’t really lose anything good by getting pulsefire ezreal cus the skins I’m throwing away for it would be stuff like bladecraft Oriana but I’m pretty sure time is a huge factor here because if I get pulsefire ez right now, it would take me quite a long time to get all the other skins but I could enjoy a great skin with all the goodies included or I could get like 5 decent skins by getting rid of him
    (may be dragging on a bit here XD) Also, if I don’t get rid of pulsefire skin shard for the essence I can still get 4 decent skins because in my calculations I always got red of ezreal for snow day bard, yet I don’t really see the point because I’m probably never gonna buy this many chests again and would take me longer than a long time to accumulate all the essence for pulsefire ezreal.

    • Firstly, you should consider which champions you play the most and which skins you like the most. Second, it depends on whether you may want or can get any of the skins you don’t get by other, more traditional methods; like sales. In the case of Pulsefire Ezreal and legacy skins that’s discarded but other skins, if you don’t like them much, may be worth getting via a regular sale instead.

      This is a rather subjective decision so it depends on what you like and use. If you are an avid Ezreal fan then you can’t do better than Pulsefire. While newer legendaries can offer a lot they have been rather uneven lately. Besides, the tranformation effect and the extras are exclusive to ultimate skins. If you don’t like or play Ezreal much then an ultimate is unjustified.

      The other skins have the advantage of offering a more varied selection but would you play them all? Perhaps there are a few that are good but that you wouldn’t actually use. In that case perhaps it’s better to save resources for something else that you would use and also like. It woth noting that it’s much easier to find time to play a single skin that a handful of them. Therefore, even if you like and would use all the skins, is it actually viable to play them all? Perhaps in the meantime a sale can come across to get a skin.

      In the end, it’s all a matter of what you want to do. Would you prefer a single but elaborate skin or a set of simpler skins? Is there a skin that you really like and wouldn’t want to miss? Can any of the skins be bought in a sale so that you wouldn’t miss it if you don’t craft it? Do you like and would you use all that you craft? Perhaps in asking about what skins and how you would get them if crafting wasn’t around you can get another perspective that helps value each skin.

      • Thank ypu very much for the review 😀 and have decided to get some of the shards I like but still keep pulsefire as a shard just incase I were to ever play him in the future.
        Oh and when you say “uneven” about recent legendaries does that mean their concept and what they can offer? As dark star thresh was given 2 stars because it didn’t offer much for a black hole theme?

        • Not at all. That sounds like a sensible option. Pulsefire Ezreal is certainly not a cheap skin to get so a shard can be the best way of getting the skin. You can always disenchant it in the future if you want but chances are that it’ll be particularly difficult to get that shard again if you lose it without being sure. You can save it for now and see how things go. It could come in useful sometime.

          With regards to Dark Star Thresh it’s not only that the skin doesn’t fully embrace the black hole theme it intends to but also that the implemenation doesn’t live up to legendary expectations. Just compare it to Omega Squad Teemo and PROJECT: Yi and you’ll see how variable the legendary label can be. That’s what we mean by uneven, there have been some great skins and others much less so. Also, with regards to a specific skin: some have great features and others that disappoint so the execution isn’t as consistent as it should be.

  18. What do you think about New PF Ezreal?

    • It shows that they are patching the skin up. The textures tend to be too dark aiming for the grim and gritty feel that the good old PFE never aimed for; it was all bright sci-fi. The particles are a mixed bag, much like in other skins after visual upgrades, the new style doesn’t match the skin’s identity that well; it’s shows its added afterwards. Besides, the ultimate has a paltry look in comparison with the previous, brilliance of Arcane Barrage. Overall, not so much of an improvement as we could’ve all hoped for.

  19. Thoughts on the new debonair ezreal chromas?

    • Nothing groundbreaking. However, some of the new cloths for the suit are interesting. They don’t add much but it shows befitting variety for the fine clothes of a gentleman. Specifically, the ones that are just re-colours aren’t very appealing but those with new patterns and designs could be of interest.

  20. Can you do a review based on the VGU and for Nunu? All of his skins have been updated, Pulsefire got more ultimate quality stuff.

    • We’ll try to update the reviews. Old skins changes the most with the modified models but new skins don’t look that different. Pulsefire Ezreal get only some small particles changes as he levels up and we find that lacklustre. We expected something more significant. Besides, the particles don’t have personality. Still, it’s not bad but the update certainly didn’t update it to be at the level of the best ultimates.

  21. Hey I was wondering when the review for the visually updated Ezreal will be released, all the limited skins are available and Nottigham Ezreal despite the low score was quite eye-catching for me.

    I have yet to make up my mind and I always hold your opinion in high regards and the prices is not an issue for me.

    • We are delayed with visual upgrade updated because they are time consuming and we don’t have much time recently. We’ll try to do them as soon as possible but it may not be as fast as we’d all like. That said if you have any specific questions we’ll gladly help.

      From what we’ve seen, the Ezreal VU seems to be a polish update which keeps everything in place but with modern technology behind it. In fact, it reminds of other updates were skins have stayed the same in rating because nothing significant was changed; like Garen’s.

      Nottingham Ezreal offers model changes now but it’s essentially a change of clothes. It isn’t bad but there’s nothing novel about it. All of the old skins are like that, all pre-Pulsefire. The newer ones look just like they did but with a layer of polish on top.

      Truth be told, there’s nothing notable in the update. Everything looks new but because it’s been done with current quality; which was already present in most of the newer skins, it seems. While the review does need an update we don’t see any big changes being done to it; perhaps just a layer of polish.

      • Alright thanks for the quick response I still think I might buy it though.

        On another note Riot have recently added a bit of flavor text or lore expansion to their skins, I know you guys have your hands full but is this something you are thinking of adding to your reviews or are the visuals rather than the story behind them more important?

        as always thanks for taking the time!

        • We consider the concept as the flavour or lore behind each skin. However, we draw the concept from the splash art and mostly from the skin itself as that’s what you end up using.

          While we think that it’s a good idea to add some background to each skin we do think that a skin should be self explanatory by itself and the text a nice extra. If a skin needs an explanation to make sense then something isn’t right.

  22. Hello Zero, I have Frosted Ezreal from hextech crafting. Would you recommend I keep using it or purchase another Ezreal skin?

    • That depends on whether you’ve grown tired of it or if you like and want a new skin. If you are happy with it we see no reason to purchase another skin. Unless you actually want to, there’s no real need. The champions play the same regardless of cosmetics.

      If you want some variety then it’s a matter of finding a concept and an implementation that delivers a good enough adaptation. In that regard, the reviews should give you an idea. They aren’t updated yet but newer skins didn’t change in significant ways. Only the old skins which now show model changes instead of just textures are different. Still, with a look at the model you see all they have to offer.

      If you have any specific questions we’d gladly help.

      • Thank you for your advice. I don’t find Frosted Ezreal very appealing, so I’d like to purchase a new skin. Would you recommend Arcade, Star Guardian, or SSG? I find them all interesting but I’d like to hear your thoughts.

        • Star Guardian Ezreal would be the skin with the best adaptation, provided you like the concept. Arcade is interesting and has some nice features but it doesn’t feel as special. SSG, besides being legacy, seems too similar to classic.

          While the concept is a significant element to consider we think that Star Guardian Ezreal is rather well done. If not, Arcade seem quite good as an alternative; albeit not as well adapted. SSG is a skin if you specifically like what it offers and can fogive its issues.

  23. So you bothered adding Pyjama Guardian, but not adding the rework changes? Come on we are dying for those updates for Ezreal and Nunu, Kayle and Morgana coming in like a month or two and people will not be able to come here and seek advice in what is worth when legacies are coming back.

    • We are working on both updates but we haven’t yet finished both reviews. Don’t expect any major changes to the newer skins because they merely received a layer of polish. With the regards to the old skins they now have model instead of textures changes so they are better than they were, usually. We’ll try to update these champions as soon as we can.

  24. Battle Academia?

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