LEAGUE OF LEGENDS SKINS

Championship Riven

Championship Riven

Championship Riven is a seasonal skin despite the splash art trying to ignore it.

Let’s start with the look and then delve into the details.

The armour isn’t a full suit but Riven isn’t exactly known for wearing good protection.

Still, for an armoured Riven the skin works despite its peculiar aspect; practically the same can be said about her hairstyle.

The subdued and limited palette makes the skin a bit too homogeneous which is a pattern that the ...

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Urf the Manatee

Urf the Manatee

Urf the Manatee is a skin that may look disgusting to some and hilarious to others; depending on personal taste.

As far as its execution goes it’s a noticeable change of look that makes Warwick larger yet isn’t particularly striking.

As a concept it’s sensible enough for an evil werewolf but heavily reliant on Urf as a joke.

In consequence, Urf the Manatee is a skin dedicated to those that embraced the April Fool’s entry of Urf as a champion; because it brings ...

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Victorious Morgana

Victorious Morgana

For a skin that armours Morgana for battle Victorious seems to share the spirit of Blade Mistress.

The appearance doesn’t enjoy the elaborate, dark charm that makes Blade Mistress so enthralling.

Instead, Victorious is a more refined and gracious aspect that feels more aristocratic and regal.

This style gives it a different identity but also makes the appearance more subdued and less iconic. If the model doesn’t shine then it’s the job of the particles to do so ...

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Victorious Janna

Victorious Janna

Victorious Janna gives the Storm’s Fury a reasonable amount of armour and clothes so as to make for a more classic warrior mage look.

The result is quite nice and, as far as fantasy is considered, believable: the decorations are sensible plus the armour plates seem sturdy and practical.

Her hairstyle is notable as it’s shorter and tied in a ponytail; though it’s fine looking.

Overall, Victorious Janna is a good present to receive but hardly a product worth a ...

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Victorious Elise

Victorious Elise

Victorious Elise is an interesting take on the Spider Queen that furthers her royal side and ignores her seductiveness. Human: the armour has a stylized design that offers good protection but seems overloaded with decorations.

Not only does it seem impractical but also a bit whimsical.

Regardless, the aspect is elaborate and appealing even if not very innovative.

As a skin that provides plausible protection and sensible clothing, Victorious Elise ...

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Victorious Jarvan IV

Victorious Jarvan IV

Let’s go straight to the point: Victorious Jarvan IV is a bad looking skin.

The idea on display is that of a majestic monarch attaining victory but one look at the tiara and hairstyle tell the true story: this skin is a mess.

The armour is a mix of royal clothing and armour which ends up looking unconvincing as a protective and elegant suit.

Furthermore, the elaborate decoration isn’t attractive, it’s just complex and the overall look is quite flat in terms of ...

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Zombie Brand

Zombie Brand

Zombie Brand really does turn Brand into an undead corpse: the skin provides a complete set of new animations as well as a new voice over and new particles to back his aspect.

The decrepit look is accomplished despite the fact that a suit is rather ill suited for a battlefield; an undead mage or warrior could’ve fit better.

The animations are excellent and truly deliver the strain on his body due to the failure of multiple muscles and sinews.

In addition to this, the ...

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PAX Jax

PAX Jax

PAX Jax is a skin that due to its nature and implementation stands in a peculiar place.

On the one hand, it’s very similar to Classic Jax though with a new weapon and hat.

On the other hand, it’s a highly collectable skin that represents the Cardboard Tube Samurai from Penny Arcade.

Therefore, it becomes a skin that can be uninteresting or invaluable depending on how much weight the comic reference has.

On the whole, it’s not a bad skin as it suitably ...

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PAX Sivir

PAX Sivir

With a heavy dose of science fiction added, PAX Sivir is quite an eye-catching skin that, upon closer inspection, seems like it could’ve offered more.

The new suit evokes a futuristic setting well but her Boomerang, while technologically advanced, doesn’t look deadly at all and instead seems a plastic toy.

Additionally, as most of the details of the suit are made with textures, they look flat and deform a little too much as the model flexes and moves.

Add to this the ...

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PAX Twisted Fate

PAX Twisted Fate

Pax Twisted Fate is a minor re-texture that serves more as a product endorsement than an actual skin.

The blue and black colour palette isn’t a bad choice but looks too subdued.

Furthermore, there isn’t much that is different from Classic Twisted Fate, except the gigantic PAX logo on his coat and shoulders.

As a promotional skin it isn’t unusable but it sure isn’t worth worrying about missing ...

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Victorious Sivir

Victorious Sivir

At first sight Victorious Sivir can look like another armoured version of the Battle Mistress but it’s actually a heavily decorated, royally even, take on Sivir.

There’s some protection but the basis of the design is the blue clothes ornamented with golden laurels.

The rich aesthetic is clear once one takes a good, close look at Sivir.

The focus borders on making even her boomerang a piece of jewellery so the skin stands apart from others.

That doesn’t mean ...

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Underworld Wukong

Underworld Wukong

Adding a supernatural vein to the Monkey King’s already fantastic concept can seem overkill.

To an extent it is but aside from looking a bit too exotic Underworld Wukong avoids becoming a pastiche of themes.

Nonetheless, while the aspect is certainly different Wukong looks more like a deranged old warrior than an actual apparition.

A translucent right arm would’ve helped cement the concept as the lamp-like staff isn’t enough. If it weren’t for the staff’s ...

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Triumphant Ryze

Triumphant Ryze

Triumphant Ryze is an interesting look for Ryze: bronze and grey to resemble a metal statuette.

The aspect is well realized while still staying close to Ryze’s classic look; perhaps too close.

Regardless, as a trophy for tournament winners it isn’t a bad prize though it isn’t fantastic either.

Therefore, it’s a nice skin if received but not worth taking great pains to ...

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Winter Wonder Lulu

Winter Wonder Lulu

Winter Wonder Lulu is a very focused skin with a theme specifically spread over every aspect.

From the clothes to the snow particles almost everything is linked to snow and ice.

Some elements are more direct than others: for instance, the snowflake shield in contrast to a poro Pix.

Nonetheless, it’s a very consistent skin even if unoriginal and a bit homogeneous in terms of colours.

Still, when taken as the sum of its parts it’s a very satisfying and effective ...

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Grey Warwick

Grey Warwick

Grey Warwick is an alright re-texture that is a definite change from the classic look yet not a particularly engaging one.

The armour is painted in plain blue and the fur is coloured in two tones: grey and red; which is actually nice.

Regardless, as a whole Grey Warwick looks rather dull because of the subdued and drab colours.

In conclusion, Grey Warwick is a modest skin that isn’t worth any kind of effort to get yet it’s not so horrible that it’s ...

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Medieval Twitch

Medieval Twitch

For an armoured arbalest, Medieval Twitch fits the bill yet feels incomplete.

It’s not that the skin isn’t clear as there’s an oppressive helmet that certainly stands out.

Besides, there’s additional though sparse armour like the right gauntlet.

Nonetheless, as far as armour is concerned it seems inexplicably unevenly worn.

The small quiver on his back with additional bolts is a good touch but again leaves a mixed feeling as the tips impractically point ...

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Ice Toboggan Corki

Ice Toboggan Corki

Ice Toboggan Corki gives the helmet a new coat of paint and firmly plants him on a toboggan.

The result is hardly amusing as we end with a floating toboggan with some sort of machine gun attached to the front.

Not only is the skin quite a stretch but it also isn’t particularly witty or even attractive.

Add to this the high price and we end up with a product that has no answer to a simple question: why buy it? Ice Toboggan Corki isn’t just a victim of League of ...

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Annie in Wonderland

Annie in Wonderland

Let’s forget, for a moment, the flames that Annie wields.

As far as looks go, it’s a reasonable and lean model for Annie that effectively captures the essence of Alice’s look.

On the other hand, Tibbers is forcefully stuffed into a rabbit suit; which isn’t any different from Annie’s usual treatment of the bear.

Tibber’s suit looks fine, with visible patches, seams and a zipper which realizes the bear costumed as the White Rabbit.

Moreover, Annie’s ...

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Alien Invader Heimerdinger

Alien Invader Heimerdinger

As a former legendary skin, Alien Invader Heimerdinger is an interesting but ultimately lacklustre skin that can’t hide its age.

The problem isn’t the concept but rather the execution in comparison to the price: it shows the technical merit of times gone by.

Heimerdinger certainly approximates the classic Martian aspect but only his overdeveloped brain stands out.

Besides, his massive brain isn’t exactly good looking; much like his face.

The turrets ...

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Red Baron Corki

Red Baron Corki

In theory, Red Baron Corki is a fitting and interesting concept for an ace aviator.

Moreover, in practice the skin doesn’t look that bad in spite of the huge re-use of assets from the base model.

The propellers on the front gun are nice while the design effectively recreates the feel of a biplane; though the Red Baron preferred a triplane.

Regardless, it’s a skin that, while nice, had no place at such a high price point.

The idea is good but the changes so ...

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