For the most part, Poro Rider Sejuani is just a re-model.
It’s quite a good one as the new aspect is very appealing though mostly due to the presence of poro-Bristle. The new clothes for Sejuani bring back to mind her Bear Cavalry wardrobe.
Whereas, her new flail seems like a joke that isn’t as good in practice as it is in theory. Bristle, however, steals the show with his new poro persona.
It is, without a doubt, the main attraction and what really gives the ...
Slay Belle Katarina is a fine skin with a simple but attractive concept: Katarina as an enticing Santa helper.
The clothes are nice and the antlers acceptable but the outfit is hardly impressive.
Conversely, the new blades have a fascinating design that greatly helps make the skin unique.
The particles seem mostly like a re-colour of the classic ones, yet there are new light effects so they stand as a good addition.
All things considered, Slay Belle Katarina ...
Toy Soldier Gangplank is a skin that appears interesting in concept but ends up lacklustre in practice.
As a life-sized toy soldier Gangplank loses part of the little toy charm.
At least, the design is reasonable for a finely crafted toy with an antique feel.
Furthermore, the new animations try to round the concept yet, in the end, they don’t add enough to effectively realize the theme.
Thus, the skin isn’t attractive enough for its price.
Therefore, as ...
Warring Kingdoms Tryndamere implements its concept rather well though in a conventional way and without any extra effort.
To start with, the beard and armour resemble the popular depictions of Guan Yu to an extent though he preferred to wear a robe over his armour.
While there’s a lot of ornamentation and a reliance on bronze his appearance doesn’t stand out apart from depicting the famous Han General.
His great sword is also decorated though Guan Yu favoured an also ...
Samsung White Twitch is definitely a niche skin.
Not only is it targeted at tournament followers but it also specifically pays tribute to a player from SSW: Imp.
As such, the appeal of the skin is quite restricted and many won’t understand or care for the reference. If, instead, we take the skin as a modern rat the result is acceptable even if unimpressive.
The clothes follow Twitch’s style, the crossbow looks modern and there’s some contemporary gear but we ...
Nosferatu Vladimir is minimal in terms of changes but the impact of those minuscule changes is astounding.
The end result of changing Vladimir’s head, hands and altering the clothes is that of a classic vampire that is as appealing as it is nostalgic.
Nosferatu Vladimir capitalizes on the core of Vladimir just like the film did in 1922: it’s a different take on the traditional vampire.
Merging both concepts it’s not just fitting, it’s natural.
At its price ...
With a fancy new outfit, Challenger Ahri aims at capturing the characteristic style of Super Sentai teams.
It succeeds to a point but it never really feels like the style is anything more than superficial.
There’s a new outfit and particles but besides that it’s the same classic Ahri we all know. The outfit has an appealing aesthetic incorporating Ahri’s fox features into the outfit.
The curved, soft lines make it look advanced and modern as well as practical ...
Championship Thresh doesn’t innovate in terms of concept.
Actually, it’s mostly the same Warden but in blue.
The armour and weapons do receive new designs and the overall aesthetic is different; maybe more modern.
Yet, at large, there aren’t any significant differences sans the new colour scheme.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it provides a distinct and appealing identity to the skin.
Additionally, besides the recall there isn’t much of a ...
For a skin that isn’t exactly realistic Riot Kayle’s appearance is quite believable.
The uniform is practical and well protected while the helmet is reasonably designed.
The wings make for an attractive flying device thanks to the animated propellers; which also match the recall drones.
The baton-sword is a bit exaggerated, like the emergency lights on the shoulders, but it’s a measured stretch.
Besides, during Righteous Fury the siren is low and the ...
Human: from the lines and proportions of the armour a slight cartoon angle is noticeable.
That distinct style helps the skin define its identity so that it’s not simply blue Shyvana.
Besides, it results in an appealing appearance that still feels battle-ready without being unnecessarily dark.
Dragon: the dragon form is even more overt about the cartoon style.
She still looks dangerous but far from a fearsome monster of destruction.
Nevertheless, the ...
As an animated graveyard Maokai has an interesting look: the combination of tombstones, bones and earth creates an abomination that is difficult to describe but quite eye-catching nonetheless.
The refined model is backed by a complement of suitable gravestone particles.
Special mention deserves his traditional helpers, the saplings, for their fanciful model and fantastic animations.
The charismatic saplings are without doubt huge contributors to Haunted Maokai’s ...
As a long overdue new skin Snow Day Malzahar shows that some dedication went into its development.
The adaptation isn’t without its flaws but it accomplishes an interesting frost angle.
Malzahar’s model is nothing revolutionary: just warm clothes.
Added to his new ice powers he reminds of Captain Cold but the reference stays as a suggestion.
The poro-voidlings don’t really fit their role that well.
They mix cuteness and monstrosity but the result ...
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 ...
Zombie Ryze is Ryze as a zombie but in as a straightforward manner as possible.
That is, there is absolutely no doubt that it is Ryze: all his classic elements are present but in a tattered state.
In other words, his clothes, scroll, book and also his body clearly show the effects of decomposition; as if he had been buried in his classic form.
The general effect isn’t bad, though a little too explicit; especially the deformity of his face and exposed ...
Snowstorm Sivir is a skin that takes a predictable path in its implementation: the sexy ice warrior.
In spite of the hardships of cold weather, the irreplaceable cleavage and open dress don’t seem to pose a problem.
It’s true that an ice warrior is fantastic enough that sexy clothes are a possibility.
Yet, it seems like a missed opportunity not to have chosen a more practical route.
Besides, Sivir seems like a serious warrior and hails from the ...
Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks is a skin that does much with little: just a new head and new textures for his rags and sickle blade.
Truth be told, there really isn’t any need for additional changes; as in this case Fiddlesticks stays as a scarecrow.
With so little the skin manages to provide a different but still menacing look that it’s as appropriate as it’s well executed.
This is a skin that proves that a great concept doesn’t need high technicalities to be ...
Festive Maokai is a thorough disappointment that is good only as an idea.
Maokai as a Christmas tree is definitely an interesting and suitable concept.
Nonetheless, when the execution simply throws some decorations over the treant and calls it a day a problem is evident.
A look at the model makes obvious that it’s essentially Classic Maokai crudely resembling a Christmas tree.
To say that the result is lacklustre is an understatement as the skin feels like an ...
The idea behind Dragonblade Riven is clearly that of a warrior with an eastern style.
The armour is believable enough as it seems well adapted to an agile fighter without sacrificing protection.
Also, the blade has an attractive design that balances ornamentation with practicality.
Add to that her animated hair and sword tassel and Riven’s appearance has a lot to offer.
However, most of these additions are difficult to notice at a distance: most are rather ...
Bad Santa Veigar is quite literal about its restricted concept: it’s Veigar adapted into Santa Claus.
Therefore, the skin dresses the yordle with the requisite costume and adds some expected Christmas elements to his cosmic powers.
The model is correct and the biscuit, ornament, Christmas trees and present particles added to his abilities look quite nice; but the underlying classic concept is still noticeable.
In addition to this, the recall is a fantastic touch that ...
Samsung White Thresh is a skin with a concept that certainly feels forced on the Chain Warden.
The casual outfit has neither rhyme nor reason: it’s just splattered on Thresh and doesn’t even try to mesh with his identity.
There is an adaptation so as to make all the elements work together but they end up being preposterous.
It’s difficult to see Thresh as a modern spirit searching for souls.
Instead, he looks like a caricature: a terrifying being in ...