CHAMPIONSHIP RIVEN SKIN REVIEW
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 sword, strangely, doesn’t follow.
The broken blade has a very interesting design but when complete the general reference to Season 2 is just overwhelming.
Coupled with the numbers on Riven’s back and chest they become a strong reminder of how the skin doesn’t actually belong to the fictional Valoran; therefore, they break the illusion and immersion into the game world.
Fortunately, the new blue particles add a lot of visual flare to compensate for the rather plain and seasonal look.
All things considered, it’s a nice skin that feels too attached to its seasonal nature.
Nonetheless, considering its limited availability and reasonable price it’s a good product for Riven and nostalgic fans.
CHAMPIONSHIP RIVEN SKIN INFO
- Championship Riven was made in celebration of the 2012 World Championship.
- Championship Riven had originally started out as a normal skin for Riven, but with LCS 2012 coming around and Riot made use of it as a skin to celebrate the Finals. With that, design changes had to be made.
- Championship Riven was the prize for a perfect score in the 2015 Worlds Pick'em.
- Her sword was inspired by the Neon blue lava pours from Indonesia’s Kawah Ijen Volcano. The reason it’s blue is because the mountain contains large amounts of pure sulfur, which emits an icy violet colors as it turns.
- Riven has a few references to the number two. This is due to the fact that Championship Riven is a promotional skin for Season 2 World Championships. These references are a crest on her front and back that resembles the Roman Numeral for the number two, her shield from her Valor ability creates four images of the Roman numeral for two to float around her, she is wearing two bladed bracers, and (this is a stretch) her sword is broken into two pieces.
- While this isn't a #2 reference it's something that should be noted. After riven uses her ultimate her sword becomes a Roman Numeral One.
- She shares this theme with Kalista, Thresh, and Shyvana.
CHAMPIONSHIP RIVEN SPLASH ART
- Behind Riven a volcano seems to have erupted in blue flames and lava, though it could also be an unusually rocky iceberg melting.
- The thing is, while the blue theme is firmly laid the setting is surprisingly ethereal.
- Riven stands over a nearby rock resting her sword on its blade.
- This helps mask its whimsical design just as her posture hides the numbers on the armour.
- Regardless, she looks quite good: the plates shine bathed by the blue energy, her hair flows reasonably well, and the blade drips blue energy around.
- On the whole, it’s a very nice splash art, even if it seems ashamed of the seasonal nature of the skin.