Riot strips Vayne down to nearly nothing

Vayne.

The S&M tribe that Riot has moonlighting as a group of artists did their worst to Vayne for Valentine’s Day. The Vampire Hunter was given her own version of the very tired stockings-and-corset costume. This will no doubt cause a flood of masturbatory spending from the 13-year-olds playing League of Legends.

I imagine the resumes in Riot’s art department are pretty short. How many different ways are there to say “I drew fantasy babes in stockings, thongs, and corsets every day.”

I’m not anti-sexy, just anti-lack-of-creativity. We’ve seen this skin one thousand million times. It isn’t interesting. At all. Not one bit. Nothing about it. Nothing. Not a single part.

…but good job on the Nautilus model.

Harrowing skins now available for a limited time

I was really excited when I realized the Harrowing was coming back around. Last year’s Harrowing skins remain some of my favorite skins in the game. Zombie Ryze is one of the main reasons I enjoy playing Ryze. Lollipoppy is my favorite skin in-game to date, bar none. When I heard there was a Frankenstein Annie costume, I couldn’t wait to see the rest of the skins.

Riot put together a cute little video to show off the new attire. I’m definitely going to pick up Frankentibbers Annie, but the rest don’t really do it for me. I kinda like the Blitzcrank skin, but I already own Boom Boom Blitzcrank and Rusty Blitzcrank. The Nidalee skin looks too much like Sorceress Lux and the Nocturne skin looks an awful lot like his Frozen Terror skin.

Will you be buying into the Harrowing this year?

Blood Moon Akali and Shen now live

If you played Shen or Akali this past week, you probably noticed some incredible skins in the skin selection screen for each champion. Both Shen and Akali got Blood Moon skins, which are now available from the store.

That Shen skin is definitely one of the best skins I’ve seen in this game, to the point that I hope Riot can find a way to balance him so that I see him in the game more often. I don’t really think he’s OP, but he does seem to get banned an awful lot and I can’t stand his global ult.

I like the Akali skin, though I wish she was actually wearing the mask. I’ve actually been playing Akali quite a bit, to the point that I might have snagged that skin at full price with a full mask cover.

How did you spend your free RP

Leprechaun Veigar

As an apology for last week’s patch day downtime, Riot credited any player who had logged in over the past month with 350 free RP. It was a nice gesture, especially considering the scope. I’ve had a couple thousand RP sitting around for a while now for no real reason. This extra boost put me at a level that required a little spending, so I threw down on Leprechaun Veigar. I had yet to see it in game, but let me you, if you like Veigar even the littlest bit you should get this skin. He drops a pot of gold for god’s sake. It’s awesome.

So how are you spending your free RP? I thought about buying Apocalyptic Brand, but since I’m starting up the Champ of the Week column I probably won’t be playing him a ton. I can stand to wait a few weeks for a skin sale at least.

Nidalee’s finally black

Pharaoh Nidalee.

It was hard to tell from the Pharaoh Nidalee splash screen, but it looks like Nidalee is finally going to embrace her ethnic roots and stop bleaching her skin. Bet you weren’t expecting this kind of post for a skin announcement.

Seriously, though, for as much time as people playing LoL spend bitching about engorged female attributes, the community completely ignores the fact that every human character is white. We can’t really count Ryze because he’s blue (even his human skin looks white in game). Finally, the jungle huntress is going to be black in game if you’re willing to spend ~$8 on the skin (I’m a sucker for Nidalee skins).

Riot also released Sailor Gangplank at long last, which means Deathkni…er…Dreadknight, yeah that’s it, Dreadknight Garen is on hold for the time being. Maybe they’re giving him back his left hand.

Dreadknight Garen and Pharaoh Nidalee to appear as mid-cycle skins

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As with every patch, this one includes a couple mid-cycle skins that should release early next week. As you can see above, we’ve got Dreadknight Garen. Nidalee players can also get excited about Pharaoh Nidalee, whose cat form is a Siamese cat, as pictured below.

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Personally, I would have liked to see Garen get a helmet of some kind for the whole ‘knight’ part of the skin. As it is, he kinda looks like a futuristic version of himself. The Nidalee skin looks pretty sweet, though.

Hextech Singed, Galio and Scuba Gragas on sale this weekend

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Hell to the yeah. I’ve been waiting for a sale on Hextech Singed since the day that skin came out. There are very few skins that I’m willing to pay 975 for – Coral Reef Malphite is my most recent exception, but he’s awesome – so it’s nice to see a lot of them hit the 50 percent sale.

If you’re into Galio or Singed, those skins will run you 487 RP, while Scuba Gragas gets a 75 percent sale at 243 RP.

Where are the mid-cycle skins? [UPDATED]

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Since I’ve been away from my home gaming machine for nearly two weeks now, I wasn’t able to pull up the mid-cycle, unreleased skins as I have for the last several patches. They are there, though, I promise you. The real question is, why haven’t we seen them?

From what I’ve been able to find, Ezreal, Gangplank, and Twitch are all slated for some new duds this patch, and Shen and Heimer could be getting new skins next patch. I’m not sure what the delay is, though if I had to venture a guess I’d say it’s that Twitch is getting his legendary skin: Gangster Twitch. I only guess it’s his legendary because he has a tommy gun, which I’m assuming makes a different sound than his little bow. From the splash screen it also looks like he might be bipedal, which would be a really cool change.

The Ezreal skin shows up in game as Explorer Ezreal but what I’ll call Navy Gangplank doesn’t seem to be there. Could he be a prize skin, maybe for the Halloween contest?

UPDATE: The skins are now live. Navy Gangplank remains as yet unannounced.

Skin sales have been good to me, lately

Tribal Ryze.

I’ve been waiting a while for the skin sales to finally have something I don’t already own or have no interest in owning, and it looks like it finally happened. Over the past week I was able to pick up Pharaoh Amumu and Tribal Ryze for a total less than 500 RP. It was a pretty sweet deal, and I hope it keeps coming.

I’d venture a guess that I own at least one skin for nearly all of the champions. There are a few exceptions, of course – Janna and Kassadin off the top of my head – but I like the extra bit of flair the skins add to the game. I’m also happy to throw my money at a game that I’ve enjoyed so immensely over the last 10 months or so. That said, I’ve tried not to buy any full price skins in the last three months or so. I had seen so many skins go on sale that I had already purchased that I just had to start waiting. Glad to see it has finally paid off.

New skins in the Sona patch

It’s that time again. For this patch we’ve got a new themed skin set debut in the form of Pentakill, the heavy metal band composed of League of Legends champions. So far it looks like Sona and Mordekaiser are the lone members. Could we see Pentakill Gragas beating a drum soon?

Tryndamere and Ashe are also getting a themed skin set as king and queen. I’m not sure what’s going on with Ashe’s dress in that screenshot, but I hope the skin looks cool. I’m actually looking forward to that Tryndamere skin, even though I love the Highland Trynd.

Skins should release tomorrow or Wednesday along with the patch.

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