Skins that completely change the particles of a champion are cool as hell. However, sometimes that cool factor comes at a price. At what point does a skin go from being cool to being confusing? Let’s find out.
Here is a short list of League’s hardest to see skins.
I have heard complaints about this skin for almost five years now. Varus is a champion that requires easy to see actions. Since almost everything about Varus revolves around dodging, not being able to see his particles is problematic. As it turns out, very lightly colored yellow particles blend into the earth tones of Summoner’s Rift. This makes Varus’ arrows, or even worse his ultimate, blend in horrible with the map. If you can’t see him, you can’t dodge him.
This Vel’Koz skin suffers from the same problems as Varus, just slightly worse. Vel has long range projectiles just like Varus does and he has an ability that literally sits atop the ground, the texture that these particles already blend with. Playing against Vel’Koz is frustrating enough without getting knocked into the air by abilities you can’t actually see.
iBlitzcrank’s hook is frankly one of the hardest things to doge in the game. Not having the cable connect to Blitzcrank makes trying to understand the angle of the hook very difficult. As a result, the hook can end up tricking you, making it look like the grab should miss even when it strikes true. Personally, this skin has meant the end of many ranked games for me.
This skin is probably the greatest offender here. Kayn is a champion that revolves around specific colors to communicate. In his Assassin form, he’s blue and so are the rest of his particles. In Darkin form, he’s red. This is how the game teaches you to play against Kayn, to recognize the pattern. For some unholy reason, this skin flips those colors. Now, Assassin Kayn is orange (very close to red) and Darkin Kayn is blue.
If you have spent dozens of hours trying to counter Kayn and learn how to play against him, this is not a surprise you want dropped on you.
This skin is gorgeous and so damn confusing. Because Lux can change her form so many times and in so many different ways, you can get lost as her enemy. You start looking for certain particles and then she will inevitably change to something else. Now everything looks different and you have to start the process over again. Even worse, flame Lux players frequently makes me think I’m playing against Brand.
Very sneaky Lux, you got me.
Underworld Twisted Fate
This skin bums me out because it’s so cool and hard as hell to see. This skin, since it’s all spooky, uses a very muted grey/green color for the Q, E and R. Thankfully you can tell what color he is going for with “Pick a Card,” but the rest of the abilities are very difficult to see.
Snow Day Singed
While this skin is very visible on Summoner’s Rift, these particles are impossible to see when playing ARAM on the Howling Abyss. Snow Day Singed replaces the usual poison pumper with a snowblower. If that isn’t connecting, a snowblower traditionally blows snow, which is problematic when there is a blizzard going on around the map.
It is worth noting that in the past, Riot has done a lot of work to make skins more visible. Even Underworld Twisted Fate has gotten much easier to see since the Skin Spotlight above was posted. However, many of the skins above have never been touched. Riot please, invisible arrows are scary.