Content of the article: "HotS team- THANK YOU for the awesome spell effects on these new skins. Their sell value just went up 110% for me, and was probably going to pass on them if they were just model swaps."
After the HotS AMA back in July, I made a point to express my concern for the lack of quality skin spell effects (You can read -here- if you like). The basic triangle filter on the dark nexus skins left a lot of people disappointed, and the complete absence of any effects on the Greek Gods skins made them a total pass for me. It was disappointing to see that Tracer's old 2017 Summer skin had more going for it than a brand new one. Skin quality in this game has always been great in the 3D model department, but myself and a lot of others believe it has fallen flat countless times in the spell effect department, and, against this game's MOBA competitors like League, DOTA 2, and Smite, the consistent lack of spell effects or good spell effects made a constant point of reserving my spending for "better days".
If I were to use a frame of reference, the skin quality (especially when it comes to spell effects) in League of Legends is incredibly well done, even if you hate the game, it can't be denied. I play that game maybe 2-5 times every month or so, and yet still find myself unable to resist buying some of the new amazing skins by sheer virtue of how irresistible they are. Meanwhile, I'm spending the exact same amount of money on both HotS skins and LoL skins, yet I am playing HotS easily 20x more than I am League. I know every time I play League I can expect an awesome new fantasy or way to enjoy characters I love, so regardless of actual playtime, that is something League is currently delivering to me better than HotS.
Now, several months later, pinch me because the better days indeed seem to be here. It is a sight for sore eyes to see some new HotS skins with effects comparable to the likes of League of Legends. (As of saying this, Arthas' new skin doesn't even have any on the PTR, which I really hope is just because he's still WIP)-
but Draenei Executor Artanis and Mineral Harvester Gazlowe's spell effects are so glorious I cannot not buy them now. They have to be played!
However though, honestly, there is a fair bit of disappointment that Anduin's new skin is just a generic model swap, and Mei's skin only has new effects on her W. Having Dead Bodies/skeletons trapped inside her Ice wall, or having her kick a snow-ghoul instead of snow-man for Avalanche would've been some really great touches.
Cheers to some epic crossover skins that really deliver on the fantasies they promise. And here's to all of the future skins being equally as promising!
Give Fel Reaver Blaze some green fire!
- Kai’Sa getting a second prestige skin faster than some champions get a regular skin is insane.
- Ok, This has gone on long enough. It’s time to stop.
- After 5 years of HOTS, time to say goodbye to this game.
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