I overall love the new preseason splash screen. Annie is to die for. With that smirk on her face, she almost walks out of the image. I think she is done to perfection. And the huge Blitz over her shoulder, a dull matte metallic color with his enormous fist dominating the background, is just so Blitz. My only nit is that I’m not as thrilled with Katarina. Something not quite right about her face, I think. I just don’t see Katarina. Regardless, I am enjoying it immensely every time I log in.
If you haven’t noticed, I went on a League of Legends online shopping trip recently. As noted in the previous post, I am waiting for my smartphone Ashe skin to arrive. The other bit of League paraphernalia I purchased was a Razer Sphex “gaming grade desktop skin.” Ever since taking up residence in my home office, I’ve struggled with a super crappy mousing experience regardless of whether I used an optical or a laser mouse (and I’ve got plenty and tried them all!). Once I realized that the primary problem was the desk surface itself, I decided that a mousing pad or surface was in order.
This particular Sphex features Riot artwork with Ryze and Katarina on a rocky canyon outcropping. The mousing surface is super thin and unlike a typical mouse pad, it adheres to the desk surface (aka you have to peel off a protective layer and then stick it where you want it). So far it is working great, definitely looks great and even better, I am not cursing at my mouse when I game.
Logged into League of Legends today and after a brief patch, was greeted to the link to the new cinematic. It is truly incredible, in my humble opinion, and it gives me chill bumps watching it. My fave moments include:
- The realism of Twisted Fate in the opening scene
- How you get a panned in close-up of Twisted Fates stun card before he hurls it at Fiddlesticks
- The shift to the battle between Ryze and an unknown opponent
- The slo-mo moment where one of Ryze’s scrolls gets lopped off by Nocturne’s blade
- The animation of Ryze’s spell book as he sets up a one-two combo against Nocturne
- Katarina’s amazing agility, speed and tumbling skills as she goes at it with Garen – particularly as she spins horizontally in the air before landing
- When Katarina blows her hair out of her face (watch for it if you missed it!)
- The appearance of Annie and the perfect child-like music as she cuddles Tibbers
- The flaming rage of Tibbers as he is called forth to battle against Tryndamere
- And the appearance of Baron to wrap it all up
Makes me want to see more, more, more!