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Mapskins Weekly #18


Welcome everyone to the 18th edition of Mapskins Weekly! This will cover the top skins for Week 2 of November!

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Top skins of the week: November week 2

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When a Contributor gets most popular post of the week, they earn a medal. 2 medals can be converted into eligibility for becoming an author. The contributor needs to have a good presentation of the post as well as correct tags and categories. Also the contributor needs to be active on discord showing good behaviour and great charisma.

Most popular skin of the week

Full Metal Ryze By Kingz3

Most popular skin of the week is decided according to the stats of most views of the week on the skin. Winner earns a medal! (unless the maximum rank has been achieved or if it is a team project).

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Unfortunately, there aren’t enough Caitlyn players this week doing their job apprehending criminals, so we were unable to gather this stat due to criminal activity in the area we needed to access. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Fan Favorite skin of the week is decided according to the stats of most downloads of the week on the skin.

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3rd – Order of the Lotus Syndra By Sislex

I really think it’s heartwarming when people make spotlights for skin creators whom were unable to make their own spotlight for their custom skin. Goes well with Lotus Rift too, I think😀

Features:

  • Custom skin (for classic Syndra)
  • Custom particles
  • Custom loading art
Votes 12 votes 4.5/5
Comments 18
Likes 12
Shares 6

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2nd – Elderwood Cassiopeia By Sislex

Features:

  • Custom skin (for classic Cassiopeia)
  • Custom particles
  • Custom loading art
Votes 13 votes 4.5/5
Comments 11
Likes 8
Shares 17

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1st – Magnificent Caitlyn By Pentaqueen

No wonder the criminal activity increased! Caitlyn players must be too busy this week picking rabbits out of their hats to impress the ladies, adorable guys, and built up guys in the world instead of doing their job! Tsk tsk! Shame!

Features:

  • Re-Texture and Recolor.
  • New model for Caitlyn
  • Works for BASE.
Votes 16 votes 4.5/5
Comments 6
Likes 6
Shares 6

Nice numbers.

Top quality skin of the week is decided according to the opinions of other creators which then is decided by the amount of time spent on a skin as well as the overall precision & smoothness of the skin for as well as the model as for the textures. Reward for top quality skin of the week guarantees a spot at the wooxy application homepage that is linked to the Top Skins page.

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Honorable Mentions

French Maid Leblanc, Bloodmoon Caitlyn, Firecracker Miss Fortune, & Firecracker Leblanc, all by Enchanting Nicole

Summertime Syndra / Pool Party Syndra by Carnelianwrath

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In this section of the weekly, Lexianna will be interviewing a skin creator of Mapskins each week, asking them different questions. Sometimes the questions will be the same as other’s, sometimes there will be questions asked only to those specific creators because I like spicing things up if I can.

Interview with …Sardonyx!..The Author. Trust me.

Lexianna

So Sardonyx, how are you doing today?

Sardonyx

 
Very well, gonna work a bit on Arcade Taliyah today. :p
and you?

Lexianna

I’m doing alright, actually looking forward to playing on the new Lotus Rift skins later today

Sardonyx

I’m trying to get this star guardian map to work :thinking:

Lexianna

Which will take time. Lots of time.

Sardonyx

Yeah, I usually take really long to even release normal skins (like Tea Party Syndra, that was ready since June) I think I may only release this map at June 2017..

Lexianna

Probably.
So you’ve been on Mapskins for quite a while…
How long would you say its been..?

Sardonyx

Hmmm I guess 1 whole year.
I started working on the website we all know,
but someone from Mapskins thought my skins were a lil’ bit nice.
Then, I started working here on this site.
it was difficult in the beginning,
but changing for Wooxy and Mapskins was the best choice! :p

Lexianna

So you joined back around November 2015, and I’m pretty sure anyone can say it was the best choice, and still is.

Sardonyx

Yes, it still is, I don’t even think about returning there!
Here I finally made some new friends, talked more with people about something I liked to do,
and I could ask for changes on the website and the software too!

Lexianna

I recall how you stated that it usually takes you awhile to get things out. However, skins you’re involved in the makings of have a tendency to have something very unique or unexpected about them (in my opinion), so wouldn’t it kindof be worth the time it takes to get them out? When I say this, I’m referencing some of your creations such as the Snowday Ahri skin you had made.

Sardonyx

Well, I think its worth it.
I try to create new things everytime I can because I really want my skins to feel good and unique!
I used to create things the same way most people do now,
that is, just recoloring a skin or re-texture it to fit the theme or copy some parts of a lot of skins and put them together to create something.
But then, I met Koriinee and we started working on completely new models like Star guardian Urgot, Pizza Delivery Sivir, and Tea Party Syndra!

Lexianna

Very wonderful skins :smile:

Sardonyx

Thanks. xD
I think the best skin I’ve made is still Santa Fiora, I just love how it turned out.
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It was just texture, I worked really hard to make her armor feel like normal christmas clothes.
Then, I tried doing new things.

Lexianna

I remember using that skin back when I played Fiora and she was still picked! :smile:
I never see her nowadays, though.

Sardonyx

Oh yeah, I used to play a lot of Fiora.
Sadly, I don’t like playing her much anymore.
Actually, I’m not even playing League that much, I’m just still here cuz’ of custom skins.

Lexianna

Mmm. Well, the new things that you’ve been trying so much to make them feel unique and such certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed, and is much appreciated! (At least by me)

Sardonyx

Thanks, I’m really putting effort on new things like Arcade Taliyah’s passive.
Which was ̶h̶a̶r̶d̶ ̶a̶f̶ really fun to do.

Lexianna

Didn’t that skin have some stars modeled on hanging at the bottom of her drapes?

Sardonyx

Oh yeah!
Taliyah’s skin is probably getting some changes, even before it comes out.
‘Specially on her model😛

Lexianna

Ah, I personally really liked the stars modeled on hanging at the bottom, but I respect whatever decision you come to!

I guess that kinda felt more like a Star Guardian Taliyah thing to have on.

Sardonyx

Idk if I’m gonna leave it..
The idea came from Arcade Sona

Lexianna

Mmhm..
Although it could give a bit of a star guardian feel to it, the concept still has it’s place amongst the arcade series.

Sardonyx

But maybe a fading effect with pixels would be nicer?

Lexianna

Well, we’ll see.

Sardonyx

Oh, since we are talking about Star Guardians, I’m trying to work on Star Guardian Caitlyn.
The model is almost done (by Koriinee), and as soon as he sends it to me I’ll star working on the model.
we are using this concept:
 

Lexianna

Oooh, that’ll be pretty cool! I really like her hair in that concept
with the ribbon hanging behind her.

Sardonyx

Me too, Koriinee didn’t want to follow some things but I made sure he would follow her hair concept.

Lexianna

Awesome! :smile:

Sardonyx

Thank you! xD
I’ve been wanting to work on this one for a while..
Soooo I guess I’ll really try hard for it to be perfect!

Lexianna

That’s good to know
So while we’re on the topic of custom skins you’re making, lets make this past tense and ask you this: “What custom skin did you have the hardest time working on?”
From what I read on your Tea Party Syndra, I imagine it was that one, but I can’t be too sure.
 

Sardonyx

Star Guardian Urgot was the hardest i guess
cuz it had all the:
-particles
-new sounds (actually they were from lux, that was reaaaally experimental)
-some glossy texture effects i was testing
-a full remodel and re-texture from scratch
and that recall too!
But the one I most hated was Tea Party Syndra.
She had a problem where on some computers she would just crash the game cuz’ of her spheres,
and it was hard af to get a nice sphere that wouldn’t crash the game.
Plus, her legs didn’t work as intended and I was never happy with her body cuz’ she was too skinny I guess.
You can barely see her arms lmao! At the end, I didn’t want to work on it, but since Koriinee was making pressure I just released it as it was.

Lexianna

You were just absolutely done with it.

Sardonyx

yeah, totally.
 

Lexianna

So what do you think of Riot’s winter rift based on the WIP pictures released?

Sardonyx

Actually, I got to play on the map with just the textures; I didn’t really like it that much, it seems too snowy and it didn’t have that “Wow, it reminds me of Christmas,” feeling. I personally think our frozen rift is better.

Lexianna

Mmm, I really felt the same way! Though, I think Riot is still working to improve their winter rift, we’ll see who the official victor is upon the final release. So far though, our frozen rift is most certainly kick-ass :smile:
It’s always nice when a Mapskins’ custom skin is better than what Riot pumped out, huh?

Sardonyx

Yeah.
Some skins are a lot better than Riot ones.. xD
At least from a theme perspective.
I really like the skins that use models from another games or series, like the Pokemon skins and the Overwatch ones

Lexianna

When you’re making custom skins, what’s the most fun or enjoyable part to you? Making them feel unique? Coloring them, texturing, seeing the remodel work from Korinee, working with Korinee, etc., or maybe knowing that there are people whom are very happy or excited to play with your creation?

Sardonyx

I really like creating the textures – it brings life to the models.
Plus, I’m not really into modelling, so texturing is easier for me.
I like to try new ideas too, like funny concepts
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(Editor here, sorry to break the immersion of the interview, but even though I couldn’t understand the words spoken in the video provided in the post you should arrive to if you click the Vaynês Brasil link here, I still thought the video was funny to watch.)
Oh, about the part of people being happy with my creations; I always try to create skins that will be used by a lot of people.
Like.. vaynês brasil was a meme in Brazil,
and Star Guardian Urgot was a popular one around the globe.
So that’s usually how I choose to work on a skin,
and I love it when a lot of people like it – it feels like all your effort was worth something.

Lexianna

That’s definitely a great & motivational feeling for a skin maker, or any creator in general, really, regardless of what it is they make.
So how long do you think it’s been since you first began playing League?

Sardonyx

oh, I started on late season 2 or early season 3.
So I’ve been playing it for 3 years at least.
I remember when Riven had that 4 second shield, and Leblanc had a silence..
Tristana and Gragas ap were ok. Rito should make League great again.

Lexianna

We need a trumpian to get up in that company building xD

Sardonyx

Yeah
#bringbackseason3
#justleaveapyioutofit

Lexianna

Hah! So as you played League, was there ever a custom skin or skin you wanted made but riot never made it, + you never found it made by anyone else, so you made that custom skin which was once nothing more than a dream become a reality?

Sardonyx

Star Guardian Urgot, Pizza Delivery Sivir, Surfer Irelia and now Arcade Taliyah all followed this logic.
Actually, someone made Star Guardian Urgot, but, you know..it was just a joke skin for a video xD
I was surprised about Pizza Delivery Sivir though.
Its just such a solid concept and Riot never made it to reality.

Lexianna

So those were all skins you wanted made as you played League, and once or since you gained the ability to make such dreams a dream no more but now a reality, you made it happen. I think that’s really cool to be able to do someday or have done, similar to how one may want to be able to draw anime characters really well, maybe with a particular art style, so that they could make their dream characters a reality or something. Definitely realistic, doesn’t mean it’ll be easy, but once that’s been done, it’s a wonderful ability.
To make your creativity a reality in a game, on paper, through pictures, or in more ways, such as literature.
Or just a concept you saw online that you really liked and wanted done haha!

Sardonyx

Yeah, it is wonderful to have the ability to create any skin I wanted in the game, instead of creating a topic on the forum and waiting forever to get no results.
It was a really nice experience – I would ask for opinions and improve my skills, too.
Stepping away from the custom skin topic for a sec –  talking to you guys made my english get better xD

Lexianna

Hahaha! That’s great, and natural!

Sardonyx

Yeah, being here changed my life out of the League of Legends topic, too.
I’ve met new friends and that stuff, you know?

Lexianna

Yeah, it’s been great being a part of the community, and having you in the community. :smile:
So, is there anything else you’d like to say to conclude this weekly interview with?

Sardonyx

Thanks for the interview, Lexi.
It was really fun telling you all that happened since I began to work here.

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My name is Lexianna, and this was all for Mapskins Weekly #18. We hope to see you next time!

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7 Comments »

  1. Great job on this weekly to all those involved, This week a special thanks to lexianna.
    Congratulation to all the people listed and i hope to see more new members ! next week should be an interesting one anyway.

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