Dota 2 vs. LoL - cosplayers viewpoint by GERMIA

Shyvanna (LoL) vs. Dragon Knight (Dota 2) - Who will win?

As a cosplayer, that playes both Dota 2 and League of Legends, I stand between two camps and have sometimes problems, which character from which game to choose.

I have already made one League of Legends character, Vayne, that i really love and i think she suits me. I would like to make as mayn different characters form as many different games i can, but i somehow tend to like the League of Legends characters the most. And I am not the only one. There is a lot more LoL cosplayers than Dota 2 cosplayers (not only) in CZ&SK. Why is it so? Let´s take a look:

Heroes vs. Champions

It´s more attractive to cosplay a sexy women than a dwarf creature
There are many similarities between a lot fo champions and heroes, but this is for another entry. Now I want to take a look on  why are the LoL characters so much more cosplay-attractive. So we start by pure numbers:

1) Number of characters

League of Legends has 124 champions, Dota 2 has 110 champions: As a cosplayer you want to choose a character, that fits you well. Both games offer a  wide spread of different characters to choose from, so it is a little better selection in LoL.

2) Number of female characters

League of Legends has 37 female characters, Dota 2 has only 15 female characters. As a female cosplayers, I want to choose primary from female character, than make a crossplay (I´m not really a fan of crossplay myself). And it´s true, that in League of Legends, there is a lot more female characters to choose from (I don´t count Rek´Sai and similar "females"). (Hope I counted well - 05/2015)

3) Number of human-like and non human-like characters

I´ve made a little overview of Dota 2 and League of Legends characters on the end of this entry. I´ve divided heroes and champs into groups and if you look into groups non-human like and human-like, League of Legends has about 45 champions in both categories, so it´s much easiers to pick a character, that looks like a human and doesn´t need any prosthetics and other stuff, than in Dota 2, where we find only about 15 characters in human-like category and about 80 heroes in non human-like category.

4) Difficulty of cosplays

Look into the overview once more. There are two categories, that count characters, that need mounts or wings construction. In Dota 2, there are much more characters with mounts and wings than in League of Legends. So it´s pretty hard to choose a character in Dota 2 if you´re afraid of making wing construction or don´t know how to make a mount.

There are a lot of heroes on mounts in Dota 2

Sejuani cosplay by Britthebadger

The mount is always a problem, even in League of Legends, but take a look on this LoL cosplay example on the pictures above. The pictures are a cosplay of Sejuani by Britthebadger. She´s really the first cosplayer I´ve seen on a real man made mount, that was in fact a big fur costume for a person. But if you don´t have money/friend/skill to make yourself a real mount, you can make a baby of your mount from a fur (like she did too), or go without a mount (that´s a pitty, but sometimes there´s no other chance).

Luna cosplay by Desireeska on a statue and Keeper of the Light cosplay by Lumi on a real horse

 On the second picture, there are two Dota 2 cosplays, Luna by Desireeska and Keeper of the Light by Lumi. Luna has found a great spot to take picture of her: on a statue of a lion and Lumi took it to the next level: he made his cosplay complete by taking a real horse on a photoshoot.

Second problem could be the non-human/half-human characters. It´s a real challenge to make a hero like Lifestealer with a lot of teeth all over his face, or a hero like enchantress with half her body human and half of her body deer, But take a look on these pictures, where you can see some examplest of solving this problem. First there is a cosplay of Enchantress by day4off, but the picture shows only her upper body and the cosplayer didn´t have to solve the problem with deer body. Next to this awesome cosplay, there is a real original deer body for Enchantress. Next examples are from League of Legends. Nami by Pizoobie solved her problem with her fish tail by designing original dress with bottom part looking like water and hiding her legs. Jadefang Cassiopeia by Lady Misterya made her prosthetic tail as a combinantion of her sewing and crafting skills. It´s half a dress and half a moving marionette.

5) Item sets vs. skins

There´s a big difference in customizing your characters between both games.
In Dota 2 you can choose from lots of different item sets and change your heroes hair, weapon, mount, dress, or even tattoos separately. The item sets are just bundles of items, that fit together. The items approved for use in game respect the nature of each hero and have to respect the color scheme of the hero. In most cases, they lack animations. You can preview your hero in game andy equip him in in-game armory. From the view of a cosplayer, the item sets represent an aspect of free will (you can pick from a lot of combinations and a lot of items), but even the item sets could be very beautiful, they are all approximatelly the same challenge, the same level of difficulty, so there´s no way both beginner cosplayer and a master cosplayer would both choose this as a cosplay plan.
In League of Legends you can buy only skins for your champion, that change the whole outfit and appearance of your champion. The skins don´t respect any codex of the character, so you can one champion dressed as a bunny, zombie, witch, football player, basketball player, pirate or a soldier. These interesting and funny skins attract more players into the game and into the cosplaying the characters. Furthermore the skins are differently complicated for a cosplayer to make. There are really complex skins, that are hard to make and are a challenge even for an experienced cosplayer and there are skins that are quite easy to make and are good for beginner cosplayers (Bilgewater Katarina vs. Red Card Katarina). One difficulty is with splasharts, because skins are only available to buy by viewing a splashart picture made by an artist. Sometimes, the splashart picture doesn´t 100% resemble the skin in game and that could cause some difficulties by cosplaying.

Death Prophet (Dota 2) item sets vs. Katarina (LoL) skins
LoL: very different colors, shapes, movement and spells animations
Dota2: item sets, that respect color scheme, nature of the hero and lack animations

6) Propagation

League of Legends invest money and space for propagation of cosplaying activities making for example official Riot international online contests for LoL cosplayers (for example click HERE), or contests on regional level (Pragoffest 2015),
I haven´t seen any similar propagation of Dota 2 in our country.
On top of that is League of Legends much better in propagation of their champions. There are a lot of cinematics made by Riot and even thematic instrumentations for some heroes. Dota 2 has made some cinematics too, but they are not as good as League of Legends cinematics so far. There are actually more cinematics fromo League of Legends including cinematics made only for the songs dedicated to some champions (see beautifly animated Amumu song HERE).

Dota 2 vs. Lol: Cosplayability overview

Let´s take a look on all heroes and champions. I´ve divided them into groups, that tell us, which champ/hero needs a mount, wich one needs any complicated construction, full body mask or body paint, ... These groups tell us for example, that if you choose hero with  red skin color, as a cosplayer you´ll have to buy a red body color and paint yourself and that is not really anything comfortable...

Dota 2 heroes and their needs by cosplaying:

1) Riding an animal - needs mount 

  • Mirana, Luna, , Chen, Disruptor, Keeper of the Light, Chaos Knight, Abaddon, Batrider (Centaur Warrunner, Gyrocopter, Enchantress, Bane, Leshrac, Outworld Devourer - somehow similar to mount).

2) Is not human-like - needs full body mask/great body paint:

  • Earthshaker, Tiny, Brewmaster, Treant Protector, Centaur Warrunner, Bristleback, Tusk, Elder Titan, Earth Spirit, Phantom Lancer, Riki, Bounty Hunter, Ursa, Naga Siren, Troll Warlord, Ember Spirit, Nature´s Prophet, Enchantress, Jakiro, Ogre Magi, Huskar, Alchemist, Timbersaw, Shadow Shaman, Tinker, Disruptor, Techies, Sven, Huskar, Alchemist,  Juggernaut, Vengeful Spirit, Templar Assassin, Strom Spirit, Oracle, Axe, Pudge, Slardar, Sandking, Tidehunter, Wraith king, Lifestealer, Nightstalker, Doom, Spirit Breaker, Chaos Knight, Undying, Magnus, Shadow Fiend, Razor, Venomancer, Faceless Void,  Viper, Clinkz, Broodmother, Weaver, Spectre, Meepo, Nyx Assassin, Slark, Medusa, Bane, Lich, Lion, Witch Doctor, Enigma, Necrophos, Pugna, Dazzle, Leshrac, Dark Seer, Batrider, Ancient Apparition, Puck, Outworld Devourer, Winter Wyvern, Visage, Shadow Demon.

3) Can be cosplayed with only humor involved/cannot be cosplayed:

  • Io, Phoenix, Morphling.

4) Has wings - needs wing construction

  • Legion Commander, Vengeful Spirit, Skywrath Mage, Doom, Terrorblade, Queen of Pain, Jakiro, Visage, Puck, Winter Wyvern, Outworld Devourer, Viper, Phoenix (Venomancer, Tinker, Batrider, Phoenix).

5) Is human-like - needs only armor or sewing:

  • Kunkka, Beastmaster, Dragon Knight, Clockwerk, Omniknight, Legion Commander, Anti Mage, Crystal Maiden, Windranger, Zeus, Lina, Silencer, Rubick, Sniper, Lone Druid, Lycan, Bloodseeker, Warlock, Invoker, Gyrocopter.

6) Is human-like + needs bodypaint:

  • Death Prophet, Templar Assassin, Drow Ranger.

Dota 2 heroes

League of Legends champions and their needs by cosplaying:

1) Riding an animal - needs mount 

  • Nunu, Sejuani (Annie, Corki, Hecarim)
2) Is not human-like - needs full body mask/great body paint:

  • Aatrox, Alistair, Amumu, Azir, Bard, Blitzcrank, Brand, Cassiopeia, Cho´Gath, Dr. Mundo, Fiddlesticks, Fizz, Galio, Gnar, Hecarim, Heimerdinger, Jax. Karthus, Kassadin, Kennen, Kha´Zix, Kog´Maw, Malphite, Maokai, Nami, Nasus, Nocturne, Rammus, Rek´Sai, Renekton, Rengar, Rumble, Shaco, Sion, Skarner,  Teemo, Thresh, Trundle, Twitch, Urgot, Veigar, Vel´Koz, Volibear, Warwick, Wukong, Xerath, Yorick

3) Can be cosplayed with only humor involved/cannot be cosplayed:

  • Anivia, Zac 

4) Has wings - needs wing construction

  • Aatrox, Galio, Kha´Zix, Morgana, (Ahri, Elise, Karma, Zilean, Anivia)

5) Is human-like - needs only armor or sewing:

  • Ahri, Akali, Annie, Ashe, Braum, Caitlyn, Corki, Darius, Diana, Draven, Ezreal, Fiora, Gangplank, Garen, Gragas, Graves, Irelia, Janna, Jarvan IV, Jayce, Jinx, Karma, Katarina, Kayle, LeBlanc, Lee Sin, Leona, Lissandra, Lucian, Lulu, Lux, Malzahar, Master Yi, Miss Fortune, Mordekaiser, Nautilus, Nidalee, Olaf, Orianna, Pantheon, Quinn, Riven, Shen, Singed, Sivir, Sona, Swain, Syndra, Talon, Taric, Tryndamere, Twiste Fate, Udyr, Varus, Vayne, Vi, Viktor, Vladimir, Xin Zhao, Yasuo, Zed, Zilean, Zyra

6) Is human-like + needs bodypaint:

  • Elise, Evelynn, Kalista, Poppy, Shyvana, Soraka, Tristana,
League of Legends champions

Penulis : germia ~ Sebuah blog yang menyediakan berbagai macam informasi

Artikel Dota 2 vs. LoL - cosplayers viewpoint by GERMIA ini dipublish oleh germia pada hari pondělí 1. června 2015. Semoga artikel ini dapat bermanfaat.Terimakasih atas kunjungan Anda silahkan tinggalkan komentar.sudah ada 2 komentar: di postingan Dota 2 vs. LoL - cosplayers viewpoint by GERMIA

2 komentářů:

  1. Because when they created dota 2 or league of legends they definitely completely cared about the fucking cosplayers

  2. We have read the blog and it's a nice thing in your blog. Really helpful with the information provided.Thank you for the post. For more information. Visit:
    You can find there lot's of free stuff like free Dota skins and many more!