Some champion's skin can make skillshot harder to see, harder to differentiate from an auto attack etc

I am a anivia player and I found that the E is slightly harder to notice and differentiate from the auto attack with the black frost anivia skin.

For singed, for instance, the surfer skin has a green poison, making it harder to see if you have in a bush etc...

I think there was one nidalee's skin that would make the spear much harder to see.

Blitzcrank's Q has a smaller animation, so it looks like the skillshot is smaller than it it. This is only valid on the I-Blitzcrank skin though. (from Jaimin N on this thread)

Is there any other skin like this?

PS: I know this doesn't make a huge difference, but it actually does sometimes. And I thought that those skins tend to be the most expensive ones. Maybe is it on purpose? (I might be paranoid though)

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    @downvotes: This question is a little subjective, but I don't think it's necessarily a bad question. New players especially rely on the on-screen graphics to avoid skillshots, instead of "just knowing" the range/width of skill shots from experience. Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 17:21
  • I think it's going to really depend on the individual how much colour/shape changes are going to affect what they notice. I don't think we can conclusively say that X skin is more readable than Y skin for all (or even most) players.
    – TZHX
    Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 17:21
  • Battlecast Kog'maw give you a disadvantage IMHO. the ultimate is easier to spot for enemies. Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 9:25
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    @GeneralMike Not really subjective, since some skins are banned from the tournaments because of the small visual differences. See this reddit thread for example
    – Jubatus
    Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 9:56
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    @Jubatus But they are banned to make the viewing more enjoyable. This isn't for balance purposes
    – Jutschge
    Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 14:41

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There is a video that lists all those skins you're talking about.

Check it here

Please note that these are just visual "buffs" (Notice the quotation marks in the word buffs).

First A few things to note (Disclaimers):

  • The video only references skins that you could buy at the time of the making of the video. (about 3 January 2013);
  • The "buffs" that these skins give you are very small;
  • The Poster references that he may have missed one skin or two;

There are Skins that make your champion appear smaller

  • These skins do NOT change the actual hitbox of the champion.
  • These skins DO make your champion look smaller.

You will get hit by less skillshots because you are a smaller target and therefore harder to aim at. Basically since it doesn't change your actual hitbox it appears that you are smaller changing the way opponents aim at you. That can help you dodge some critical skillshots.

The skins that make you smaller are as follows:

  • Oktoberfest Gragas;
  • Hired-Gun Graves;
  • Prestigious LeBlanc;
  • Totemic Maokai;
  • Nunu Bot;
  • Brolaf;
  • Battlebunny Riven;
  • Spetacular Sivir;
  • Highland Tryndamere;
  • Tango Twisted Fate;
  • Heartseeker Vayne;
  • Marquis Vladimir;
  • Vandal Vladimir;

There are Skins that make your champions' Skill's Animation Bigger

  • Again, these do NOT change the actual hitbox of the abilities, only their appearance.

People try to dodge skillshots based on their animations. Since they can't see the actual hitboxes. So it will be harder for them to dodge the skillshot.

And as you know just one skillshot can be game changing.

The skins are as follows:

  • BoomBoom Blitzcrank (the boxing glove is obviously bigger);
  • Pulsefire Ezreal (Q is bigger);
  • Fisherman Fizz (Lobster Ult);
  • Eternum Nocturne (Q bigger);
  • Pool Party Ziggs (Q is a baloon and it bounces in a weird manner);

There are Skins that reduce Counter-Play Mechanics

  • These skins change something about your champion that can hinder the opponents ability to counter play you, and thus can have a somewhat decent effect on gameplay.
  • There is only one skin that the video mentions;

The skin is:

  • Frostfire Annie : the stun is really hard to see, especially with the shield on. So you can easily get the unexpected drop on your opponents if they are not watching closely. The stun is also really hard to see even inside bushes.

But I have to intervene and add another to this list. The skin that I personally add is iBlitzcrank. This skin blitz doesn't have arms. So when he hooks, specially from a bush, you can only see the hand come at you and usually when you do it's already too late.

This video is really good and explains why these skins make it feel like a different experience and why they affect some peoples gameplay. I highly recommend you watch it since you asked the question.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Underworld Twisted Fate in ARAM (The cards are really hard to see);
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    You should put the things the video mentions in your answer. That way people can read it without having to watch an entire video. Also in case the video gets removed or is blocked for them.
    – Izzo
    Commented Apr 7, 2015 at 18:15
  • Although this is what I was looking for, there are many champions missing in my opinion.
    – dyesdyes
    Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 8:20
  • I agree with @Izzo. I was off at work and didn't have much time. Gonna complete my answer Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 8:37
  • I would add Steel Legion Lux to the list of Counter-Play Mechanics. It seems like the particles for her bind and her ult are much narrower than the actual hitboxes. Also, the Xerath Q (for all skins, iirc) hitbox is a bit longer than the on-screen indicator, as mentioned in the thread the asker linked. Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 13:29
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    I hate Underworld TF just for how hard it is to see those cards in ARAM.
    – maxywb
    Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 16:23

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