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Cloud9 League of Legends team unveil stunning genderbent K/DA cosplay

Published: 19/Apr/2019 22:03

by Alan Bernal


The Cloud9 League of Legends squad teamed up off the Rift to bring the K/DA members from the popular skin line to life with an incredible group cosplay.

The League of Legends pro community has a strong track record for stunning cosplays, but C9 left viewers speechless after they donned full makeup and wigs to transform into the pop sensations.

In partnership with team sponsor HyperX, almost every member of the starting squad from top lane rising star Eric ‘Licorice’ Ritchie to support Tristan ‘Zeyzal’ Stidam went under the brush to transform into a popular champion.

There were some nervous tension among the C9 group, but they soon got over it after seeing the final results.

C9’s rising (pop) stars cosplay

Licorice and Zeyzal were the first ones to step up to the makeup artists’ chairs. After about “an hour” of sitting and tons of friendly banter from teammates Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dinçer and Dennis ‘Svenskeren’ Johnsen, the two finally saw the final product in its entire glory.

Although Zeyzal’s beard for his Kai’sa cosplay wasn’t exactly fitting, the purple with accompanying makeup was a hit with the rest of his team.

Licorice couldn’t contain himself when he saw his pink wig with matching eye shadow that was used to bring out his inner Evelynn in the cosplay.

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C9 veterans complete the group cosplay

With half of the ensemble out of the way, Zachary ‘Sneaky’ Scuderi was up next followed by a hesitant Svenskeren.

Since Sven was taking the mantle of Ahri, he was given the customary ears of the Nine-tailed Fox to round out his cosplay.

Cosplay pro Sneaky was given a couple more accessories since he was cosplaying as Akali who traditionally has a mask over her face and a cap with her K/DA form.

There were tons of smiles to go around the C9 team, except for Svenskeren who was probably glad the shoot was over and gave firm answer when asking if he would cosplay Ahri again, saying with a smile: “No, I would never do it again.”

HyperXThe final stage of C9’s group cosplay.

C9 is one of the most formidable orgs in the League of Legends scene, and this group cosplay its bound to have brought them closer as a team.


RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant slays in Mileena Mortal Kombat cosplay

Published: 22/Jan/2021 16:50

by Lauren Bergin


Cosplay and drag often go hand-in-hand, especially on the main stage of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The UK iteration of the show saw one queen transform herself into the iconic Mileena from Mortal Kombat. 

RuPaul’s Drag Race is known for its insane fashion looks, colorful costumes and amazing performances. We’ve seen queens wear everything from outfits made of trash to designer gowns from the likes of Marc Jacobs.

One sector that also sees an amazing blend of costume art and performance, however, is the cosplay sector. We’ve seen gender-bend style cosplays like this awesome take on Overwatch’s Tracer make some serious waves.

It was a bit of a shock to see one of the Drag Race UK queens stomping the runway as one of Mortal Kombat’s most iconic characters, though, but this look was certainly a fatality.

Midway GamesMileena is clearly this queen’s favorite Mortal Kombat character!

Asttina Mandella becomes Mileena

East London’s Asttina Mandella has already made quite the splash in the legendary TV show, and has so far assassinated the competition by snagging the first win of the season. As a part of the ‘Surprise Surprise’ runway segment, it’s safe to say the queen deviated from her usual style.

Stomping down the runway in Mileena’s iconic pink cutout jumpsuit and mask, wielding the infamous femme fatale’s iconic sai, Asttina was really embodying the deadly attractiveness of the character.

It wasn’t until the mask came off though that the judges and viewers at home got a real surprise. Known for her amazing makeup skills, the queen transformed her mouth into the character’s ghastly set of fangs, arranged in a gruesome-looking smile.

Writing on her Twitter that “this is for you gaymers,” it’s safe to say that we’re obsessed with this look.

Drag Race fans are gagged

Fans of the show have taken to the comments to let the queen know just how much they loved her take on Mileena.

One fan, including a pretty graphic gif of the Mortal Kombat icon simply wrote “FINISH US” – a fun reference to the game’s famous “Finish Him!”

Another responded with a gif of RuPaul alumni Monique Heart, whose catchphrase ‘stunning’ makes an appearance.

As gamers we love to see our favorite characters recreated in new and innovative ways. Asttina did all of this and more, and we can’t wait to see if the hit TV show sees any more queens take to the stage in outfits inspired by iconic video game characters.

In the meantime though, the competition better watch out because Asttina plans to make sure there’s a Fatality on the runway!