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Riot commissions the perfect True Damage cosplay to celebrate LoL Worlds

Published: 31/Oct/2019 23:12 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 3:00

by Alan Bernal


The hype for League of Legends’ next musical collective True Damage is at an all-time high, which has led to incredible cosplays for the members of the group.

Riot Games is in the middle of producing Worlds 2019 where the best players in LoL are battling it out to claim the Summoner’s Cup. But people who aren’t playing on-stage are still looking forward to the premiere of TD, along with the incredible in-game skins for the group.

Along with a debut track single called Giants, TD will be coming to the League of Legends servers in the form of new skins for Qiyana, Ekko, Senna, Yasuo, and Akali on November 10.

TD recreated IRL

But before they come to the game, Riot commissioned a group of stellar cosplayers to recreate the five stars-in-the-making, with each design better than the last.

First up is Mica Burton who took on LoL’s upcoming marksman support Senna. The cosplay features all of the flair and accessories packaged with the first new skin for the 146th LoL champion.

The effort resulted in a striking recreation of The Redeemer, complete with the huge cannon she lugs around which is enormous in size compared to the cosplayer.

micaburton InstagramThe Senna cosplayer looks vicious, especially being armed with the Relic Cannon.

Yasuo and Qiyana cosplays coming in for the kill

Then there’s ‘JohnnyJunkers’ who took on Yasuo and his entirely blue outfit. The futuristic design features amps on the arms of the character’s blue trench coat.

While there’s a ton to appreciate, Yasuo’s Last Breath sword revamped for the future is without a doubt the highlight of the cosplay.

Junkers Cosplay Inc FacebookThe cosplayer perfectly pulled off the TD Yasuo design.

Meanwhile, cosplayer ‘Nadyasonika’ took on the edgy Elemental Empress who definitely looks ready to cause mayhem on the Rift. Like the other cosplayers, she’s holding up the massive Ohmlatl circular blade that looks ripped straight from the game.

Her halter top covers her entire neck where the words ‘True Damage’ are prominently displayed, and she posed on a throne as the pop-star version of LoL’s most brash champion would.

Nadyasonika InstagramQiyana never looked so appropriately placed than on a throne.

True Damage Akali and Ekko cosplays

Cosplayer Stella Chuu took on the role of Akali, the K/DA defector and creator of True Damage.

The character’s outfit was recreated down to the detail, even with the tattoo markings featured on the character.

Stella Chuu InstagramAkali looked great in K/DA but Stella Chuu makes her look even better in TD.

One of the standouts from the group lies with ‘kadu_out’ and the Ekko redesign he wore for the shoot. Ekko’s TD skin has been far-and-away one of the most anticipated releases of the pack.

“Really happy to return to the league cosplay realm with the True Damage Project,” kadu_out said about doing the cosplay. “I was so damn excited when I first saw this new Ekko skin.”

kadu_out InstagramThe cosplayers expertly brought Akali and Ekko to life.

True Damage joins K/DA and PentaKill as hit music groups made of League of Legends characters. Even though the members are fictional and a part of LoL, the music Riot puts out has very real fan bases who are always wanting more.

This time around Riot has partnered with DUCKWRTH, Becky G, Keke Palmer, Thutmose, and returning K-Pop star Soyeon of (G)l-DLE to voice True Damage in the song, and in some cases in the game.

Fans can’t wait to get their hands on the TD skins coming to League of Legends, but at least they have these incredible cosplays to hold over their imaginations in the meantime.


My Hero Academia cosplayer brings out their inner villain as fiery Dabi

Published: 18/Nov/2020 6:56

by Andrew Amos


In My Hero Academia, there’s a few villains to choose from, but one of the more popular ones is Dabi. We all have a little villain inside of us, and cosplayer ‘kirapika’ has brought it out with a fiery cosplay of the Vanguard Action Squad leader.

Every good story has to have a villain or two. There’s no shortage of them in My Hero Academia either, given the tensions between the League of Villains and the various hero agencies around Japan.

The fiery Dabi is definitely up there with one of the most powerful weapons the League of Villains has at their disposal. The leader of the Vanguard Action Squad is classified as an A-Rank Villain, and he’s got the power to match.

Dabi in My Hero Academia
Dabi is one of My Hero Academia’s most iconic villains.

With a penchant of setting the world ablaze, the patched-up antagonist is yet another iconic character design from the hit franchise. Kirapika has brought Dabi to life in one of their latest cosplays though, and he’s got everything down pat.

It’s easy enough to say that Dabi’s design is simple to pull off, but you really notice a good one when you see it. It’s the small details, from the detailing on the jacket, to the light blue currents through Kirapika’s hair, that really makes this Dabi cosplay shine.

Kirapika didn’t go as far as patchworking their own body like Dabi, but the ‘staples’ and bodypaint certainly does the trick of fitting the character’s design.

While Kirapika admitted My Hero Academia isn’t their favorite show, they still “really enjoy watching and reading it.”

“I get to really love some of the characters and Dabi is one of my [favourite] ones. I really wanted to cosplay him [for] a long time now,” they said on an Instagram post.


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The cosplay is just the beginning for Kirapika’s journeys through the My Hero Academia universe. It was long requested by their fans, and they’re not done yet, as they’re working on finessing their current Dabi design as well as others.

“I’m not happy with the final look, a lot of improvement needs to be done. I’m gonna try to improve him as much as I can to see if I can become comfortable with this cosplay one day or not.”