Okay so I really hope I don't upset anyone with this post and if I do I just want to apologize in advance.
Okay so as a huge Kai'sa fan I am extremely disappointed in how this skin turned out for multiple reasons which I will put into a list form to prevent myself from rambling about it, I really hope Riot see's and makes the effort to give it an overhaul or hell even cancel it and give us a completely different and better Kai'sa skin, below my list of reasons is going to be images of everything about the skin, splash art, model, icon, chromas etc along with a link to its skin spotlight. So in no particular order lets start this list shall we?
1. The color scheme; thank god it has chromas to fix it because this whole green, red, purple, orange, yellow is just not nice on the eyes, its all over the place, but we shouldn't need to rely on chroma's to make this a good skin, think about the arcade miss fortune, I honestly think its beautiful without chroma's and even though I have them most the time I don't use them because I love her hair in the base of that skin so much
2. Doesn't look like Kai'sa; I'm not sure whats causing this weather its the top, the shorts, hair or weird shoes but for some reason, she doesn't feel like Kai'sa anymore instead of a being shall we say curvy? she seems really lanky, not that there is anything wrong with being lanky but can her body shape really change this much just for a skin? it doesn't feel right, I know they nerfed her butt in the IG Kai'sa skin but it still felt like her at least.
3. The Icon; Is it just me or does the icon look more like Arcade Riven than Kai'sa?
4. The recall; I'm not a fan of the recall it feels to much like her bullet angel recall with how a screen come's up that she can interact with, and then the mashing of buttons just feels like when Sona wacks her hands on her instrument, Caitlyn also has an interactive screen but because its not using a control panel it still feels rather fresh
5. Her hair; I love the idea of Kai'sa having a ponytail! I adore that but I think for it to look pretty it should be higher up with a more bouncy feel and maybe the top of her hair a bit smoother to lessen that Vi look alike a lot of people are complaining about, I've also seen people say she looks like another character from a game I can't remember which but apparently the character is a copy cat of Vi from league
6. Her shoes; I honestly can not tell if these are thigh high shoes or shoes with thigh-high socks, with the sneaker style on the bottom makes me think its shoe's with long socks but the color doesn't seem to change and they just blend into one
7. No new frog; tbh I don't know why I'm complaining about this I guess its to be expected now seeing as even prestige didn't get a super shiny golden gem frog in her joke animation, but seriously I loved how they gave her a cute space frog in bullet angel, I wish other skins got one too
8. Better champions for arcade; Honestly I think there are other champions that would have suited a arcade skin more including Kai'sa's farther Kassadin, Jinx, Aurelian Sol, Ekko, Taliyah, Oriana, Zyra and more.
9. Better skin lines for Kai'sa; I would have much rather waited longer and got a skin for her that suited her more for example star guardian, head hunter, archlight, championship, bloodmoon etc I have seen a arcade skin concept for her that I did like so arcade could suit her if this got a overhaul, the concept I saw was a vr masked kai'sa which was a cool concept, though I will admit one of the few things I like about this skin is the mask she was given so I'm not sure, but my personal fave choice for a skin for her is star guardian especially as she already has interactions with some guardians such as Jinx and Miss Fortune
10. I remember seeing the leak of this skin during the video about the making of the IG skins and honestly, I didn't think for one second that it could have been Kai'sa and the image I saw looked nothing like her and I still believe that now
I feel as though I've got my main gripes with this skin listed now so I want to add some positive stuff as the designers have worked hard none the less, as mentioned previously I love the idea of Kai'sa having a ponytail and I like the mask and I am thankful for another Kai'sa skin I don't want to be ungrateful about it even if its not what I was hoping for, I know she has a lot of skins for how long she has been out but something we need to remember is that prestige is basically just a super fancy rare chroma for her k/da skin and the IG skin doesn't count towards her allowed number of skins per year like how last year Xayah got ssg & sweetheart.
Screenshots of the skin up close:
Finally I'm just gonna include a few links to some of my fave skin concepts that I have seen as if riot decided to scrap this or give us a better skin next year I would love them to consider these concepts.
Star Guardian by Jamil SC:
Heartseeker by Jamil SC:
Country Singer Kai'sa by Jamil SC:
Head Hunter by Skinky:
Bloodmoon by Ichiro:
Winter Wonder by Ichiro:
Battle Academia Kai'sa by Leufaya
Archlight by Proxy Xi
Just discovered this arcade concept that @Sha_yn_ (twitter) was working on and honestly if the design was to be remade I'd love to see her concept considered