Gaming cosplay communities have grown tremendously over the past few years, and this especially holds true for League of Legends. Jessica “Mhija” Negrón stated, “Cosplayers bring an incredible amount of hard work and heart to the League community,”and nowhere was this more apparent than in the League of Legends conventions and expos of 2017.
Taking place in May of this year, MCM London was probably the first convention for many European League players. Video designer Sneaky Zebra was actually asked by Riot to attend and make a cosplay music video for them. While there was no shortage of Star Guardians or of the newest bot lane couple, Rakan and Xayah, there were also some rarer sightings of a life-sized Tibbers, Kindred, Nasus, and a Morgana with massive wings.
The Anime Expo in downtown Los Angeles kicked off on July 1st of this year. Best-known for holding the United States’ World Cosplay Summit Preliminaries, it’s no wonder that some amazing artists showed up to represent the League of Legends community.
Syndra appeared with a fearsome glowing headpiece. The Emperor of the Sands, Azir, was seen with some magnificent armor, and Poppy showed up wielding a hammer larger than herself. Thresh looked ready to hook his opponents, and Re-gifted Amumu could be found in tears as Moo Cow Alister rang his cowbell. There were even a few Poros to be spotted!
Gamescom ran from August 22nd to 26th with a record attendance of 335,000 gamers from 54 countries. With a bomb loving Ziggs, as well as an Arcade Miss Fortune and Riven, there was certainly no shortage of champion representation. Thiel Photography worked to capture some of the most talented League of Legends cosplayers in this video.
PAX West took place in September, and it starred Neo PAX Sivir. The cosplay was created by Kadee Danger in collaboration with Stoopid Buddy Studios, and featured her weapon which many described as a giant glowing fidget spinner. Those in attendance also got a code in their bags for the in-game skin. Other notable designs included a stunning Shaco and a remarkable Wukong.
With 2017 coming to a close, that’s probably it for League of Legends cosplay this year. If you’re interested in some of our other League of Legends content, you can find it here!