The most vivid, juicy and complex images from our cosplayers for 2019.
Lei Radna: My selection, of course, is subjective, so if you do not agree with her and can immediately recall a couple of better costumes or photosets – great! This proves as well as possible how high-quality and varied cosplay is made by our compatriots and friends from neighboring countries. It’s incredibly difficult to single out just a dozen images, so I’ll talk about my personal favorites – and I urge you to share the best finds for the year in the comments.
So keep your eyes on me now
A little over a year ago at the World Championships in League of Legends fans were introduced to the virtual pop group K / DA, consisting of four champions of the League of Legends in new daring images: they were Akali, Kai’Ca, Evelynn and the leader of the whole team, Ari. The spectacular debut appealed to the community of players, and cosplayers almost ran to race to bring to life the images of new idols.
Bow to the Lord of Terror
And now the Lord of Terror, Diablo himself, rises to the stage. Even more surprisingly, he is accompanied by little Tyrael, who is clearly not easy in massive armor, but he still confidently follows the embodiment of world evil.
Only fools are eager to go where the angels dare not step
And if I now had a beautiful figurine with the inscription “cosplayer of the year” in my hands, I personally would have handed it to Brykus. I would like to sincerely wish her success in Germany at gamescom, and in the long run also safely and safely get to Blizzcon. Believe me, transporting a massive handmade costume across the Atlantic Ocean twice is a very laborious and expensive task.
There can only be one queen
Full Metal Jacket
The future always begins now
And let you see the long-awaited Cyberpunk 2077 only in April of the coming year, thanks to the cosplay contest from the company CD Projekt RED you can already admire the characters from the distant future. For four months, company employees conducted offline qualifying rounds at gaming exhibitions in Germany, the USA, Japan, Russia and France. And the five main winners selected as part of these tours, together with the five winners of the online competition will have the opportunity to reach the grand finals, which will be held in early 2023.
Try to nerf!
We will collect all of them
And to complete the series of stories about the deeds of our compatriots at international festivals, you can follow up with the cosplay contest at The Nexus Arabia 2019 convention in the UAE. But for starters, there is a background: this year League of Legends celebrated its tenth anniversary, and in honor of this event, employees of the Russian branch Riot games invited cosplayers to participate in the creation of a large-scale photo book on a competitive basis.
The idea is amazing, and it did not arise from scratch. For several years in a row, LoL cosplay calendars were created in a similar way for the Russian community, but there are only twelve months in the calendar. But in the new project there was a place for as many as fifty images! And this is clearly the case when the more – the better, since there are plenty of ardent and sincere LoL fans among cosplayers.
At the same time, Riot Games themselves liked this experience so much that after the release of the photo book, many Russian cosplayers were invited to come to work as animators at The Nexus Arabia 2019 festival. A team of more than twenty people flew to Riyadh in early December. At the same time, the festival had its own cosplay contest, the total prize fund of which was 200 thousand dollars. As a result, six prizes went to our guys!
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Party like a Nilfgaardian!
False Cyril’s art from the eponymous Gwint card also came out just amazing. And other characters from Milligan photographs – not only the main ones, but also secondary or even familiar to us only by Gwint – instantly take us into a world filled with witchers, monsters and Slavic magic.
Take it off immediately
Everything will be in my opinion!
Time to chew gum and kick ass
And this is definitely not graphics?
From Astana with love
The festival’s prize fund was almost 4,500,000 tenge (about 750,000 rubles), and not only cosplayers from Kazakhstan, but also their Russian colleagues arrived in Astana. A special guest at the event was Pilu Asbek, who played Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones. A festival of such a level and scale was held in Kazakhstan for the first time – and the government at the same time provided all possible support within the framework of a program dedicated to culture and spiritual modernization.
And although I decided not to rate, it is here that I even want to exclaim: ten out of ten! Of course, the organizers still have room to grow, but for the festival, which was held for the first time, they set a very high level of quality. I hope next year Comic Con Astana will be held with anotherabouton a grand scale.
On this positive note, I am finishing the cosplay of 2019. Do not scold the author if you have not found your favorite photos here: your humble servant judges how he can, and to highlight the most significant results of the work of hundreds and thousands of people for the whole year is not so simple.
Better tell (and show) in the comments whose cosplay this year struck you in the very heart. Just do not forget to sign cosplayers and photographers: they worked hard and deserve their moment of fame! 🙂