The wait is almost over! Tomorrow, Blizzard will release the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion pack. We challenged our artist community to share their interpretation of the new storyline, so TODAY you can already enjoy some of the coolest Legion scenes on the web. Explore their scenes and enjoy the stories they’re telling! (And remember: all scenes work great in VR and on Cardboard too!).
As always, we invited the entire Sketchfab team as well as three community judges to help us select the winners:
- Katia Bourykina is a former World of Warcraft 3D Artist, making her the perfect judge for this contest.
- James Morford is a 3D environment artist that often creates World of Warcraft Fan Art.
- Roumen Filipov is a 3D generalist and the winner of the Mad Scientist contest last month.
The judges’ votes got extra points so that they carried the same weight as the team’s votes, and we deducted ‘penalty’ points for entries that did not stick to the theme or that did not include annotations.
Now without further ado, here are our winners!
3rd place: Broken Shore Dungeon Lobby by Pear
I chose this one because I felt it had the best scene composition and the execution of the textures was very clean… overall artistically it was my favorite project that fit the warcraft style.
Pear wins: a World of Warcraft Legion -T-shirt, World of Warcraft: Legion Sketchbook (Hardcover), a USD 50 Amazon Gift Card and six months of Sketchfab Pro.
2nd place: A Rumble in the Swamp by Dynast
Explore Dynast’s tiny isle that is the final resting place of a Nightmare Dragon. Can you find the key to the treasure chest?
This is a labor of love, there is so much here, I love the story that it tells! Great job, and … I found the key! O_O
And Roumen comments:
The texture of this one is really nice, especially with all the light baked into the model, I like the story behind it and also the background really adds to it.
Dynast wins The Art of Blizzard Entertainment – Standard Edition, World of Warcraft Legion -T-shirt, World of Warcraft: Legion Sketchbook (Hardcover) a USD 75 Amazon Gift Card and six months of Sketchfab Pro.
1st place: Corrupted Dwarf Forge by Cremuss
Arkeram Stonebreaker slowly went mad and his forge has been corrupted by the Legion’s dark powers. This scene contains awesome animated machinery and a long and detailed story!
I think it matches the theme of the contest in every aspect. The textures are well painted, the story told there is good, the animation is super detailed, even when the hammer hits, the main platform moves with the weight of the impact. I think I can say this is the best one also because of the feeling I have when I walk around this piece, it really makes me feel like I’m in a game and something is about to happen.
Cremuss wins an Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) Headset, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment – Collector’s Edition, World of Warcraft Legion -T-shirt, World of Warcraft: Legion Sketchbook (Hardcover), a USD 100 Amazon Gift Card, and a Year of Sketchfab Pro.
The quality of the work was SO high that we did not want to stop at highlighting just three entries! Enjoy our honourable mentions as picked by our judges. Each will receive 3 months of Sketchfab PRO.
Honourable Mention: Goblin’s Harbor by Nikolay_Tsys
I really love the visual and the high quality of everything, and he has put a lot of work into those animations.
Honourable mention: Floating tower from Mardum by Antonio Neves
Here’s Katia’s feedback:
I love the dark and moody feel of this, really well done, gorgeous texture work and nice subtle animated FX 🙂
And James writes:
I chose this project because it was one of the best hand painted scenes and fit the legion theme, the biggest drawback was the lack of care taken in the annotations.
Honourable mention: Impaled Doomguard Shrine by svartbergson
This project was also well executed painting-wise and while the thumbnail wasn’t very striking the shots framed in the annotation scenes were well composed and very well written.
Honourable mention: What am I cooking!! by ayhankin
Katia picked this scene because:
This is pretty awesome! I could see something like this in WoW! Love the textures, every piece of wood looks like it was painted with love! Great story too, I’d love to know more about him!
Are you still hungry for more? Check out the contest collection that contains all the 52 entries. Thanks for participating everyone! See you at our next contest 🙂