Here at ESL, we love cosplay, and with gamescom having had its own dedicated cosplay village, our photographers were bound to capture some on film sooner or later.
While we may not have been able to recognize all of the characters (alas, our combined pop culture knowledge is not yet infallible), we were certainly able to appreciate all the time and effort that went into these costumes across the board - here are a few of our favorites.
This guy certainly came to the right place to ask people if they want to play a game.
A mage who means business
You can’t argue with a staff that size.
The Grim Reaper
Because somebody’s going to snuff it from exhaustion sooner or later.
This faithful rendition of League of Legends champion Katarina’s mercenary skin is spot on.
Anime characters aplenty
Big hair and even bigger personalities.
Edit: Actually Ragnarok Online - thanks for the help in identifying these two, Fox!
A vital addition to any party of adventurers.
A great portrayal of one of the members of Final Fantasy’s iconic cat race.
Battle Bunny Riven
Never was a carrot more deadly.
The ladies of Borderlands 2
As seen in this article's header image, these awesome Borderlands 2 cosplays couldn’t be more perfect.
Alices and LeBlanc
An unlikely trio (although they do have roses in common), this three’s costumes are from Alice: Madness Returns and League of Legends respectively.
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