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Evelynn, Agony’s Embrace, the champion update

In case you missed it, Evelynn’s champion update/rework was revealed this week.

Evelynn was first released in the game back in 2009 along with Tryndamere and Twitch. Since then she has been in and out of the meta, but more recently she has been hardly used in pro play and even less in Ranked meta. The changes to her kit hopefully makes her a more reliable meta champion.

 

Passive: Demon Shade

Unlike her previous passive, her new passive, Demon Shade will only grant her camouflage at level 6. This will lessen her pre-level 6 ganking prowess as a jungler. She does gain health recovery when she’s low though. All these will only kick in after avoiding combat for a few seconds.

This is a massive change to Evelynn and a change that will affect how people will play the champion.

 

Q: Hate Spike

Hate Spike is the only skill that was retained from her original kit and Riot has changed it quite a lot. Evelynn players will have to initially hit a skill shot in order to maximize the skill. If the skill shot hits a target, her next three spells or attacks on that target will deal additional damage. Additionally, if the struck target is a monster, a big chunk of its cooldown is refunded.

After the skill shot is cast, she can recast Hate Spike up to three times to fire a line of spikes.

The second part of the skill is as it is in her live kit but the skill shot part of it changes how players use the skill. Gone are the days where Evelynn players will just mindlessly be pressing Q to deal as much damage while sticking to her targets.

 

W: Lust Dust

Lust Dust is a curse that can be used on a target champion or monster. Hitting said target with her basic attack or Eve’s other spell will expunge the curse which refunds the mana cost and significantly slows the target. Additionally, casting Lust Dust does not break camouflage.

If the curse last for a couple of seconds, expunging it will charm the target. If the target is an enemy champion, their magic resistance will be reduced for a few seconds. If the target is a monster, the length of the charm will be increased and the spell will deal bonus damage.

Giving Evelynn more crowd control is definitely good to see. This skill will require players to master how long it takes to proc the charm despite the visual help. It’s good to see another champion with the charm mechanic.

 

E: Whiplash/Empowered Whiplash

Evelynn’s new E, Whiplash impales an enemy with her lashers (lashers not lashes, just clearing that out). It applies on-hit effects and deals damage as a percentage of the target’s maximum health. Shortly after, she gains a short burst of movement speed.

While in Demon Shade, upgrades the next Whiplash into Empowered Whiplash. Evelynn pulls herself to her target before impaling them, then deals Whiplash’s effects to her target and all nearby enemies.   

This skill will be interesting especially when chasing down a mobile champion like Ezreal or Tristana. To add to this, having on-hit effects and the burst of movement speed will make it hard for mobile squishies to run away from her.

 

R: Widowmaker

Lastly, her new ultimate, Widowmaker, unleashes her demonic energy which makes her untargetable. She then decimates enemies in front of her before warping backwards. This deals bonus damage to low-health enemies.

RIP shield from Agony’s Embrace but seeing a more aggressive ultimate for her will force Evelynn to all in more than ever, but this time no means to self-sustain.

 

Her role as a jungler is still obviously there but with no shield or self-healing, this iteration of Evelynn will definitely feel different especially for Evelynn mains that have gotten used to the previous kits. Expect to see her in the next patch or the next, players that enjoy her current should play her now before she sees this change.

 

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