The next rework that Riot Games plans on releasing for its game League of Legends will be on the champion, Evelynn. It was revealed earlier today. Previously a stealthy jungler with a lot of burst potential, Evelynn will become a character that will do more in team fights compared to her past kit. At the moment, her kit allows her to take down enemies more safely when they are alone. But, the updated Evelynn will give her teammates more opportunity to work off of her entering a lane, making it easier to secure kills. Alot of what players like in her current build will still be crucial in her new one, though.
Her passive, Demon Shade, is the most notable change. This ability is essentially the replacement for her active camouflage that is given to her at the beginning of each match. But instead of starting off the game with camo, Evelynn players will have to wait until level 6 for that element of Demon Shade to activate. Like her camo is now, she will only be seen if she nearby an enemy champion, ward, or turret. The other part of Demon Shade that differentiates it from Evelynn’s current passive is that when the ability becomes active (after not being in combat for a few seconds), she will also regenerate health at a much quicker pace than normal.
Evelynn’s other abilities are all unique in their own way, while also maintaining what made her current build so fun to play. The combination of sneaking around the jungle and flanking enemies is an aspect of the champion’s kit that won’t disappear (unlike her). Although that’s the case, most of her new abilities will take a lot of practice to master, as they have multiple levels to them. I think that it is because of this that the new Evelynn will be one of the toughest champions to learn.
Current Evelynn players shouldn’t be discouraged at this, as her current kit is also one of the more difficult ones to master. But I think that her new build will–as I mentioned in the beginning of this article–be work at an optimal level when being used with her teammates. For example, her W, Lust Dust, can charm enemies if she uses another ability or basic attack on the enemy afflicted right after. Charming them can set up picks, which in turn can allow for an important push down a lane. Check out this video that shows how her new kit works with a team around her.
Just because she’ll be more useful with her team around doesn’t mean that she won’t be able to burst down enemies. Her current build is really good at that. But that’s not to say that her new one won’t be either. Evelynn is an assassin, so she is supposed to be able to burst down enemies. Her updated build will just make it a little harder to do that compared to her current one. But, with players getting increasingly better at League of Legends, there need to be updates like this to keep them honest. Players are only going to get better at the game, so the champions that they play should increase with difficulty so that there is no discrepancy as to what players are really the best.
For a detailed breakdown of Evelynn’s update, check out the League of Legends website. Aatrox should be the next champion to get a full rework, as previously mentioned in one of my other articles. I had thought he would be updated before Evelynn, but his new kit may be a complete overhaul of his old one, making it a more lengthy process. Stay posted.