Following up on yesterday’s teaser, Riot released the Champion trailer for the latest addition to League of Legends’ roster, Nilah:
The 161st member of the ever-growing League family, Nilah looks to be a botlane skirmisher, with a kit focused on gap closing, anti CC and most importantly kicking ass!
According to unconfirmed leaks, details of Nilah’s abilities are as follows:
Passive: Iridescent Inertia: Nilah’s base attack speed scaling is very low (.3), but it increases on hit up to 6 stacks. Excess attack speed above the cap is converted into additional on-hit damage.
Q: Nacre Slash: Nilah dashes a short distance in the target direction before empowering her next attack to strike twice and damage nearby enemies in a wide arc shape centered on her target. The second strike instead marks all enemies hit, and then damages them after a brief delay. The second strike’s damage increases based on the number of enemy champions marked. Passive: Upon casting an ability, Nilah’s next three attacks deal bonus damage. The third attack’s bonus damage is doubled, and refunds 50% of her Q ability’s cooldown.
W: Tide Bauble: Nilah throws a water orb in the target direction. Upon hitting an enemy or terrain, it detonates, damagin and slowing enemies and creating a cloud of slowing mist that extends around all enemies and terrain hit by the initial explosion. Lasts up to 10 seconds, but dissipates 4 seconds after the first allied champion enters its bounds. Enemies are unable to auto attack champions inside the mist.
E: Reluctant Friendship: Nilah extends her whip in the target direction, tethering herself to the first enemy hit for up to 4 seconds. Tether breaks upon going further than 1000 units. Recast 1: Nilah commands her whip to extend out from the tethered enemy’s position in the target direction. If it hits another enemy or piece of terrain, a second tether is formed between the two targets, granting Nilah a second recast. Recast 2: Tap-cast to pull the tethered targets into each other, damaging and slowing all enemies they pass through. If both enemies are champions, they are also stunned on collision. Hold-cast to also cause Nilah to pull herself to the first tethered enemy.
R: Promise of the Ocean: Nilah channels, creating a circular-shaped elastic arena in the target area, lasting 7 seconds, or until she exits its bounds. Nilah, can attack anything inside the arena regardless of range. Enemies that attempt to exit the arena will be pushed back inside (can only happen once to each enemy). The arena’s walls act as terrain for the purposes of her W and E abilities. As long as Nilah remains inside the arena, she gains bonus movement speed and ignores unit collision.
Now some of you may be concerned about the ‘dash-creeping’ where a champion has multiple dashes in their kit, but considering there are no turn-rate in League (which allows ranged champ to kite very effectively) and how many CC there are, it’s difficult for a melee ADC to compete with the Marksmen which have been dominating the ADC champ pool from a safe distance.
Whether Nilah can find a foothold in the competitive ADC meta is uncertain. One thing for sure, Nilah is gonna be hell of a fun champ to mess around with. On top of that, she has a fabulous model, fantastic visuals and animations!
What are your first impressions of Nilah? Let us know in the comments!