Kai'sa, Gwen and Evelynn: First Impressions
07/21/22 0 comments
With the new expansion Forces From Beyond, we'll have three new champions coming: Kai'sa, Gwen and Evelynn. They bring new mechanics and keywords to the game and offer great potential for new decks.Edit Article
Legends of Runeterra: Kai’sa, Gwen and Evelynn. These three bring new mechanics and keywords to the game. The champions are respectively from
Kai’sa, Daughter of the Void
Shurima, until one day the Void came upon the city. It swallowed the whole village, including her. When she woke up, she saw herself inside the Void, lost. Other people had survived too, but soon they were all devoured by darkness.
League of Legends, Kai’sa is a markswoman. She has her passive
Second Skin, which allows her to evolve her abilities and make her attacks better. Besides that, she has
Icathian Rainto deal damage to multiple enemies,
Void Seekerwhich fires off a long range beam and
Supercharger, which increases her movement speed and can become stronger and make her invisible in case it is evolved. Her ultimate,
Killer Instinct, allows her to teletransport to an enemy marked by her.
Legends of Runeterra, Kai’sa had her skills simplified a bit and adapted to the region she is in. Second Skin allows Kai’sa to copy allies’ keywords, which synergizes well with the new keyword
Evolve, which grants +2/+2 to the allies that have this keyword after 6 positive unique keywords come into play in the game, be it keywords available at summoning, or granted keywords. She still has ability Icathian Rain to deal damage. Supercharge and Void Seeker came as spells, the first being the champion spell, and as
Elusive, they opted to grant
Spellshieldwith it. Void Seeker, just as in
League, deals more damage after you’ve
evolved. The champion synergizes with keywords, so she works in different ways in each region she is matched with.
Demaciacan offer up
Challenger, which are interesting combinations with the
Quick Attackshe has at summon. Other possibilities are
Targon, she can have many keywords offered through Viktor and Pantheon, but her best match might be with Evelynn, which was designed as her pair.
Evolvekeyword. Belvethi Elder and Void Blaster help Kai’sa reach her level up condition and also offer her options of keywords. As for Hive Herald and Void Abomination, they compensate for her playstyle’s development throughout the game by offering finishers. However, they might not see much play besides decks with this champion. A big highlight is also the spell Supercharge, which fits many big finishers that can bring
Shurimaalong, such as Lee Sin, Viego and Nasus. Of the three champions, Kai’sa is probably the weakest. She is very dependent on her deck so it might take a while to see strong decks with her being built and played. But she is probably not too weak to ever see play, so if you’re a fan of this champion, you can relax!
Gwen, The Hallowed Seamstress
Sacred Mist, from the times the
Shadow Isleswere the
Blessed Isles. The mist allowed her to use her maker’s tools: needle, thread and scissors, which became weapons that can purify the darkness that Viego created. With this new way of fighting, Gwen left to explore and protect Runeterra. In
League of Legends, Gwen is a fighter that uses her passive
A Thousand Cutsto strengthen her attacks, dealing extra damage and healing her. She also has
Snip Snip!, which is an attack that allows her to cuts enemies in front of her with her scissors,
Skip ‘N Slashwhich allows her to dash in a short direction and
Needlework, her ultimate, which hurls multiple needles. Finally, she can protect herself by using her
Hallowed Mistto prevent her from being hit by certain effects.
Legends of Runeterra, we had an adaptation of her skills. The protection from
Hallowed Mistdidn’t fit
Shadow Islesas a region, so it wasn’t accepted as part of her kit.
A Thousand Cutsgot in as an effect in
Hallowed, allowing the increase of your attackers’ power, but also got in as part of the skill ability Snip Snip! which drains health from the enemy Nexus.
Skip ‘N Slashdidn’t come to her kit in this game. Gwen must match regions such as
Noxusreally well, which allow for multiple attacks through cards such as Golden Aegis, Cataclysm and Ruined Reckoner, which take advantage of the
Hallowedbuffs. But she also works really well with decks that want one or two units with strengthened attacks, such as
Ioniacan also be a match for her. A champion that should work with her is Viego himself, to take advantage of the
Hallowedstrengthened attacks, and as he is in her same region, this could allow for more flexibility in choosing a second region to your deck.
Shadow Isles. Strike Up the Band can be used in ephemeral decks that want to summon many units, such as Hecarim/Lucian or Hecarim with
Ionia. Ghostly Paramour should work with decks that are control and Eternal Dancers can see some interesting combos.
Evelynn, Agony’s Embrace
Runic Wars, a great destructive event that happened in the world, she started to vibrate with joy and started to evolve. When the wars ended, she had to adapt to the new world and started trying to gain a physical form that could attract humans. When she developed her female form, she started to hunt. She would attract humans to a torturing end to end her hunger, but it was never enough and she was always looking for more. In
League of Legends, she is an assassin. Her passive is
Demon Shade, which grants her invisibility so she can approach her enemies. Her skills are
Hate Spike, which deals damage in a straight line many times,
Allurewhich charms a victim and increases the damage they receive and
Whiplash, which allows her to close in on an enemy. Her ultimate,
Last Caress, deals a lot of damage to weakened foes and warps her to safety, usually after slaying an enemy.
Legends of Runeterra, Evelynn lost much of her identity as a champion. Her focus became purely on the story of her victims being absorbed by her, but she creates her own victims through her
Originmechanic ability Agony’s Embrace and her followers. Her skills that were translated from one game to another were Last Caress as her champ spell, which has the same effect as her
Leagueultimate of protecting and striking, Hate Spike which fits the
Husksreally well by having the same damage effect and Allure which creates a
Husk, as if it is already charmed. Evelynn is a
Runeterranchampion, so she counts as a region. She is quite independent, using her own set to create
Husksand slay them. Her interaction with keywords makes her a good fit for Kai’sa. Another possibility is to play her with Lucian to take advantage of allies’ deaths. But be careful, the
Husks’ self slay effects don’t work with Kindred nor Nasus.
Husksand most work very well with her, but also in other decks. Domination can be used in any deck that has a lot of 1 mana allies, such as Azir/Irelia or aggro decks. Sultur is the most basic unit and works well in any slay deck for its efficiency in cost, and maybe the same goes for Vora. The other cards shouldn’t see much play in decks outside of Evelynn’s decks, except maybe if you try a combo with Steem and Void Abomination.
Legends of Runeterra, she will probably be very powerful and a great craft, especially early in the season.
Gabriel "Aerebi" Meyer
Legends of Runeterra player for the WINGS team, in love with the Runeterra universe and really like games in general, including board games. I don't play with the best decks, I play with the decks I like.