Kayn, Master Yi and Norra: First Impressions
08/25/22 0 comments
With the new Awakening expansion coming on August 31st, we will have 5 new champions. 3 of them have already been revealed: Kayn, Master Yi and Norra, the first Legends of Runeterra exclusive championEdit Article
Norra, the first exclusive Legends of Runeterra expansion. Besides that, the new expansion will also have a new type of card:
Equipment, which work in a similar way to units with Attach.
Kayn, the Shadow Reaper
League of Legends, Kayn is a jungler that can work as an assassin or a bruiser, depending on which path you choose. Throughout the match, the player can choose between letting Rhaast win or Kayn, which in this case becomes the Shadow Assassin. His passive ability is the one that guarantees this choice and grants benefits from it. Rhaast heals a percentage of damage dealt and Kayn deals more damage to enemies the first few seconds of combat. Your other abilities are
Reaping Slashin which he leaps and attacks,
Blade's Reach, which is a long range attack with the scythe and
Shadow Step, which allows him to move inside walls. Finally, his ultimate is
Umbral Trespass, in which Kayn hides within an enemy's body and comes out afterwards dealing damage and leaping in a direction.
Legends of Runeterra, Kayn has similar skills. When he levels up, he can choose which shape to take: Rhaast or The Shadow Assassin. Both forms have similar effects to the original game ones: Rhaast increases your damage while healing the Nexus and himself, and the Assassin increases his attack each time he attacks, taking advantage of the Elusive keyword to deal more damage. The scythe also was translated to the game through the new equipment, and like so we have The Darkin Scythe, Corrupted Scythe and Shadow Scythe. The only Kayn ability that was transformed in a card is Kayn's Shadowstep, which allows him to chase off guard enemies, as does his original skill. As a Runeterra champion, Kayn has an Origin, called The Shadow Reaper, which allows the inclusion of any Cultist in his deck. Using these cards, you will be guaranteed to draw a Kayn, which is important, as Kayn needs to strike and attack to be useful in the game. Besides the champion having his own value, the most important is his Scythe. Even if he dies, his Scythe survives and guarantees that another unit can get the benefits hoarded by it.
Master Yi, the Wuju Bladesman
League of Legends, Master Yi is a melee fighter who deals fast and dangerous attacks. He can be very powerful, but if he is the victim of debuffs he can be slain easily. His passive,
Double Strike, allows him to attack twice from time to time. His main skill,
Alpha Strikestrikes many enemies in a fast attack leaving him invulnerable during its execution.
Meditateallows him to heal himself and reduces the damage he is dealt when he is meditating.
Wuju Styleallows him to deal more damage when the skill is activated. And, finally, his ultimate,
Highlander, increases his attack speed and movement speed and also reduces the cooldown time of all his other skills.
Legends of Runeterra, the champion was adapted to keep his powerful attack but also quite vulnerable style. He has low health points, however his attack can grow indefinitely through his
Floweffect, a new keyword for effects that happen when you've used two spells or abilities in the previous round. This skill is one of the representations of his Wuju style, and another one of these is his spell that has the same name, Wuju Style, which also brings out Meditate. His other skill that was also adapted to his kit was his
Alpha Strike, which is his level 2 ability. Yi was also well represented as a master of his style and focused on his self-improvement trait. He rewards a forward thinking game style and also rewards a use of protection and attack buff spells. As a champion, his Lore and League of Legends kit were well translated. He must fit well into decks that take advantage of cards such as Golden Aegis and Cataclysm by slaying units with each attack he does and taking advantage of Ionia's protection spells. He might work well with Shurima to use low cost spells and also protection spells in possible decks with Akshan, who also benefits from low cost spells targeting allies. I'd bet as well in decks with Gwen to take advantage of buffs through Hallowed and being two champions that can carry matches if not answered. Another possible option focused on the new equipment cards is to match Noxus and Ionia to take advantage of Great Hammers or Furious Wielder.
Norra, Yuumi's Master
Ornn, which has already begun to be revealed for some time now. What are your guesses for the next ones? What did you think of the ones that were revealed so far? Tell us all about it in the comment section.
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.