League of Legends (LoL) Developer Riot Games recently unveiled Nilah, the Joy Unbound, as the game’s newest champion, coming to the bot lane in a trailer last week.
Wielding a whip, Nilah channels the demon of joy, Ashlesh, slaying mythical beasts and continuing to hunt Runeterra’s many evils.
Nilah’s gear was then revealed on Wednesday (June 22nd) and it looks set to become a hybrid ADC/Support champion.
In the Champion Insights, the developers also said that Nilah was intended as a “melee skirmish ADC”.
With this in mind, Nilah was designed to wield an urumi, a whip-like sword of South Asian origin that has a short reach.
Along with her weapon, Nilah’s ability kit is an exciting mix of champion abilities, including boosted shields and healing, a smaller, Senna-like Veil but with Gwen’s abilities, a Jax-like dodge, and a sprint like Yasuo’s, along with the old one’s Mordekaiser bonus.
And perhaps after that dark, terrifying addition to the jungle in the Void Empress, Bel’Veth, Nilah might be the much-needed cheerful addition that can roam the bot lane.
Here’s what you can expect from Nilah’s kit:
Passive – joy without end
Nilah increases the healing and shield abilities of nearby allies. Allies that heal or shield Nilah gain a bonus heal or shield for themselves. And when an allied champion heals or shields near Nilah, she gives herself a bonus heal or shield.
If Nilah last hits an enemy minion, she and her closest allied champion gain the normal amount of shared experience, plus half the experience that would have been lost from sharing.
Nilah will sync well with Heal and Shield Assist champions as their buffs will be much more effective around her. The shared experience is also great for the support champion that accompanies Nilah, reminiscent of Mordekaiser’s old perk.
On the flip side, this type of passive can allow for dual ADC comp in the bot lane, with Nilah healing and shielding the muddier ADC, both dealing tons of damage.
It might work in certain situations, but we’ve yet to see if this will be effective.
Q – Shapeless Blade
Active: Nilah’s shapeless blade strikes in a line, damaging all enemies hit. Hitting an enemy briefly increases Nilah’s attack range and attack speed, and boosts her basic attacks, causing her to splash in a cone and deal extra damage.
Passive: Attacks and ability damage against champions ignore some of them armor and heal Nilah for a portion of the damage dealt. This effect scales with critical strike chance and converts any excess healing into a shield.
As if the boosted healing and shield weren’t OP enough, Nilah’s Q also briefly increases her attack range and attack speed, serving up a side of extra damage in a cone.
And because of the passivity on Q, critical builds will most likely be prioritized on that champion.
Jubilant Veil (W)
Nilah cloaks herself in a jubilant shroud, briefly gaining movement speed, taking reduced magic damage, and dodging all incoming basic attacks.
Touching an allied champion also hides them in the shroud, but protects them for a shorter period of time.
The W appears to dodge two auto attacks, and the Veil is similar to Gwen’s Hallowed Mist (W) or Jax’s (E) Counterstrike.
Nilah grants her protection from enemy auto attacks for a period of time, along with a brief movement speed bonus.
However, what makes Nilah’s Shroud unique is that it follows her and conceals both her and her nearby allies, protecting her allies in the same way for a shorter period of time.
Slipstream whizzes Nilah through a target unit, Travel a fixed distance each time, dealing damage to all enemies it passes through. It can store up to 2 charges at a time.
Cast Shapeless Blade during Slipstream to pull a wave in your path that deals damage after a short delay and grants Shapeless Blade’s enhanced basic attack effect.
Nilah’s E is similar to Yasuos or Samiras, which can also dash through enemies.
However, for Nilah, this can only be used twice at a time.
Slipstream is also extremely useful for maneuvering through the laning phase and making sure you don’t fall behind against longer range ADCs who can nudge and harass you in lane.
R – apotheosis
Nilah unleashes a burst of energy, whipping her whip in an area around her and pulling enemies towards the with a final thrust center.
Apotheosis heals Nilah for a portion of damage dealt and converts excess healing into a shield. This effect scales with critical strike chance and is granted to nearby allies.
This insane ultimate packs a punch. Nilah’s R can be an attacking tool that can be used to set up ganks and teamfights. In addition, it heals you and nearby allies and scales with critical chance.
Nilah has many tools that will definitely go well with a partner. However, botlaners will need to get used to their short range, as most ADCs in the same role have safer ranges, so timing your heals, shields, and dodges is crucial to surviving lane or a skirmish.
It seems that crit is a crucial part of their build as some abilities scale with crit.
We suspect this kit will be very capable, especially with the current meta and the durability update that came in just last month.
Nilah is available in the Public Beta Environment for testing and feedback and will be released on the servers with patch 12.13.
For more details on Nilah, check out the official reveal here.
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