Although a new champion was released in League of Legends just a few days ago, Bel’Veth, all eyes are already on the next hero. According to Riot Games, this should become a “non-traditional AD carry”. A leak now introduces Nilah and her skills in more detail.
What does the leak say? For a few weeks there has been speculation about what kind of champion the next AD carry will be. Riot itself already revealed that the next botlaner will be a “colorful but deadly stranger”. Fog and water are said to play a role. In addition, it should not become a classic AD carry.
As early as April, the YouTuber Ryscu reported on an AD-Carry that will become a kind of “short-range water Yasuo” (via YouTube).
Since June 14th, there have also been a number of tweets and messages sharing the skill set and concept art of Nilah, the likely new champion. Ryscu’s descriptions fit that, as does the statement that she’ll be an unusual AD carry.
As with all leaks, however, the information has not yet been officially confirmed and even if the information is correct, everything can change before the full release.
Nilah is supposed to be a kind of melee ADC
What skills should the new champion have? Nilah is meant to be a short-range ranged fighter. She can attack at a range of 400, which is roughly the range of Urgot and slightly less than Graves (425). For comparison: Classic AD carries usually reach a range of 525 (Jinx, Kai’Sa Kalista) to 650 (Caitlyn and Aphelios).
Nilah’s attack speed is meant to be low, but her passive increases it with each hit (up to 6 stacks). Further hits beyond the 6 stacks then generate bonus damage.
- Her “Q” is supposed to be a short dash, after which she hits twice with her next attack. The damage of the second hit should be higher when there are more enemies nearby. In addition, the ability passively causes the next 3 attacks to deal more damage after an ability is used.
- Her “W” is a projectile that explodes on hit with an enemy or terrain, dealing damage and slowing enemies in a cloud of smoke around it. This cloud lasts 10 seconds, but dissipates after 4 seconds if an ally enters it.
- With her “E” she throws a whip at the enemy that lasts for a range of 1000. After that, Nilah can use the ability again to hit another enemy or piece of terrain. If this succeeds, the ability can be used a third time. Then all targets are contracted, taking damage and being slowed. Colliding will stun enemies. You can hold down the ability to be pulled along yourself.
With her ultimate, Nilah creates an arena that lasts for 7 seconds or until she exits it herself. Nilah hits every enemy in the arena regardless of range, gaining bonus movement speed and ignoring collisions. Enemies trying to leave the arena are thrown back into the middle (once per enemy). The arena serves as terrain for your “W” or “E”.
What is noticeable? Nilah’s “E” is very reminiscent of an ability that was originally intended for Gwen but was dropped during development. That’s not uncommon, however, as the champion Jhin was also created primarily from abilities that were dropped from Kindred.
Nilah sounds interesting, but not as an ADC
What are the reactions to the leak? Very mixed. On the one hand, many players find the concept of Nilah very interesting. Many players would like to try out the whip in particular.
However, many have concerns about Nilah’s position. You don’t necessarily expect them to AD carry in the bot lane, but rather see them as a mid laner, top laner, or possibly even a support using slows and the whip to prime enemies for the AD carry.
Some also fear that Nilah could become some kind of new Yasuo or Yone. Both are not popular in the community because they are often not fun to play against – even if they are not overly strong according to the statistics.
What do you think of Nilah and her skills? Would you like such a champion?
Nilah would also be another female champion, which has recently led to discussions. However, one developer explains why so many female heroes are appearing right now:
97% of all female players in LoL only use female champions: “If we bring a man, we let them down”