From the first glance, it’s clear Zoe will cause a lot of mixed feelings.
On one hand, her kit is insanely creative, and her unrivaled mobility is bound to open up a ton of playmaking opportunities. On the other, most players will struggle to master her complex skillset, but the few who devote themselves to the champion might very well reach the obnoxiousness levels of pre-rework Azir.
But first things first, so let’s break down Zoe’s abilities!
Passive: More Sparkles!
When Zoe casts a spell, her next auto attack deals bonus magic damage.
Yeap. The Aspect of Twilight has a free Lichbane. With how spammable her spells are, you’re going to be making great use of More Sparkles! and—from the looks of it—the damage from it isn’t too shabby either. A solid passive for a champion who has a lot of utility spells.
Q: Paddle Star
Zoe launches forward a star that deals magic damage to all enemies hit and applies her passive. She can recast the spell mid-flight to redirect the star to a new position near her. Paddle Star does more damage the more distance it travels in a straight line.
It’s clear that you can use Paddle Star as a straightforward skill shot, but its main strength lies in redirection. Not only can you “curve your stars” to reach the backline after diving deep into a teamfight, but your Q turns into a powerful nuke if you fire it backward and redirect it in a straight line. Of course, the latter scenario makes the ability very telegraphed, so you might need to apply CC beforehand.
W: Spell Thief
When enemy champions use summoner spells or active items, they drop spell shards. Minions can also occasionally drop spell shards. Zoe can then pick these shards up and gain one cast of the said summoner spell or item active. Zoe also gains a brief movement speed boost and fires missiles at the nearest enemy whenever she casts any summoner spell. Each missile can activate her passive.
Where do we even begin? The most obvious thing to point out is that the Aspect of Twilight can steal your Flash, Ignite, and even Teleport, so using summoner spells against her may very well turn into a liability. Hell, if Zoe steals a Redemption or Locket of the Iron Solari active, it can easily alter the course of an entire teamfight.
But what’s even more interesting is that minions can drop spell shards too. So far, it’s unclear what kind of spells Zoe will gain from creeps, but it’s safe to say that countering Spell Thief isn’t as simple as holding on to your summoners. Additionally, we’re very intrigued by the fact that Zoe casts missiles after summoner spell usage, and the phrase ‘offensive Flash’ might take a whole new meaning on her.
E: Sleepy Trouble Bubble
Zoe throws a ball that explodes on the first target hit, dealing magic damage and making the first enemy hit drowsy. After a few seconds, drowsy foes fall asleep for a short duration and take extra damage from the next spell or auto attack. Once an enemy falls asleep, the ability’s cooldown is reduced. If the Sleepy Trouble Bubble doesn’t find a target, it lingers on the ground as a trap, and if you cast it over a wall, it gains extra range.
To clarify, sleep is a new form of crowd control in League of Legends, and if other games are any indication, we can assume that it incapacitates your target until it takes damage. Which brings us to the fact that Sleepy Trouble Bubble is a very versatile spell. Not only can it work as a regular skill shot, but it can also be used like Viktor’s Gravity Field to zone away incoming enemies. Finally, throw in the enhanced damage, and you can use Sleepy Trouble Bubble as a full-blown nuke.
R: Portal Jump
Zoe teleports to the target position before quickly teleporting back. During this time the Aspect of Twilight can cast her abilities and see over walls, but she can’t move.
Portal Jump looks like a great ultimate to go with Zoe’s basic abilities. Teleporting over the minion wave will set you up with an easy Sleepy Trouble Bubble [E] and great poke opportunities. And, of course, you can use Portal Jump to scout blind spots and pick up shards for Spell Thief [W].
Mobility creep in action
While Zoe looks very fun to play, we can’t help thinking how she’ll affect the League of Legends landscape.
Mobility creep has been an increasing issue in the game, and many old champions have fallen off because they can’t keep up with the new kids on the block. And never has it been more apparent than with Zoe.
The Aspect of Twilight has several tricky skill shots and plenty of ways to avoid your abilities, which can create frustrating situations where you’re constantly getting outplayed. And considering Zoe is most likely going to occupy jungle and mid lane roles, she’s bound to make her presence known around the map.
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