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Nov 28, 2013

Season 4 Evelynn - Is She Broken/Overpowered?

Season 4's preseason patch brought along with it a slew of changes, most notably:

  1. The removal of Oracles and;
  2. The removal of pink ward's invisible status.
Although Riot compensated for this by giving all champions a sweeper trinket and 5 "life charges" on pink wards, it's still causing a lot of stealth heroes to garner a LOT of QQ on the web, especially Evelynn.

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But is she actually as strong as people make her out to be? Her win rate certainly doesn't show it as seen below.

Evelynn at her finest is the ultimate assassin, capable of bursting almost any champion from 100 to 0 as soon as they get in her effective range. However, she's still a VERY squishy champion and if she doesn't snowball, is easily blown up once the enemy team groups together.

If she's fed, she's certainly close to unstoppable, which is why I've placed her in Tier 1 on the Solo Queue list. On the other hand, she's certainly stoppable if she's not fed, which is why I don't think she's quite ready to say to RIOT NERFPLZ.

It's also worth noting that she certainly fits one of Zileas anti-fun patterns:
Anti-fun is the negative experience your opponents feel when you do something that prevents them from 'playing their game' or doing activities they consider fun. While everything useful you can do as a player is likely to cause SOME anti-fun in your opponents, it only becomes a design issue when the 'anti-fun' created on your use of a mechanic is greater than your fun in using the mechanic.
In this case, the only way to reliably beat Evelynn is as follows:

  • Play cautiously early game until you can afford some pink wards, and/or; 
  • Rely on your jungler to be close by before going aggressive.
Eve loses to the majority of junglers early game if she's counter-ganked on. However, having the entire team play passively and rely on the jungler to counter appropriately simply isn't fun.

What do you think about Evelynn in Season 4? Is she overpowered? Do the statistics show that she's not? Comment below!

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  1. definitely not op because she is squishy and has no sustainability. She's still top tier do.

  2. rabidtangerineNovember 28, 2013

    Well she's still a carry jungler, and true carry junglers (shaco, eve, fid, etc) are really hard to use effectively. In any case, a 50% winrate is nothing to scoff at.

  3. SSJSuntasticNovember 28, 2013

    50% win rate is definitely decent, but it's nothing to be considered overpowered by any means.

  4. All I can say is take a look at Diana jungle with the new jungle and new spectral wraith. Near instant creep clear time, but with the new spectral wraith she also has unlimited health and mana which was always her problem before.

    She still needs the first two blues to get going since she won't have the spectral wraith yet, but after that point her ability to clear jungle and counter jungle sends you back to base with 2-3k plus gold every 5 minutes and impossible to fall behind in level since your xp gain scale with average level of all champions. Not to mention she has above average post 6 ganks and average pre 6 ganks already.

  5. SSJSuntasticNovember 28, 2013

    Thanks for the heads up Chrono! I don't see Diana jungle very often, but considering she was already decent prior to 3.14 changes, I wouldn't be surprised to see her doing very well with the new spectral wraith as wel.


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