The newest champion to join League of Legends is Gwen, a reanimated doll that seems to be given life thanks to Viego’s death-defying magic. Gwen was first revealed with a teaser video last week, and Riot released her full kit on Tuesday. She looks to be a brawler who’s tough to lock down.
Gwen’s kit should be pretty familiar to longtime League players. She’s an Ability Power bruiser who isn’t afraid to get up close and personal with her enemies. Her giant scissor weapon allows her to do extra damage based on a percentage of her health, and most of her abilities heal her, at least a little bit.
Her most unique, and possibly highest impact, ability is her W, called Hallowed Mist. Hallowed Mist creates an area around Gwen that gives her some extra armor and magic resistance, and more importantly makes her immune to all attacks from champions outside of the Mist. This means if her opponents want to fight Gwen, they’ll have to risk getting in close range with her.
Gwen will likely hit League of Legends’ Public Beta Environment sometime in the next couple of days, then make her way to the live game after two weeks of testing. Until then, here’s a look at all of her abilities.
Passive - Thousand Cuts
Gwen’s basic attacks deal bonus on-hit magic damage based on a percentage of her health. Basic attacks against champions will heal her for some of the damage dealt.
Q - Snip Snip!
Gwen rapidly snips her scissors between two and six times, dealing magic damage in a cone. At a minimum, Gwen will snip twice, adding one snip per basic attack Gwen has landed on an enemy (up to four for a total of six). Enemies in the center of each snip take true damage, as well as the bonus magic damage from Thousand Cuts.
W - Hallowed Mist
Gwen spins up the Hallowed Mist to surround her for five seconds, gaining some armor and magic resist when in it. Enemies outside the Mist cannot target Gwen or hit her with any abilities. The mist will move to follow Gwen the first time she tries to leave it, but will dissipate the next time.
E - Skip ’n Slash
Gwen dashes a short distance and empowers her attacks with increased range, speed, and on-hit magic damage for four seconds. Attacking an enemy during this time refunds 50% of this ability’s cooldown.
R - Needlework
Gwen can cast Needlework up to three times, but needs to hit an enemy within 8 seconds to unlock each subsequent cast. Each cast fires needles in a line that deal magic damage, slow enemies, and apply Gwen’s Thousand Cuts bonus magic damage. The first cast will fire one needle, the second will fire three, and the final cast will fire five, for a total of nine needles and nine applications of Thousand Cuts to enemies hit.