League of Legends New Champion Breakdown - Qiyana

Riot Games - Qiyana

Riot Games - Qiyana

The League of Legends world is gaining a new, powerful woman to the roster of champions!

Qiyana is a highly mobile AD burst assassin. She works with the environment to set up magnificent plays, working with the in-game terrain in ways we’ve never seen before.

Qiyana’s Passive - Royal Privilege - will deal extra damage on the first ability or attack that Qiyana places on a champion and changing elements will reset the cooldown. In her Q ability - Edge of Ixtal - Qiyana slashes the area in front of her dealing damage. If she is currently using an element, her weapon will hurl a projectile that explodes. River will root opponents on hit, wall will deal bonus damage to units with low health, and brush will leave a trail that provides Qiyana stealth and movement speed. Qiyana’s W is Terrashape. This ability allows Qiyana to target an element (brush, river, or a wall) and gain the element as she makes a quick dash forward. Useful for its movement and providing an element, which resets her passive, this ability is going to be crucial to maximizing your damage. Audacity, Qiyana’s W ability, lets Qiyana dash toward a target enemy, dealing damage upon arrival. Her ultimate is Supreme Display of Power. Qiyana will create a shockwave, knocking back enemies - any river, brush, or wall that is hit provides an extra pop of damage, then stun enemies hit.

Qiyana has the ability to adapt and overcome almost any challenge, hunting down squishy champions and snowballing her team to victory. Knowing where to position yourself around your chosen element, or using Terrashape to select a nearby element, will grant you extra damage, attack speed, and damage buffs. Look to be maximizing the time you have an element selected, as it also provides buffs to Edge of Ixtal, allowing you to root, deal bonus damage to low targets, or chase your opponents in stealth.  A good Q-W-Q will give you some insane outplay potential as well as giving you bonus damage from your passive. Beware of fighters who can survive your burst of damage, or worse, CC you to stop your combo.

Qiyana has no trouble picking off immobile skillshot champions, using her mobility to juke around their damage and nuking them down. Dragon and Baron area fights are a Qiyana’s dream as it will allow you to have the full range of access to your elements, letting you adapt as you need to in fights, not to mention all those passive resets that are upping your damage. Your ultimate gets a lot scarier when you’ve got an element to combo it with. Ulting through brush or the river causes a wave of ice to follow your shockwave, stunning enemies hit by the ice. When your enemies’ back is against a wall, send a shockwave at them to cause an explosion along the length of the wall and stunning enemies hit by the blast.

We hope that this has given you some insight into our new assassin, Qiyana! Heed our tips and tricks and we bet you’ll get Mastery 7 in no time. See you on the Rift, Summoner!

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