A new champion is on the horizon.
After being teased just over a month ago via Riot’s Champion Roadmap, Lillia has finally been brought to light. She’ll fulfill the role of a magic damage-dealing jungler with the potential to flex into a top or support role.
The Newest Jungler on the Rift
Lillia joins the ranks of the level 1 difficulty champs, having a very honest and straightforward kit. Her primary source of power comes from being able to wield magic-damage effectively in close quarters. Although she bears some visual similarities with Neeko, Lillia’s playstyle will slightly differ.
Being catered primarily to the jungle role, Lillia’s abilities will have to be able to dish out a fair amount of damage to compensate for her lack of healing. Through her passive, there’s a chance that Lillia may find some success top lane against tanky matchups. Being able to deal true damage is a huge bonus, one not found on many magic threats – especially magic junglers.
Lillia’s Ability Outline
Passive – Dream-Laden Bough
“Lillia's abilities apply Dream Dust, dealing a portion of the target's maximum health as magic damage over a duration.”
Lillia’s passive will help her find a lot of success against higher health pool targets such as tanks and epic monsters. The numbers are still up in the air, though there’s the possibility that she’s able to melt through tanks with ease in the later stages of the game.
Q – Blooming Blows
“Lillia swings her branch in the air and deals magic damage to nearby enemies, dealing true damage to those at the outer edge of the circle. When she successfully lands the attack, Lillia also gets movement speed.”
Her Q ability is easily compared to Darius’ Q – Decimate, just a magic damage version of it. Within the inner ring, it deals magic damage. The outer ring acts as a sweet spot for true damage on targets. She also gets a temporary movement speed buff after landing the ability, enabling her to kite melee enemies safely.
W – Watch Out! Eep!
“Lillia winds up for a huge strike with her branch, dealing magic damage to enemies. Enemies at the center of the impact receive more damage.”
Lillia’s W takes some inspiration from the third cast of Aatrox’s Q – The Darkin Blade. The ability works identically to Aatrox’s, dealing damage within a sweet spot in the center of Lillia’s slam.
E – Swirlseed
“Lillia lobs a Swirlseed overhead, dealing magic damage to enemies and slowing them for a duration. If Lillia's Swirlseed misses, it'll continue to roll until it hits an enemy or collides with terrain.”
If you remember the Champion Roadmap posted last month, Lillia’s E ability was teased as an orb rolling down a lane until colliding with the alcove barrier in the top lane. There’s a possibility that the further the “Swirlseed’ rolls, the longer its slow effect may last. Should that not be the case, Lillia will still be able to use the ability to poke and siege.
R – Lilting Lullaby
“Lillia casts a lullaby over her enemies and those affected by her Dream Dust become increasingly slowed before falling asleep for a duration of time. When awakened by damage, enemies will take additional magic damage.”
Arguably one of the most game-changing abilities in all of League of Legends, Lillia’s ultimate acts as a major team fight set up. Should she be able to use her Q ability on an entire team, she and her allies can essentially pick out any target they’d like within a small time frame. Besides that, this ultimate ability has the potential to set up other ultimates such as Oriana’s Command: Shockwave or Miss Fortune’s Bullet Time.