League of Legends: Senna kit revealed, League’s new ranged support

League of Legends. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.
League of Legends. Photo courtesy of Riot Games. /

We’ve known for some time that Senna will be the next champion added to League of Legends, but today we got our first look at her kit!

Just four months after the release of the Qiyana, League of Legends is adding another name to the endless roster of champions available to play on Summoner’s Rift. Senna, the Redeemer, will be the 147th champion added to the game and the 1st ever designed to be played as a marksman-support.

While it’s been weeks since it was first revealed that Senna would be the next champion, it’s only been a few hours since we received our first glimpse of her kit and abilities. In this League of Legends reveal page, each ability has its own description and accompanying video for the community to take in, get excited about, or possibly outrage over.

Well, before we all get needlessly angry about how “broken” Senna is before she’s even been released, perhaps we should take a look at each individual ability and assess what they might mean for the champion. Here’s our short breakdown of Senna’s kit:

Passive – Absolution

"Senna’s Relic Cannon is slow to fire, but deals bonus damage. She can power up its range, Attack Damage, and Crit chance over time by absorbing Mist from enemy champions she’s attacking or from wraiths that spawn from dead enemies. (Video)"

Senna’s Passive is similar to Thresh’s in the sense that she gains bonus stats from Mist that spawn from dead enemy minions and champions. One distinction between the two is that Senna can also gain Mist from attacking enemy champions, which will probably mean she can collect them at a faster rate than Thresh.

The numbers are yet to be released, but in the same way that Thresh can infinitely stack Armor throughout the game, we can assume that Senna will also be able to stack range, Attack Damage, and Crit chance over time, which could lead to a powerful late game for the champion.

Q – Piercing Darkness

"Senna fires a bolt that heals her allies, and damages her foes. Senna can keep attacking to decrease Piercing Darkness’ cooldown. (Video)"

Lucian’s Piercing Light, but heals allies and can be targeted on ally champions, minions, turrets, and wards. Basically, a stronger Piercing Light.

Once again, the numbers are unknown, but judging by the video this is a low damage and low heal ability that can be cast multiple times per fight. If Senna continues attacking during a team fight, Piercing Darkness’ cooldown decreases, and can, therefore, be spammed depending on the initial cooldown.

W – Last Embrace

"Senna commands the Mist onto the first target hit, damaging them and then rooting that target and surrounding enemies after a brief delay. (Video)"

Last Embrace has a similarly delayed stun as Zoe’s Sleepy Trouble Bubble. Upon hitting an enemy, they’ll be rooted in place soon after, but so will surrounding enemies. The video also reveals that if the ability kills a target, the stun will proc instantly, providing some huge outplay potential in the laning phase or team fights.

E – Curse of the Black Mist

"Senna dissolves into a cloud of mist, gaining movement speed and camouflaging her and her nearby allies. Teammates who emerge from the mist appear as unclickable wraiths to enemies until they either attack or get close. (Video)"

When people complain about Senna being broken before her release, this will probably be the ability they refer to. If you were frustrated by Pyke or Akali dipping in and out of stealth with ease, just you wait until the entire enemy team can do it.

Senna’s E has the capacity to make her entire team invisible and untargetable for a short period of time and, as the video reveals, it’s the perfect gank escape tool. It also has a number of other potential uses, such as disengaging from a fight, engaging a fight, or just rotating around the map quickly.

Recently, Akali was nerfed for having an annoying camouflage ability that was “unfair” to play against and lacked counter-play. This ability is very similar and could see some changes soon after release.

R – Dawning Shadow

"Senna fires a global beam. Allies in the beam are shielded and enemies caught in the center of it take damage. (Video)"

One of the most unique abilities in League of Legends, Senna’s ultimate is a cross between Soraka’s Wish, Ezreal’s Trueshot Barrage, and Lux’s Final Spark. A global damage-dealing ultimate and a global shielding ultimate on the surface sounds unbelievably broken, but when you take a closer look, it’s not that bad.

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Without a doubt, this ability has the power to turn fights around from across the map and kick off team fights with a burst of damage and full team shield. But, the numbers will be so low on both the shield and the damage that it will rarely have a major impact in both aspects.

Overall, if you ignore her E – Curse of the Black Mist, Senna’s kit seems balanced and is an exciting prospect for support (or ADC) players. That being said, her E has the potential to transform a regular, balanced champion into Zoe 2.0 and may need a major fix soon after her release.

However, any League of Legends player will tell you that this kit is exciting and the perfect addition to an already hectic preseason. A unique Q ability that can target both enemies and allies, a freaky, ghoulish E that could divide the community within hours of her release, and the cross-map shield that could make a top laner’s life hell if used correctly.

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