Time travel is a tricky, dangerous thing, but that hasn’t stopped Riot from making their latest champion, Ekko, use it as his primary weapon. The latest addition to the ridiculously huge League of Legends roster was teased earlier this week. The finer details of his inner workings have now finally been revealed.
Here’s what the tiny time travelling bugger can do:
Passive: Z-Drive Resonance
Ekko’s damaging spells and attacks build up Resonance stacks on his enemies. Every third attack against the same target triggers Ekko’s passive, dealing bonus damage and slowing his enemy. If he triggers his passive on an enemy champion, Ekko also gains a strong movement speed buff.
Ekko throws a device in a target direction, damaging all enemies along its path. Once it reaches max distance or hits an enemy champion, the device expands, creating a field that slows all enemy and neutral units. After a moment, the device contracts and rushes back to Ekko, dealing extra damage to all enemies in its path.
W: Parallel Convergence
Passive: Ekko’s basic attacks deal bonus damage to low health targets.
Active: Ekko opens a time rift, creating an alternate reality copy of him that tosses a device to a target location. After a delay, the device expands into a broad slowing zone. If Ekko enters the sphere, it detonates, granting him a shield while stunning all enemies inside.
E: Phase Dive
Ekko dashes a fixed distance towards a target area. Once his initial dash has ended, Ekko gains greatly increased range on his next basic attack, and blinks to his target to deal damage and apply on-hit and spell effects.
Ekko rewinds time, briefly turning untargetable and invulnerable before reappearing wherever he was a few seconds ago. Once he reappears, Ekko recovers a portion of the health he lost over those few seconds while dealing tons of damage to all nearby enemies.
Here’s the role he fills, accoding to RIot:
Ekko’s a powerful skirmishing assassin who thrives in extended fights, using his mobility and crowd control to slow and stun enemies as he whittles down his targets. And if he starts to lose a fight, the brilliant boy from Zaun can rewind time a little and try again.
At first glance, I was ready to liken Ekko to Weaver – a hero in Dota 2 who also has a rewind mechanic of sorts. Ekko’s ultimate, although similar to Weaver’s, works a little differently though, only rewinding a portion of health as well as doing some nice aoe damage.
I’m always genuinely impressed with the new ideas Riot seem to squeeze out of their new champions. Ekko certainly looks like a ton of fun to play. He isn’t out just yet, but should be in the next few weeks for sure.
Last Updated: May 14, 2015