Alright, before you instantly berate me with “she’s not out yet” or “give her a chance”, I just want to say that for the most part, I conceptually love Malenes kit. The switching on an ability is done much better than I thought was possible, the enhanced AA after switching is interesting, and I like the contrast between the protective light and destructive dark. But here’s my problem with her kit. My single problem with her in concept that IMO could possibly ruin a characters kit.
Why does she have a scaling on AAs?
Here’s my basic rundown for most characters who can form switch on ult in other games.
- They have no ult, they have double the number of basic abilities.
- Their passive IS THEIR SWITCH, or it sucks. Passives have to suck on form switchers because of the pressure they naturally have before 6 due to having double abilities, and lacking a strong passive mitigates this.
- Form switchers focus on combining their abilities.
So why, may I ask, does Malene need a CP ratio on AA? It feels like a crutch that her kit doesn’t need. I would rather have bigger ratios on her pretty weak damage abilities, since when watching clips of her, she seems to do less damage at full build than a spellfire clockwork Celeste does at level 8. It LOOKS and FEELS like SEMC had to give her constant DPS with a flat CP ratio to avoid a certain cancerous item…
Realistically, looking at Malene, she seems like the aftershock Queen. Which is why SEMC is likely trying to give CP sustained damage that can keep up with her rapidly switching and AAing. Can you imagine a tank Malene with AS CW BM with constant procs, two escape abilities and a solid amount of CC? It sounds infuriating and the worst thing ever to play against.
So basically, I don’t know what to feel about Malene. Looking at her kit I was hoping for a hyper aggressive midranged combo burst mage, but based on the clips I’ve seen, she has nowhere near the damage needed. Looking at her passive, it seems that she would be a backline mage who does constant DPS, but her scaling on it is too low and her range is a bit too short. Looking at her CDs, she seems like a perfect abuser of aftershock, becoming a tank with her barrier+speed and invulnerability.
Who knows, maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m incredibly wrong and Malene is going to one shot people at level 2 with CP buff. But from what I’ve seen, she seems like a potentially unhealthy character who will be defined by her ability to abuse aftershock than her actual kit.
Seriously she does barely any damage in this clip and this is how SEMC shows her off ):