I use to main Lyra like a lot! Her play style and her kit are to my liking. No heros or their kit can come close to Lyra. Not until Malene, her being sassy and annoying! She can slow you, chase you, Root you, SWAP, deal basic empowered attack and throw shadow tendrils and then flee. Repeat and rinse. Her combo and timing and HER KIT. It took me a while to get use to malene and when I did, I always kept choosing her in almost all match and she can player as a captain too!
I love how malene can counter lots of heroes and enemies team will often delete me first of the match. I can easily counter Krul, glaive, Reim and even celeste. Some other heros are tricky but they can be countered too!
I think SEMC really did well with malene offering her a unique play style and kit! She is perfectly balance.