Some background music for my very first sentence.
Kinetic didn’t get nerfed last patch.
As most of literally everyone predicted, Kinetic, the biggest permaban of last patch, is still disgusting in this patch too. This is especially after some of her biggest competition for bot lane was nerfed, most notably Kensei.
If you have played Casual in the past few days you may have come across a disgusting build called SM BP Kinetic. This build is single-handedly so rage-inducing that some people may decide to not play casuals entirely, and jump into ranked queue for the first time in 3 years to avoid the complete aids that is a ranged carry who does as much damage as a normal carry but who also can build two defence items. Essentially, old WP Vox, but even worse.
Now, why the hecc is that?
Well, let me explain with the proper math why Kinetic is so damn disgusting.
Firstly, we need to talk about her early trading. Ranged heroes in VG have very oppressive laning phases against Melees and other ranged heroes who have shorter range than them. A prime example of this is Adagio into Vox. Normally, Adagio is best at fighting melee characters who he can easily splash fire onto or land his ult on, but against a low range character like Vox he can fully utilise his base damages. This is why ranged carries with longer ranges either tend to have very little early game power (Such as Baron) or drop off hard in the late game (Such as Adagio).
Kinetic isn’t like that.
Let’s do the math.
Let’s put Kinetic up against my favourite oi, Blackfeather. They’re going to simply AA each other to death, so all we need to do is calculate their perks and base stats. They’ll both have Blade and BoE as their starting items, so that’s 20 WP and 4% lifesteal (which I can’t be bothered to calculate). I’ll use their level 1 stats, because they’re the easiest to find.
64 + 20 + (4+2) x 4 WP per AA (108)
20 Armour and Shield
81 + 20 WP per AA + 5 x Stack CP (101 + 5-25)
20 Armour and Shield
So, Kinetic does 90 Damage an AA and Blackfeather does 84 + 4-20 damage.
Since they have the same base attackspeed, they’ll hit each other at the same time.
So, if we simulate this epic AA battle, we get.
Kinetic HP: 721 - 637 - 549 - 457 - 361 - 261 - 157 - 53 - Dead
Blackfeather HP: 657 - 567 - 477 - 387 - 297 - 207 - 117 - 27 - Dead
So, they kill each other. What’s the big deal?
Now, consider the fact that Blackfeather has numerous disadvantages that I didn’t take into account. Considering Kinetics range, she could likely get 2 free AAs before he even touched her. Blackfeather being melee means he has to fight closer to the minion wave. Kinetic has a much more powerful and spammable ability at level 1. Sure, Blackfeather might have his B for short trades, but Kinetic can punish him with her absurdly long range. Plus, Blackfeather falls off late game. Kinetic doesn’t.
If you actually look carefully at Kinetics stats you’d be surprised at how disgustingly strong she is. Incredibly high base HP level 1. A godly passive for both early game and late game. Attackspeed that matches Vox. Range equal to Baron at level 6. High scaling attackspeed. It’s frankly horrifying how a character can have so much without having any glaring weaknesses.
So now, lets talk about Kinetics late game. With a build of SM BP SSw Defence Defence, Kinetic becomes the strongest WP sniper in the game aside from Baron.
97 + 100 + 55 + 100 + (15 + 25) x 4 = 352 + 0 ~ 160 WP
That’s nasty. Plus, with BP passive being so strong, and Captains stacking so much health, you’ll be stacking for free.
But sure. Maybe that much damage isn’t oppressive enough for you. Maybe you want a bit more.
So did I mention she has a stun + 50% 1.5 second slow which travels the length of a screen, travels incredibly fast, has an incredibly misleading hitbox and is incredibly hard to notice in teamfights.
It probably sounds like I’m ranting at this point, but I’m just here to help. I am the messenger before the apocalypse that’s clearly right in front of us. Ban Kinetic. Ban Kinetic twice. Hell, ban her all four times if you can. People are definitely going to be abusing her when battlegrounds comes around, so just avoid doing casuals during those events. She’s literally just old WP Vox when he was meta. I love Vox’s playstyle when he goes CP. I find him interesting and fun to play. I’m the same with Kinetic. But when a ranged carry can build two defence items and still chunk like a madman, I’m sorry, I’m banning you.
Note: Ranged bruisers are a possibility, but in all honesty, they have to be low range characters. This is why I don’t still rant about Vox. Now that his base WP got shafted, he’s much more manageable and can’t just BP meme his way to victory. Kinetic, on the other hand, has literally no weaknesses whatsoever. Especially the range thing.
I’ll be talking about ony next week.