Jhin will make you beautiful. Jhin will make you perfect.
Last week, Riot Games teased us with the prospect of a new League of Legends champion with the trailer below.
Today, Riot Games has revealed the masked man from the trailer above as the game’s latest champion: Jhin, The Virtuoso.
Described as “League’s slowest marksman yet,” Jhin is “meticulous and calculating.” Despite his lack of foot-speed, if the murderous marksman gets you in his sights and catches you off-guard, that’s pretty much it. “Perfect death,” as Riot teased.
Here are Jhin’s abilities as per the official League of Legends blog:
Jhin’s gun – Whisper – chambers four shots, the last of which always crits and applies extra damage based on a portion of his target’s missing health. After firing all four shots, Jhin takes a moment to reload.
Jhin’s crits deal less damage than normal, and his attack speed doesn’t actually scale with attack speed. Instead, Jhin gains attack damage from any attack speed and crit chance he earns through itemization and runes, while crits give him a burst of movement based on his attack speed.
Q: DANCING GRENADE
Jhin throws a cannister at a nearby targeted enemy. After landing, the cannister bounces up to four times on other nearby enemies. Killing an enemy with Dancing Grenade causes the following bounces to deal extra damage.
W: DEADLY FLOURISH
Passive: Enemy champions that have been struck by Jhin’s basic attacks, Captive Audience, or any allied damage are marked for a few seconds.
Active: Jhin fires a massively long range shot that damages all enemy minions and the first enemy champion in a target direction. If the enemy champion he strikes has already been marked, they’re briefly rooted, while Jhin himself gains a burst of movement speed.
E: CAPTIVE AUDIENCE
Jhin places a trap on the ground that turns invisible after arming. Enemy champions that walk over the trap trigger it, revealing and marking them with Deadly Flourish and creating a large slowing zone. After a brief pause, the trap detonates, damaging all enemies inside its explosion.
R: CURTAIN CALL
Jhin fully assembles his weapon before taking aim in a target direction, revealing all marked targets in a huge area. He can then fire four rounds that stop at the first enemy champion struck, slowing them and dealing damage based on their missing health. Jhin’s fourth and final shot with Curtain Call deals massively increased damage and is guaranteed to crit.
Described as a “different kind of marksman,” Jhin’s low attack speed will “often see him pushed under the tower, and having to fire off his shots to last hit instead of harass.” The trick to his laning phase is perfectly placed Captive Audience traps and waiting for the Jungler to gank.
In team fights, the new champion has two viable strategies: appear at the start of the battle, or at the end. If you want to start with Jhin, fire his ult first to slow the enemy’s frontline from getting where they want to go, allowing your team to get in a better position. If you want to use Jhin at the end, tack the traditional backline position, set up traps and aim Deadly Flourish at marked targets.
Jhin is allegedly supposed to work well with Darius, Nautilus, and Morgana, while struggling against Yasuo, Jarvan IV, and Lucian. However, the only way to find out for sure is by trying these lineups in your next League of Legends match. Check out his full reveal here.
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