New League of Legends Champion Hwei is Its Most Versatile Yet
The latest addition to Riot Games’ immensely popular MOBA, League of Legends, is the enigmatic champion Hwei, known as the Visionary. Hwei stands out as one of the game’s most intricate and adaptable characters, equipped with a diverse set of ten distinctive spells. This brooding artist, exuding an incredibly attractive aura, claims to possess the perfect solution for every conceivable situation, provided that he is skillfully wielded. Anticipation for Hwei’s debut is already building.
Drawing inspiration from my experience with both League of Legends and Valve’s Dota 2, I find myself particularly intrigued by Hwei, reminiscent of Dota’s Invoker—a personal favorite across MOBA games. Similar to Invoker, Hwei employs various button combinations to access a broader array of skills, deviating from the conventional ‘one per key’ approach. This mechanic also resonates with the Ninja class in FFXIV, my preferred job in that game, highlighting my fondness for this particular gameplay style.
While Hwei’s abilities may appear more straightforward than those of the aforementioned examples, adapting to them is likely to require some adjustment. Each spell is activated through a two-button sequence: the first press determines the paint color, corresponding to the type of spell (Q for ‘disaster,’ W for ‘serenity,’ and E for ‘torment’), while the second press selects the specific spell from that category using Q, W, or E. Notably, cooldowns are shared among all spells within a school, permitting the use of only one spell of each type simultaneously.
As you might expect, the disaster spells focus on powerful destructive abilities, serenity spells offer protection and buffs to Hwei and his allies, and torment spells can be used to inflict negative effects on his opponents. If you decide you want to cancel out of the chosen subject after the first button, you can hit the R key to wash your brush clean and return to a neutral state without expending mana or cooldowns.
Press R with no subject selected, however, and you’ll instead cast Hwei’s ultimate, Spiraling Despair. This sticks to an enemy champion, then expands, creating a zone that inflicts magic damage and a stacking slow effect on all enemies within it, before shattering for a final burst of magic damage to anyone still left standing inside its range.
This effect is reflected in Hwei’s passive ability, Signature of the Visionary. Landing a damaging ability on an enemy champion marks them for a few seconds – land another on an already marked foe and an explosion will be created underneath them, which then detonates after a short delay dealing magic damage to all enemies in range. You’ll want to stay spread out when you spot him on the enemy team, then.
Hwei’s wide-ranging arsenal certainly makes him one of the most versatile champions League of Legends has ever seen. While the shared cooldowns on each school of magic mean he has to pick his tools carefully, the potential he puts at your fingertips is thrilling. It’s yet to be seen whether that means he’ll be as tough to master as the likes of the weapon-swapping Aphelios, or Azir and his army of sand soldiers, but I can’t wait to find out.
League of Legends Hwei abilities
Here is the full set of abilities for Hwei the Visionary, who joins the roster in League of Legends patch 13.24 on Wednesday, December 6, courtesy of Riot Games:
Passive – Signature of the Visionary
Hwei’s damaging abilities against enemy champions mark them for a few seconds. Hitting marked enemies with another damaging ability creates an explosion underneath them, detonating after a short delay and dealing magic damage to all enemies in range.
QR/WR/ER – Wash Brush
Hwei clears his paintbrush and returns to base abilities without using mana or cooldowns.
Q – Subject: Disaster
QQ – Devastating Fire
Hwei paints a blazing fireball that flies out in the target direction. It explodes on the first enemy hit or at maximum range, dealing magic damage plus percent max health magic damage to all enemies in an area.
QW – Severing Bolt
Hwei paints a long-range, devastating bolt at the target location. After a delay, the bolt strikes, dealing magic damage. Immobilized or isolated enemies take increased damage based on missing health.
QE – Molten Fissure
Hwei paints a field of exploding volcanic eruptions, creating lingering lava in its path. Every eruption deals magic damage to enemies hit. Enemies in the lava area are dealt magic damage per second and are slowed.
W – Subject: Serenity
WQ – Fleeting Current
Hwei paints a current of swift waters in a line for a few seconds that grants movement speed to himself and his allies.
WW – Pool of Reflection
Hwei forms a protective pool at the target location that lasts for a few seconds. Allied champions inside the area gain an immediate shield, increasing in value over a few seconds while in the area.
WE – Stirring Lights
Hwei paints three swirling lights that circle him for several seconds. Hwei’s next three attacks or spells deal bonus magic damage and grant mana on hit.
E – Subject: Torment
EQ – Grim Visage
Hwei launches a terrifying face that strikes the first enemy hit, dealing magic damage and causing them to flee for a brief duration.
EW – Gaze of the Abyss
Hwei paints an abyssal eye at the target location that grants vision and locks onto the nearest visible enemy champion. After a short delay, the eye fires at the locked-on champion, rooting the first enemy in its path for a few seconds and dealing magic damage to them.
EE – Crushing Maw
Hwei paints crushing jaws that deal magic damage to enemies hit and pulls them toward the center, slowing them by a set amount that quickly decays.
R – Spiraling Despair
Hwei launches a vision of pure despair that sticks to an enemy champion for a few seconds. The vision expands and overwhelms all enemies it touches, dealing magic damage per second. Enemies within the zone are afflicted with stacks of Despair over time. Each stack of Despair applies a stacking percent slow. Upon completion, the vision shatters, dealing magic damage.
Hwei the Visionary joins the roster with League of Legends patch 13.24, which is currently set to arrive on Wednesday, December 6, 2023.
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