League of Legends New Champion Announced: Kalista, The Spear of Vengeance

On November 4, 2014, Riot Games announced a new champion for League of Legends named Kalista, The Spear of Vengeance.  Kalista has been speculated and rumored ever since the Harrowing began, and it’s fitting that she was officially announced the day the Harrowing ended.  This is my analysis of what we know about her so far, and some speculation by me and by what other people have thought of.  All information about her abilities and so on are from http://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/champion-reveal/kalista-spear-vengeance-revealed and you can go there to read further.

Abilities

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The Black Spear

(Starting Item)
Active: Kalista offers a pact to an allied champion, should they agree, the item is consumed and the pair are Soul-Bound for the remainder of the game. When accepted, the binding enables Soul-Marked, a passive on Sentinel, and allows Kalista to use Fate’s Call when she unlocks it.

Passive: Martial Poise

Rather than cancelling the basic attack animation, a move order hops Kalista in the direction of the click after she completes her attack. Kalista leaps farther when moving away from her target.

Q: Pierce

Kalista hurls a spear, damaging the first enemy struck and adding a stack of Rend. Pierce also procs Martial Poise. 

W: Sentinel

Passive: Soul-Marked—When Kalista and her bound ally attack a minion, monster or enemy champion at the same time, they deal bonus magic damage.

Active: Kalista commands a sentinel to keep watch over an area. The sentinel patrols back and forth in a line a few times. Vulnerable to attacks from behind, sentinels see in a cone in front of them and scream if they spot an enemy champion.

E: Rend

Kalista’s basic attacks and the spear from Pierce lodge in their target for a short time. Rend causes her to rip the spears from her enemies, slowing them and dealing increased damage for each spear rent from the target. Rend’s cooldown resets if it secures a kill on an enemy unit. The spears stack infinitely, only disappearing if Kalista fails to keep up her assault.

R: Fate’s Call

Kalista repositions her bound ally next to her, making them untargetable and disabling their spells. During Fate’s Call, Kalista’s Soul-Bound gains a new ability, which allows the Soul-Bound to dash in a target direction, knocking up enemies they strike.

Lore

League Lore

Though no lore has been officially revealed, speculation runs rampant as to Kalista’s origins.  Before the Harrowing began, seven champions, including Cassiopeia, Twisted Fate, LeBlanc, Hecarim, Xerath, Lissandra, and Zed, had their champion pages on the League of Legends website altered.  There was a black mist or fog shrouding the images of the champion.  Some believed this was just something for the Harrowing, some speculated that this was a sign of a new champion.  Some believed these seven champions were people who betrayed Kalista, which makes sense since the lore of these seven champions include tales of betrayal and deceit.  Kalista is seeking revenge on these champions, which now makes sense with the officially announced title of Kalista, The Spear of Vengeance.  I have one small theory on her: What if Kalista is the reincarnation of Lucian’s wife, Senna?  According to Lucian’s lore, Lucian and Senna fought the evil manifesting from the Shadow Isles, where Hecarim, and Zed are from.  It said that Lucian and Senna were inseparable and “carved from the same stone”, which sound a lot like being soulbound.  Senna was betrayed by Thresh, who tricked her and stole her soul.  All of the champions whose pages were shrouded are people who betray and deceive; Cassiopeia betrayed Sivir, Twisted Fate is a gambler and betrayed those who gave him his magical powers, LeBlanc deceives people to control Noxus, Xerath betrayed Azir, Lissandra betrayed the tribes of the Freijord to gain power, and Zed deceives people with the shadows.  Hecarim is the only one who isn’t clear.

My Thoughts

League Thoughts

I am actually really excited to see Kalista in action and play her.  She doesn’t seem like a powerhouse ADC like Caitlyn or Jinx, but she seems very good for teamwork.  Her item she starts with, The Black Spear, seems like a really interesting mechanic, and it’s cool to see Riot take risks with their game and introduce new mechanics that bend the game, like Azir’s Sun Disc passive.  I think it will make supports like Gnar and other auto-attack heavy supports more viable, due to the bonus magic damage that Sentinel does if both Kalista and the Soul-Bound ally atttack the same enemy.  Her passive, Martial Pose, seems really cool, but it may get annoying when your up against poke-heavy ADCs like Sivir, and you try to stay mobile in lane but you keep jumping around everywhere.  It seems like something that will take awhile to get used to, but once you get used to it it may become overpowered.  Her Q ability, Pierce seems a lot like Nidalee’s Javelin Toss.  I’m assuming it will scale with AD instead of AP, though.  Her W active ability, Sentinel, seems really good, and I think it will alleviate some of the pressure on supports to buy and place wards, since it give you a roaming ward.  It all depends on how long the sentinel lasts though.  Kalista’s E ability, Rend, seems extremely similar to the abilities of other champions, like Twitch’s Contaminate and Sejuani’s Permafrost, since they all build stacks on an enemy and you can remove these stacks to do damage.  I think this will be Kalista’s main way to secure kills, especially if you build a lot of Attack Speed.  I wonder if it will scale off of AD or AP though.  Her ultimate ability, Fate’s Call, kind of confuses me.  I’m not entirely sure how it works.  I’ll need to watch gameplay and play her myself to truly understand it, since the explanation and video that talk about don’t do a very good job.  Overall, I’m really excited to play Kalista.  I like how Riot’s making unique champions like this.

Those are my thoughts on Kalista, and I’d like to hear what you think about her so far.  Let me know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

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