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Vel'Koz, the Eye of the Void, revealed!
Surrender at 20: Vel'Koz, the Eye of the Void, revealed!
Behold! The official reveal for Vel'Koz, the Eye of the Void, has been published and this elusive void creature is headed to the PBE as we speak!
Continue reading for a better look at Vel'Koz's kit, playstyle, and more!
The Void is preparing to spill forth its latest monstrosity: VelíKoz. A terrifying being created for the sole purpose of learning, VelíKoz absorbs knowledge and accrues understanding through a multitude of tests and scans. Unfortunately, those very tests, while extremely productive for VelíKoz, have a tendency to utterly destroy his subjects.
Passive: Organic Deconstruction
VelíKozís abilities Deconstruct those they strike. After being hit three times by his abilities, minions, monsters and enemy champions are Deconstructed and suffer bonus true damage. Enemies lose their Deconstruction stacks by avoiding VelíKozís attacks for a short while.
Q: Plasma Fission
VelíKoz fires a plasma bolt that slows and damages the first enemy struck. Once Plasma Fission hits, reaches its maximum range or is reactivated a second time, the bolt splits at a 90 degree angle. The split bolts deal the same damage and apply the same slow.
W: Void Rift
VelíKoz sends out a straight line blast that tears open a temporary rift to the Void before exploding. Both the initial tear and the delayed explosion damage and apply Deconstruction stacks to caught enemies.
E: Tectonic Disruption
After a brief delay VelíKoz disrupts a nearby area, damaging and launching all enemies caught into the air. Enemies hit that are close to VelíKoz are also knocked back slightly.
R: Life Form Disintegration Ray
VelíKoz channels a ray of infinite energy that follows the cursor for a brief while, damaging, slowing and Deconstructing all enemies in range.
VelíKoz is a ranged mage born to blast out overwhelming damage over sustained fights. With long-range harass available from the start of the game, VelíKoz is a fragile but threatening early presence who relies on his teammatesí protection to bring his full force to bear come late game.
VelíKoz is a creature of raw power, not speed, and as such carries out his finest research on the mid lane of Summonerís Rift. The towers here are placed closer together, giving the Eye of the Void less distance to travel when enemy junglers dare get between him and his research subjects. A short autoattack range means VelíKoz is often in the thick of the fighting, but he has the necessary tools in his abilities to dissuade his lane opponent from engaging. Enemy midlaners within their own minion waves are vulnerable to poke through Void Rift, while opponents caught in the open make easy targets for Plasma Fission. Using abilities frequently benefits VelíKoz: fully stacking Organic Deconstruction against his opposing laner deals substantial true damage, forcing his counterpart to choose between moving in to secure minion gold or retreating until their Deconstruction stacks have dissipated. Aggressive enemies risk a quick death once VelíKoz catches them with further rounds of Void Rift followed by Tectonic Disruption, while those that flee are still subject to considerable ranged harass. With clever aiming and timing of Plasma Fissionís second cast, VelíKoz can both steer his ability around enemy minions and gain additional range through geometric finesse.
VelíKoz becomes an entirely different beast once he gains access to Life Form Disintegration Ray. His ult deals devastating amounts of damage to all enemies caught, but its long channel time and slow turn speed makes initial positioning absolutely paramount. Because of this, VelíKoz does best bringing his ult to bear following a few successful rounds of poke, after his opponents are sufficiently researched with Organic Deconstruction and wounded enough to keep their distance. Even the minion cover often granted by distance is ignored by Life Form Disintegration Rayís absolute power, which fully affects all enemies within its substantial range.
As teams start skirmishing around Summonerís Rift, VelíKoz is safest positioning himself within or behind his allies, harassing his enemies with repeated casts of Plasma Fission and Tectonic Disruption. When caught in unfavorable positions, VelíKoz fires off Plasma Fission while retreating to kite his pursuers and positions Void Rift in choke points to dissuade enemies from following further. In favorable situations, VelíKoz uses the same ability to separate his subject from its pack before unleashing Tectonic Disruption and Plasma Fission to quickly catch and dispatch them.
In full-scale teamfights, VelíKoz again works best from the back line, tossing out damage and crowd control with Plasma Fission as he builds Deconstruction stacks on his enemies. Allied protection is key here as enemy bruisers, once they get to VelíKoz, make short work of the tentacled glass cannon. Still, VelíKoz has a few tricks of his own to ensure his safety: Plasma Fission makes for an excellent kiting tool, while the combined knock back and knock up from Tectonic Disruption allows VelíKoz to reposition away from danger. Finally, once enough enemies are primed from his harass, once his team has set up a safe area for VelíKoz to channel in, the Eye of the Void unleashes Life Form Disintegration Ray to melt through the massed enemy ranks and leave his foes staggering under sheer, overwhelming damage.