In September, Riot Games revealed the newest character that is set to debut in their popular League of Legends game. For those who have been living under a rock for the last few years, LOL is a multiplayer battle arena game that is free to play. While I am not big on playing games for the PC, I will admit I have started to delve into this game bit by bit and it is interesting to say the least.
The newest character in League of Legends was announced to be Jinx, The Loose Cannon. Jinx, who the website Polygon described as "a hybrid of the Joker and TF2's Heavy after hearing her voice," is described as a marksman in the game. The story behind Jinx is that she has a strong dislike of police officer Vi and her path of destruction is a way for her to torment Vi, who is a bad cop. As a refresher, here are Jinx's abilities, courtesy of Riot Games.
Passive: Get Excited: Jinx gains a massive movement speed boost whenever a champion or tower that she's recently attacked is killed or destroyed. This boost decays over time.
Q: Switheroo!: Jinx swaps weapons:
- Fishbones, the rocket launcher: Jinx's basic attacks consume mana but gain increased range and deal increased damage to her target and nearby enemies.
- Pow-Pow, the minigun: Jinx's basic attacks grant attack speed for a short duration, stacking up to three times. Stacks fall off one at a time once Jinx stops attacking.
W: Zap!: Jinx snaps off an electrical blast that deals damage to and slows the first enemy hit.
E: Flame Chompers!: Jinx throws out a line of snare grenades that detonate after a few seconds, lighting nearby enemies on fir. Enemy champions who walk over a grenade will cause t detonate early, rooting them briefly.
R: Super Mega Death Rocket!: Jinx fired a global rocket that gains damage as it travels. The rocket exploded on the first enemy champion hit, dealing damage to the target and all nearby enemies based on a percentage of their missing health.
One of the things that make Jinx, The Loose Cannon such a good character is the fact that she is a marksman. With a character that can shoot straight and with the weapons she possess, she could inflict major damage on her enemies during battles. Here are some gameplay details about Jinx, The Loose Cannon.
Bot Lane: Jinx is a versatile marksman armed with an arsenal of eclectic weapons. Her assortment of arms wreaks a ton of havoc, enabling her to deal brutal bouts of damage at the expense of mobility. One of the most important facets to playing Jinx is harnessing the power of Switcheroo! to safely harass her enemies from a distance with her rocket launcher before unleashing a hail of minigun pain when the moment calls.
Despite her lack of built-in escapes, Jinx stores a few maneuvers inside her hyperactive brain that help her avoid ganks. Flame Chompers! briefly snares encroaching junglers, a well-timed Zap! discourages pursuit and careful management of objectives provide a massive speed boost thanks to Get Excited! triggering when a tower falls.
And towers will fall. Clearing waves through liberal use of her rocket launcher's area of effect attacks, Jinx brings constant lane pressure. Keeping her opponents on their heels, or making it impossible for them to pressure her, helps ensure she makes it to the mid- and late-game stages where her tremendous potential truly shines.
One thing, though, that remains to be said: there's almost never a time when a Super Mega Death Rocket isn't just about the best possible answer to any problem. Jinx's ultimate is a global execute that picks up speed as it hurtles towards an unsuspecting victim's facial area. Whether KO-ing a low-health enemy team during an early-level Baron fight from across the map or nailing a retreating foe for the last-second kill, there's nothing a well-placed Super Mega Death Rocket can't do. Except hit non-champions. It can't do that.
Teamfights: Jinx begins to dish out the damage once teamfights break out. Lacking reliable peel of protection for herself, though, she relies on her positioning and her teammates to keep her alive while she sends her enemies screaming. Jinx's range and damage remain potent throughout the game, making her ideal in a composition built around long-range poke In the heat of battle, using her rocket launcher and Zap! From a distance helps whittle down enemies until she scores a kill, while Flame Chompers! Create zone that opposing champs would do well to avoid. Once Get Excite! Triggers, Jinx unlock her clean-up potential, quickly repositioning to avoid threats and mowing down stragglers trying to run away.
Unfortunately, Jinx, The Loose Cannon is not available for use quite yet. She is available is the Public Beta Environment right now but there has been no indication as to when a live release date will take place. In the meantime, you can check out the music video for Jinx, The Loose Cannon below.