Another old timer within League’s ever-deepening champion pool, Ashe has seen almost six years shoot by with her launch kit largely intact. Now, the frost archer is receiving an update, which is now available in League of Legends' Public Beta Environment servers for testing.
According to the official post, Riot are not rebuilding Ashe from the ground up, but they have made some pretty meaningful changes to her abilities all intended to solidify Ashe as League’s premier utility carry. After her update, some of her abilities have been replaced with new ones, while others have been slightly tweaked. Here’s a rundown of hew new abilities:
Passive: Frost Shot (New)
Ashe slows whoever she damages with her basic attacks and abilities.
Ashe’s basic attacks always deal bonus damage to slowed targets, replacing her ability to critically strike. Bonus damage increases with her critical strike chance.
Q: Ranger’s Focus (New)
Passive: Ashe gains a stack of Focus whenever she slows an enemy, up to a cap of five stacks.
Active: Ashe gains a small amount of attack speed and applies a heavier Frost Shot slow for a few seconds. If Ashe has fully stacked her Focus, she also fires out a fast salvo of arrows with every basic attack for the ability’s duration.
W: Volley (Improved)
Ashe nocks several arrows on her bow before firing them simultaneously in a large cone before her. Each arrow deals damage and slows its victim.
[New] Ashe fires more arrows than before. Targets are more likely to be hit by multiple arrows, but they’ll only take damage from one.
E: Hawkshot (Improved)
Ashe commands her hawk to scout out an area. The hawk travels slowly, revealing areas it passes as it heads towards the target direction. Once the hawk reaches its destination, it hovers for a few seconds, revealing all non-stealthed units, even in bru
[New] Hawkshot now has a global range. Ashe can store up to 2 Hawkshots for quick use, too.
R: Enchanted Crystal Arrow (Untouched)
Ashe fires a huge ice missile in a target direction, damaging and stunning the first enemy champion it hits, with the stun duration dependant on the distance the missile travels. Enchanted Crystal Arrow also damages and slows all neutral and enemy targets surrounding its victim.
Riot's objective is to make her more interesting to play. Frost Shot is now a passive rather than a toggled ability. Her basic attacks and abilities will now always slow opponents. She'll do bonus damage to these slowed targets. This plays into her new ability, Ranger's Focus. She gains stacks of Focus by slowing enemies and can then unleash a salvo of arrows when she gets five stacks.
Hawkshot, a projectile that reveals the area it passes through, no longer has the passive bonus that grants her gold. However, the scouting capability of that ability has been greatly improved. Her Hawkshots now have a global range and she can store up two at a time. This lets her easily scan key objectives in the map and spot ambushes.