And we’re back! Nothing quite gets me back to writing like a bit of a break. Anyway, in my absence, some new champions have come out… but I still don’t get Syndra, so we’re skipping her. Moving on to the carnivorous voidbug!
As a writer, I love foils. There’s nothing more enjoyable than two characters that can play off one another with dialogue or motivations or whatever. Now, if you can expand that beyond the narrative, you’ve got me sold. Kha’zix is a perfect foil to Rengar, the last guy I wrote about. Kha’zix is nimble and stealthy, while Rengar will jump on you and beat your face in. Kha’zix is definitely glass cannon material in comparison to Rengar’s built-in tankiness. The thing that really sets Kha’zix apart from everyone else, and why he’s my favorite recent champion, is the evolution system.
For the fine folks out there who don’t follow champion releases that closely, Kha’zix gets the chance to evolve one of his basic abilities every time he puts a level into his ultimate, Void Assault. This allows for some insanely cool tricks. You just feel like doing more damage? Make your claws huge! Want more mobility and to terrify people, such as myself, who are afraid of winged insects? Grow a pair of fancy bug wings and flutter about like the butterfly of death you were meant to be.
So, yeah, Kha’zix has a ton of options and I’ve never played a game as him where I’ve taken exactly the same choices. I am a fan of evolving claws first (so much damage), but after that it just depends on what I need. It’s really hard to go wrong with your choice (unlike, say, Viktor’s augment upgrade…), so you’re not punished for accidentally evolving something you didn’t mean to, which I have done many, many times.
So, as far as my personal build goes, I just take a standard glass cannon route, not too different from what Phreak recommends in the Champion Spotlight. I feel like Kha’zix has enough built in damage that it’s better to play to his strengths than trying to make up for his squishiness. I would be willing to say you could potentially get something like Frozen Mallet as a luxury item (especially if you don’t evolve spike racks) for some tankiness and a reliable slow.
Finally, I’ve got to talk about the absolute brilliance that is The Hunt is On!. When I first saw this pop up on the League subreddit, I was concerned. It seemed like such a gamebreaker to let Kha’zix hit something beyond his normal potential or giving Rengar a death-proof, fully stacked Bonetooth Necklace. I’ve only been in one Hunt so far, as Kha’zix of course, and… I’ve honestly never had so much fun in this game. I nearly lost, but the tension building up to that fight was insane. The result – at least in terms of Kha’zix – didn’t seem too imbalanced, either. It was fun, it was clever, and it tied into the lore! It took a normal match of League and gave it a new little element of strategy. Do you actively hunt him down or do you just let things happen? It’s great and Riot really should look into doing more things like this.
Anyway, Kha’zix is definitely for people who like being sneaky and jumping around. He’s the most fun champion I’ve played since Jayce and he’s certainly worth a purchase – or at least a shot during free week. Feels good to be back, guys. As always, thanks for readin’ and have a good’un.