Neeko is not one of the oldest League of Legends champions. Unfortunately, she has never found her own place in the meta completely, and Riot are changing that.
They have already done quite a few of those to other champions , with only a few not being any success, such as the case of Taliyah. The rest have breathed new life into their champions.
And, even though her mini rework has been delayed a few weeks ago, it would appear that some abilities are being worked on, and have now been leaked:
- Passive - Shoma Essence
- Neeko's Attacks deal additional magic damage. Every third attack, Neeko's next three attacks happen as one but each only at 60% effectiveness and Neeko gains 10% move speed for 1 second.
- Q - Blooming Burst
- Neeko throws a seed that blooms 3 times dealing magic damage. The last bloom also deals a % of mission health as magic damage instead and affects a larger area.
- W - Shapesplitter
- Neeko and her closest ally in range briefly slip out of sight, granting invisibility. Neeko disguises herself as that ally for 3 seconds and projects a clone that lasts for 3 seconds. Neeko, her ally and the clone gain 20% move speed for 3 seconds. When the clone expires, collides with an enemy champion or is hit, it turns into a Blooming Burst.
- R - Pop Blossom
- Neeko winds up with Shoma Essence over 1.5 seconds, causing a burst dealing magic damage and applying stacking 33% slow to nearby enemies hit for 1 second every 0.5 seconds. For the last burst, Neeko leaps into the air and deals magic damage instead.
As we can see, the biggest changes are coming to her W, which will now become a poking tool, as well as be easier to use to fool enemies.
The rest of her abilities are getting quality-of-life updates, and minor adjustments to strengthen them.