Evelynn is the original Ability Power-focused assassin jungler in League of Legends, and she’s doing well heading into next season.
Ever since her rework she has had the potential to be exactly the demon she is in the lore, stalking from the shadows and demolishing her prey in mere seconds. Here’s how to play Evelynn in League of Legends heading into preseason 2022.
How to play Evelynn in jungle
Evelynn has been dominating the preseason, with a staggering 70% win rate on her best build.
Evelynn has been terrorizing enemy junglers, especially those that rely on straightforwards brawling to secure individual leads. Even professional players are trying out Evelynn’s new place in the meta to explosive results.
Evelynn is a character that relies on setting up her victim for a sudden burst of damage before disappearing into the fog of war and repositioning to strike again. She has the potential to be an area-of-effect mage who can one-shot entire teams but she is a typical assassin in most games.
Much of her power is gated behind her passive upgrade at level six, which makes her camouflaged and grants bonus movement speed and health regeneration while out of combat. These allow Evelynn to cross over wards unseen and slip past her opponents’ defenses undetected.
This power spike is especially important, so looking to farm to level 6 is a key focus for Evelynn. Efficient clearing will leave some time for you to influence lanes but it’s much harder to find picks when you can be seen entering a lane.
The best Evelynn runes
Evelynn’s best rune setup has the Domination tree as her primary choice, taking Electrocute, Sudden Impact, Eyeball Collection, and Relentless Hunter. Electrocute is reliable, consistent damage that adds to Evelynn’s DPS without needing previous successful skirmishes like Dark Harvest. Sudden Impact allows her to gain Magic Penetration off of both her E and her ultimate, while Relentless Hunter combines with her passive after level six to make her a speed demon on Summoner’s Rift.
Evelynn’s best secondary rune tree is Sorcery, with nearly every pro player taking Gathering Storm and Absolute Focus to amplify her burst damage. Some players opt for Inspiration with Magical Footwear and Cosmic Insight, but Sorcery is the more successful choice by far.
Overall, Evelynn will reward players who are best able to efficiently farm early and turn that gold advantage into offensive items in time for level six. Once she is level 6, look to take on a roam-heavy playstyle that makes enemy laners feel unsafe any time they pass river.
The best Evelynn items in 2022
Evelynn’s best loadout at game start is the Hailblade, its eventual slow allowing her to close the gap on enemies easier. This is often paired with a refillable potion to give her maximum healing and mana before level 6 through multiple backs. From there, Evelynn players that get far ahead should look to pick up Dark Seal in order to snowball their lead and leave open the option of Mejai’s Soulstealer.
Evelynn’s best mythic item choice is Hextech Rocketbelt since it provides her both more damage as well as increased mobility to get her charm or ultimate off on a vulnerable target. From there, traditional AP assassin itemization takes precedent with Rabadon’s Deathcap, Void Staff, and options like Zhonya’s or Lich Bane. Banshee’s Veil also offers Evelynn another layer of protection to better allow her to annihilate opponents without taking a powerful spell to the face first.
Evelynn is in an incredibly good state right now, able to compete with meta junglers like Lee Sin or Viego. There’s no better time than right now to pick her up and try out League of Legends’ most seductive jungler.