Got about 20 games under her now. Initial reactions? Mixed really:
- The use of her E makes or breaks her
- Short range
- Low damage initially
- Good AoE
- Can move and cast, very smooth animations
I really think the use of her E makes or breaks you. Like...the difference between a useless Syndra and an amazing one is solely on the use and abuse of that long range stun. And no, I am not an amazing Syndra LOL.
I'm still on the fence on whether or not she's balanced in general, useful in Dominion, or needs a tweak.
IMO she really doesn't have a place top. Her damage is too low for how short her range is. She basically feels useless until 6. And even then, mediocre compared to other top mages like Nidalee, Lux, etc.
Bottom she is really hindered by the short range of her Q and R. She gets outranged by so...many...bottoms. This is where that stun makes or breaks you. I can tell it's going to take a special player to bring this champion to a strong role in Dominion. One thing that I love about it, as small as it sounds, is that you can pick up minions with her W. You can get them off points, throw away promoted minions, etc.
Once farmed and fully scaled however she can switch top and become a force. That ultimate hits...hard. Their squishies won't realize what's happening until they're dead. I also love how you can cast a few more spells while the R is going off, stacking damage on top without them noticing.
My normal build has been some combination of Sorc Boots, Guise, AUG, Rylai's. Been going with Mpen/Manaregen/Cdr/Ms runes and 9-21-0 masteries.
I think Rylai's may be core on her with how smooth her moving while casting is. You can kite very well with it. And that's kind of all you got with her.