Hello all you Evelynn summoners. It's time to make lemon-aid out of lemons.
This survival guide will shed light on making the current Eve viable for solo-team fights.
You know what changes she has now, so I'll spare you those details and jump right to building options.
Evelynn's shadow walk has lost its stun and instead uses a slow component for 3 seconds that increases its intensity as you rank it. Simply put, Rank 5 allows your target to cover less ground than it does at Rank 1.
You can capitalize on this by purchasing items that help slow your opponent since the values are additive. I've tested Frozen Mallet/Rylai's Scepter/Trinity force combinations and for the most part, it seems to be a viable tactic. Any of these 3 items are good for another reason which I will expand on later.
You definitely want to rank up your skills a bit differently now to account for loss of dps due to them being able to flee.
Level 1 is of your choosing, but I recommend getting Hate Spike at level 1 to help you farm and get to Level 2 faster. Also, it gives your lane an upper hand in getting first blood as its a quick damage that easily outweighs Ravage at Level 1. By level 3, I have all three standard skills and have made sure that I have farmed my fair share of gold from minion kills. 4th level I rank up Ravage to R2 to deliver upfront damage when I begin my attack. Ravage at this level reduces armor and magic resistance enough for anyone near you to cause a good amount of extra damage.
At levels 5, 7, and 8, I put points into Shadow Walk, as this increases the slow duration enough so that when you slow your enemy, your attack rate isn't interrupted by their modified movement speed. Eve doesn't like to chase, so you need to do as much damage as possible in the shortest amount of time.
At rank 9 and 11, i put points into Ravage to give the burst damage a sharp boost. By this point, if you were able to get your build progressing, you should pose a decent threat in and outside of team fights, having 4 points in Ravage and 4 points in Shadow Walk. You don't want to rank up Hate Spike too soon because at higher ranks it takes too much away from a small mana pool.
Survivability is key now. Evelynn depends on it to avoid being a kill-per-battle kind of champion. Her Ultimate's passive heal has been severely reduced, so this means you most definitely need to buy health early on. For starters, begin building the Phage as early on as you can. Not only does it provide you with some measure of survivability, but it potentially adds to your slow component when coming out of stealth, allowing you to tack on more damage at times. Follow up immediately with Sheen, it progresses your Trinity Force, and adds to your mana and total damage output. It's also relatively inexpensive.
By the time you get these two items, more than likely, enemy champions will be conscientious of your growing power. It's time to buy some defensive items. Guardian angel would be good later on, it restores more health than your Ultimate will restore, and you get mana back as well if you were low on it. It also aids your Shadow Walk for a quick escape if the situation allows for it. But for now, its base items, Chain mail and Null-magic Mantle, give you good standing power and combine with your Phage well for survivability.
Finish off your Trinity asap after this. You need it to really be of assistance in team fights. You can continually slow enemies for your teammates and evade to activate shadow walk again for more slows or escape if you're in trouble. When you have the gold, grab the Guardian Angel. By now some of your DPS or burst damage enemies have the ability to kill you very quickly, in team fights or otherwise. GA will allow you to survive the unsurvivable moments, and keep your enemies from getting easy money off you.
If you go Attack Damage:
You can use Youmuu's Ghostblade and the Infinity Edge. You want something that increases AD as well as critical hits. You should be able to slow frequently with Trinity and Shadow Walk slow, so these 2 items allow you to land damage quickly on the enemy as long as they are slowed. I recommend Youmuus' Ghostblade for tanky teams, and Infinity Edge for a most other cases.
Finish the build off with the Executioner's Contract. More healing. Evelynn needs all the healing she can get.
If you go Ability Power:
You'll want to make use of tanky AP items now, making Rylai's Crystal Scepter an excellent decision. You have the potential to keep your enemy very slow for a long time, meaning you can solo well. Mix and match this with the Hextech Revolver, and of course, Rabadon's Death Cap or Liche Bane.
It is expensive, but you shouldn't really have much of an issue killing minions for gold with auto attacks since you add a good amount of damage with the critical hit and 150% base damage boost from Trinity Force.
Gankings are harder to pull off since your enemies are now able to use movement spells the instant you attack them, negating your slow (ex. Flash, Ghost, Valkyrie, Rocket Jump, etc.) You are going to need to be patient, almost as patient as Twitch, seeing as you are just like him with the exception that you don't slow multiple targets (and you don't poison). You must gauge your situations with an all new perspective, and visualize what will happen before acting. Remember too, that you don't survive as efficiently as you used to due to the lack of healing from your passive, so make sure an escape option is available to you until you get the Guardian Angel up again (it heals you more than your Ultimate does).
EDIT: The slow component is actually a slight improvement as it lengthens the time she is able to cripple her opponents, allowing for some interesting effects when it comes to folks using summoner spells. If you look at it from the perspective of control, Evelynn has attained more of it rather than less. The only real thing she cannot do anymore is interrupt channeled spells. It is a buff that is only offset by the nerf to Malice and Spite.
Thanks for taking this into consideration.
If you have any ideas or experiences that work for you, please share them in a posting.
We'll get through these hard times. We've been through worse.