Having gotten a decent look at what Quinn is currently capable of, I am quite convinced she is a little bit OP. I am guessing we will see her frequently in the bottom lane, and also as a duelist in the top lane. So instead of spending all of our time talking about how awesome or broken she is, let’s start thinking about how she might be countered.
Here unique E (Vault) makes her a very strong duelist who can, seemingly, always escape you. If you can wait for her to use this ability before you engage on her, you should do so. Of course a smart Quinn will not use this ability until you have dashed to her or she is ready to kill you. The fact that she is ranged gives her all the time in the world to poke you without having to use Vault, except to escape. This will make her strong, but not unbeatable.
To fight Quinn in the top lane, having either a dash, or being a ranged champ, will be important. Champs such as Nidalee and Jayce should be able to either free farm or trade with her fairly easily. They may not be able to stop Quinn from farming, but most of those champs will be just as useful as Quinn later in the game, and should have an easier time killing her then.
Even if your champ has a dash, Quinn should be able to avoid it, but this will come at a decent mana cost. So if you can play an energy champ, or a champ whose dash doesn’t cost much mana, you should be able to continually pressure her until she is out of mana and unable to escape. Just make sure that you are able to sustain yourself until then, and don’t take too much free damage from her.
A couple of champs that I think should excel against top lane Quinn are Akali and Riven. Yes, I believe Quinn can reveal Akali when she is in stealth, but this will not decide the match-up. What will decide the match-up will be Akali’s insane burst damage and her ability to repeatedly dash after Quinn. Riven has a decent shield and multiple dashes that do not cost any mana. This means that she should be able to pressure Quinn until Quinn runs out of mana and Riven can engage and kill her. In the meantime, Riven can use her shield to keep her health up until she moves in for the kill.
In bot lane, I believe Quinn’s short range will be her undoing. Her ability to disengage will make her strong against support champs like Taric and Leona that rely on close range engagements. What she will struggle against are supports such as Lulu, Thresh and Sona who can poke Quinn down when she steps up to last hit. ADC’s who have good range such as Tristana, Caitlyn and Kog should succeed against her because of their range advantage. Fun fact, even Vayne has a longer range than Quinn, so hopefully this will be Quinn’s downfall.
If all else fails, and you are unable to beat Quinn in lane, do not despair (though your team likely will 😛 because this is LoL after all). She is very much a short ranged duelist and will be just as vulnerable, if not a little bit more so, in team fights as any other ADC. Yes, Quinn has Vault, but even Vault cannot defeat the CC of five opposing champions, especially when Quinn has to step up close to the fight to hit you.
I hope this advice makes Quinn a little bit easier for everyone to deal with. At the very least, I hope I gave you some food for thought while everyone else is still worrying about how to click Quinn fast enough in their Blind Pick game so that they can actually get to play her. If you find any champions or strategies that work well against Quinn please feel free to share them here.
Quinn will likely be broken, in some way, for the next couple of weeks. If we pool our brain power, I’m sure we can think of ways to defeat her!