Priscilla, the Spider QueenElise (originally Nidalee, and then Priscilla) was first in development back in 2009, but did not make it through the development phase. For years to come, her artwork and spell icons would remain in the game files.
Dominion in September 2011, was named in homage to the Spider Queen, although the item was removed shortly after., an item released with the launch of
There was a poll on the League of Legends forums petitioning for Riot to bring the Spider Queen into the game, which received over 24.000 votes. The forum can be seen here.
Elise, the Spider Queen Revealed
By NeeksNaman 
This patch, we'll welcome a champion with a lot of history into the League of Legends lineup: Elise, the Spider Queen. Originallyover three years ago, Elise proved to be a challenging champion to fully realize. Finally coming together as a transform champion, Elise has the ability to assume the form of either a regal mage or a deadly spider assassin.
- Abilities (Human Form)
Elise fires a skillshot that stuns the first enemy struck.
- Abilities (Spider Form)
- Spider Swarm
Elise summons her spiderlings to fight by her side. Spiderlings deal physical damage and take reduced damage from multi-target abilities.
- Venomous Bite
Elise lunges forward and bites her target, slowing them and dealing bonus damage based on how low its Health is.
- On enemy cast: Elise and her ascend high into the air and descend upon an enemy target.
- On ground cast: Elise and her ascend high into the air, becoming untargetable for two seconds. Casting Rappel on a nearby enemy during this time will descend upon your target.
Like all transform champions, successfully playinginvolves balancing two distinct kits. More than any of her counterparts, however, the Spider Queen's two forms embody distinct, but complimentary roles. Unlike , whose kit emphasizes flowing smoothly between and skillsets, or , who uses her to split push and create distance for her attacks, Elise's two ability sets separate definitively into mage and assassin roles.
In hermage form, Elise specializes in keeping her distance using low-cooldown nukes and crowd control abilities. Her spells emphasize wearing down high-health targets in preparation for a brutal finish in spider form. At the heart of this gameplay is which deals damage based on the opponent's current health. While in this form, she also generates a each time she casts a spell. Upon transformation into a , she summons these to fight alongside her. Investing the time to build up your minion count is essential to performing a perfect assassination.
Once she's switched to herassassin form, Elise's kit takes on an entirely different theme. She gains a number of bonuses to her melee capabilities, and her become active to help rapidly damage an opponent. Using , she can ascend above the battlefield, vanishing from sight and becoming untargetable for a short duration. Once she's suspended, she can lower herself upon a nearby target, surrounding them with . Boosting her minions' Attack Speed with can quickly burst down a surrounded enemy, leaving them vulnerable to execution with .
Using both spider and human form effectively is the key to making the most out of the Spider Queen. Having the good judgment to stay safe in your mage form while you fight to create the opportunity for a clean spider kill will make or break your success on the Fields of Justice.
Inside Design: Weaving the Spider Queen's Web
By ByronicHero 
, the Spider Queen, is poised and ready to unleash her horrific powers on the Fields of Justice. We spoke to some of the Rioters involved in bringing Elise to life and asked them about the challenges of arachnophobia, visual design, sound design, and what's so damn cool about transforming into a monstrous, man-eating spider. Here's the inside scoop on Elise from the developers behind this dangerous new champion.