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She definitely needed buffs with her release state. She's received numerous ones over her history, so she's much better then she used to be. Most people still think she's not very good since she was up for quite a while and her role in teamfights is quite difficult as she's an assassin that isn't particularly slippery outside of a long cd move that usually has to be used to get on the squishies and doesn't have as much burst in spider form as most assassins have, meaning you have to be very careful as to when to go in.
Right now, she's seeing a ton of play in the NA scene as a top laner and occasional jungler. She has a very strong laning phase and a potential long distance 1.5 second stun + great burst and cleanup potential mean that she has a lot better team fighting then people think she has. I think they might have gone a tad bit too far on the buffs. She's really strong right now in the right hands, and I wouldn't be terribly surprised if an Elise nerf happens down the road.