Yeah his E is horrible to use in lane unless you can prep minions and then CS+poke in one shot with it. And then you're still going to struggle with mana and getting shoved in if you're using it frequently. I've started going double Doran's to fight for lane priority, fuck trying to farm out a first back Hex upgrade.
He also doesn't have a good keystone. Like Viktor has used Klepto but then they removed the bonus range on autos so it isn't as good with his Q. Then he used Fleet in the Dun tank build in Spring but then it was nerfed and Abyssal was nerfed for mages. Then it's okay, we'll do Aery and Electrocute like everyone else and maybe Grasp if you're versing Zed or Talon. And now Aery and Electrocute have been nerfed and it's time to try Predator.
Compensation has been a couple Q buffs that didn't do enough, an R buff that didn't do anything since R is still useless except as a zoning tool and then 100 cast range on W that I can't tell is there.
I wanna scream desu. GLORIOUS EVOLUSHUN shouldn't be this hard.