Riot announces new League champion Samira, the Desert Rose: release date, abilities - Dexerto
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Everything we know about League champion Samira: abilities, release date

Published: 13/Sep/2020 17:43 Updated: 13/Sep/2020 17:45

by Isaac McIntyre


Noxian marksman Samira, the Desert Rose, has been announced as the 151st League of Legends champion. Here’s everything we know about the heroine that’s “dressed to kill,” including her release date, “jaw-dropping” abilities, and more.

Following the Spirit Blossom event, whispers of a new champ began to take the community by storm. First, an easter egg was found on Patch 10.16, and mentions of a mysterious character, “Samira,” were discovered on the PBE.

These leaks and rumors, coupled with Riot’s June update that teased a new AD carry coming in Season 10, seem to point to one thing; League’s 151st champion will be joining the roster a little sooner than anyone expected.

Riot announce Samira as 151st LoL champ

After her secret Rank S emote and mission was teased in-game, Samira has finally been announced as the latest Marksman to join the roster, with Riot releasing a trailer for the champion on August 30.

Riot revealed a cinematic teaser, followed by a full look at the new champ and her in-game abilities. Some fans are describing her as a mix between Riven, Katarina, and Gangplank.

“Samira is a gifted, ruthless marksman who charges up her style meter as she hunts for the flashiest kill. Because it’s not about the win — it’s about the thrill,” Riot said in the video’s official description.

You can watch the full Champion trailer for Samira below:

Samira abilities

Leaks previously claimed that Samira has abilities would be quite similar to four other champions already in LoL. With her “jaw-dropping” kit taking inspiration from Katarina’s ultimate, Irelia’s W, Urgot’s W, and Nunu & Willump’s ult.

Now that the character has been added to PBE, it was revealed that Samira’s Ultimate lets her “spin and shoot bullets from her machine gun, as well as throw multiple daggers”. Her ult ability will be capped by her Style Rating, which is affected by how many champions she is hitting at any one time.

Samira is expected to work in a similar way to Aphelios. There won’t be multiple gun changes required, but she will “alternate between her pistol and dagger” for her moves, while wielding a machine gun for ultimate ability. You can find a full breakdown of all of Samira’s abilities in League of Legends here.

Samira will allegedly have an ability similar to Katarina's
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Samira’s R will be ability similar to Katarina’s “Death Lotus” ultimate.

Samira release date

League fans will, of course, be wondering when they can get their hands on the new Season 10 champion. The good news is, following her addition to the PBE Servers in Patch 10.18, it could be pretty soon.

Leaker Streamie suggested Samira was slotted in for a “two-week” release date. That means the AD carry should be on the PBE by League Patch 10.18. This would be right before the Worlds update, so she’d likely be disabled in pro play.

After her first PBE cycle is finished, League fans can expect to see her full release around Wednesday, September 16 for League Patch 10.19.

Samira could be released in League as soon as LoL Patch 10.18 next month.
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Samira is expected to be released in League for Patch 10.19 next week.

So, there you have it ⁠— everything you need to know about Samira, the new 151st League of Legends’ champion. There may be a bit of a wait until we finally get to see her in action but there’s still plenty more to learn!

Want to get involved in the discussion about the new champion before then. Already decided (for whatever reason) to make her your new main? There’s a new Reddit community already live at /r/SamiraMains, just for you.

Still hungry for even more League of Legends leaks? Of course you are. Here’s everything we know about the 152nd champion Seraphine so far.

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Rell nerfs on League patch 11.3 makes Iron Maiden less tanky

Published: 24/Jan/2021 7:02

by Andrew Amos


Rell is getting a hefty set of nerfs in League of Legends patch 11.3 to make the Iron Maiden less tanky. However, they could have a knock-on effect, where full AP Rell takes over the meta.

Rell has been a rather interesting addition to the League of Legends roster. The first champion in preseason 11 struggled to find her way into the meta at the start, but then has exploded as a power pick in recent patches.

Now, Riot are toning her back. Her utility is just a little bit too strong to justify some of her damage values ⁠— at least in her base kit.

Battle Queen Rell in League of Legends
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Rell is getting some nerfs in League patch 11.3.

The current changes on the League of Legends PBE include nerfs to her W shield, while buffing its damage ratio. Her E is getting nerfed all around ⁠— damage and resistances. Her R, on the other hand, is getting an AP ratio buff.

The changes have led to a mixed response from the community. While Rell mains feel like Riot are trying to streamline her into just maxing Q, Riot are trying to just nerf the rest of her kit to be more in line with her Q, rather than risk increasing her already high win-rate before.

“The goal of the change-list is to very slightly nerf her, and also skew her slightly back towards Q max being correct by weakening the durability gained with each W point. The AP ratios are mostly just extra and aren’t much power at all unless going Shurelya’s,” developer Ray Yonggi said.

“It’s not because we want them to specifically have more damage, it’s because we want all 4 abilities to feel like they are pulling their weight, and unfortunately Q doesn’t feel like it when it’s not maxed.”

However, the increase of AP ratios ⁠— including an extra 40% AP on her ultimate ⁠— have players weary of the potential of full AP Rell. With 110% AP on her ultimate, as well as 60% AP on her Q, she could nuke enemies with a full AP build.


Riot are still tinkering with the buffs, but they’re trying to make sure Rell stays true to her tank identity ⁠— just with a little bit less power right off the bat.

“Basic idea around the Q thing was that Q feels really wimpy if not maxed, but W feels effective no matter what, so the character can feel more punchy if Q max was what people did more often, as it increases the damage and healing per point,” Yonggi added.

The Rell changes are expected to go through with League patch 11.3, penned in for February 3.