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League of Legends mobile: Everything we know

Published: 22/May/2019 12:52 Updated: 22/May/2019 13:09

by Matt Porter

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Reports suggest that Riot Games and Tencent Holdings are developing a version of popular MOBA League of Legends specifically for mobile devices.

League of Legends is recognized as one of the world’s most popular games, and has seen massive success despite PC being the only platform it is available on.

That seems set to change though, as Reuters report that Riot Games and Tencent Holdings are allegedly developing a mobile version of the title, marking a drastic shift in opinion from the developers.

Riot GamesLeague of Legends is one of the most popular games in the world, and may be coming to mobile.

When could League of Legends Mobile release?

According to Reuters, Tencent and Riot Games have been working on the mobile edition of LoL for over a year, although they give no specific date as to when work on the new version started.

While that would suggest that League of Legends mobile is well into the development cycle, they state that it’s unlikely that the game will be released in 2019, and will probably not be seen until 2020 at the earliest.

Which devices will League of Legends mobile appear on? 

Reuters suggests that Tencent previously asked Riot Games to develop a mobile version of League of Legends a number of years ago, but the developers rejected it outright. In response, Tencent created Arena of Valor, a MOBA similar to LoL that was released on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch, three platforms that League of Legends mobile could appear on.

Riot GamesLeague of Legends mobile could open a number of new markets to Riot Games.

Why are Riot Games and Tencent creating League of Legends mobile? 

While many players in the western hemisphere prefer to play games on console or PC, mobile gaming is a massive market in Asia, which is likely why Tencent are pushing for a version of the game to be released on these platforms.

League of Legends is the most popular PC game worldwide according to tracker Newzoo, so opening it up to mobile players could see it widen the gap at the top of the list, and cement LoL as the biggest game in the world.

Neither Riot Games nor Tencent have commented on the rumors that they are working on a mobile edition of League of Legends, but we’ll be sure to update this article with any new information as it becomes available. 

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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

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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.

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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.