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Pantheon, Xayah, and more nerfs coming in League of Legends patch 9.22

Published: 29/Oct/2019 17:25 Updated: 29/Oct/2019 17:39

by Joe O'Brien


Riot Games have revealed which champions they’re targeting with balance changes in League of Legends Patch 9.22, the last update before preseason.

Season 9 is coming to a close, but there’s still one more update on the way that will set the stage before the major patch that will introduce the preseason and a variety of significant changes to the game.

Lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Riot Scruffy’ Yetter has now revealed the champions that will be targeted with the final balance adjustments coming in Patch 9.22, which is due to arrive on November 6, although he does state that all changes should be made with a “pretty light touch” before the more significant preseason update.

The buff list is particularly short, featuring only three champions – Sejuani, Sylas, and Kalista. The latter in particular has struggled to find a place in the meta recently, so fans of the champion can hope that the update will make her more viable.

Riot GamesSylas is getting buffed again after he was nerfed in recent patches.

Those who have been watching the ongoing League of Legends World Championship will likely be unsurprised by the champions that top the nerf list. Pantheon has received a 100% ban rate during the tournament due to how powerful he is, while Kayle has been a common choice for teams favoring a late-game scaling approach.

Meanwhile, the bot lane has been dominated by two marksmen picks, Xayah and Kai’Sa, both of whom have been incredibly strong throughout the year. Bot lane players may be pleased to see them on the nerf list, potentially opening space for a greater variety of AD Carry picks.

The full list of champions being adjusted in Patch 9.22 can be seen below.

Champion Buffs

  • Sejuani
  • Sylas
  • Kalista

Champion Nerfs

  • Kayle
  • Pantheon
  • Kai’Sa
  • Xayah
  • Ashe
  • Blitzcrank
  • Nautilus
  • AP Malphite

The preseason update is set to introduce major changes to League of Legends, most significantly in the form of an overhaul to the drake system which will not only adjust the buffs rewarded by both elemental and elder dragons, but also affect the terrain across Summoner’s Rift.

With 9.22 being the last patch prior to the arrival of preseason, the update should be expected to arrive with Patch 9.23, which is due on November 20.

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New League of Legends champion Rell revealed: Abilities, splash art

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:43

by Lauren Bergin


The latest champion to hit the rift in League of Legends has been identified as Rell, Riot Games’ new Iron Maiden. 

Just after the release of starry-eyed songstress and pop princess Seraphine, Riot Games’ 152nd champion is a woman of a very different disposition: Rell, the Iron Maiden, LoL’s newest tank support.

Unveiled recently in a particularly cryptic trailer, Rell is a cross between a mage and a tank, utilizing metalmancy in order to transform her metallic steed into full-blown plate armor to protect herself.

She’s unique, however, for more than just this pretty cool trait; her abilities and in-game design mark her as a very different style of champion.

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Rell’s official Splash Art in League of Legends.

A form swapping champion

Riot’s Gameplay Design Director for League of Legends, Mark Yetter, describes Rell as bringing “a new take to form swapping champs.”

When mounted on the metal version of her horse she is a “fast and light” champion who will be able to run around the map and cause havoc with ease. On the other hand, when she wears her steed in full plate form she is “slow but heavily armored.”

Clearly, Rell will have a pretty high skill cap, and is a very situational champion. However, her abilities look like she’ll be a blast to play.

Rell’s abilities

Passive – Break the Mold

Rell attacks very slowly, but temporarily steals a portion of her target’s Armor and Magic Resist to deal bonus damage based on the amount stolen. Additionally, Rell can siphon resistances from multiple different foes to grow extremely tanky.

Q – Shattering Strike

Rell stabs forward with her lance, breaking any shields and damaging all enemies hit (damage decreases after the first target).

If Rell has an ally bound with E – Attract and Repel, she and that ally recover health for each champion hit by this ability.

W1 – Ferromancy: Crash Down
(While mounted) Rell leaps and transforms her mount into heavy armor, gaining a huge shield that lasts until destroyed or remounting. On landing, she knocks up enemies around her. Rell can cast her E and R during the change.
W2 – Ferromancy: Mount Up
(While armored) Rell rushes forward and transforms her armor into a mount, gaining a burst of movement speed. During her next attack, she charges her target to deal bonus damage and flip them over her shoulder.
E – Attract and Repel
Rell magnetically binds a piece of her armor to a target allied champion, granting them bonus Armor and Magic Resist while nearby.
Rell can recast this spell to break the bind and stun all enemies around and between her and her bound ally.
R – Magnet Storm
Rell erupts in magnetic fury, yanking nearby enemies toward her. She then creates a gravitational field around her, pulling nearby enemies in for a few seconds. The field doesn’t interrupt her enemies’ other actions.
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Rell’s two forms in-game.

Rell’s lore explained

Rell is a product of the Black Rose Academy, the same establishment set up by the infamous trickster LeBlanc. Inducted to the school at a young age due to her metalmancy skills, Rell thrived in the harsh environment of Noxus’ most terrifying tower of terror, defeating all of the opponents her training threw at her.

It was on her 16th birthday that she grew tired of her training, as well as the victims mysteriously vanishing after she defeated them. Breaking into the forbidden wing of the Black Rose, she found her colleagues drained of magic and left as empty shells: their magic was now being used to fuel her own power through the sigils etched into her skin.

In a moment of sheer anguish she rescued the other souls trapped within the Black Rose’s walls, riding to safety and making it her personal mission to save any child twisted by the Black Rose academy.

It’ll certainly be exciting to see how Rell performs on the rift as a very different sort of champion to many of the others we’ve seen before. As soon as she’s released, we’ll let you know right here, but until then though, saddle up summoners, it’s going to be a wild rodeo!