Rell’s long-awaited mid-scope update is finally arriving in League of Legends Season 13. Her abilities have been moved around a bit, with her Q stunning in her new iteration along with an entirely new ability for her E. Here’s everything we know so far.
Rell has sat in an awkward spot in League of Legends’ meta since her release. The Iron Maiden took the support role by storm on release, becoming the fancy new engage tank everyone had to learn.
She thrived in a competitive environment as a Leona-like tank, but could never really get a foothold in the casual player base. Her win rate has never really fluctuated under 50%, but she’s just generally unpopular.
Riot are trying to change that with a Rell mid-scope update in League of Legends Season 13, leaning into her “mounted fantasy” and making the Iron Maiden a more exciting pick. Here’s how the developers plan to do that.
What’s changing in Rell’s League of Legends rework?
Riot has had a Rell mid-scope update on their radar for some time in League of Legends. Her clunky kit “missed the mark on her fantasy,” Ryan ‘Reav3’ Mireles told players in April 2022, and that’s mostly to do with the transformation between her forms.
“As we started to balance the champ much later in development we found that her speed in her horse form would cause her optimal play to constantly leave her lane partner behind and just roam the whole game. It ended up being a pretty unhealthy play pattern so we had to nerf her horse movement speed to the point that her unique gameplay identity kind of disappeared.”
Leaked changes started circulating at the end of October, and it’s a total overhaul of the Iron Maiden. The biggest change is transforming her ultimate into her shapeshifting button. Moving her dismount off of being a basic ability akin to the kits of champs like Jayce, Nidalee, and Elise opens up plenty of opportunities for Rell.
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That leak hasn’t been confirmed or denied by Riot at the time of writing, and there’s still room for it with the proposed changes Riot has put out there for her midscope update in a recent dev blog.
Her Q will now have a stun attached to it, and her attack speed and range have been increased while dismounted. Her movespeed penalty when dismounted has also been reduced. It’s also been confirmed that she has a new E, but we aren’t yet sure what that new E will do. Her ultimate also wasn’t addressed, leaving the possibility open that the leak from October holds some weight.
Is there a Rell mid-scope update release date in League of Legends?
While there is no set release date, Rell’s mid-scope update is expected to launch sometime in League of Legends Season 13. It is currently “in flight”, according to August ‘August’ Browning, so expect more solid news soon. Yuumi’s rework being rushed ahead of other projects has thrown off Riot’s production schedule a bit, so most of the planned releases have been pushed back as a result.