Riot have set their sights on their next League of Legends “mini-rework” target, Rengar. A host of changes are planned for the jungler in Season 11 in an attempt to make him easier to play in low elo.
Rengar, one half of Runeterra’s most bitter feuds between hunters, has fallen off from the pack in League of Legends Season 11.
Once a king of the jungle, he now only boasts a 46.04% win rate in the role. Instead, players are taking him top to find success, with a 49.06% win rate across 28.3% of all games according to LoLalytics.
In fact, the only champion Rengar currently beats in jungle on a consistent basis is Nidalee, and that’s in 52.50% of games.
Mains have been calling on Riot for changes to the Pridestalker’s clunky kit for years after his Season 8 overhaul left him worse off. Now, their prayers are being answered three years on.
Riot wants Rengar to feel good in low elo
The Rengar rework in League of Legends has one primary focus: “Ease pain points and open up Rengar jungle so that he’s not so inaccessible in lower elos.”
That’s what game designer Phlox told players on August 13, and backs up sentiment from other Rioters like champion designer August ‘August’ Browning.
“I want Rengar to be a high skill cap champion that’s accessible to low MMR players… but right now Rengar has optimizations [that] make him almost impossible to pick him up,” he explained earlier in the month.
Riot wants to make Rengar "stronger in the jungle," but his kit is holding him back.@RiotAugust: "I want Rengar to be a high skill cap champion that's accessible to low MMR players… but right now Rengar has optimizations [that] make him almost impossible to pick him up." pic.twitter.com/4qTaJlZ5s3
— League of Legends News (@lol_insider) August 5, 2021
While Riot had rework plans in testing on the League of Legends patch 11.17 PBE cycle, they have been scrapped for a new set of changes.
“My goal with [this] version is to preserve that special bush feel but open up flexibility with your combos and fighting, and not punish poor sequencing as hard,” Phlox said on September 1 with the updated changelist.
Rengar is keeping his four stacks between each empowered ability, with more time before those stacks fall off. The leap at 0 stacks is also staying.
However, he is getting some more consistent power, with reduced animation delays, longer movement speed buffs, and a reworked heal on his empowered W, Battle Roar, based on the amount of damage he took within 1.5 seconds.
It’s not mentioned in Phlox’s initial notes, but Rengar’s ultimate might also be given a boost to allow players to channel abilities early before launching out of stealth.
The only part of the Pridestalker’s kit currently not under the microscope is his Q, Savagery.
Hey all, new Rengar changes are coming to PBE today. I've gone through a ton of responses to the changes and chatted with a bunch of you to get a sense of what you all think of the changes. I've also gotten a ton of ideas! Let me know what you think of this next set.
— Phlox (@RiotPhlox) September 1, 2021
Rengar mini-rework release date
There’s currently no set release date for Rengar’s Season 11 mini-rework, but with big changes happening ahead of Worlds 2021 in League of Legends patch 11.18 and 11.19, they could ship before the big dance.
Once Riot “make sure Rengar is moving in a direction that we’re all happy with”, the changes will be locked in.
You can find a full list of the planned Rengar mini-rework changes below.
Rengar mini-rework in LoL Season 11: change list
Passive: Unseen Predator
- Ferocity falloff time: 8 seconds >>> 10 seconds
- Empowered cast movement speed buff duration: 1.5 seconds >>> 3 seconds
- Empowered cast movement speed buff: 30/40/50% >>> 20/25/30%
- Bonetooth Forgiveness timer: 1.5 seconds >>> 3 seconds
W: Battle Roar
- Base: Rengar roars, dealing magic damage to nearby enemies and granting armor and magic resist, increased by 50% for each champion or large monster hit beyond the first.
- Empowered: Deals magic damage, restores 50% of the damage taken in the last 1.5 seconds as health, and additionally cleanses Rengar of crowd control.
E: Bola Strike
- No cast time when leaping
- Reveals enemies for 2 seconds
R: Thrill of the Hunt
- Camo windup delay: 2 seconds >>> 1 second