Rell, the Iron Maiden and new League of Legends champion

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League of Legends announced a new champion this morning, Rell, the Iron Maiden and the latest support.

Arguably the most popular esports title in the world caught fans by surprise today with the reveal. Although her release date is not yet known, Rell is a new champion to surely watch out for. Because she’s able to steal resistances from enemy champions, she becomes stronger over time in a fight. The champion will build traditional tank items upon her release and try to abuse the Sunfire Aegis Mythic item. Sunfire can deal high damage to pair with her crowd control so her bot laner can quickly eliminate enemies.

Riot Games gave insight into the new champion and her origins. From the beginning, the intent was to bring in a tank and a dark support. Based on that insight, it’s only natural that the team centered her around Noxus. But even with Rell’s dark past of abuse and sacrifice, she looks to change that by protecting teammates on Summoner’s Rift.

This morning’s reveal also showed off Rell’s full abilities. As one of League of Legends’ most unorthodox support champions, she boasts a unique kit. Similar to Leona, she will become a go-to pick for a tanky support full of crowd control.

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.

League of Legends Battle Queen Rell.

Image credit to Riot Games.

Rell, the new League of Legends champion, will be released on the PBE soon. Though fans don’t know when she hits live servers, players must be wary due to how strong new champions are on release, such as with Seraphine and Samira.

Written by Justin Amin

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