With League of Legends having 162 champions and counting, some characters can be expected to resonate more with the playerbase than others for a variety of reasons, such as gameplay, lore, and overall identity. August Browning, lead champion designer for League of Legendsannounced mid-level updates for two champions who have recently struggled to maintain their intended design direction.
The term “mid-range update” is used by League of Legends team to refer to updates that are too substantial to be a case of simply changing a few values in a spreadsheet, but fall short of a complete rework. Mid-level upgrades typically involve changes to skills, animations, visual effects, and sound effects, but don’t touch a champion’s model, vocal lines, or League of Legends lore. Recent mid-level upgrade recipients include Ahri, Janna, Olaf, Sivir, Swain, and Taliyah, and two more champions will join that list soon.
On Twitter, Browning announced Rell and Jax as the latest two champions to be granted intermediate scopes, although there is currently no firm release date for either update. Rell was unpopular with her League of Legends release, appearing occasionally in pro play but having no real presence in the solo queue. Her unpopularity is often attributed to the disconnect between her lore and gameplay, with her character’s story featuring her as “a living, rebellious weapon bent on overthrowing Noxus”, while in the game she is clumsy and lazy, being the champion slower than the on-foot game and with the lowest base attack speed of any champion aside from Graves.
While Rell will receive substantial changes that will likely focus on better fulfilling the gameplay fantasy of a ferromancer riding an iron horse, Browning notes that the changes to Jax will be “on the smaller side” and primarily focus on his League of Legends definitive.
Jax probably just needs some polishing to bring him in line with more modern champions and make his maxim punchier, even though he still boasted a 20% attendance as of 2021 League of Legends World Championship. Browning also commented that the team hasn’t forgotten about Neeko and that he will receive his him midfield update “early next year.”
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