Syndra’s rework gives her a deadly passive and an execution.

The devs intend to keep Syndra’s core game while buffing her passive to give players better opportunities to make an impact in the late game, while also providing that feeling of a power buff. (Photo: Riot Games)

It’s finally Syndra’s turn for a rework! League of Legends (LOL) has been reworking many of its champions throughout the year, giving some of its more outdated champions some much-needed love.

In January, reworks of Janna and Tahm Kench were released. Then Ahri’s rework in February brought her back into the meta, making her one of the most popular champions in pro play this year. Then in April we saw updates to Rengar, Swain, and Olaf giving players headaches due to their ultimate OP abilities.

This was followed by the Taliyah rework in May, an update that rocked the mid lane meta well into the Summer Split. In June, Sivir’s update came out, making her feel like a new champion and making her a favorite on the developers’ nerf list.

And most recently, in August, Udyr’s most anticipated VGU and champion kit update was released, though he needed an overhaul to be the terrifying top laner that he is.

This time, Syndra was the one chosen to get a mid-range upgrade.

The Dark Sovereign was first released in 2012, when it saw better days. He used to be Lee “Faker” Sang Hyeok’s signature curveball pick in the mid lane, with an overall win rate of 76.9%, and even got a Worlds-themed skin in 2017.

Syndra used to be a popular pick and even received a Worlds 2017 skin for Faker and T1 (Photo: Riot Games)

Syndra used to be a popular pick and even received a Worlds 2017 skin for Faker and T1 (Photo: Riot Games)

However, this champion has barely come off the bench, especially after the durability update, with a pick rate of 2.13% and a problematic win rate of 46.89%.

That will change soon, as Syndra’s rework has given her a deadly revised kit.

The mid-range upgrade for Syndra will make her Ultimate, Unleashed Power, an execute, bringing the champion back into the meta as a late-game monster.

Game designer Tim “Truexy” Jiang previewed the upcoming changes to Sydra’s kit on Twitter.

The devs noted that they intended to keep Syndra’s core gameplay while buffing her passive. to give players better opportunities to make an impact in the late game, while also providing that feeling of a power upgrade.

Syndra’s passive is undergoing a major overhaul and will now actively stack rage splinters as the game progresses.

There are three ways for players to acquire them.

  • One, two, or three splinters are awarded at levels 1, 11, and 18, respectively, for damaging an opponent with two abilities within four seconds of each other.

  • Syndra gains five splinters when she levels up and one each time she kills a cannon minion.

  • Syndra can collect up to 120 splinters, granting her 15% more AP. At a certain frag threshold, her abilities will also change.

Your Dark Sphere (Q) will refresh with 40 splinters collected. At this point, you can now store two charges with a one second cooldown between casts.

After collecting 60 splinters, his Willpower (W) gets a boost, dealing 15% more true damage plus 1.5% per 100 AP.

Then, at 80 splinters, Scatter the Weak (E)’s cone grows larger, slowing enemies by 70% for 1.25 seconds.

Lastly, Syndra’s ultimate will kill any champion below 15% of their maximum health.

In an attempt to balance things out, the devs have also lowered the damage on his Q, E, and Ultimate to make sure he doesn’t overtune.

Syndra will also be one of the main heroines in the upcoming Spirit Blossom event (Photo: Riot Games)

Syndra will also be one of the main heroines in the upcoming Spirit Blossom event (Photo: Riot Games)

Here is Syndra’s complete updated kit:

Transcendent (Passive)

  • Syndra collects up to 120 splinters by damaging enemy champions and gaining levels. Splinters of Rage buff Syndra and her abilities.

  • Syndra restores 20-215 (based on level 1-18) mana each time she picks up a Splinter from an enemy. She can get splinters through:

  • Damaging an enemy champion with 2 abilities within 4 seconds grants (1/2/3 at levels 1, 11, 18) splinters (8 second CD per target)

  • Leveling up grants Syndra 5 Slivers of Rage.

  • Killing a Cannon minion grants 1 Splinter of Wrath

  • At 120 splinters, Syndra gains 15% total AP.

Dark Sphere (Q)

Willpower (W)

Scatter the Weak (E)

Unleashed Power (R)

Syndra’s mid-range update is now ready for testing on the PBE (Public Beta Environment) and will be released on October 5th during patch 12.19.

What do you think of its mid-range upgrade?

Anna is a freelance writer and photographer. She is a gamer who loves RPGs and platformers, and is a League of Legends geek. She is also a foodie who loves a good cup of black coffee.

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