All Upcoming League of Legends Reworks

What is Riot currently working on in the rework and update department? Which updates has Riot already done this year? Time to check out everything we know about upcoming reworks in League of Legends.

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Give this space dragon a rework Riot. Please. | © Riot Games

League of Legends is already thirteen years old. The game is entering its moody teenager phase, and you know what happens when someone is a moody teenager? They get a new makeover and try to fit in. So, that’s exactly what some champions in League of Legends get to experience as well.

In the last years, Volibear, Fiddlesticks, Evelynn and Dr. Mundo have all received large-scale reworks to adjust their kit for the current state of League of Legends. So, which champions will be receiving reworks, and is it only champions getting reworked these days?

What Is A Champion Rework?

A champion rework is an update, focusing on the gameplay and visual aspects, and in some cases even both. This mostly involves champions that were released a long time ago. As already mentioned, some reworks are quite extensive, while others focus on a champion's visuals and can be done within a few weeks.

Today, we’re going to be taking a look at three major champion reworks that Riot has implemented throughout the years – VGU, ASU and mini-rework.

What Is A VGU?

The most extensive and long rework for a champion is the VGU, which stands for visual and gameplay update. These updates can take months and span over a long period of time. These updates revitalize the champion's visuals, while also looking at the gameplay and how to improve.

Usually, Riot Games tries to bring out two visual and gameplay updates a year, but in 2021 they only released one, which was for Dr. Mundo. In 2020, both Fiddlesticks and Volibear received complete overhauls, improving their splash arts, their in-game model, their lore, as well as the gameplay, without trying to change the champions' identity too much.

Upcoming VGUs

Udyr VGU in 2022

Last year, fans got to vote in the VGU poll for the champion they felt was in need of a visual and gameplay update. The clear winner with a total of 37.2% of the votes was none other than Udyr, who should receive his VGU sometime in 2022.

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Later this year, the Udyr VGU will hit the rift. | © Riot Games

Udyr's Rework has been revealed in League of Legends Patch 12.16! What exactly did Riot change on his kit? Well, they kept his essence the same. He will continue to have 4 stances that dictate his play style rather than have a traditional ultimate. Other than that, he's looking much better and cleaner than before as well. So let's quickly check out his new abilities.

New Ability NameNew Ability
Passive - Bridge Between
  • Awakened Spirit: Instead of a traditional ultimate, Udyr has four basic abilities that swap between stances. The champion can re-cast his stance during its cooldown to Awaken it, refreshing it with bonus effects.
  • Monk Training: After using an Ability, Udyr’s next two attacks within four seconds gain 30% increased attack speed and refund 5% of Awaken’s cooldown on hit.
Q - Wilding Claw
  • Wilding Stance: Udyr gains 25% attack speed for four seconds. His next two attacks in this stance maul the target to deal a bonus of 3.2% max health physical damage.
  • Awaken: Grants 34% additional attack speed. During this time, Udy’rs next two attacks call lightning to strike six times, each dealing up to 10.6% max health magic damage to isolated targets.
W - Iron Mantle
  • Mantle Stance: Udyr gains 63 shield for four seconds. His next two attacks in this stance additionally gain 10% life steal and restore 12 health on hit.
  • Awaken: Shield increased to 178, and Udyr regenerates 89 over four seconds. Stance Life on hit and life steal bonuses doubled during this time.
E - Blazing Stampede
  • Stampede Stance: Udyr gains 30% move speed, decaying over four seconds. Additionally, Udyr’s attacks in this stance lunge at and stun targets for .75 seconds. This effect has a six-second cooldown on each target.
  • Awaken: Grants immunity to immobilizing and disabling effects and an additional 32% move speed for 1.5 seconds.
R - Wingborne Storm
  • Storm Stance: Udyr surrounds himself in a glacial storm for four seconds that deals 20 magic damage per second to nearby enemies inside and slows them by 15%. Udyr’s next two attacks in this stance deal 14 magic damage to enemies in the storm.
  • Awaken: Unleash the storm, causing it to seek a nearby. [Sic] Deals an additional 9.4% max health damage over the remainder of its duration.
Skarner VGU in 2023

In early 2022, Riot let fans vote once more on the champion they wish to see updated in 2023. With 33.4% of the votes, Skarner raced ahead of other picks like Shyvana, Tryndamere and Nocturne.

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Skarner deserves this VGU. | © Riot Games

Skarner has been one of the least played champions every single month and has too much of a reliance on his spires to make gameplay feel rewarding. His rework should be live later in 2023, but before then, we should receive the first ever CGU for Aurelion Sol – more on that a bit further down.

Shyvana Rework

In both 2021 and 2022 Shyvana, got second place in the visual and gameplay update poll, which has prompted Riot to state that they would be looking into her to see whether she could be getting a rework as well in the future.

Hopefully this unique jungler will be able to get some love from Riot. She hasn’t felt good to play since 2015 and is in desperate need of a fix. Building either magic damage or attack damage feels awful, since with either, she can just utilize half of her kit. She needs a complete overhaul to make her a viable champion.

What Is A CGU?

Some champions look cool and have some insanely cool lore, as well as great skins, but their gameplay just doens't fulfill the fantasy players want. Those champions will receive the newest update that the League of Legends champion team has come up with – the Comprehensive Gameplay Update (CGU for short).

Aurelion Sol CGU in 2022

Many thought that Aurelion Sol was the recipient of the long-awaited 'mystery VGU', but the champion has good skins, good visuals and great lore. The thing the champion lacks is an actual playable kit. That's why Riot is starting from scratch with this champion and reworking his gameplay from the ground up.

Aurelion Sol will be the first champion to receive a CGU and if it lands well with the community, other champions are sure to follow. Our hunches on Aurelion Sol were right after all, eh?

News on Aurelion Sol's CGU

Recently, Riot released a video in which Riot King Cobra, the producer of the Aurelion Sol Gameplay Update, spilled the beans on what is being worked on, and it seems like they've found the direction they want to take Aurelion Sol in. The team is working on making him a fierce late game dragon whom no one can stand up to.

His orbiting stars have hit the dust as well, and Riot King Cobra has explained that the team is looking to visually show off just how OP the dragon even is, with his abilities growing in size with time. All this looks pretty cool, but don't expect anything soon as the team continues to work on this Aurelion Sol ability rework.

Aurelion Sol Q and W Revealed in Champion Roadmap

In the most recent Champion Roadmap video by Riot Games, it was revealed that Aurelion Sol would be a bit more dragon-esque with his new Q which would literally let him breathe fire. That's more dragon-like than Shyvana already, eh?

Oh, and with his new W, he will still be able to fly from point A to point B, but you'll be able to use your Q while flying. Unfortunately, we haven't seen his E or R yet though, but he already looks pretty epic, right?

What Is An ASU?

An ASU stands for art and sustainability update, which means older champions can get a larger visual update. These updates are cheaper and less time intensive than a VGU and don’t affect a champion's abilities nor their lore.

With an ASU, Riot Games will fix some of the older champion's outdated animations or broken body parts, like necks, wrists and other stuff. Their outdated outfits will also be refreshed and voiceovers, as well as gameplay clarity, is tackled in such an update.

Upcoming ASUs

Ahri ASU in 2022

Ahri is going to be receiving an ASU at some point in 2022. Ahri was released back in 2011 and has already received a mini rework for her kit, but will also have her visuals be brought up to par in 2022.

Riot Leaks Ahri's ASU In Pride Month Trailer

Riot leaked Ahris new ASU by accident in the new pride month trailer. In the trailer, they showcased all the new content the player will have access to starting June 1st. Overall, a pretty standard trailer, just showing the new emotes and stuff. But some people noticed something at the end of the trailer. Check out the trailer down below and see if you spot anything unusual.


When Will Ahri's ASU Release?

The Ahri ASU was announced at the beginning of 2022 and while halfway through the year Riot has confirmed that her base skin was ready – even leaking by accident during the Pride Event – with the amount of skins she's got, her ASU will only be ready by the first quarter of 2023.

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Ahri is getting an ASU later this year. | © Riot Games

In late 2021, Caitlyn was the first champion to receive an ASU and Riot fixed some of her in-game bugs with her headshot, as well as her visuals. Her splash art and those of her older skins were also updated to fit the new visual style.

Upcoming Visual Updates

Throughout the year, Riot also does small visual updates for older champions where they highlight and improve some champion's abilities. These are small updates which should bring the champions' gameplay into 2022.

Janna Visual Update in Patch 12.19

Janna is the next champion in 2022 to receive a VFX update. Her abilities will receive an overhaul to look cleaner and be more readable for players. Her older skins will also receive a complete overhaul, while newer skins will just have some abilities' visuals adjusted.

These are the champions that got mini-visual updates already in 2022:

Upcoming Mini-Reworks/Mid-Scope Updates

While Riot is improving the visuals of some of our favorite League of Legends champions, there are also a few mini reworks which should improve a champions' gameplay. Earlier in 2022, Ahri received a small change to her ultimate, shifting her power away from her charm to her Q, which has done wonders for the mid laner.

These are the champions that already got mid-scope update in 2022

ChampionPatchDate
AhriLoL Patch 12.3Wenesday, Feb 2, 2022
RengarLoL Patch 12.6Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Swain

LoL Patch 12.8

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

TaliyahLoL Patch 12.9Wednesday, May 11, 2022
OlafLoL Patch 12.9Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Sivir LoL Patch 12.13Wednesday, July 13, 2022


Syndra Mid-Scope Update in Patch 12.19

In the latest Champion Roadmap Reav3 explained that with the success of these champion reworks, they will continue to pursue them in the future. He stated that Syndra would be one of the champions to receive a mid-scope update as well and it has since been revealed.

Syndra is getting a brand-new passive which is going to make her feel much more fun to play and give players a true power-up feeling when reaching specific stages of the game. Oh, and the execute on her ult isn't too shabby either.

Neeko Mid-Scope Update in 2022

Syndra isn't the only champion Reav3 mentioned, but Neeko will also be receiving a mid-scope update to, hopefully, boost her play rate. Earlier this year Riot fixed her huge hitbox, but that hasn't been enough to make her a popular champion, so Riot will look to rework some of her kit as well.

Rell Mid-Scope Update in 2022 or 2023

Rell is another champion Riot is looking into giving a mid-scope update in 2022. She is a champion that doesn't have a high play rate even though she was only released in December 2020. She isn't even two-years-old yet and Riot is already thinking of giving her a mid-scope update.

There is no official release date for this mid-scope update and what Riot has planned for her, but she is in need of an update because she is a great support who deserves to have her own identity. The champions team will work on her and try to pull her away from the comparison with Leona. Will they succeed?

More Mid-Scope Updates in 2022

According to Riot August, the Olaf, Taliyah and Swain Mid-Scope updates have also landed very well. Therefore, the Riot champions team has decided tht more mid-scope updates will be coming in the future. Which champions do you think deserve some love?


What Is An Item Rework?

Not only champions can get reworked, but items as well. In 2022, Riot has made a few changes to whole sets of items, to create a better balance for players. Previously, many of the fighter items gave champions health and attack damage, meaning that top laners could do whatever they wanted without worry.

Hence, why Riot has decided to make some changes, to make playing top lane fighters less of a ‘low risk - high reward’ play style, but rather one with a bit less survivability.

The starting support item for enchanters was also changed after Janna top broke the meta with her constantly roaming. These meta-influencing changes can be called reworks, while most item changes can be referred to as buffs or nerfs and aren’t too extensive.

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The new dragons introduced ahead of Season 12! | © Riot Games

System Reworks in League of Legends

Not only champions and items can be reworked, but also systems in League of Legends. Ahead of Season 11, Riot revamped the entire item shop, creating a new UI, as well as whole new item classes that hadn’t existed before, reworking it.

Ahead of Season 10, Riot also introduced a new map in League of Legends, now known as the Elemental Rift. This means that the drakes which spawn actually influence the terrain of the map, as well as grant unique buffs and souls to champions, something which hadn’t existed to this scale in League of Legends yet.

These types of changes usually take place ahead of a new season. Before Season 12, Riot had introduced two new drakes to the game, though after some feedback from the community, one of the two newly introduced drakes had to be taken off due to the terrain, and its soul. The chemtech drake could make a reappearance at some point, though.

Chemtech Drake Reveal for Season 13

In the most recent pre-season reveal, we found out that our good friend the Chemtech Drake will be making a return in the upcoming season. This time, he won't let you turn into a zombie, nor is he going to make you invisible on the map. Instead, you gain some interesting new features.

The new and improved Chemtech Drake will give champions more damage and damage reduction when they're low health, and the map will be infected, mutating the plants to give bigger bonuses. Sounds much healthier than before, right?

Riot Games is constantly reworking and updating the game to keep it up-to-date and fresh. Which changes would you want to see, and is the Shyvana rework finally going to happen in 2023?