Rengar jumps into the League of Legends meta after Season 12 changes

Rengar wasn’t exactly the pride of the pack in League of Legends. However, LoL patch 12.6 changed the fate of the Pridestalker. The Hunter is slowly becoming a staple in both top lane and the jungle after its revamp, and Riot is even trying to hold it back.

Rengar was on Riot’s radar for more than a year before his rework finally released with LoL patch 12.6. After numerous iterations, with each patch seemingly tinkering with a new ability before being scrapped, a host of “positive changes” finally went live towards the end of March.

For Rengar Mains, it was music to their ears. After years on the sidelines, the Pridestalker firmly jumped into the League of Legends meta.

Mecha Rengar in League of Legends
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AD Carry Mains beware: Rengar is sneaking back into the League of Legends meta.

According to LoLalytics, Rengar’s pick rate has essentially tripled from the previous update to LoL patch 12.6. He was Chosen as a jungler in 6.44% of games and 2.24% as top laner ⁠— from 2.45% and 0.81% in Patch 12.5.

His win rate has also increased slightly at all ranks, from around 47% to 48.5%. Given Riot’s initial intent to make Rengar easier to learn, the overall winrate buff is arguably a success.

However, the big change is reflected in a high Elo. At Diamond+, Rengar boasts an insane 52.65% win rate in the jungle and is suspended in more than a quarter of league games. It’s even better for the top lane ⁠ – 52.86%.

He is has yet to be chosen by pros for LoL patch 12.6 in competitive play, but it’s only a matter of time before a pocket pick from the likes of Gabriel ‘Bwipo’ Rau puts Rengar back on the scene.

Guardian of the Sands Rengar in League of Legends
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Rengar was selected twice in pro play in 2022, but both were prior to his rework.

While Rengar was divided over the changes, it brought the Pridestalker back into the meta altogether. Some regretted the loss of Q stacking mechanics on plants to build up bonus ferocity, however The extra structural damage has made him a top lane beast that can besiege effectively.

However, it is this damage that Riot is nerfing in LoL patch 12.7. Rengar Top gets a nerf with reduced damage to turrets on Q, but jungle players can celebrate the fact that he gets a bonus monster damage buff on his W there.

With MSI 2022 approaching, there’s a chance Rengar will make his first international appearance in League of Legends since Worlds 2020 (he’s only played twice since 2017, with another unique game at Worlds 2019).

Regardless, it looks like the Pridestalker will remain in the league meta for some time to come.

https://www.dexerto.com/league-of-legends/rengar-leaps-lol-meta-season-12-changes-1800882/ Rengar jumps into the League of Legends meta after Season 12 changes

Emma Bowman

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