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Rek'Sai, the Void Burrower, revealed

The shifting Shuriman sands harbor countless tales, and while most speak of its long-forgotten civilization, others reveal something else: terror within the dunes. The nomads and traders that cross through Runeterra's golden lands know the stories well enough, the bloody remains of their kin a testament to the void beast below. And while others enter Shurima unaware of the monster's fearsome reputation, or so proud they believe themselves strong enough to survive her slaughter, few last long once they enter Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai's lands.

Abilities

Fury of the Xer'Sai
Fury of the Xer'Sai

Rek'Sai gains fury whenever she attacks her enemies. Burrow Burrowing consumes her fury, briefly regenerating her health.


Unburrow Unburrowed - Queen's Wrath
Queen's Wrath

Rek'Sai lashes out, dealing damage to all enemies around her with her next three basic attacks.


Burrow Burrowed - Prey Seeker
Prey Seeker

Rek'Sai fires out a pulse of void energy in a straight line skillshot that detonates on the first enemy struck, damaging and Sight icon revealing the target and all nearby enemies also hit by the missile's explosion.


Unburrow Unburrowed - Burrow
Burrow

Rek'Sai burrows underground, gaining Tremor Sense (a unique mechanic that shows Rek'Sai all enemy movement in a wide area around her) and increased movement speed at the expense of Nearsight icon vision range and access to her basic attacks. She ignores unit collision as she moves around.


Burrow Burrowed - Unburrow
Unburrow

Rek'Sai bursts out into the open, Airborne icon knocking up and damaging all surrounding enemies.


Unburrow Unburrowed - Furious Bite
Furious Bite

Rek'Sai bites her target, dealing increasing damage based on her fury, or true damage if she has a full fury bar.


Burrow Burrowed - Tunnel
Tunnel

Rek'Sai digs toward a target location, creating a pair of long-lasting tunnels at the two ends of her path.


Void Rush
Void Rush
  • Passive: Rek'Sai gains attack speed.
  • Active: Rek'Sai channels briefly before Burrow burrowing and dashing towards any of her Tunnel tunnels, briefly gaining significant movement speed once she emerges.


Rek'Sai Screenshots
Gameplay

Rek'Sai is a powerful and mobile monster well suited to the jungle of Summoner's Rift. Clever use of her Tunnel tunnels gives Rek'Sai unparalleled mobility through her jungle and into the enemy's domain. Once there, she works best counter-jungling her opponent into obscurity before ganking enemy laners from the unconventional angles her Tunnel tunnels provide. [1]

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Rek'Sai teaser 1


Jungling
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Rek'Sai is a mobile menace at all stages of the game, creating Tunnel tunnels throughout her own jungle to help her dart from camp to camp. But she doesn't just Burrow Burrow quickly; she kills at speed, too. Queen's Wrath Queen's Wrath brings mass carnage to each camp's monsters, dealing solid area of effect damage to every enemy around her, while Furious Bite Furious Bite deals powerful single target damage. Monsters will fight back, but Rek'Sai - once she’s generated enough Fury of the Xer'Sai fury - can sustain through the slaughter by Burrow burrowing, which restores her health and speeds her toward the next camp. And once her jungle’s empty, it’s time for Rek’Sai to turn toward the enemy jungle.

Burrow Tremor Sense is central to Rek'Sai's counter-jungling runs, which focus on killing enemy camps while her counterpart's away rather than dueling directly. By checking for movement in her intended direction, Rek'Sai can at least understand where her opposing jungler isn't, then use that knowledge to Burrow Burrow in and steal camps, effectively starving her opponent out of their jungle and forcing them into premature ganks, or worse yet, into Rek'Sai's lair. Pity those who dare stray too deep into the burrower's home: her Tunnel tunnels offer incredible mobility, and with good vision control, Rek'Sai can easily coordinate her allies as she hunts down wandering targets.

Then there are her ganks. Rek'Sai's relative lack of burst damage means she thrives best when she ganks for her high-damage allies, using her considerable utility to slow and stop her target's escape. Most crucially, Rek’Sai's Tunnel tunnels give her unique angles of attack into enemy lanes, from which she can damage her mark with Prey Seeker Prey Seeker before Unburrow unburrowing beneath them. The Unburrow knock up provides a strong enough window for most assassins to secure their kill, but even if her enemy's still alive, Rek'Sai can turn to her own abilities - Queen's Wrath Queen's Wrath and Furious Bite Furious Bite in particular - to add extra damage into the mix.

Teamfights
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Come mid-game, Rek’Sai operates best when she takes advantage of her unique Burrow vision and Tunnel tunnels, using her knowledge of the enemy's movements to split push or pick lone targets. In split-push situations, she makes short work of minion waves with Queen's Wrath Queen's Wrath, shoving her own minions into towers and forcing the enemy team to react. Burrow Tremor Sense ensures she's always aware of her enemy's whereabouts, too, allowing her to dive through the myriad Tunnel tunnels she's already created and skirt around those who come to stop the shove. But her mobility doesn't end there. Void Rush Void Rush gives Rek'Sai the ability to burrow to any of her tunnels, potentially crossing over the entirety of Summoner's Rift in seconds.

But when to Void Rush ult? If she's attracted enemy attention with her split pushes, Rek'Sai can quickly relocate to join her waiting allies in another lane, using their newfound numbers advantage to force down towers or claim other objectives. Alternatively, a sneaky Tunnel Tunnel in the enemy base sets up a perfect late game backdoor attempt, while Tunnel tunnels near her own base give Rek'Sai the opportunity to dash back and help defend when the enemy forces come knocking. During the early and mid game, Void Rush Void Rush gives Rek'Sai instant access back into her jungle whenever she Recall recalls, meaning she can carry on clearing camps and gaining experience and gold while her counterpart heads back to their jungle.

In large-scale teamfights, Rek'Sai works best when she can follow up on a solid initiation, following in and locking up priority targets with the knock up from Unburrow Unburrow. Once she's engaged, Rek'Sai has to work fast, generating Fury of the Xer'Sai fury as quickly as she can before crippling her enemy with Furious Bite Furious Bite. The ability scales in damage depending on how much she's filled her Fury of the Xer'Sai fury bar, and deals true damage when full. Once she's laid down her punishment, Rek'Sai needs to focus on survival. Burrow Burrow gives her both the movement speed and health regen she needs to dodge and recover from the enemy's retaliation, and gives her opportunity to peel for her damage dealers by Unburrow unburrowing beneath their would-be killers.

Synergy
Works well with: Struggles against:
LuxSquare
Lux - the Lady of Luminosity

All of Lux's abilities synergize well with Rek'Sai's at every stage of the game. Early Light Binding Light Bindings help Rek'Sai move into place for her Unburrow knock up, while in teamfights, Lucent Singularity Lucent Singularity and Prey Seeker Prey Seeker grant long-range vision of their targets. And while Rek'Sai is not the most delicate of flowers, Prismatic Barrier Prismatic Barrier helps her soak up extra damage as she moves in to engage.

KalistaSquare
Kalista - the Spear of Vengeance

While Rek'Sai punishes those she can stick to, she struggles against champions who can kite effectively, particularly Kalista. Martial Poise Martial Poise enables the Spear of Vengeance to continuously dart around the Void Burrower while she lays down punishing damage with her basic attacks and Pierce Pierce.

MalphiteSquare
Malphite - Shard of the Monolith

Crowd control's the word when Rek'Sai and Malphite buddy up for teamfights. Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force is the perfect area of effect initiation tool for Rek'Sai, who can Tunnel Tunnel in and send her enemies skywards once again with Unburrow Unburrow before working on her targets with Queen's Wrath Queen's Wrath and Furious Bite Furious Bite.

Lee SinSquare
Lee Sin - the Blind Monk

One of League's eminent counter-junglers, Lee Sin's got the damage, Iron Will sustain, and mobility with Sonic Wave Sonic Wave and Safeguard Safeguard to hunt down and kill Rek'Sai whenever she tries to Tunnel Tunnel her way into the Blind Monk's jungle.

KassadinSquare
Kassadin - the Void Walker

Come mid game, Kassadin and Rek'Sai can pair up to form a small and mobile death squad. Both have enough Riftwalk mobility to jet around the map, and once Rek'Sai locks their target up with Unburrow Unburrow, Kass has plenty of damage to earn his team a kill.

ZiggsSquare
Ziggs - the Hexplosives Expert

Hexplosive Minefield Hexplosive Minefield and Satchel Charge Satchel Charge make Ziggs a difficult target for Rek'Sai's ganks during laning, but the problems don't end there. Even if Rek'Sai is able to split push a sizeable minion wave into the enemy's turret, the range and power of Mega Inferno Bomb Mega Inferno Bomb can quickly wipe out the wave and rebalance the map.


Champion Insights
Rek'SaiSquare Rek'Sai, game design by Beat Punchbeef

When we started working on Rek'Sai it was with two concepts in mind: Burrow Burrower and Land Shark. As we started running with the idea it became clear very quickly that first we needed to identify what was unique and fun about being in the ground. Initial prototyping helped us determine being invisible wasn't quite right. Shadow Walk Permanent stealth is something EvelynnSquare Evelynn does well already but more importantly, the most terrifying thing about a shark is seeing that iconic and ominous fin circling around you and knowing deep down that there's nothing you can do to stop it.

Once we knew the basics of being burrowed it was time to figure out what you'd actually do in that state. The first idea that came to us was the concept of feeling vibrations from movement in the ground and using that to track prey. This gave us the ability to gain information about your targets in similar ways to stealth without needing to worry about a lot of the frustrations experienced by players on the other side of it. It also creates emotional highs for players on all sides. Rek'Sai gets to feel like a stealthy hunter while her enemies get to feel the tension and dread of knowing there's something out there watching them.

Now that we have a burrowing character who can track prey at great distance without their knowledge, what's left? To be a true hunter, it's not enough to simply know where your prey is. It's about finding the right moment to strike. To do this, Rek'Sai needed to be flexible in how she moved around the map, to dance around the target she was stalking while remaining undetected. This is where Tunnel Tunnel comes into play. Underground, Rek'Sai is the master of her domain and she doesn't care for paltry restrictions like walls. Tunnels give her the freedom to be anywhere on the map at any time and really think about how and where she wants to strike at her unsuspecting prey.

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