Everything we Know About Renata Glasc: The Chem Baroness
The newest League of Legends champion has been officially revealed. Meet Renata Glasc, the Chem Baroness. Renata Glasc is the founder of Glasc Industries, a company looking to “make chemtech affordable, beautiful, and accessible for all.” In game, Renata is a ranged support who brings a lot of versatility, and even a brand-new game mechanic. Let’s dive in to everything we know about Renata Glasc.
The first public mention of Renata came during Riot’s Season 12 Opening Day live stream where they described her as “something more sinister and dark to balance out the cheery brightness of the [support] role.”
Three weeks later on January 28, a secret website went live with the domain name www.glascindustries.com. This page describes a business located in Zaun that specializes in chemtech. You can see their products, read their story, and meet their founder, Renata Glasc. She is a member of the Chembarons, a wealthy class of Zaunites who each control an area of the city. With her influence, Renata wishes to “redefine beauty through state-of-the-art technology.”
Renata has assembled a mighty arsenal of tools and weapons using the technology created by Glasc Industries. Her abilities were officially revealed less than a week after the secret website went up, giving us a glimpse at the power of her creations.
Renata Glasc’s basic attacks mark her enemies and deal bonus damage. Damage from Renata’s allies consumes the mark, dealing additional damage.
Renata Glasc sends out a missile from her robotic arm that roots the first enemy hit. She can reactivate the ability to throw the enemy in a target direction, damaging enemies hit and stunning them if the thrown target is a champion.
Renata Glasc grants an allied champion or herself ramping Attack Speed and Move Speed toward enemies. If the ally gets a takedown on an enemy champion, the buff duration resets. If the ally would die while Bailout is still active, their health is set back to full but they begin burning to death over 3 seconds. The ally can stop the burn by getting a champion takedown before they die.
Renata Glasc sends out chemtech rockets that shield allies and damage and slow enemies they pass through. The rockets also apply their effects around her on cast and in an explosion at max range.
Renata Glasc sends out a cloud of chemicals that causes enemies to go Berserk, increasing their Attack Speed and forcing them to basic attack anything around them. Berserk enemies prioritize attacking their own allies, then neutral units, then Renata Glasc’s team, then Renata Glasc herself.
Renata brings tons of utility to the table that other supports dream of. First off is her Passive, Leverage. This ability is basically the same as a Kalista W passive, except all allies can proc it instead of only an Oathsworn.
Renata’s Q is Handshake. This is a simple straight-line skill shot that roots the first enemy hit. Renata can then re-cast the ability to throw the enemy, damaging enemies hit and stunning them if a champion was thrown. Handshake is an interesting combination of a typical pick/fishing skill and a free displacement. If used properly, Renata can output a lot of crowd control with this skill alone.
Bailout is a very unique support skill that is castable on allies or Renata herself. Whoever receives the buff gains ramping attack speed and movement speed towards enemies. The duration of Bailout resets if the user gets a takedown. Bailout can also revive the user if they die while it is active, placing them into a zombie form similar to the Chemtech Drake soul effect. However, if the user earns a takedown while in zombie form, their death is cancelled completely, putting them back at 35 percent HP.
On paper, this ability sounds incredibly overloaded. However, there’s a lot to keep in mind when deciding how to use it. The cooldown on Bailout is 26 seconds by default, lowering to 18 when maxed. Reneta will only be able to cast it once per fight early game with the potential for two later on.
If she uses this ability at the start of a fight for the ramping buffs, she won’t be able to save someone from death with it. If she uses it too late, her target loses the stats and it becomes a less effective Zilean ultimate. Recipients of Bailout only have three seconds to find a takedown if they want to be revived, so timing is everything with this ability.
Plenty of Peel
Renata’s kit also contains shielding. Her E, Loyalty Program, sends out chemtech rockets that damage and slow enemies and shield allies. This effect applies in an area-of-effect around Renata, the max range explosion, and directly on the rocket’s path. Loyalty Program is Reneta’s lowest cooldown spell at 14 seconds base, 10 when maxed. The key here is correctly deciding whether its best situational use is protecting teammates or cc’ing enemies.
Renata’s ultimate is Hostile Takeover. This ability introduces a new form of crowd control to League of Legends, Berserk. Renata sends out of wave of chemicals that causes enemies hit to go Berserk for 1.25 seconds at rank one, scaling to 2.25 at rank three. Berserk enemies can target and deal damage to their allies, even killing them. While this ability deals no damage, a well-timed Hostile Takeover can easily turn the tides of a fight by literally making enemies fight each other.
Renata is now live on the PBE with an expected release during Patch 12.4, just two weeks from now. It’s going to be incredibly interesting to see how this new unique support shakes up League of Legends.