League of Legends

Aphelios’ astonishing ban rate has LoL players calling for more nerfs

Published: 8/Jan/2020 5:31 Updated: 8/Jan/2020 5:33

by Andrew Amos


Aphelios has smashed the ban rate record in League of Legends, being banned over 200% of the time according to statistics from Korea, with players calling for more nerfs to the overpowered AD carry.

There’s no doubt about it, Aphelios is one of League’s strongest champions at the moment. The newly-released AD carry takes a while to learn, but in the hands of the right player, can single-handedly win games.

That’s why Aphelios has gained the honor of being the game’s most banned champion in history just a few short weeks into his existence.

Riot GamesAphelios is the most banned champion in League history, according to statistics from Korean servers.

Since the champion’s release, Aphelios has garnered a ban rate of over 200% on the Korean server in Challenger elo, making him the most banned champion of all time. 

The exact rate, according to Korean LoL stats website fow.kr, is 223.47%, 50% higher than the next most banned champion Akali.

Getting a ban rate of 223.47% is impressive, and almost impossible. It means Aphelios is being banned by both teams in basically every game, including remakes ⁠— which don’t count towards the total number of games.

He’s also being picked in 15.1% of games, which means that if he’s somehow making it past the ban phase, he’s almost immediately picked up. His win rate isn’t as impressive, sitting at 47.62% in Korean Challenger, but he’s still oppressive.

fow.krAphelios has a ban rate of over 223% in Korean Challenger, the highest in the game’s history.

Ban rates of this level haven’t been seen since the likes of Kassadin, who gained notoriety back in Season 4 for hitting a 95% ban rate, and a pick rate of almost 5% alongside that. This was back when bans were unique, so no team could ban the same champion twice.

With statistics like these, players are now calling on Riot to nerf Aphelios once again. The champion received a small nerf on Patch 10.1, with reduced movement speed, base HP, and damage on his Infernum ultimate, but some want more.

“This sh*t should alert Riot immediately that something is wrong,” said Reddit user ‘CitronRind’. 

Because he has a relatively high skill floor to get over, it’s difficult to play against him, making him almost impossible to counter in ranked at all elos. 

“For how much Riot stresses how important game clarity is for them, this champ makes literally zero sense,” said ‘drobit1’.

This sentiment was echoed by a number of players, with some even questioning why the champion was released in the first place. 

“This champ shouldn’t leave the drawing board to be honest, let alone make it to live servers,” said ‘IWillNameMyChildZoe’. 

Riot have not revealed any intention to tone Aphelios down further until they look at the statistics from Patch 10.1, but the community consensus is pretty clear. The champion is busted, and something has to be done before Season 10 starts.

League of Legends

Doublelift explains how TSM’s “bad” SwordArt negotiations made him retire

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:24 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 1:43

by Alan Bernal


League of Legends star Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng revealed more about the strained timeline of Team SoloMid’s negotiations with Hu ‘SwordArt’ Shuo-Chieh, which ultimately led the North American veteran to retire.

Doublelift went into the off-season with a single objective for TSM: sign an elite support who spoke English. SwordArt just got done with a stellar season lifting his team to win the LPL 2020 Regional Finals and getting second place at Worlds.

The TSM veteran also recommended Team Flash’s Nguyễn ‘Palette’ Hải Trung as a suitable support for TSM. However, DL really wanted to play with a bot-lane partner that spoke his native English; a requirement Palette didn’t fulfill, but SwordArt did.

TSM were looking forward to staving off Doublelift’s retirement by making a deal with SwordArt. However, TSM later told their star ADC that negotiations were shaky, and asked if he would be okay with Palette instead. He wasn’t.

On November 25th, Doublelift retired. On November 26th, TSM announced they had successfully signed SwordArt from Suning on a two-year deal that would pay him an LCS-high of $3 million per season.

“No, I didn’t know SwordArt was coming before I retired,” Doublelift said, before explaining how rough transfer discussions made him lean into retirement. “I was really excited for the whole SwordArt thing. They told me SwordArt was confirmed, and I got really excited

“And then I guess the negotiations were going really bad at certain points. So then they told me: ‘Actually, (the deal with SwordArt) fell through. It’s not going to work. Would you still be committed if your support was Palette?’”

Although impressed with Palette, DL was really keen on getting the bot-lane synergy rolling with someone he could effectively communicate with.

At this point, SwordArt was the unobtainable lynchpin in keeping Doublelift from retirement.

But it wasn’t until a day after Doublelift, 27, decided to retire, after production had wrapped on his retirement video, and after TSM were already moving past the seasoned ADC, that the org announced the new support.

“The whole situation made me realize: I’m better off retired,” Doublelift said.