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League of Legends dev says it’s “impossible” to balance all champions

Published: 25/Jan/2020 1:55

by Dustin Steiner


Riot Scruffy, a League of Legends lead gameplay designer, took over the “Gameplay Thoughts” column for Riot. As part of doing so, he broke down what the company’s balance philosophy is for their champions.

Something that’s mystified many a League of Legends player throughout the years is just how Riot Games decides to make balance changes for particular champions. Do they just throw darts at a dartboard? Or perhaps they draw lots in a kind of bingo system?


It turns out the answer is significantly more complex than that, and actually relies upon player data when it comes to making their decisions.

“The reality of League of Legends is that the game, played at different levels of skill, is like an entirely different game in terms of which champions and strategies are strong or weak,” Scruffy said. “With this in mind, it’s impossible to have all 148 champions balanced at every level of play.”


If it’s impossible to balance every champion in the game at every skill level, that means that Riot has to divide their data set, which they do in the following ways.

Skill levels are divided into four segments: Normal (Iron – Gold), Skilled (Platinum-Master), Elite (Grandmaster-Challenger), and finally Professional play in the LCS, LEC and other leagues.

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Not everything in League of Legends revolves around professional play, for better or worse.

From there, Riot ensures that every champion is viable in at least one of those segments, and overpowered in none of them. This, of course, can lead to situations where low leveled players might think something that’s “overpowered” is actually no big deal for more skilled players to deal with, such as was the case with builds like AP Master Yi back in the day.


“The core reasoning behind this is that we think that an overpowered champion can suppress the viability and richness of the entire game meta,” Scruffy concluded.  “so we want to protect players of all skill levels from this unbalanced game state.”

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Other issues highlighted in this Quick Gameplay thought were a jungle followup, including plans to buff jungle experience slightly and skew towards incentives to keep farming instead of ganking lanes, some thoughts on Sett’s release, and upcoming balance changes for 10.3.

Do you agree with Riot’s philosophy, or do you wish they would skew more towards professional play?


League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos


Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.


However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.


“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.


“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.


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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!