League of Legends

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

Published: 25/Jan/2020 1:55

by Dustin Steiner

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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 of Legends

LPL 2021 Spring Split: 2-0 wins for WE and Victory 5

Published: 24/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 15:21

by Bill Cooney

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League of Legends’ LPL 2021 Spring Split has started. 17 Chinese teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs, so here’s everything you need to know, from streams and schedule to the current scores and standings to keep you in the know.


  • Beishang starred as WE went top with a 2-0 win over LNG.
  • Victory 5 demolished Rogue Warriors in a clean 2-0 sweep.
  • EDward Gaming remains second after a 2-0 win against JDG.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule. We’ll update this section as we get further along into the tournament.

Week 4 schedule (January 25 – January 31)

Date Match PST EST GMT
January 25 EDward Gaming vs SinDragon 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
JD Gaming vs Rare Atom 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 26 Royal Never Give Up vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG vs Bilibili Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 27 eStar vs FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs Rogue Warriors 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 28 LGD Gaming vs Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
OMG vs SN Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 29 eStar vs LNG 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE vs Royal Never Give Up 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 30 SinoDragon vs Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Invictus vs FunPlus Phoenix 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 31 Rare Atom vs Rogue Warriors 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports vs JD Gaming 4:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 2 results (January 11 – January 17)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 11 Bilibili Gaming 2 – 1 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
ThunderTalk Gaming 0 – 2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 12 Oh My God 0 – 2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Rogue Warriors 2 – 1 Top Esports 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 13 Team WE 2 – 1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 14 JD Gaming 2 – 0 Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Royal Never Give Up 2 – 1 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 15 Rogue Warriors 0 – 2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports 2 – 0 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 16 Victory 5 2-1 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-1 FunPlus Phoenix 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 17 LNG Esports 2-1 ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE 2-1 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 3 results (January 18 – January 24)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 18 Oh My God 1-2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Bilibili Gaming 1-2 Victory Five 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 19 Rogue Warriros 0-2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 LGD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 20 Invictus Gaming 2-0 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Suning 0-2 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 21 ThunderTalk Gaming 0-2 Team WE 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Oh My God 0-2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 22 Rare Atom 0-2 BiliBili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-0 JD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 23 Top Esports 2-0 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
FunPlus Phoenix 2-0 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 24 Rogue Warriors 0-2 Victory Five 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 0-2 Team WE 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below is how each team places in the current standings, with Royal Never Give Up, Team WE and EDward Gaming all yet to drop a series.

Placement Team  Series    Games 
1 Team WE 5-0 10-2
2 EDward Gaming 4-0 8-2
3 Royal Never Give Up 3-0 6-1
4 FunPlus Phoenix 3-1 7-2
5 Victory Five 3-1 7-4
6 LNG Esports 2-1 4-3
7 Invictus Gaming 2-2 5-4
Top Esports 2-2 5-4
9 Billibili Gaming 2-2 5-5
eStar Gaming 2-2 5-5
11 JD Gaming 1-2 2-4
Rare Atom 1-2 2-4
 13 Suning 1-3 3-6
14 Rogue Warriors 1-4 2-9
15 LGD Gaming 0-3 1-6
ThunderTalk Gaming 0-3 1-6
17 Oh My God 0-4 2-8

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Bilibili Gaming Biubiu Meteor Zeka Aiming Mark
Edward Gaming Flandre Jiejie Scout Viper Meiko
eStar Gaming zs H4cker irma rat ShiauC
FunPlus Phoenix Nuguri Tian Doinb Lwx Crisp
Invictus Gaming TheShy XUN Rookie Wink Baolan
JD Gaming Zoom Kanavi Xiye, Yagao LokeN LvMao
LGD Gaming Cult Flora, Kui Uniboy Garvey, Kramer Peace
LNG Esports M1kuya Tarzan icon Light Iwandy
Oh My God New Aki Wuming Eric COLD
Rare Atom Cube Aix FoFo iBoy Hang
Rogue Warriors Ziv Haro Forge kelin, Michi QiuQiu
Royal Never Give Up Xiaohu Wei Cryin GALA Ming
Suning Bin SofM Angel huanfeng ON
Team WE Breathe beishang Shanks Jiumeng Missing
Top Esports 369 Karsa knight JackeyLove Zhuo
ThunderTalk Gaming Chelizi bless Captain SamD Teeen
Victory Five LANGX Weiwei Mole y4 ppgod