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Rekkles takes aim at Riot for making too many “crazy OP” LoL champions

Published: 4/Feb/2020 5:51

by Isaac McIntyre

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Fnatic superstar Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsen has slammed Riot Games for their “crazy” new League of Legends champion designs, and suggested players shouldn’t be forced to play the “new generation” releases to keep up.

After ten years of character development, and nearly unique 150 champions, it’s no surprise Riot has begun to push the boundaries of their popular MOBA with new abilities, ultimates, and features for their recent releases.

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With the start of the Season 10 ranked ladder and pro leagues around the world, it soon became clear some — namely new bot laners Senna and Aphelios — have been released with “broken kits” and a lot of in-built power, and Rekkles has had enough.

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Riot’s newest marksman champions Senna (pictured) and Aphelios were two of the main reasons Rekkles took aim at their balancing decisions.

During a game against Aphelios, who arrived as champion 147 weeks after fellow marksman Senna was revealed, Rekkles took aim at Riot’s designs, suggesting it was a “joke” these new characters had made everything else obsolete.

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In particular, the Swedish bot laner suggested it was “crazy” that two back-to-back releases so close together had warped the meta so strongly, and even bumped 2019’s power picks Kai’Sa and Xayah right out of contention.

“Kai’Sa and Xayah used to be at least twice as good as every other ADC, and now Xayah is never played without Rakan, and Kai’Sa isn’t even played, just because Riot released new champs that are even worse to play against,” he said.

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Rekkles has been playing League at a pro level since 2012, and says this is the worst he’s seen the design get.

One particular problem that has arisen from Aphelios and Senna’s arrival has been their “overpowered” kits, which allow them to extend their auto-attack range to game-breaking levels, all while remaining relatively safe from harm.

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Alongside the extended range, both champions boast interesting new mechanics that have proven difficult to play around, from Aphelios’ literal arsenal of weapons he can change between, to Senna’s shadow moves which conceal allies.


“It’s crazy, right? Not really sure what their theory is, because if they keep making stronger and stronger champions, then no one will play anything except what’s new,” Rekkles added. ‘“I think that’d be a shame because there are so many champs in the game… but what do I know, I don’t have 200 years of experience.”

The LEC champion finished his thoughts by suggesting League of Legends would be at its “most fun” if “everyone was on even ground” when it came to power in kits, but accepts that it’s basically impossible for Riot to achieve that.

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“I know it’s not possible because if you don’t release these new generation OP champs then people get bored,” he said. “I guess we just have to accept anything released 10 years ago won’t be played again… unless they have too much damage.”

Rekkles isn’t the only one to take aim the game’s development recently either, with a cheeky parody video going all-in on the balance of champions like Zoe, Aphelios, and Qiyana as well as reworked characters like Akali and Galio.

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League’s developers also recently went on the record to admit they believe it’s “impossible” to balance all 148 champions. Instead, they revealed they aim to bring a level of “richness” to every meta as characters rise and fall in power.

While it’s not the best news, especially for outspoken critics like Rekkles, at least it looks like Riot understands they may have gone too far in some places. Now it’s just a matter of seeing how powerful upcoming champions 149 and 150 really are.

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Riot confirm fix for bizarre Umbral Glaive bug at League Worlds 2020

Published: 15/Oct/2020 12:14

by Daniel Cleary

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Riot Games developer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter has confirmed a fix for the unusual Umbral Glaive bug which stopped jungle plants from respawning in G2 Esports vs Suning’s group stage tiebreaker at Worlds 2020.

With only 8 teams remaining, the 2020 League of Legends World Championship is now moving into the bracket stage with quarterfinals kicking off on October 15, having delivered plenty of entertaining matches so far.

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However, there was a bizarre bug that viewers noticed in one of the most exciting games of the tournament, the Group A tiebreaker between G2 Esports and Suning to decide the first seed.

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Worlds 2020 viewers noticed a bizarre bug with Blast Cones and other jungle plants.

The third and final group stage game between these two dark horse teams was quite close, but as G2 were starting to outscale the LPL’s 3rd seed, top laner Chen ‘Bin’ Ze-Bin pulled off an impressive Teleport flank on Gangplank to seal the game.

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Although Suning came out on top in the group stage match, League of Legends YouTuber Vandiril revealed a strange bug with the jungle plants, which would have provided G2 Esports with another way to navigate the final teamfight.

The Umbral Glaive lethality item was seemingly bugged during the Worlds 2020 patch and the LoL content creator explained that anyone with this item would completely stop jungle plants like the Blast Cone and Scryrer’s Bloom from respawning.

In G2 Esports’ case, the Blast Cone, which can be used to jump over walls, should have been available in their jungle for the final teamfight and could have given star players Luka ‘Perkz’ Perkovic and Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther a way to escape Bin’s Gangplank.

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However, it now seems as if it will be fixed for the remainder of the tournament, after Riot developer Mark Yetter revealed that they had shipped out a micropatch which would also affect the upcoming Worlds 2020 games.

This unusual glitch sparked plenty of discussion online, with many fans claiming it could have cost G2 Esports the game and potentially an easier quarterfinal matchup, but it is not possible to say for sure.

Despite missing out on the first seed, G2 Esports have been quite confident about their chances against the LCK 3rd seed Gen.G, who they will play on October 18 for a chance to progress in the international event.

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