Riot Games have explained their approach to balancing controversial new League of Legends champion Yuumi.
The latest new champion to join League of Legends, Yuumi is designed to be played as a Support, with her defining mechanic being the ability to become Attached to ally champions, during which she is untargetable by any damage except from turrets.
Yuumi has been the subject of much debate since her release to the live servers on May 15. The champion was initially derided as one of the weakest Riot have ever made, debuting with the worst win-rate in ranked play ever.
Riot quickly responded with some emergency buffs, but while Yuumi’s online win-rate hasn’t exactly skyrocketed, with the Summer Split of the various professional leagues kicking off she has now proven incredibly powerful at the pro level, being almost universally banned across most leagues.
Due to her apparent power at the pro level and the style of play her Attached mechanic results in, Yuumi hasn’t been particularly popular with pros, with OpTic Gaming’s William ‘Meteos’ Hartman describing her as “the embodiment of what I don’t like about the game.”
Yuumi hasn’t been too popular with professional players.
The latest pro player to weigh in on Yuumi is Golden Guardians AD Carry Matthew ‘Deftly’ Chen, who like many of his fellow pros isn’t particularly happy with the new champion, as he revealed in an interview with Upcomer.
“She’s OP. I can’t believe Riot made that champ. It’s unreal. You can’t hit her when she’s in someone, but she can just weave her Q around the creeps and hit you for like a fifth of your HP and there’s no consequence. You can’t punish her.”
Deftly also agreed that Yuumi would be “super oppressive for the rest of the split” unless she is nerfed, but was confused by the fact that there aren’t currently nerfs being tested on the Public Beta Environment (PBE).
Riot developer Kevin ‘Captain Gameplay’ Huang has now weighed in on the approach to Yuumi, explaining that while they recognized that Yuumi was likely to be overpowered for those who could master the champion, her power level needed to reflect the actual success rate of most players, which was initially too low.
Captain Gameplay also stated that despite requiring a steep learning curve to get the most of, Riot also feel Yuumi is a good champion for absolute beginners, as her Attached mechanic gives her one less thing to think about and allows those who aren’t familiar with the game to “focus on using their abilities and watching allies/enemies’ actions.”
While pro players might have to wait a little while to see significant nerfs to the champion – likely meaning she will remain a high priority of bans in the short term – it does seem Riot is monitoring the situation and will have adjustments for the champion once her success rate between both pro and online play settles.
Riot has confirmed League of Legends patch 11.2 is arriving on schedule — just one day later than usual — and we’ve got all the early LoL patch notes, balance changes, and more for players to dig through ahead of the Jan. 20 update.
There’s plenty of buffs, changes, and nerfs coming in patch 11.2, but there’s one thing League of Legends players are excited for over all the rest: Viego, the Ruined King, the game’s 154th champion.
The mysterious, edgy warrior has been a part of LoL’s lore for quite some time, mainly through his fabled “Blade of the Ruined King,” a buildable item, but 2021 marks the first time he’s been a playable character in Riot’s flagship title.
Viego is now set to arrive in patch 11.2, after quite the wait.
Thursday’s update will also, as mentioned, deliver a host of changes for champions, items, and even runes that have been a tad over or under-power in Season 11 so far.
Here’s all the details on LoL patch 11.2, coming (just a little late) this week.
Viego the Ruined King, champion 154, arrives in League of Legends this patch.
When is League patch 11.2 coming?
The first League of Legends of the new year is expected to roll out on Wednesday, Jan. 20. It will begin in Oceania at 10am AEST (4pm Tuesday PT), and will be rolled out in all regions at 8am from there.
Players can expect a few hours of downtime. Matchmaking and access to the LoL servers will be disabled around three hours before the patch is deployed. This will be around 6am PT on Jan. 6 for NA players, and 6am GMT for EU players.
LoL patch 11.2 early notes
Viego release locked for LoL patch 11.2
There’s a big new release on the way this week: Viego, the Ruined King, finally arrives in LoL patch 11.2. He’s been available for testing on the PBE for a week or so now, and the jungler is already taking players by surprise.
With a pseudo-assassin kit, he’s going to be a huge threat. Lurking in the shadows and controlling the magic that saps the Shadow Isles, you can expect Viego to absolutely ruin enemy teams. You can find more details on his release here.
These “healing edge cases,” like Aatrox and Olaf, are only part of League’s healing problem. Riot are also looking at generic healing reduction across the board, especially Domination rune Ravenous Hunter.
The rune is getting a scaling nerf with reduced healing per stack.
Riot aims to “widen” tank build paths
Tanks are also getting a Mythic change. With Sunfire Aegis still dominating the meta, Yetter wants to open up the choice for tanks. Frostfire Gauntlet and Turbo Chemtank are both getting buffs, acting as cheaper options to Sunfire.
Senna gets love after item rework
A number of champions got just the perfect item for their kit in the Mythic item overhaul in preseason 11. However, a number of champions lost their identity — especially users who relied on Glacial Augment.