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LoL dev explains why controversial champion Yuumi is so difficult to balance

Published: 11/Jun/2019 11:14 Updated: 26/May/2020 15:30

by Joe O'Brien


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.”

Riot GamesYuumi 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.

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Fnatic finally reveal Upset as Rekkles replacement in ADC for LEC 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:36 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 1:33

by Lauren Bergin


After the departure of star LoL player Rekkles from the Fnatic bot lane, the black and orange LEC Gods have finally announced his replacement: Astralis’ Upset. 

The LEC has certainly seen a shake up this year. With Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković leaving to join Cloud9 across the pond, a spot on the G2 roster opened up.

This was quickly filled by Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen, the former face of Fnatic, the team’s fans were wondering who would be his replacement. It’s big shoes to fill considering the legacy that Rekkles has left in the Fnatic jersey, so who has chosen to step up to the plate?

With LEC fans debating between Elias ‘Upset’ Lipp and Juš ‘Crownshot’ Marušič the race was on to see who Fnatic would sign.

Fnatic sign Astralis ADC Upset

When Crownshot announced that he would not be playing in any League of Legends tournament this year, fans were pretty certain that Upset would be the future ADC for the black and orange legends.

Therefore, when Fnatic announced Upset as ADC earlier today fans may not have been shocked, but they’re certainly excited to know who hold the future of the Fnatic botlane.

Upset has been a constantly high performing player ever since his days with Schalke 04. Taking what many believed to be a step up when he joined Origen (now Astralis) last season, Origen’s disappointing performance in the second split meant that roster readjustments were clearly needed.

With the ADC position being the least of Origen’s worries, it was pretty clear that Upset would be looking for a more competitive team to carve out his future with.

Will he be able to challenge the dynasty that Rekkles has left in his wake, or will he forever be caught in the Swedish legend’s shadow? Only time will tell, but we know Upset’s going to work extra hard to make his name sit side by side with the former Fnatic bot laner.