I need to get this off my chest, because I care about League of Legends and I want what is best for Riot Games and their game.
I want to talk about the way balance changes are done currently, how we got here, and why I think there is a problem. I'll be honest – I feel like the game has been very much unexciting this year, and that the meta both in pro play, as well as soloQ is stale, and it has been throughout season 10.
video from 2018, Doublelift talked about a variety of things regarding the style of balance changes we had two seasons ago. He specifically said that the patches came out too often, and that they changed too much. I agree with this – pro players especially weren't given enough time to get used to the changes, and prepare for tournaments in an appropriate manner. Also, Doublelift had a fair point about players maining a specific champion, like Aatrox and Janna, and how their entire progress in mastering said champion could essentially be reset. Not necessarily because said champion was reworked – his or her AD or AP ratios could have been essentially gutted. I've been a Kalista main since season 5, so I understand the impact that big balance changes can have on your overall satisfaction with the game in general.
Because of the above, Riot – slowly but surely – relaxed in their approach to balance. I want to say I'm glad that Riot Games listens to its community. I really do. But even good intentions can have bad consequences. Let me clarify. In the video I mentioned earlier, Doublelift talked about "the other side of the spectrum". The side, where Riot becomes a developer that simply doesn't do enough with the balance changes. This is where we are at now, and the reason I am writing this post.
Whenever patch notes come out, I immediately go on Youtube to watch pro's or streamer's comments on them. Usually it's LS that I watch. If you go to
video, the one commenting on patch 10.11, you will tell by the title alone that… Nothing has really changed. That nothing has really changed isn't a one off occurrence, this has been a worrying trend almost throughout season 10. Honestly, I can't remember anything big other than Aphelios nerfs and the changes to Senna that happened this year. And it worries me, because if this continues, the game will eventually deteriorate to the state of needing life support, when really it SHOULD be flourishing, like it used to back in its prime. I understand that Riot would rather progress, instead of falling back to previous states of the game- no game developer wants to admit that they messed up. And I am not asking Riot to go back to what we had in season 8. I want something else.
I want to see what the pros and the community have been asking for – Bigger Patches, More Spaced Out Currently, the patches are more spaced out than they used to in the past, which is good on Riot's Part. Now we need these patches to actually provide changes. Not the minor balance changes that we see now, because the meta has become stale, and the game very much uninteresting because of it in my opinion. Instead, the balance changes should shake the meta. I am sure I'm not the only one who would love to once again get excited when reading patch notes, and look forward to seeing new champion pools in each lane, as well as the jungle.
I am completely aware that we're in the middle of a global pandemic, and Riot has enough problems of its own right now. Even so, as a loyal fan I can no longer bear to see my favourite game in what I think is a sad and dull state.
I sincerely hope that Riot will take into consideration what can be done to improve the game experience for its playerbase. Not saying they're not, but I truly believe they can do better. I wish all the best for the company and all of its staff members.
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