League of Legends Season 11 is off to a roaring begin. To date this yr we’ve seen a new champion, Viego the Ruined King, a lot of stability adjustments to enhance gameplay, and a bunch of these 140 new skins due in 2021. With the primary month of Season 11 almost over, Riot Video games has posted some new “fast gameplay ideas”, and – amongst different issues – introduced it’s nonetheless aiming to enhance the way it launches new champions and VGUs.
“2020’s champions have been profitable on each the satisfaction and attraction fronts,” gameplay designer director Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter says. “The themes and gameplay of Sett, Fiddle, Voli, Lillia, Yone, Samira, Seraphine, and Rell” – the champions launched over the course of Season 10 – “aimed for broad attraction amongst gamers inside their relevant roles and archetypes”. He additionally notes that the stability of those new additions was “considerably improved” in comparison with the yr earlier, with solely Samira, the Desert Rose, being fairly “considerably off-target” upon arrival within the stay sport.
Nevertheless, this yr the dev staff remains to be seeking to enhance – particularly, the “‘good for League general’ facet of latest champs and VGUs”. This elements in a variety of various champion elements.
For instance, Yetter lists: “sturdy and clear counterplay, very distinctive kits that justify every new addition to our roster, decrease complexity on common, and extra distinctive thematics to develop our IP even when much less in style”. So, it feels like we are able to count on future champion releases over 2021 to be simpler to familiarize yourself with general – possible welcome information for many who have discovered releases within the final yr or so a little bit complicated to choose up, corresponding to Samira and Aphelios.
— Mark Yetter (@MarkYetter) January 29, 2021
Moreover, from Yetter’s ideas, it feels like we are able to count on extra selection with these “distinctive” kits coming into the sport – one thing that ought to hopefully forestall comparable reactions to Seraphine’s launch final yr, which prompted some followers to name her “Sona 2.0” (although Riot responded by explaining she truly felt very totally different to play to Sona).
Whereas Riot notes that 2020 was significantly better in these regards than 2019, it nonetheless desires “to go additional in 2021”. It’s an thrilling perception into what we are able to count on to see as the subsequent 11 months unfold.
There’s no signal of after we may see the subsequent League of Legends champion or VGU hit the MOBA game, however we do know Rammus is getting an update at some point. If you wish to know what’s up even prior to that, take a look at our League of Legends patch 11.3 notes at that hyperlink to seek out out what’s coming subsequent week.