Quick Gameplay Thoughts: October 30

Champion Complexity Philosophy.

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Champion Complexity Philosophy

Recently the champions team has done an audit and refresh of our principles around champion complexity. At a high level, we want League to have champions across a wide range of complexity profiles to help us deliver the perfect champion for every player.

A few of our high level goals when it comes to champion complexity

  • We want champions to have a rough bell curve on the complexity spectrum with a few very low and a few very high complexity but most falling somewhere in the middle.
    • As a sub point to this we want to offer a range of complexity options for each class and position (eg a high complexity ADC and a low complexity ADC)
  • Theme and complexity are well matched - an assassin with elaborate ninja tools attracts a player that is usually looking for a challenge while a fluffy teddy bear would attract players looking for a simpler kit.
  • For VGUs, we want to keep a similar complexity level to keep the current players of the champion feeling at home with the new kit
  • Avoid extreme playing AGAINST complexity - Players shouldn’t have to complete a PHD thesis to understand how to play with or against a champion, there is a limit to how much we want your game disrupted by someone else’s pick. Worth noting - playing AS some champions can require this much research because it is an opt in experience.

We evaluate complexity using 3 axis:

  • Mechanical complexity
    • Low mechanical demands. Spells are straightforward and “just work”
      • Rammus, Warwick
    • Medium mechanical demands. Sometimes requires higher apm or timing sensitive combos
      • Kassadin, Kaisa
    • High mechanical demands. High APM and punishing combos that demand precise execution
      • Kalista, Azir
  • Knowledge Complexity
    • Low - Skills learned from other champs teach you how to play this one
      • Miss Fortune, Sona, Lux
    • Medium - Playing this champ repeatedly is needed to learn correct play
      • Yasuo, Draven, Thresh
    • High - Reading a guide needed to learn how to play this champ
      • Riven combos, Aphelios
  • Playing with/against complexity
    • Low - Other players don’t need to change their playstyle when this champ is in the game
      • Ahri, Jinx
    • Medium - The champ requires other players to be aware of new mechanics or strategies when it is in the game, they can still play the game normally for the most part
      • Thresh Lantern, Nocturne’s R
    • High - The champ requires other players to think about the game completely differently on a strategic level when it is present
      • Ivern, Proxy Singed

To put it in perspective, here is how we rate our champs this year:

  • Sett
    • Mechanical - Medium
    • Knowledge - Low
    • Playing with/against - Medium
  • Fiddlesticks
    • Mechanical - Low
    • Knowledge - Medium
    • Playing with/against - High
  • Volibear
    • Mechanical - Low
    • Knowledge - Low
    • Playing with/against - Medium
  • Lilia
    • Mechanical - Medium
    • Knowledge - Low
    • Playing with/against - Medium
  • Yone
    • Mechanical - High
    • Knowledge - Medium
    • Playing with/against - Medium
  • Samira
    • Mechanical - High
    • Knowledge - Medium
    • Playing with/against - Medium

Thanks again everyone for playing. Stay safe out there.

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