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LoL - Devs Explain Why Players Don't Understand Game Balance

Published: 09:59, 22 August 2022
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Every League of Legends payer likes to give their own thoughts on game balance. Are they in the right though, and why is their understanding wrong? Riot Phroxzon answers these questions.

Riot Games update League of Legends every two weeks, with their regularly scheduled patches. And every time, there are members of the player base that swear they could do better.

And while, admittedly, some things need more revision than others , players would make it out as if Riot Games don't know what they are doing. So, Riot Phroxzon explains what actually happens when you balance out League of Legends.

In a podcast he took a part in, Riot Phroxzon explains that League players have no idea, at all, how difficult game design is: "Just think about the number of permutations and combinations of every possible thing. Not only do we have to think about these things, but we also have to think about them ahead of time.”

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He goes on to say that, when in the process of balancing the game, with their years of experience under the belt, Riot Games can estimate a champion's future win rate, after the changes, with a 1% error margin.

"These things are really hard to estimate," says Riot Phroxzon, "There’s so many moving parts. There could be item changes going in the patch, there could be champion interactions, or the play rate could increase which will decrease the win rate. If more players play it, there’s probably more new players and that changes the way the win rates play out. There’s a lot of factors involved.”

Even though the meme of 200 years of experience is well deserved, some things should be left to the experts. After all, it's easy to be a general after the battle.

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