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LoL - Maokai and Hecarim Buffs Boost Their Pick and Win Rate

Published: 21:52, 18 September 2022
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League of Legends - Maokai is returing to top lane once again
League of Legends - Maokai is returing to top lane once again

Without announcing it to the player base, Riot Games have released a mini rework of Maokai, while also moving Hecarim to more of a fighter role. Both choices seem to resonate with the players.

When Hecarim becomes part of the League of Legends meta, he stays there for six months or more, as was the case last time. Fearing this, this time Riot Games have buffed him in a slightly different manner.

However, both he and Maokai, who basically got a  mini rework as well, have burst on the meta scene with enhanced win rates and pick rates in the past week.

In the case of Maokai, in games of Platinum rank and above, this champion was picked less than one percent of the time. Now, his pick rate has climbed to a solid 7%, with a win rate of 53%.

Riot Games League of Legends - First Maokai, and now Hecarim, we can see what is going on League of Legends - First Maokai, and now Hecarim, we can see what is going on

Hecarim, on the other hand, has had an even more drastic change to his pick rate and win rate. His pick rate was hovering around 5% before his changes went live, and has since climbed by more than 10%, hovering around 15% in games Platinum and above.

His win rate has, similarly, gone up by 3%, to a win rate of around 52%. However, his ban rate is currently one of the highest in the game, in the higher ranks of League of Legends, at more than 60%.

This poses an interesting question. Are some Riot Games champion designs just impossible to balance while keeping the game healthy, such as Hecarim? After all, even though Maokai also has a high win rate, his ban rate is nowhere near Hecarim's.

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