- DRX’s BeryL shared his thoughts on Riot’s focus on bringing new champions into the game
- He said that the devs should give more attention to older champs and give them much-needed updates
- Many fans seem to agree with the Korean support player
Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee of DRX world champions fame shared his opinion on Riot introducing new champions to the game soon after Briar, the newest one, was released.
BeryL Thinks Riot Should Focus On Reworks
League of Legends is defined by its many champions. Over the many years the game has been a staple of the wider gaming world, it has amassed many diverse characters, each with a unique story and play style. It’s safe to say this is one of the main reasons that LoL is so popular, as it caters to the interests of many different people.
Until now, developers Riot Games have always tried to add more and unique champions to the game each year, but this practice comes with some drawbacks as well. Namely, it diverts precious resources from places the game might need. This is what DRX’s support Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee also seems to think.
In an interview for the Korean site e-focus.co.kr, the 26-year-old player shared his thoughts on Riot’s strategy of adding more and more new champions. He said that the developers should focus on reworking champions who need it, instead of spending time on the creation and addition of new ones. “What kind of new champ is this if we can’t even get the balance right,” BeryL said, according to a translation. “In my opinion, there are more than 20 champions that need to be remade,” the player explained.
Perhaps the 26-year-old support is onto something. Currently, League of Legends’ roster of champions number 165, with the latest one being Briar, the Restrained Hunger, who was released on September 14. Meanwhile, there have been champions from the very first generation, released with the launch of the game back in 2009, which have barely been changed.
BeryL isn’t alone in his thoughts, however. In a highly-voted Reddit post from September 20, many fans agreed with the words of the 26-year-old DRX player. “It would be really good if more pro players voiced their concern about these problems. If the common player can’t make enough noise to make Riot start doing changes, we need pro players to be the voice of the player base,” one fan wrote. “I mean, we already have a lot of champions, updating old champions should be the priority,” one of the top comments reads. “Riot needs to rework at least 10 champions next year,” another one added.
That being said, there are those who say Riot should focus on delivering mid-scope updates instead of making full champion reworks. This year, League of Legends saw three new champions join its roster – on delivering mid-scope. Meanwhile, six champions received major gameplay updates, including Rell, Neeko, Yuumi, and Jax.
This shows that Riot has been giving attention to the rest of the champion roster, but both professional players and fans alike still seem to be divided on the matter if the devs should continue like this, or focus on reworks.