There are constantly new champions being released by riot. Sometimes a few in a row, sometimes short breaks, but League of Legends has plenty of new champions introduced to the rift. For this article I wanted to look at all the champions released during the pandemic. I will take an arbitrary date, November of 2019, since that is close to when most of it started. And riot releases champions in batches, so i wanted to include a few champions that wouldn’t have made the cut but were released very close to 2020.

League of Legends: How good are new champions?

Senna

2019 - 30 games, 56.7%   (most played by LokeN, 5 games)

2020 - 285 games, 54.5%   (most played by Rekkles 21 games)

2021 - 120 games, 54.2%   (most played by Ghost 10 games)

Aphelios

2020 - 707 games, 54.6%   (most played by Puff, 33 games)

2021 - 161 games, 47.8%   (most played by deokdam & JackeyLove, 8 games)

Sett

2020 - 662 games, 50.8%   (most played by Nuguri, 14 games)

2021 - 191 games, 49.2%   (most played by Life, 7 games)

Lillia

2020 - 131 games, 51.9%   (most played by Pyosik, 10 games)

2021 - 282 games, 46.5%   (most played by UmTi, 12 games)

Yone

2020 - 2 games, 50%   (most played by Doinb and FoFo, 1 game)

2021 - 49 games, 53.1%   (most played by Perkz, 6 games)

Samira

2020 - 21 games, 52.4%   (most played by iBoy, 7 games)

2021 - 165 games, 43%   (most played by HyBriD, 14 games)

Seraphine

2021 - 98 games, 49%   (most played by Legends, SOLKA, BeryL, IgNar, Faker and Mole, 4 games each)

Rell

2020 - 3 games, 0%   (played by cold, Shadow and Hang, 1 game each)

2021 - 369 games, 53.4%   (most played by Crisp, 22 games)

Viego

2021 - 64 games, 51.6%   (most played by Revenge, 4 games)

Gwen

2021 - 58 games, 51.7%   (most played by Kiin, 4 games)

So Riot games surely doesn’t release champions that don’t see competitive play. Most of them were nerfed multiple times after release, before these champions even first saw competitive play. The formula seems to emerge, release a broken champion, nerf accordingly. No wonder even a few weeks or sometimes months later, when these champions become available in competitive play, they still are played and some, with great win rates.


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