Surprising LoL Champion has 100% pick rate in pro play

Surprising LoL Champion has 100% pick rate in pro play
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Written by 

Sascha Heinisch


13th Jun 2023 14:20

The much-maligned League of Legends champion, Yuumi, has once more stirred up the professional esports scene and fan community alike.

Despite being targeted by a string of changes and bug fixes intended to curb her professional play viability, Yuumi has boasted a 100% pick or ban rate in the ongoing LCK 2023 Summer Split, a fact that has left fans disgruntled.

All Yuumi everything

The LCK has now played 26 games of Summer Split. Yuumi has been banned or picked in every single one.
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Yuumi, despised by many due to her unique design choices, seems to have found her footing in professional play. In the LCK 2023 Summer Split, she was either picked or banned in all 26 games - accruing 18 picks and 8 bans.

Interestingly, her win rate only amounts to a meagre 33.3% in LCK - a mere 6 out of the 18 games saw the team opting for her emerge victorious.

Other popular picks such as K'Sante and Neeko who, despite being picked just as often, drew significantly more bans. In the Chinese LPL, Yuumi's pick-ban rate is lower at 42.6%, but her win rate skyrockets to an impressive 75%. This illustrates her issues from a different angle.

Fans are not happy

While Yuumi continues to make waves in professional play, her reception among fans remains cold, particularly with Reddit users.

The champion was initially introduced as an entry-level hero. In a post regarding her rework, game designer Truexy argued: "We want to rework Yuumi to be an easy-to-learn Enchanter that’s all about protecting and enhancing her allies."

Being able to ride in the backpack of an ally, the Yuumi player gets to switch off a large part of what is required to play a champion in League.

Yet Yuumi has evolved into a key pick in professional games, while remaining lacklustre in solo queue play. This disconnect has not gone unnoticed by fans.

Reddit user Quaiche offered a blunt solution: "Delete her,” they stated with many Redditors finding agreement with the sentiment. Another user, JealotGaming, suggested a thorough rework: "They should just do like Aatrox's rework and make her a completely different, better champion."

The top-rated comment on the matter came from user Sterzin, who wrote: "She isn't even a good new player champ because she doesn't serve to teach players anything.

"Riot clearly doesn't want to just clap her down to the point of utter uselessness, but as long as she can remain as a permanently intangible backpack and extra item for a carry, she will never not be broken in pro.

"Yet her design is so ingrained in this playstyle that they just can’t change it. Barring a full rework, which I honestly expect at this point." Aww, poor little kitty. 

Sascha "Yiska" Heinisch is a Senior Esports Journalist at GGRecon. He's been creating content in esports for over 10 years, starting with Warcraft 3.

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