Category Archives: Analysis and Opinion

Turret Plating and Early-Game Variance: How well did Riot manage the metagame for the 2019 spring split?

Turret plating was introduced to League of Legends for the 2019 season as a way to improve and extend laning phase. That change, along with some other factors, had the potential for huge impact on the pace and metagame of pro LoL. After a full split of domestic and international play, it’s time to evaluate the results to see whether Riot’s changes produced the intended effects, and just as importantly, whether or not they created any collateral damage to the game’s balance.

Spoiler: things worked out pretty well!

Where did the shift come from?

In a development update going into the preseason, Riot stated:

“[Turret plating provides] a more protected and slightly longer laning phase, but still rewards those early push or strong lanes types with the opportunity to destroy a lot of barricade segments and reap the gold rewards.”

Essentially, the goal was to make the first 15 minutes of the game less volatile, but still give it a high influence over the outcome of the game. There was also a sub-goal of bringing down game lengths, partly seen in Riot saying that they wanted to see “decided games resolve faster.”

The goal was not to make the laning phase or early game a more influential part of the overall game flow, and that is the most important aspect of what we’ll evaluate below. Continue reading Turret Plating and Early-Game Variance: How well did Riot manage the metagame for the 2019 spring split?

Why Shadow’s new scrim tech has me so excited

Over at Shadow, we just announced the release of our new automated scrim data collection tools for LoL, which use computer vision technology to generate scrim stats for pro teams using only uploaded VODs.

I love everything we build at Shadow, but I find this feature especially exciting for a few reasons.

First, this tech helps to solve one of the most crucial challenges of LoL stats: sample size. Continue reading Why Shadow’s new scrim tech has me so excited

Old Dogs, New Tricks: How EU LCS coaches have managed the bot lane meta shift

Every coach has his own philosophy, style, and understanding of the way to guide his team. During week 5 of the EU LCS, I sat down with several European coaches to dig into their approach to the bot lane meta upheaval, from how it has affected their weekly preparation to their process for deciding how hard their team should commit to the “new normal.”

Thank you to Moose and Jesiz from Misfits, Grabbz and Duffman from G2, Peter from Splyce, Guilhoto from Schalke, and Kubz from Giants for sharing their thoughts. You can listen to the full audio from each coach below.

Hussain “Moose” Moosvi and Jesse “Jesiz” Le, Misfits

Continue reading Old Dogs, New Tricks: How EU LCS coaches have managed the bot lane meta shift