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One of the sides in LoL has always had an advantage. What is Riot doing to fix this?

What is Riot doing to keep games on Summoner’s Rift fair?


League of Legends is a team game in which two teams of five play against each other. Each player has the same heroes at their disposal and it depends on them how their team will ultimately look like. It might seem that everyone has the same chances of winning, but there is one aspect that few fans take into account.

This is about the side on which the game begins. The players from the blue team, who play from the top, have a slightly difficult task due to, among other things, the fact that part of the place where opponents may be in the early stages of the game is covered by the map and interface, and also because of this, that the map is not symmetrical and the objectives of the game are placed differently. What is Riot doing to fix this problem?

What is the developers’ solution?

A user with the nickname GourmetCookies444 approached Riot after noticing that he had gained noticeably fewer league points in one of the won games. The response of one of the studio staff included a lot of important information about the MMR system and what could have an impact on the amount of LP players receive.

As it turns out, one of the important factors that may indicate a higher MMR than the average in a given division is on which side of the map a given team will play.

According to leagueofgraphs.com, the blue team wins 50.9% of the games and the red team 49.1%. This is not a big difference, but it is worth bearing in mind that the indicator takes into account all games in the solo/duo queue, which are really a lot.

The case is a bit different when you look at the statistics shared by individual players.

I have 11% more on the blue side. This explains why my MMR is so good even though my win rate is negative.

Many players may find that Riot’s approach is not perfect, but it is difficult to even the chances of both teams without completely rebuilding the map, which has been known in this form for many years.