League of Legends: The effect of balancing patches on the game – Esports Insider

League of Legends: The effect of balancing patches on the game – Esports Insider


In this piece, Hannes Hase, a Data Scientist at Bayes Esports, breaks down how League of Legends balance patches impact the meta and data surrounding a match.

League of Legends meta
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored piece from Bayes Esports


In a game as complex as League of Legends, keeping champion strength, item stats and general interactions in balance are key to keep the community around it happy. The struggle here is that whenever new elements are introduced into the game, it is hard to fully estimate their impact, leading to a necessary readjustment afterwards. For this, Riot releases balancing patches every few weeks, trying to amend unwanted and unexpected over-tuned aspects of the game.

As soon as a new patch is announced, players all around the world start looking for new ways of exploiting the potential consequences of the introduced changes. This leads to changes in the meta. Meta, or ‘most effective tactics available’, is a term recurrently used in the gaming world to describe the go-to picks or strategies at a given time. It is not mandatory to follow, and players
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