It is a common joke on the internet that the development team responsible for balancing League of Legends is full of low-skilled members. This stems from the fact that the free-to-play game receives two major updates every single month. The large amount of changes impacting the meta in short periods of time is always going to annoy or disappoint a specific batch of players. Hence, the treatment that the “balance team is silver” and has no idea what the competitive community wants.
Posting on the official forums on the weekend, lead gameplay designer Andrei “Meddler” van Roon decided to set the record straight.
“It’s been a common enough joke at times in the past of course, feels like there are quite a few people treating it as fact right now however,” Meddler stated. “Figured the easiest way to talk about it as a result was just to link a bunch of accounts from people on the Live Gameplay team who are fairly highly rated this season.”
- (Designer) Azubk – Diamond 2 – Profile
- (Designer) Sotere Diamond 3 – Profile
- (Designer) Repertoir – Diamond 4 – Profile
- (Designer) Trading Stance – Diamond 4 – Profile
- (Designer) Wav3break – Diamond 5 – Profile
- (QA) Wittrock – Diamond 4 – Profile
It should be noted that this is not the full list of members on the Live Gameplay team, which does include a few members that are rated better or worse in comparison. In addition, there is a separate Playtest team made up of players ranked between Diamond to Master that is responsible for assessing upcoming changes in League of Legends.
Most recently, Riot Games announced that the upcoming pre-season update will bring new animations to health bars for visual clarity. This means better indicators to differentiate between burst damage, healing, invulnerability, armor shred, bonus health, structural integrity, and ammunition.
The pre-season is scheduled to go live on November 8, shortly after the conclusion of the League of Legends World Championship (Worlds 2017) on November 4. Those unaware can head here to see what changes are incoming during the pre-season.