When a new champion arrives in League of Legends, it is very important not to draw hasty conclusions. The statistics of victories recorded in the first days by a newly arrived character to the innovator crack are rarely reliable or indicate his true potential. It is when a few days have passed that we can carry out the first readings about the hero in question. An exercise that in the case of K’Santa has not been positive and that allows to intuit several challenges that will test the expertise of Riot Games in the face of very difficult work.
The serious problems of the premiere of K’Santa
Starting with the obvious, K’Santa is too weak. Although this was not an alarming sign in the first days after its premiere, the champion has not progressed to the rhythm that could be expected. Its victorious rate has barely reached 44.1% (taking into account only the most recent data) for the League of Legends Media. This weakness is simple to solve. Riot Games has more than plenty of tools to increase the performance of the champions. However, this is where the big problem of the character is shown, since its performance increases very notably as we rise in rank .
To show the data closest to the balance of the champion, the following table collects the Victoria’s de K’Santa rate on November 7 (more recent data).
These data are obtained from an analysis of more than 80,000 games played on all League of Legends servers and seem quite reliable, since there are no major differences when choosing Build depending on the range of the players. In this way, the only possible conclusion is the obvious: the probability of success with K’Santa increases as the level of the players does. It is, therefore, a character that shines when someone very skilled faces an equally good rival to the video game. It is not, of course, the only champion who experiences something similar. However, it is not such a usual phenomenon and this is one of the most pronounced cases.
This situation results in several problems. The first is that K’Santa could master the professional game when the competition returns next 2023 and the second is that Riot Games cannot increase its power . This is also due to two different situations.
The preseason begins 2023 : The start of the new campaign adds new objects and brings back the ice Lovelace, which seems to be tailored to the champion. Riot Games cannot increase its power because it does not know how it will affect the arrival of this item.
A hazardous improvement : Increase the power of K’Santa for the bulk of the community would cause ‘broken’ in the elite ranges, which would prevent its long-term balance.
Throughout the history of League of Legends, there have been few champions who have been able to abandon a situation like K’Santa. It is an evil similar to that suffered Zero or to which they currently suffer Aphelia , Rye and even Air . It is still early to foresee such discouraging future, but that is what the samples of what we have so far. Furthermore, it seems clear that Riot will have to examine everything he has learned with previous injured pitches. Something that has never worked out.
In any case, It does not seem that the solutions will arrive immediately . Unless the developers surprise us with emergency adjustments or a special change, the next patch will be reserved exclusively to the 2023 preseason. It will be after this version that Riot Games will begin to fix all the problems that may have arisen with the characters.