Whenever a new item pops up you can always expect players to clamor about how it will make some champions overpowered or how it will save a certain niche group or something. The new jungle item that takes the place of magus is no exception and sweet lord the misinformation was quick to pour out on this one. The thing is, the idea of a pure AP jungler is just flawed from the get go. The concept of a pure AP jungler will likely never work in this game.
I've been playing since Season 0 and have seen every champion release in the game. The release of Ekko and the bitching storm that resulted isn't anything new as players tend to cry about most champion releases. Ekko is on the stronger side (and annoying) for release but this pales in comparison to some of the worst releases Riot has ever had.
There have been plenty of releases that were simply horrible. The reasons were usually because of bugs and stupid numbers but sometimes how they were handled was just simply borderline idiotic. This video isn't to insult Riot since at the time of some of these releases were when they were a new budding company and they've far improved since then with a few hiccups here and there. Again, Ekko's release is nothing in comparison to some of these.
I also have to mention that I am ignoring any releases that had unintended effects on the game such as Nasus's release and Jax's release. Also this isn't a list of the "top x" worst releases but just a discussion about them. Some of these releases didn't feature an overpowered champion either and instead just had detrimental results for the game.
So the video and article on broken champions started quite the conversation so I'd like to repeat that by going over who I think are the most gimped champions in League at the moment.
As a reminder, gimped means a champion makes balance changes for them very limited because one or two things about their key greatly encompass a lot of their strength. Basically their gameplay revolves around how strong that one thing is at being exploited and their position in the meta as well as balance strategies revolve entirely on how it's dealt with.
A common question that is posed on my stream are my opinions on who are the most imbalanced champions, broken, annoying or what have you. Basically viewers want my opinions on champions for pretty much every category. The one I have the most fun talking about are the champions I deem broken. First off, I want to make it known that broken does not mean I think the champion is overpowered or that I'm whining about a champion that is currently stomping in the meta. There are three adjectives I use to separate champions I feel have balance issues; gimped, broken and toxic.
So this article goes hand in hand with the video I made yesterday and it's exemplified by videos like the latest Garen and Yorick videos which are posted somewhere in this article. The question is, does Champion Select matter at all in ranked?
There is a lot of conflicting advice given on forums like Reddit. Some players suggest that you play whatever you want since whatever works, some suggest that you try to counter your opponents, some suggest that you vehemently follow the meta and play what is deemed op at the time and the others are only playing one champion.