Riot Statikk took to the official League of Legends website today to post a bit of discussion on the MOBA’s subclasses, and how the game designers were thinking about them now, after the subclasses have had some time to settle. They’re eliminating Disruptors as a subclass, adding Catchers, and moving a number of champions into the Unique subclass, for their unconventional playstyle.
League of Legends Subclasses
Of course, it’s perfectly possible to play League of Legends and not pay any attention to subclasses. It’s more of a nuance, and something particularly valuable when examining team compositions. But knowing a thing or two about subclasses can help you choose the right champion at the right time, or it can just give you a new playstyle to explore.
According to the post, Disruptors weren’t really a cohesive sort of champion. These included Morgana, Anivia, Heimerdinger, and Teemo. They were mostly mages stuck in an identity crisis, or, in the case of Teemo, flat out trolls. Not only that, but the developers have come to see traps and walls as things that any champion can potentially utilize in the right situation. So they’ve eliminated that subclass.
Morgana has been moved into the new subclass, Catchers. These are champions that have the unique abilities to make plays from a distance. Champions like Thresh and Blitzcrank have catching abilities that can start an engagement or catch an enemy out of position.
Plenty of champions didn’t exactly fit into subclasses, so they’ve loosened the bonds and let a number of them remain in the Unique category. This includes champions like Azir, Gangplank, Graves, and Urgot for sure.
So take a look at the official post, and see if the revamp on subclasses can offer you any insight into your favorite League of Legends champions.