OP Hero or just whining?

Posted: May 15, 2011 by thewoebringer in Champions, Complaining

I’d like to thank the other two authors for letting me write a tad here. So lets get into it.

You’ve heard it before and it’s practically inevitable, “Oh god. Your hero is so OP. (insert reason here)”.  But when is it justified and when is it the player(s) you’re playing? Deciding this isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially considering the nature of the game. Now it’s obvious there will always be stronger heroes and weaker ones, the goal of riot is to minimize the variability in power while maximizing variability in play style and builds. So what’s considered OP? Here’s what I try to use to maintain objectivity when analyzing a hero…

1. How hard is it to get good?

What I mean by this is the difficulty level for getting kills and last hits. If a hero player can just sit around and is pretty much assured to be a late game powerhouse then they can be considered pretty powerful. However, this in and of itself doesn’t constitute an OP hero. It’s frustrating to look at a hero and know you completely outplayed them and are still losing but there will always be heroes who will be good at farming in different stages of the game. This brings me to point 2.

2. What toolbox do they have?

The 4 spells (and to a lesser extent the passive) can be considered as a set of utility for a hero. Slows, stuns, nukes, suppression, dots, blinks, and range are all things to consider here. A hero with a good hard stun has an excellent tool and when used properly can be devastating. A cross map ult can be equally powerful in the hands of a experienced player. These are all things that when used appropriately can be stifling, but this just leads me to the more important points. Such as…

3. What do I have access to?

Your build should not be static. There are tons of items in game for a variety of situations. You should always be scoping out what you need to be more effective. Putting your head down and blindly following a recipe might be good when you’re learning the ins and outs of the game, but you should always be looking for what items you can build to soften the blow from other heroes. Sashes for long suppression, tenacity items for almost everything, and even the occasional armor or magic resist to put a damper on that enemy carry. This mentality leads into the last point…

4. What can I do?

This ones solely on you, the player. In the heat of the moment you might do something a little foolish and get punished for it. It’s easy when the tension is high to start thinking that the enemy only won because of their “goddamned OP hero” but try to take a moment and think. “What did I do there that made me vulnerable?” “What ability hurts me the most me?” “Can I change my play style to make it easier on myself?” You’d be surprised how many heroes you will be able to more effectively combat when instead of raging you sit and think about how you can change your play style up a bit. In addition, remember, knowledge is power. If you keep getting wrecked by a hero, take it out for a spin. Knowing all the heroes abilities can go a long way to helping you when you’re back on your favorite character.

5. Know that snowballing is not OP.

This one isn’t a question. Please, please, please, don’t be that guy (or girl) who shouts OP after a hero has 5 kills and it’s 10 minutes into the game. Any hero will become OP when they’re fed. You just sound stupid saying it. More likely someone on your team wasn’t playing up to snuff so to speak.

So we know whats not OP, so when is it okay to say OP? In my opinion right now, not many heroes are OP. There are a few that are underpowered and few that are overpowered. If I had to point fingers, it would be Vayne, Twisted Fate, and Amumu but only by a small margin.  My point here is, there is no hero that is unbeatable. Play right and you can mitigate a threat early.

Well that’s it for now. Fell free to comment, even if it’s to say that I’m an idiot and don’t know what I’m talking about.

  1. Delanther says:

    Very well written. The point that stands out the most to me is

    “In the heat of the moment you might do something a little foolish and get punished for it. It’s easy when the tension is high to start thinking that the enemy only won because of their “goddamned OP hero”

    I dont know much i just liked this part 🙂

  2. Everyone Who Read This says:

    This post is terrible and you should feel bad about it.

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