The ebb and flow of the League of Legends meta is in constant evolution. But, as with all things, there are certain constants, champions that traditionally remained steadfast through multiple tournaments. However, the Worlds 2023 has showcased a surprising turn of events. Let’s dive into the most notable absences of this year.
1. Gragas: The Once King of Jungle
Arguably the most surprising omission. The lone appearance of Gragas in the Swiss phase of Worlds 2023 was by Zeus, which was executed brilliantly. Yet, even with that stellar performance, this once dominant jungler has been largely overlooked.
2. Udyr: From Hero to Zero
Udyr, previously a standout in many past tournaments, now not only lacks presence but is considered one of the least effective junglers at the highest competitive level.
3. Hecarim: The Fading Specter
The formidable jungle champion that once sent shivers down opponents’ spines in past Worlds. Unfortunately, changes to the champion’s dynamics have rendered him less effective, overshadowed by the likes of Jarvan, Sejuani, and Vi.
4. Kled: The Overlooked Counter
Interestingly, Kled, known to be a counter to champions like Gnar or Rumble in top or mid, has been ignored this tournament. A curious choice, given the potential matchups.
5. The Brothers: Yone & Yasuo
Both siblings have had a meager presence, especially surprising for Yasuo, who traditionally shines in skilled hands. Furthermore, ideal partners for Yasuo have also been scarce.
6. Gwen: The Faded Seamstress
Once synonymous with damage, resilience, and lane dominance, Gwen in Worlds 2023 has become emblematic of vanishing and limited viability.
7. Sion: The Silent Titan
Sion, a top laner recognized for his resilience and lethal post-death passive, hasn’t made an appearance. Current meta shifts have sidelined this colossus.
8. Corki: From Star to Obscurity
Despite being one of the game’s initial champions and having historical mid or ADC dominance, Corki now faces one of the most challenging phases of his existence.
9. Twisted Fate: Lost in the Cards
A star champion in the LoL universe, TF’s limited burst and increased map visibility have hindered his appearance, despite having exclusive World skins.
10. Gangplank: The Top Lane Phantom
Gangplank, traditionally a top-tier top laner, hasn’t been picked once, overshadowed by champions like Renekton or K’Sante.
The Meta is Constantly Changing
The meta shifts, and champions rise and fall in prominence. It’s fascinating to witness once-dominant champions sidelined, a testament to the ever-evolving nature of League of Legends esports. Who knows, perhaps the next tournament will see a resurgence of these legends. Only time will tell.