Although Yuumi’s rework has already drawn criticism from players, her influence has soared since its release, and her play rate has increased by about 500% since the fix.
The intriguing part comes when examining Yuumi’s ban rate, though. All matchmaking categories have seen a sharp rise in it, but the trend only gets steeper as you look at the rank with higher elo.
With Riot’s intention, Yuumi is a champion that was created to help newer players learn how to play support, but in high MMR solo queue, she has been banned more frequently than any other champion.
Yuumi’s ban rate skyrocketed after her rework
Following a significant, comprehensive series of nerfs to the champion, Yuumi’s pick and ban rate was very low for a few patches. Even so, she was occasionally played and banned prior to the release of patch 13.5.
According to League statistics Lolalytics, following her mini-rework in patch 13.5, her ban rate has risen to 48.1% in Diamond+, at around 950% increase since the 5% ban rate she had for most of patch 13.4. What’s more interesting is that the rising statistic only happened within a week.
Her ban rate soared, so it’s easy to see when her rework was implemented on the live servers. But given that Yuumi’s arsenal is primarily designed for less experienced players, it’s unexpected to see her ban rate fall off so precipitously as you move into lower elos.
League of Legends players have turned to Reddit to vent their anger after the most recent update failed to make the champion healthier. Yuumi will “never be fixed,” according to Redditors, and they think that the time would be better spent developing champions and systems that need it more.
With over 8.3% upvotes on Reddit, it appears that a large portion of the players population supported the idea. Many pointed out the recent rework’s failure and ironically remarked on how happy they were to ban the champion once more in every each of their games.
Her update has, however, been most detrimental to high-level competition. When pro players begin playing on patch 13.5, they have been forecasting that Yuumi will return to professional play, and if the high MMR solo queue is any sign, that forecasting future is looking more and more probable.