Viego Unplayable at MSI, Longest a Champion Has Been Unavailable in Pro Play Since Launch
In what will be a first in competitive LoL history, Viego — the most recent champion released by Riot — will remain unavailable in pro play for the time being, and that unfortunately includes the upcoming 2021 Mid-Season Invitational in Reykjavik, Iceland. This unfortunate bit of news was confirmed by the head of European League of Legends esports at Riot Games Maximillian Peter Schmidt.
The fact that Viego is still unavailable in LoL pro play — despite being shipped to live servers all the way back in January — is quite baffling, to say the least. It is a precedent, and not a particularly good one. He was released alongside patch 11.2, and most regions in the world are currently competing on 11.6. The Mid-Season Invitational, on the other hand, will be played on 11.8 meaning Viego won’t see any pro play until 11.9 at the earliest. That’s quite a depressing thought, given his amazing ability kit and overall potential. There are so many exceptional pro players out there who could harness his many strengths and hardcarry beyond reason, but it seems like we’re going to have to wait a bit longer to see it all transpire.
Why Is This Happening?
In all fairness, Riot doesn’t really have an alternative. Viego’s peculiar ability kit comes with a laundry list of bugs, including a slew of game-breaking ones as well. That’s not something that can easily be fixed nor should it ever see any game time in professional League of Legends where bugs (even visual ones) tend to cause excruciatingly long pauses. And if it’s something a bit more serious, then things get even worse and Chronobreak becomes the only viable option.
In any case, we hope Riot will find a way to patch him up nice and fast so that players can finally showcase his true potential.