League of Gap-closers

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Udyrfrykte

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06-24-2013

(TL;DR at bottom)

Champions by decending release date (> indicates no gap-closer, italics indicates MS buff, bold indicates leap/teleport/dash, underline indicates both):

Aatrox - marks 10 gap-closer streak
Lissandra
Zac
Quinn
Thresh
Vi
Nami (her passive should barely qualify her)
Zed
Elise
Kha'zix
>Syndra -2 gap-closer combo breaker
Rengar
Diana
>Zyra - 3 gap-closer combo breaker
Jayce
Draven
Darius (his bleed)
>Varus - 6 gap-closer combo breaker
Hecarim
Lulu
Nautilus
Ziggs
Sejuani
>Viktor - 15 gap-closer combo breaker!!!
Ahri
Volibear
Fizz
Shyvanna
Graves
Xerath
Riven
Talon
Skarner
Wukong
Leona
Yorick (his Q ghoul)
Orianna
Vayne
Rumble
>Brand - 11 gap-closer combo breaker
Lee Sin
Nocturn
Jarvan
Maokai
Karma
Renekton
Caitlyn
Cassiopea
Trundle
Irelia
LeBlanc
>Lux
>Swain
>Urgot - 8 gap-closer combo breaker
Katarina
Akali
Garen
Kennen
Malphite
Blitzcrank
Janna
Fiddlesticks (stuns you during channel)
>Malzahar - 4 gap-closer combo breaker
Shen
Ezreal
Udyr
Nidalee
>Nasus -3 gap-closer combo breaker
Poppy
Gragas
Pantheon
>Vladamir
>Heimerdinger
>Anivia - 2 gap-closer combo breaker
Miss Fortune
Nunu
>Olaf
>Ashe - 2 gap-closer combo breaker
Tryndamere
Zilean
>Morgana - 6 gap-closer combo breaker
Jax
Warwick (MS requires low health enemy champ in range)
Tristana
Alistar
Master Yi
Kayle
>Ryze
>Sion
Teemo
>Soraka - 8 gap-closer combo breaker
Sivir
Singed
Evelynn
Twisted Fate
Kassadin
Gangplank
Corki
Xin Zhao
>Veigar
>Taric - 2 gap-closer combo breaker
Sona
Dr Mundo
>Karthus - 2 gap-closer combo breaker
Galio (stuns you during channel)
Twitch
>Chogath - 3 gap-closer combo breaker
Amumu
Shaco
Rammus


LCS:
>LCS Week 1 Game 1 Picks - 7/10 champs with gap-closers
Xin, Elise, Kayle, Ezreal, Lulu, Taric, Lee Sin, Syndra, Urgot, Malphite

>LCS Week 1 Game 2 Picks - 10/10 champs with gap-closers
Kayle, Xin, Cait, Nidalee, Lulu, Elise, Nunu, Lee Sin, Twitch, Gragas

>LCS Week 1 Game 3 Picks - 8/10 champs with gap-closers
Xin, Ezreal, Twisted Fate, Chogath, Leona, Katarina, Taric, Diana, Graves, Nocturne

>LCS Week 1 Game 4 Picks - 7/10 champs with gap-closers
Taric, Miss Fortune, Kha'zix, J4, Malphite, Shen, Xin, Sona, Kogmaw, Ryze

IPL3 (from way back when, source: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/...hp?t=1337706):
>Match 1 - 90% champs with gap-closers
Day 1 Game 1 picks - 9
Nocturne, Zilean, Vayne, Yorick, Janna, Lee Sin, Galio, Morgana, Sona, Corki
Day 1 Game 2 picks - 9
Nocturne, Vayne, Janna, Singed, Zilean, Udyr, Ezreal, Annie, Leona, Irelia

>Match 2 - 75% champs with gap-closers
Day 1 Game 1 picks - 8
Galio, Janna, Udyr, Ashe, Kennen, Nocturne, Vayne, Sona, Singed, Karthus
Day 1 Game 2 picks - 7
Trundle, Sona, Caitlyn, Nidalee, Kennen, Kogmaw, Amumu, Morgana, Shen, Soraka

>Match 3 - 70% champs with gap-closers
Day 1 Game 1 picks - 6
Udyr, Alistar, Vayne, Nocturne, Brand, Soraka, Gangplank, Kennen, Ashe, Nasus
Day 1 Game 2 picks - 8
Sona, Gangplank, Akali, Ezreal,Gragas, Udyr, Alistar, Vayne, Kennen, Fiddlesticks

>Match 4 - 80% champs with gap-closers
Day 1 Game 1 picks - 8
Zilean, Trundle, Ezreal, Nasus, Janna, Morgana, Sona, Vayne, Galio, Warwick
Day 1 Game 2 picks - 8
Udyr, Morgana, Sona, Corki, Talon, Zilean, Ezreal, Janna, Gangplank, Ryze


13 of the last 15 champs have gap-closers, Zyra, and Syndra being the 2 without, bringing us to 23 (out of the 114) champions without gap-closers, or about 20% of the total pool. Maybe you could encourage your design team to stop building gap-closers into almost every champion as a response to the last champion having a built one?

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TL;DR -- In my opinion, too many champions are getting gap-closers worked into their kits. I'd like to issue the challenge to Morello/Riot to release a champion without a dash/leap/ teleport/blink/self-pull or MS buffing ability that can stay competitive with champions that have gap-closers and/or MS buff abilities, preferably aimed at top or mid lane.
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Edit#1 -- After adjusting my definition of a gap-closer to not include MS boosts, we have:
55 Champs with blinks/teleports (not MS boosts)
59 champs without blink/teleport gap-closer

Sounds almost completely balanced, right? Lets take a look at what's happened as champions have been released (partial list here: http://euw.leagueoflegends.com/board...php?t=330737):

>Of the original 28 champions (Alistar, Amumu, Anivia, Annie, Ashe, Cho'gath, Evelynn, Fiddlesticks, Jax, Karthus, Kayle, Master Yi, Morgana, Nunu, Rammus, Ryze, Singed, Sion, Sivir, Soraka, Teemo, Tristana, Tryndamere, Twisted Fate, Twitch, Veigar, Warwick, Zilean):

6 have blinks/teleports/dashes/etc (21%)
9 have MS boosts (32%)
2 have both (7%)
9 have neither (32%)

>Of the next 28 champions released (Irelia, LeBlanc, Lux, Swain, Urgot, Katarina, Akali, Garen, Kennen, Blitzcrank, Janna Malphite, Fiddlesticks, Malzahar, Shen, Ezreal, Udyr, Nidalee, Nasus, Poppy, Gragas, Pantheon, Vladamir, Heimerdinger, Anivia, Miss Fortune, Nunu, Olaf):

9 have blinks/teleports/dashes/etc (32%, an 11% increase)
7 have MS boosts (25%, a 7% decrease)
3 have both (~11%, a 3% increase)
9 have neither (32%, no increase)

>Of the next 28 champs (Ziggs, Sejuani, Viktor, Ahri, Volibear, Fizz, Shyvanna, Graves, Xerath, Riven, Talon, Skarner, Wukong, Leona, Yorick, Orianna, Vayne, Rumble, Brand, Lee Sin, Nocturn, Jarvan, Maokai, Karma, Renekton, Caitlyn, Cassiopea, Trundle):

14 have blinks/teleports/dashes/ect (50%, an 18% increase)
9 have MS boosts (32%, a 7% increase)
3 have both (~11%, no increase)
2 have neither (7%, a 25% decrease)

>Of the LAST 21 champions (Aatrox, Lissandra, Zac, Quinn, Thresh, Vi, Nami, Zed, Elise, Kha'zix, Syndra, Rengar, Diana, Zyra, Jayce, Draven, Darius, Varus, Hecarim, Lulu, Nautilus):

(keep in mind these number will likely increase as we near another 28 champion batch)
10 have blinks/teleports/dashes/etc (47%, 3% less than previous)
5 have MS boosts (23%, 9% less than previous)
3 have both (~11%, on track with previous)
2 have neither (7%, on track with previous)

As you can see we've got a continual increase in blinks/teleports/dashes/etc, while the percentage of champions with just a MS boost fluctuates each batch. Champs with both types increases at the beginning and then levels off, while champions with no form of gap-closer or MS boost decreases.


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Caítlyn

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06-24-2013

+1 for effort

I wish all gap closers were removed from the game


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Knightmarre

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06-24-2013

movement speed buffs aren't what I would ever consider to be a gap closer(with the exception of kennen and champs similar to that),
Lissandra has a teleport

master yi has a teleport

shyvana has a leap/dash


champs without gapclosers(especially if you include ms buffs) are going to be easily kited to hell


edit:if you are including MS Buffs why the hell aren't you including slows stuns snares and any other cc
some of those abilities close the gap a lot easier than most MS buffs


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Slyvery

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06-24-2013

I believe there are some serious misgivings in this in what exactly is a gap closer. In my opinion a gap closer is an instant or near instant jump - such as Ez or Xin. Slower or interruptable gap closers such as Trist or Atrox I would also toss into this category.

Psuedo gap closers are mostly speed boots or slows. This catagory would containt things such as Yorik, has both a slow and speed boost, Hec, Nasus, and so on. They are much more spirited gap closers and much more kitable then an instant or near instant movement.


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Decoylegends

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06-24-2013

good work


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Udyrfrykte

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Originally Posted by Knightmarre View Post
movement speed buffs aren't what I would ever consider to be a gap closer(with the exception of kennen and champs similar to that)
So you wouldn't consider Poppy's W to be a gap-closer? What about Draven's E?

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Originally Posted by Knightmarre View Post
edit:if you are including MS Buffs why the hell aren't you including slows stuns snares and any other cc
some of those abilities close the gap a lot easier than most MS buffs
Typically MS buffs can be cast on your own champion without the need of an enemy champion to be within range, often enabling you to get within range to CC them. That is the reason I'm not counting CC such as stuns and slows.

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Originally Posted by Slyvery View Post
Psuedo gap closers are mostly speed boots or slows. This catagory would containt things such as Yorik, has both a slow and speed boost, Hec, Nasus, and so on. They are much more spirited gap closers and much more kitable then an instant or near instant movement.
While being much more kitable, MS boosts often allow you to travel further than their instant counterparts, albeit they take longer to do so (distance vs time, see Ghost vs Flash).


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Aria Sachou

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06-24-2013

You seem to misinterpret gapclosers
Or I am anyways
a gapcloser is like Xin or Jarvan or Malphite.
Something that is like a sort of dash.
Not a movespeed boost.
So Nami, Xerath, Voli, and many others do not count as a Gapcloser


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Udyrfrykte

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Originally Posted by Aria Sachou View Post
You seem to misinterpret gapclosers
Or I am anyways
a gapcloser is like Xin or Jarvan or Malphite.
Something that is like a sort of dash.
Not a movespeed boost.
So Nami, Xerath, Voli, and many others do not count as a Gapcloser
You're probably right that I'm being too liberal with my definition of gap-closer, I still see MS as fitting the description of a gap-closer, the time it takes to travel that distance is just more varied. As someone else said earlier, the term "pseudogap-closer" is probably a better fit.


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Faptain Teemo

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06-24-2013

And flash or ghost is always taken regardless of how many blinks you give people in a kit.


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Ventose

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06-24-2013

Like Gapclosers are even a problem when all popular ranged champions have disengages, please


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