This cartoon is about the recent controversy surrounding Varus and the arid story of League of Legends.
As most people may know, League of Legends’ lore is not concrete. There are certain regions that champions come from with a hint of a worldwide existence. Although there are relationships and connections between champions, there are significant amount of ‘holes’ that are void in the huge League of Legends Universe. Alongside the voids, there are a lot of loopholes regarding to a champion’s lore. Moreover, the lore of the new champions are getting shorter and shorter.
However in the midst of all these champion lores, Varus, a Marksman, has received a lot of fans' affection for his lore. This goes hand in hand with his, lack of a better word, awesome looks and outstanding backstory. A dark hero who has taken on the powers to avenge the death of his family. By only looking at the basis of his lore, we can already sense the ‘awesome’ backstory of Varus. Surprisingly, Riot has completely changed Varus’ lore. Pushing his new lore with comics and a music video alongside it. They have a whole new characteristic to Varus. Varus is now a homosexual.
The gender code, commonly referred to as LGBTQ, has recently gained its attention and has been incorporated into the configuration of multiple games as a trend. Of course, this leads to a positive result in humanitarian sense of respecting human rights of gender minority and stereoscopic character. But at the same time, it is a sensitive issue that solely depends on the culture and thoughts of people around the world. Because of this, it is a part that needs to be carefully approached. In the game, a solid story, a natural blend of character/world view, and a moderate 'carelessness' will all be an essential to attract the positive acceptance of the many.
However, League of Legends, which has been often pointed out for it’s "poor worldview and story" from time to time, often fails to grasp this concept. While spitting out a new spooky stories from Riot, many people wonder if it is truly necessarily to force a character with the LGBTQ gender code. It would not be a problem if another minor character was added or another character was given a different story in order to upgrade from the poor one from before. However in this case, Varus had an amazing lore. There were a lot of fans that expressed their disappointment towards Riot in changing Varus’ lore recklessly.
Apart from humanitarian trends and meanings, if the LGBTQ code is naturally assigned to a character, it is an attempt to enrich the nuances of the whole world view by creating various relationships with the character's new personality. However, several years have passed but there has not been a concrete lore created as of yet. It can not be helped but to think of the current unconfirmed state of the League of Legends lore. Looking at the fresh direction League of Legends lore is taking... I think there is a more urgent problem that needs to be resolved before all this.
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