No game is perfect, it's a reality that every gamer has to accept. There will always be things like bugs that ruin the gameplay experience, regardless of whether a game is newly-launched or has been live and receiving updates for years.
But while finding a bug when you're playing game by yourself isn't that bad, discovering them in a game being broadcasted to millions is another thing altogether.
That's what has been happening in the 2022 League of Legends (LoL) World Championship, where the first round-robin of its Group Stage was plagued by bugs that the game's community discovered while watching the matches.
Champion bugs on Orianna and Gnar were discovered by popular LoL content creator and bug finder “Vandiril”. Vandiril regularly finds scores of issues in-game, which is a huge help to the developers as they work to fix the game.
A couple more bugs on Darius and Azir were discovered by G2 Head LoL Analyst Rodrigo "Rodrigo" Domingues Oliveira and SK Gaming support Erik "Treatz" Wessén, respectively.
Here's a breakdown of all the bugs that have been discovered.
Orianna bug occurred in Rogue vs GAM Esports match
The first champion bugs in Worlds 2022 were discovered in a game between GAM Esports and Rogue, when Orianna was picked at the tournament for the first time.
Vandiril observed that when Orianna uses Protect to shield an ally champion and then Shockwave seconds later, Shockwave's animation appears on Orianna. The animation makes Command: Shockwave appear to trigger around Orianna instead of her ally.
In RGE vs GAM game there was an Orianna ult bug. Her Ult appears to be on top of her, but she actually hits Viktor, that is away from her.
I wonder if it qualified for chronobreak (it should, unless worlds buglist [that teams get] specifically says otherwise). pic.twitter.com/9KDX3fqRfd
— Vandiril (@Vandiril) October 10, 2022
“In this case, it probably didn’t matter much, but this bug is very dangerous at changing the outcome of the game,” he said in a follow-up tweet.
“Imagine if it happens at the beginning of the fight.”
The player community reacted to Vandiril’s tweet, like FuryNotFurry, who said that “the bugs have been here for a week” and that Riot should have known about them already.
The Polish bug finder pointed out that Riot could be aware of it but that a bug list was sent to competing teams before these matches.
“If teams were not notified there, in the section 'known bug, not eligible for chronobreak' which is at least likely, then it gets interesting.”
LoL Esports responded a few hours later, announcing in a tweet that Orianna has been temporarily disabled at Worlds:
Vandiril actually discovered this in-game bug six days before Orianna was picked at Worlds and published the bug on his YouTube channel.
However, the devs overlooked this report until after Vandiril recorded and pointed out the bug occurring at Worlds.
After being disabled for a day, Riot announced that the bug has been fixed. Orianna will be available again in round 2 of the Group Stage.
Gnar bug occurred in DRX vs Top Esports match
Another bug was also recorded by Vandiril in a match between Top Esports and DRX. In this case, Gnar’s Q (Boomerang Throw/Boulder Toss) had a bug that redirected Gnar’s weapon elsewhere.
The bug also occurred in the League of Legends European Champions (LEC) in April 2021 in a match that involved the MAD Lions.
Ficklefits then described that one in a hundred of Gnar’s boomerangs “goes into a rebellious phase and nopes out at 90 degrees to the side” instead of returning to the champion.
Riot has yet to address this bug, and there have been no decisions on disabling Gnar.
Potential Darius bug spotted in G2 vs JDG match
Twitter user stridersarider also responded to Vandiril’s tweet, asking if a certain clip was a bug on Darius.
The game in question occurred between G2 Esports and JD Gaming. G2 analyst Rodrigo pointed out the bug and asked why the ult of Darius went on cooldown when “it shouldn’t because target died while casting.”
In this case, Sergen "BrokenBlade" Çelik on Darius could have killed Renekton and Viego in the team fight if the ult didn’t go on cooldown.
Anyone knows why Darius ult went on CD in-game? Lolwiki says it shouldn’t because target died while casting https://t.co/kLCYkPDbMO
— G2 Rodrigo (@rodrigo_rlt) October 10, 2022
However, since this was not flagged by G2 during the game and asked for a chronobreak, the opportunity may have passed already.
Vandiril has not responded to the tweet yet.
Azir bug observed in Rogue vs Top Esports match
SK Gaming Support player Treatz from the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) also tweeted about an Azir bug he observed while watching a match between Rogue and Top Esports (TES).
This clip was also observed and highlighted by Reddit user yunnhee who provided a clip on Twitch:
In the match, Rogue's support Adrian "Trymbi" Trybus on Rakan executed his ult and W, along with jungler Kim "Malrang" Geun-seong's Lee Sin kick, should have already locked down Zhuo "Knight" Ding from TES on Azir.
However, Knight was still able to execute Azir's ult to escape from the fight.
Treatz also mentioned in one of the replies to his tweet that this bug "literally happens once in every three games", but Riot has not done anything about it.
He assumed this was part of the "known bugs list" distributed to players at Worlds.
Player community asks Vandiril to find a Yuumi bug
In response to Vandiril’s posts, the player community have also jokingly asked the Polish content creator to find a bug on Yuumi so she would be disabled at Worlds or even in solo queue.
The Magical Cat is one of the most-hated champions in the game because she can make certain ADCs pop off too much and affect the outcome of the game from a very safe space.
Yuumi has a 59.1% pick-ban rate at Worlds with a whopping 80% win rate. She’s typically paired with bot lane carry Sivir.
The Worlds 2022 Group Stage resumes on 15 October and will conclude on 17 October.
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