New League of Legends marksman Samira has had a hectic debut in the game, making her one of the most banned champions in solo queue
New champions are always heavily contested in solo queue, which often results in players removing them completely to avoid playing against something new. Samira is no different, especially since she was released with a very overtuned kit.
Her strong power on release made Riot act quickly, hotfixing the damage of her ultimate Inferno Trigger just one day after her release. The hotfix seems to have toned down her power after looking at her win rate, but she is still one of the most banned champions in solo queue.
Some Samira Hotfix Nerfs just went live:
Base HP 600 >>> 530
R total damage 100-300 (+600% tAD) >>> 0-200 (+500% tAD)
— Mark Yetter (@MarkYetter) September 22, 2020
The hotfix specifically targeted the damage on Inferno Trigger, which was clearly overpowered on the first day of her release. Several clips started trending on social media with amateur players and professionals alike decimating enemy teams even without any backup from teammates.
The biggest concern from fans was that Samira doesn’t have any cooldown on her ultimate. To activate Samira’s ultimate, the player has to stack her passive to “grade S,” which can be done with a simple correct ability combination. It’s easy to get that grade S, and Samira can potentially use her ultimate more than one time during the same fight.
The fact that her damage is toned down is good, but she might still be too hard to deal with when players get more comfortable playing her and utilizing her passive.
Despite the hotfix, Samira is still a very contested pick in solo queue. Samira is currently the sixth most banned champion in the game, only beaten by champions with high win rates including Caitlyn, Darius, and Zed. With a 33.9% banrate, she is hard to get in champion select and it might be because players don’t want to deal with her damage potential.
New champions are often banned in their first weeks, but Samira might be additionally feared because of the terrors had during her first day in the game.
Another trend that is often seen with newer champions is their low win rate, and Samira is no different. Her win rate in the bot lane is currently on 48.10%, which is nothing to write home about.
The win rate is likely affected by players who try out Samira for the first time without knowing how to play her in an optimal way. The win rate for players who play Samira more consistently may be a lot higher than this number, which is why it’s still unknown how strong she actually is.