Yatoro Calls League of Legends "Trash"
In the world of esports, the two big MOBA titles — Dota 2 and League of Legends — always seem to inevitably converge, with the pros of both titles openly bashing the other game. Shortly after the conclusion of both The International (TI) 2023 and Worlds 2023, two-time TI winner Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk has reportedly bashed League of Legends, labelling the game “trash.”
According to a recent report by c, Illya "Yatoro" Mulyarchuk, the carry for Team Spirit, has voiced his discontent with Riot Games' immensely popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title, League of Legends (LoL). Yatoro reportedly referred to the game as "trash," citing concerns over the perceived absence of impactful game-changing abilities and a dearth of visual allure.
Yatoro’s Reasons for Disliking League of Legends
Claiming to have engaged with League of Legends on multiple occasions, Yatoro drew a comparison between the Riot Games creation and Mobile Legends, a mobile MOBA. According to the transcript provided by cybersport.ru, the Team Spirit player said, "I've played it a couple of times, but it's crap. I don't know how LoL can be played seriously. It even looks [disgusting]. It's got team fights like Mobile Legends…"
Yatoro emphasized his dissatisfaction with the apparent absence of significant game-altering spells that elicit awe from viewers. He contended that League of Legends lacks the dynamic action he finds in other games.
He added, "There's not much action in League. Commentators and players just overhype skirmishes. I've seen clips on TikTok of people commenting on the game, 'Holy shit, what just happened!' And I'm looking at it, [nothing] happened. There's no Black Hole, no Echo Slam. There's just some heroes going at it, and people were like: 'That's [brutal]!'"
Furthermore, Yatoro criticized the game's visual appeal. Yatoro said, "Visually, I'm not attracted to the game at all." This sentiment aligns with his previous stance, as evidenced in an earlier stream where, citing the former's superior visuals and in-game skills.
Contrastingly, Danil "Diamondprox" Reshetnikov, a League of Legends pro,. In contrast to Yatoro, Diamondprox expressed a preference for the complexity and innovation found in League of Legends. During a livestream, he highlighted his dissatisfaction with certain abilities in Dota 2, such as Mirana's arrow, terming them as "super-boring skill shots" that lost their appeal over time.
Following this, popular Dota 2 streamer and personality Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski reacted to Diamondprox’s take on Dota 2 vs League of Legends. He said on stream, “How are Dota heroes boring? I'm not even one of those guys. I actually think League is not a bad game. It's not a bad game, but their heroes are not interesting. Like what the f**k you're talking about. Except for the swimsuit skins. Now those are interesting. This is what we call content. Pool party, you know, you just put people in bikinis. Genius. Genius marketing.”
Interestingly, a few days later, on 19th November, Gorgc tried his hand at League of Legends. At one point during his stream, he was to a bot in the top lane.