Some statistics have shown that teams played on the blue side will have a higher win rate than the red team in League of Legends, so why is this?
League of Legends is one of the most popular MOBA titles and has been around for over a decade, with a lot of aspects that players have to learn to become one of the best. One of the more controversial theories in the professional world is regarding the two sides of the map, Blue and Red, and which side is better. Many analysts and pro/former pro players have expressed their opinions on this topic.
While some favor the stronger Red side, the majority believe the Blue side in the League of Legends pro arena has more of an advantage. In the early stages of professional competition, which side is stronger is really undisputed. But over the course of the season, as the tempo of the game changed, along with more champions and different metas, the Blue team became significantly stronger than the Red team.
Blue Team will be chosen first
First, the Blue team in the League of Legends pro play had a significantly better pick and ban phase, since they had the first pick available. This phase is a pretty meta-dependent advantage, and if the meta has champions that don’t have significant counters, the Blue team immediately becomes a lot more profitable.
For this reason, the Blue team can intentionally leave an overpowered champion unbanned and use that as their first pick. Considering the League of Legends Season 13 meta, the Blue team is easily stronger when champions like Malphite, Olaf, and Jarvan IV don’t have significant counters and are overwhelmed.
This allows pro players to freely ban/pick strong champions without worrying too much about being countered.
Map layout is more convenient
Next, the Blue team in League of Legends has a better map layout/target approach. In professional competition, goals often become the sole victory conditions for different teams, determining that even at the highest level, goals have a sizable impact at the end of the game.
Blue Team has easier access to Rift Herald and Baron. This makes top lane ganks significantly easier thanks to the brush at the top while the Red team’s bot lane has better access to ganks and dragons thanks to the brush at the bottom.
But considering that one side is solo while the other is a double, it makes more sense that the final top lane will still have the advantage. Blue team bot lane can always have vision in support while ADC can focus on farming and pushing.
Especially when taking into account the well-coordinated League of Legends pro play, the Blues often have the edge when the players don’t make silly individual mistakes.
More favorable camera angle
Third, the Blue team has a much better camera angle because in League of Legends this side has a tilted camera angle to show players more towards the top of their screen. As a result, a person’s camera angle is not completely top-down because what they end up seeing is a trapezoidal scene.
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This allows a Blue team player’s perspective to be more visible at the top of the screen than a professional League of Legends player. The camera angle advantage there offers a better view of the map, making it easier for players to spot ganks and potential moves from the enemy team.
Meanwhile, the red team’s camera angle has more blind spots, making it harder for players to spot potential threats, making them easier to gank and more difficult to roam. Considering how easy and costly mistakes are in League of Legends pro play, players on the Red team end up suffering more.
Overall, the Blue team has a significant advantage over the Red team thanks to the preparation phase, better map layout/target control, and better camera angles, especially in pro play. And while it doesn’t mean that the team playing on the Blue team will become invincible, it does come with obvious advantages that the Red team doesn’t have.
But with the overall advantage, better macro/micro play, disciplined laning phase and good teamwork coupled with sheer luck, the Reds in pro play can hit beat the Green team.
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