One of the surprises in 2021 is that the League of Legends animated series Arcane on Netflix is pretty good. Steven Messner even called it “amazing.” This praise is accompanied by popular success. The show is currently the second highest-rated show on Netflix, second only to “Game of Squid”: it was even eliminated for a few days. Statistics tracking website Flixpatrol (The website calculates its statistics based on Netflix’s own daily top 10).
Of course, one of the interesting things about all of this is that it is very easy to watch the Netflix series, but if you want to explore further… “League of Legends” is not the most popular game. Nevertheless, the success of the show coincided with a significant increase in the number of players choosing key roles from the show (thanks, new media).
The show premiered on November 6th, and Jinx’s draft picks rose steadily in advance, but Jinx has always been a popular character: she rose from 11.8% on November 6 to 17.5% at the time of writing. Per LoLalyticsOn the other hand, Jace’s selection rate soared from 3.7% on November 6th to a peak of 12% on November 11th, and then stabilized at around 8%-more than twice the number of players since the show’s first broadcast.
The show has several LoL characters, but Jinx’s friend Vi seems to be the biggest beneficiary: her selection rate soared from around 6% on November 6 to 20.4% at the time of writing. Interestingly, you can see that the win rate dropped during the same period.
If Riot finally adjusts any of these characters to respond to their growing popularity, it will be very interesting, especially since Jace’s win rate has been hovering in the 40% range. Undoubtedly, one thing that helps with crossover appeal is that Riot has been holding celebrations in all of its games to coincide with the release of Arcane, including LoL, to distribute things such as character skins for the above content. Make them more in line with their appearance in the game.
If you like Arcane, should you play League of Legends? Hmm… Maybe. This is a comprehensive breakdown of Riot’s LoL-based games and which games might be suitable for Arcane fans.