Following a previous Dev Diary where the idea of teams without marksmen was briefly discussed, Riot Games shared another post doubling down on the goal to diversify the options players have in the bot lane.
The video in question brought up the topic of allowing champions to exist in more than one role and lane, sometimes even in the bottom lane that’s usually reserved for a marksman and a support. Part of that goal supposedly consists of the addition of a new, unannounced item that would allow teams to compete without needing a marksman, but it all comes back to allowing different champions to field different roles.
“One thing mentioned there I figured it would be good to talk about a bit more is our plan to open up bot lane to a wider range champions in the farming position,” Riot Meddler said in reference to the above video. “It's something we've been interested in, and talked about, for a long time, but haven't dedicated the needed effort
Items aside, part of that goal will also involve changing the way that some traditional supports work to allow them to support champions that don’t fit the mold of a traditional farming bot lane champion.
“Our biggest goal with mid-season is to change that, make it so it's a really effective choice to sometimes run a comp that doesn't have
The goal and the process to achieve it is currently in the planning and investigation stage, but Riot Meddler noted that not every champion would be able to exist in the bot lane even after the changes.