Iranian League of Legends Tournament Bans 30% of Playable Characters for Being Too Revealing

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For a competitive game, League of Legends has a surprisingly decent ratio of female champions to male — at 39 out of 104 it’s not completely even, but it’s better than the standard “token broad” you get in most fighting games. So it’s a pretty huge bummer that an unofficial LoL tournament in Iran felt it necessary to ban most of the female champions from the tourney.

According to a translation of the 2013 World Cyber Games’s Facebook page, the following characters have been banned outright from all League of Legends tourney games:

Ahri, Akali, Ashe, Caitlyn, Cassiopia, Diana, Elise, Evelynn, Fiora, Irelia, Janna, Karma, Katarina, Kayle, Leblanc, Leona, Lissandra, Lulu, Lux, Miss Fortune, Morgana, Nami, Nidalee, Oriana, Quinn, Riven, Sejuani, Shyvana, Sivir, Sona, Soraka, Syndra, Tristana, Vayne, Vi, Zyra.

For those of you who don’t feel like counting, that’s 36 out of 39 female champions, and more than a 3rd of all the champions in the game. The only ones left are Anivia, who is a giant phoenix made of ice, and Annie and Poppy, who are both little girls. According to alternate sources, however, even Anivia and Poppy are out of the question. Sure, keep the one little child over a enormous ice bird. That makes sense.

Rumor has it that they are considering letting several of the characters back in — Diana, Fiora, Karma(but only her traditional skin), Kayle, Leona, Lissandra, Lulu, Lux, Nami, Quinn, Sejuani, Tristana, and Vayne. My guess is their concern lies with the fact that while most of these characters are technically clothed from head to toe, most of them are still very sexy adult women.

Here are the things that bum me out about this, in no particular order:

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