There are things that make us scratch our heads, and there are things that make us go: “What the freak?”. Though this may sound as if it’s a bad a joke but according to a Reddit user, if you read Iran’s rule book on League of Legends nearly all of the female champions are forbidden to be used by e-Sport players hailing from this Islamic country.

The joke turned out to be true. There is a line written in Arabic within the rule book that, once translated, would read: “Note: All female characters except Annie are forbidden.”

The rationale behind this strange decision on the Iranian’s government part was simply because the female characters in LoL was far too revealing for them to be comfortable.

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Sexy champions like Diana is not allowed


Unfortunately, it is not at all surprising that in a country where 90 - 95% of the population aligned themselves with the Shia branch of Islam that such a decision would be made. Islam has long since been a controversial religion due to the harsh rules for women in today’s standards, including being modest by covering themselves. Most notably, with articles such as the hijab.

So for female characters that wear barely any clothes, some people would be very unhappy, indeed.

Here is the full list of characters banned from being used in Iran’s World Cyber Games tournament:

Ahri, Akali, Ashe, Caitlyn, Cassiopia, Diana, Elise, Evelyn, 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, and Zyra.

The only exception given is Annie, considering how she's a child it's not surprising she got a pass.

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Annie is the only female champion in LoL can be played

Technically, Iranian players are forbidden from using almost half of the characters available in LoL. Considering the fact that each of them had their own strategies and role to play, such a decision completely changed the game.

We have yet to even talk about the possibility that one of them might be the favoured champion of one of the competitor, effectively handicapping their true abilities.

Silver Lining

But there’s a silver-lining in this debacle, however. Apparently the tournament is re-considering their decision and might allow some female characters to be used: Diana, Fiora, Karma (Only the default skin), Kayle, Leona, Lissandra, Lulu, Lux, Nami, Quinn, Sejuani, Tristana, and Vayne.

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Karma is allowed, but only in her default skin

All of them are not as revealing as, say, Ahri.

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Ahri is still banned after all

The Facebook post detailing the ban has been deleted, though screenshots and copies of it had gone several rounds throughout the Internet.

It is a reluctant decision on their part, said WGC Iran. If they don’t comply, the entire event might face some serious limitations that could kill all of the fun for participants, and worse, the government might shut the entire event down altogether.

Having half of the characters to play is better than not being able to play at all.

Work in Progress

Officially, LoL is ‘banned’ in Iran due to religious reasons. Although people like Reza Babaei - the event coordinator for WCG Iran - has been working closely with the government to appeal to this decision. And his efforts had paid off: Now people are given the permission to play, though limitations like ones above is something that they have to live with.

With a couple more months to go until the official date of the tournament (Between September 12th and 16th of this year), Babaei and his team are still working to convince the government to put at least some restrictions off of the event.