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In his first appearance, Graves was depicted as smoking a cigar on official art, before his cigar being removed from his splash art in November 2014 according to "censorship or age rating problems", a reason often turned into ridicule due to a number of other questionable content in the game, especially since other arts depicting characters smoking or drinking alcohol were not affected. This started the snowclone "x can y, but Graves can't have his cigar." , where "x can y" being something horrifying, violent, or questionable, like the character Thresh stealing souls and torturing them for eternity or the character Gragas carrying a barrel of wine and drinking from it regularly but somehow not being subject to censorship or increasing the age rating of the game.
Recently, a planned change to the splash art of the "Gentleman" skin for the character Cho'Gath, removing the pipe he held and emptying his glass of wine was badly received by the community, causing it to be compared to the removal of Graves' cigar, and bringing the meme to light again. On the 7th of April, Cho'Gath's pipe was restored to his splash art.
Graves' cigar is often joked about when discussion about Graves comes up between "League of Legends" players, and, from the 6th April 2016 to the 7th, due to the controversial changes done to the Gentleman Cho'Gath splash art, the "League of Legends" subreddit added cigars to user flairs depicting the game's champions – except, of course, Graves and Cho'Gath.
 League Of Legends boards – User remarking on Gragas smoking and drinking not being affected