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League of Legends Riot Games Team Builder

A new feature soon to be released for League of Legends has you pick a role and then be put in a team with players of complementing roles. This should allow you to start games with a balanced team.

Developer Lyte has provided further details on the new Team Builder matchmaker.

“Team Builder, [is] a new feature coming to PBE in the near future where you can queue up for a specific role, champion and position and get connected with four teammates that also preselected their preferred role,” writes Lyte. “The goal is to build a balanced team where everyone’s in agreement on where they’re going and what they’re playing, and in doing so help lay the foundation for good teamwork.

“Good teamwork doesn’t just start when the minions spawn or at the first big teamfight. It starts in champion select. Champion select sets the tone of the game and greatly impacts whether you feel like you’re going to have a fun match. So we asked ourselves: what’s the ideal champion select? And how can we improve this process so it happens more often?

“Team Builder is intended to bring players together that complement each other’s expectations and intentions from the moment they enter the lobby. When everyone’s aligned on who will be going where and playing what, the only thing left to figure out is how to dominate the opposition.”

Riot’s work doesn’t stop with just letting you select a role. The developer is “rolling out a smarter matchmaking system that can dynamically account for your experience with a given role, position or champion.” If you’re trying a character out for the first time or are new to a role then this will be taken into account. That way veteran players trying a new character in a less-played role won’t end up against experts.

At first, Team builder will be kept separate from standard matchmaking. After a time it may be added to ranked matchmaking.

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Paolka's picture

I was waiting for this very long.

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Dog Pants's picture

That's a great idea, at least you don't get five people all wanting to go mid. On the other hand, you have no reason to step out a little and play something you might not normally in order to fill a gap. Not as much of a problem in LoL as it would be in Dota 2, since you have a limited selection of heroes, but it still might extend your pub game waiting times while you find that elusive support.

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i think if the system allows you to know which roles are currently in demand and which have too many applicants, thereby speeding up queue times and preventing people just spamming mid then this system will be very successful. too many games are lost in champ select because of people trolling after not getting their role.

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JannikN's picture

OH THANK GOD! :D

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It's a great idea, hope they release it soon

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xDashie's picture

This is solving an overdue problem in blind pick since the beginnings of this game. Finally we won't have people starting to troll because they "said I want [insert role/lane] first!" but didn't get it.

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Will help with less raging.

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<Woof> Nekros (^)'s picture

Definitely a good idea. Hope to see it in Dota 2 soon.

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Vitroxx's picture

A DREAM *_*

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Squidlyface's picture

Great plan, only i fear for the EUW servers upon implementation... RIP in peace.. Again.

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this will change the meta so much :). i like it.

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FINAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLYYY OM MY GOD 1 YEAR SAYING THAT FINAAALLY

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This is fantastic news, however, I'm not sure about the waiting time. You're most likely not going to get many people going support. It reminds me of the "Looking For Group" system in WoW, it was fine until you needed a healer to complete your Pug.

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Finally, thank God

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Oh this is an awesome Update please Riot release it faster!

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Talek's picture

that's cool feature

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shikhar5070's picture

Finally!!! Now I may get a chance to play mid or top. Generally I always just pick whatever is left and that mostly is Jungler or Support.

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RaidFortune's picture

This has been something that has been talked about for a long time by fans and I am glad to see riot finally considering adding this to the game. However a problem with this idea is that queue times could become an issue due to lack of players wanting to play support.

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They need to add a "Troll Game" and all you do is mess around and you don't get any Ip or XP and everyone just does stupid things.

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Princess BubbleGum's picture

I don't play much league anymore but this was long overdue! Glad to see they're implementing useful updates

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Clifftastic's picture

Everyone will just pick Mid or Top, it'll take forever to find a game.

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woodkami's picture

One side of me thinks - OMG they are dumbing the game down again... and the other - hmm more convenience!

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