Introducing Team Builder

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Noogle Gexus

Junior Member

10-15-2013

I still will be able to Queue with "whatever" position and champion right?
Can I choose what teammates I want? I mean if I want someone with Thresh for example?


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iHeretic

Junior Member

10-15-2013

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Originally Posted by Lyte View Post
Hello Summoners!

Lyte here, and in this post I’m excited to talk with you about Team Builder, 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. 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.

How often have you logged on to League of Legends and thought, “I just want to play Renekton today.” Or maybe you want to try a new strategy but can’t find four friends to premade with. We’re always asking how we can make the League of Legends experience better, and one thing that comes up a lot is how players want to feel like they’re in control of their pre-game experience.

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?

An ideal champ select is one where all five players get their preferred role and feel like they’re all on the same page for the upcoming match. The current matchmaking does a good job of matching up players of similar overall skill levels, but doesn’t have any way to know what a player’s intentions for a given game are. Sometimes things work out perfectly and everyone gets the champion and role they wanted without a hitch. But if multiple players are looking to play the same role or lane, a consensus has to be built in a relatively short period of time. That’s time that could be used to get to know each other, agree on a strategy and build confidence that it’s going to be a fun match.

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.

Once we had a model for how Team Builder would bring players together, we started looking at matchmaking and how we could evolve it to help further enable good games. One of the most important things for a team’s enjoyment is making sure that they’re matched against similarly skilled players.

With Team Builder we’ll also be rolling out a smarter matchmaking system that can dynamically account for your experience with a given role, position or champion. First time playing Ahri? Learning how to be a solid Marksman? Venturing into the jungle for the first time? Team Builder’s matchmaking will take all of these factors into account. .

Our goal for Team Builder is to bring players together and build better teams. Because good teams win more games, make bigger plays, and most importantly, have more fun.

To us, that’s exciting, and we’re looking forward to your feedback. See you in Team Builder,

Lyte

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Shadesie

Junior Member

10-15-2013

Just wanted to say that this sounds amazing. I hope it works!


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CaesarFlickerman

Senior Member

10-15-2013

NO NO NO NO NO NO

I am NOT a fan of this. I (like many others) are not only malleable to what we want to play, but don't really make that decision until champ select. This is just not going to end well.

That, and people may say one role, but lock into another, creating MORE conflict than alleviating.


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TastyPotatoX

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Senior Member

10-15-2013

Will we be able to Q for multiple roles? or just 1 right now.


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Jarvan Krislov

Senior Member

10-15-2013

All of my yes!


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joe4nag3

Junior Member

10-15-2013

i this like, an optional thing? or you HAVE to call your role before hand


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draculantern

Junior Member

10-15-2013

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Originally Posted by Gløry View Post
Wow. Enforcing the meta. Never thought I'd see the day.
did you even read their post dude?


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TaranSF

Senior Member

10-15-2013

Okay, this mode is my her better than I anticipated it to be on paper. I only wish I had a PBE account to help Riot test it.


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A Rabid Dog

Senior Member

10-15-2013

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Initially, Team Builder will be an entirely separate queue. We're looking forward to feedback from players and will use that feedback to determine whether this type of Champion Select is a good fit for modes like Ranked Mode but for now, we're focused on improving the Champion Select experience as an independent queue.
I have to say, I feel that Ranked mode needs this feature as soon as possible. There are too many matches I come across of people calling a lane and thinking they deserve it, or they believe they deserve a lane because of pick order, or because of this or that. We need a system implemented like this to get rid of all that nonsense. Pair us with people that we could work together with, rather than everyone wanting mid/adc/etc... This is the biggest cause of troll-matches; people didn't get the lane they wanted.

Usually, the only limitation to this feature (in other games) is that queue times could potentially take hours to find a match and put together a team. However, with a game that has as big an audience as League has, I doubt this would increase the matchmaking times much, if at all.

Thank you Riot. Thank you for implementing this!!! Just don't let it hang around in its own mode for too long; Ranked and Normal matches need this feature next season.