Team Builder live beta status:
Lyte here, and I'm excited to say that we're rolling out a 48-hour Team Builder live beta. For specifics like the timing of the live beta, head here. Team Builder is a new queue where you can queue up for a specific champion, position and role. After letting the system know what you want to play, you can build your own balanced team or join an existing one where everyone's bought in on where they're going and what they're playing.
Great teamwork doesn't 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. We've been doing a lot of research on Champion Select, and identified 2 key areas we'd like to improve with Team Builder:
- Time pressure is bad for communication. In the ideal Champion Select, everyone gets their preferred role and feels like they're on the same page for the match; however, if multiple players are looking to play the same role or lane, it's extremely difficult to come to an agreement when the clock is ticking.
- We weren't taking into account player intention. Everyone enjoys League differently. Some players play to win every single game; other players want to try out new creative strats, or practice that new champion they just got. We needed a system that could match like-minded players together so that if you wanted to try a crazy new strat, you could find 4 other players who wanted to do the same thing.
Team Builder is our take on a new Champion Select--it's intended to bring players together that complement each other's expectations and intentions the moment they enter the lobby. The system removes time pressure, giving teams the flexibility to figure out what they want to do and find the best teammates for the job. During the Live beta, we'll also be collecting matchmaking data on every champion, position and role combination so that we can roll out a smarter matchmaking system that can dynamically account for your experience with a given role, position or champion. First time playing Ahri? Learning Marksman for the first time? Team Builder's matchmaking will take all these factors into account to make sure you have a great experience.
Our goal for Team Builder is to bring players together and build better teams. Team Builder empowers players to have more control over their experiences, so that you can play League of Legends the way you (and your friends!) want.
We're super excited to play Team Builder with you, and look forward to your feedback in this 48-hour live beta. The team will be available in this thread to answer any questions you might have about Team Builder, and if you find any bugs in the live beta please let us know!
Now, who wants to compete against my Double Jungle comp?