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New AFK Behavior In Champ Select

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rjcombo

Lead Designer

03-18-2013

Hello folks,

Today we've enabled a feature on the PBE that removes the "hard random" behavior in champ select and prevents match-made games from starting when a player fails to select a champion.

Here's how the new system works:

  • When any player in a match-made game fails to select a champion before their timer expires, the game is terminated.
  • A player who fails to select a champion is given a queue dodge penalty. The dodge penalty functions exactly the same as if the player closed their PVP.net client.
  • Solo players who succeed in selecting a champion are returned to the front of the matchmaking queue.
  • Arranged teams whose members all succeed in selecting a champion are returned to the front of the matchmaking queue.
  • Arranged teams with one or more members who fail to select a champion are returned to the arranged team lobby.
  • Draft mode is handled on a pick-by-pick basis. If a player fails to pick a champion during their turn, the game is terminated immediately. Players later in the draft order, who did not have an opportunity to pick a champion, are given the benefit of the doubt and not assigned a dodge penalty.

We know a lot of players have been asking for these changes for a while, and we're hoping to get them to the live servers ASAP, so test them out and let us know if you find any bugs. Also note these changes only apply for match-made games. Custom games are not yet supported and will still apply a "hard random".

Finally, I'd like to call out several Rioters who were determined to deliver this feature and volunteered their time and effort during a recent Riot Thunderdome (game jam) event to make it happen:

RiotTantram
Riot Damiya
New Scott
RiotKTGoldwolf

EDIT: For clarification, players are not required to manually lock in their champion pick. The system will still lock in the selection automatically when the timer expires.


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Profeederguy

Senior Member

03-18-2013

A. This change is Awesome
B. You guys are awesome
C. I love you guys


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Toxicbabydipers

Junior Member

03-18-2013

http://mlkshk.com/r/1F6 (http://mlkshk.com/r/1F6)

We're not worthy.


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Purple Starmie

Senior Member

03-18-2013

I would like to "test" it .. but somehow i feel afraid of the penalties.

*Shivers*


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USnip

Member

03-18-2013

Man finally.

I'm just sad it took this long to get such a simple and often requested feature out when it's so much more important than others I've seen debut.


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Sorator

Senior Member

03-18-2013

So the dodge penalty is intact on PBE, and thus if we try to actively test this feature by intentionally not selecting a champion, we should be prepared to deal with that and plan to go play a custom or something afterward?

Thanks for the heads-up, and thanks for (beginning to) implement something players have been asking for!


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Zerglinator

Senior Member

03-18-2013

Eeeeeeeeexcellent!


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Soper

Member

03-18-2013

RJ, are you worried about teams intentionally not selecting a champion to get out of unfavorable match ups?

Edit: Nevermind, i got hot handed and didn't see that draft mode was treated separately this answered my question.


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Poeta Somnium

Senior Member

03-18-2013

Quote:
rjcombo(BOSS):


Finally, I'd like to call out several Rioters who were determined to deliver this feature and volunteered their time and effort during a recent Riot Thunderdome (game jam) event to make it happen:

RiotTantram (BOSS)
Riot Damiya (BOSS)
New Scott (BOSS)
RiotKTGoldwolf(BOSS)


*fixed =)

Thanks for this you guys.


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Purple Starmie

Senior Member

03-18-2013

Quote:
Nikokrates:
RJ, are you worried about teams intentionally not selecting a champion to get out of unfavorable match ups?

Edit: Nevermind, i got hot handed and didn't see that draft mode was treated separately this answered my question.

Every choice has the abuse option, but i guess this brings the greater good.