If you've ever been in a game of League of Legends and had someone call the spot you just called, only to insta-lock and flame you for not being a team player, then chances are you've played at least one game of League of Legends. Fortunately over the years, Riot has implemented community changes that have improved things, a bit. But now it's beta testing a feature that could have the biggest impact: a Team Builder.
While it won't replace the traditional queue system and won't work in ranked, it will be on offer to anyone wanting to try it over the next few days. It starts today and will run for 48 hours in each territory, rolling out one after the other. All trials will end on March 7th.
With the Team Builder, you'll be able to pick your character, position and preferred role before you even meet you respective team mates. That way, you should be matched with people that want to play different positions than you and therefore, you won't have any double ups and therefore less bitching.
However, the only downside to this is that it does take longer. Sometimes a lot longer, especially if you're playing a popular position. Support and junglers that use off the wall champions, will probably find themselves in short supply and much more likely to find a game in short order, but if you're a mid or top laner, get ready for a wait.
If you want to try a weird and wonderful idea though, just sign yourself up as a captain and you can invite teammates or search for them. Double junglers? Triple mid laners? It's up to you. Ultimately everyone should be on board when you hit play, even if it's taken you a long time to find them.
This sounds like a great solution to me. It might even get me to start playing again.
Has anyone here tried out the Team Builder yet?
For more info, read the release here.