One problem that frequently pops up in League of Legends matchmaking system, is that during normal matchmaking players immediately spam the chat with their preferred role once a match has been found, and if they don’t get their own way, they often resort to ‘trolling.’ This can be highly frustrating if all you are looking to do is play a normal match and don’t necessarily mind which role you are playing. Indeed, one thing that often escapes these dim witted individuals is that playing different roles and champions often, increases your knowledge and skill at the game and is an invaluable part of becoming better. Another point they often miss is that League of Legends is a team-game and that if everyone just helped each other instead of selfishly pursuing their own goals, they stand a much higher chance of succeeding against their opponent. These rather obvious points aside, the spamming of roles and subsequent inevitable flaming, is a major contributor to the verbal abuse that occurs in the game; something that Riot nobly and rightfully aims minimize.
With this is mind, it’s great news to hear that they have come up with a way of dealing with this problem (or, more specifically, the problem of those people who simply have to have it their own way.) The proposed solution is something called the Team Builder. This upcoming tool will enable players to select, upfront, exactly which champion and role they desire to play, what sort of strategy they have in mind, and then endeavour to match them with players whom presumably find this agreeable. So, all is well with the world, those players who insist on playing their one and only role or champion, will be given a place to go; after all the tool, Riot says, will be optional. A good thing too, because presumably this proposed system of meta matchmaking will bring with it more substantial queue times. The flip side of that argument of course is that a lot of time usually wasted on dodged matches or those ruined by trolls, can now happily be avoided.
In their forum post, Riot addressed several concerns players might have about this proposed system. Chief among them was the ideal that this tool will enforce the standard meta game. This appears to be somewhat answered by the fact that the tool itself will allow players to formulate various discrepant lane assignments, if they feel like testing non conformist tactics for a change. If, for some bizarre reason, a player feels like running with three champions mid and one bot and top, the Team Builder tool apparently gives players the means to set this up and agree on it in advance. How well that actually works in practice remains to be seen, naturally.
How well this tool works in terms of queue times and the meta game is one issue. However, perhaps the main benefit of the League of Legends Team Builder won’t be felt by those who use it, but by those who do not use it. In other words, by giving players who refuse to play anything but their desired role and champion an avenue to do that, their presence will be significantly diminished in the normal queue. This of course remains to be seen; but if it turns out to work as proposed, Riot might just have come up with the best means yet enacted to reduce the flame wars that occur in League of Legends. Time will tell!