Valve Could Take A Hint From League Of Legends’ New Matchmaking Idea
The worst moments of a MOBA usually occur during the first few seconds of the game, when five strangers are suddenly grouped together and then expected to make educated and logical decision on how to pick characters that will cohesively work together. Usually players on public servers come in wanting to take on a specific role, and give no thought as to what other players want to do. As you can expect, these lead to more than a few frustrations and rather ridiculous games.
And quite frankly, I’m sick of it. And it seems that Riot Games seems to understand this too.
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That’s why the studio behind League of Legends has revealed a new way to join games, named Team Builder. In this new “filter” to online games, players can pre-determine their role and champion they want to play as, which will then allow the server to pair them up with other players who can help compliment this. So think of a server that you don’t have to frantically type “mid”, “adc” or “jungle” in as soon as you join. Sounds lovely, right?
Lead social systems designer Jeffrey Lin revealed the new feature on the game’s forums yesterday, saying that it would be introduced to the public beta environment soon.
“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.”
Lin also revealed that this new form of matchmaking would also take into account whether you’re trying out a champion for the first time, or venturing into a certain role that you’re not exactly used to. While that won’t really mean much for high-level players, that certainly will help matchmaking down lower in the ranks.
It’s a really good idea to come out of Riot once again, and it will be interesting to see in practice. Hopefully Valve looks at something like this for Dota 2, because right now that matchmaking is in dire need of some fixing.