Announcing Team Builder two-day live beta!

By Status Kwoh

Team Builder is a new queue where you select a specific role, champion and position before joining a team. Everyone knows what they’re playing and where they want to go, laying the foundation for great teamwork.

Because this is a beta test on live servers, each region will open Team Builder testing for 48 hours through a staggered roll-out starting with RU and EUNE the week of March 3-7.

We took into account the size of each region, the available architecture and hardware, and the current player experience (such as current queue times for all levels) to design the staggered launch. Check the image below for the tentative schedule of when your server will start their two-day Team Builder live beta:

Current live beta test schedule

If we find critical bugs or issues during any of the live betas, we’ll be on standby to ensure the health of the system and monitor the results of each test. Our main goal is delivering an awesome experience so we’ll postpone or revise the schedule as needed, and each region will have a thread keeping you posted on the current status.

We’re looking forward to joining you in Team Builder!

FAQ

  • Is Team Builder replacing other queues?

    No, it’ll exist alongside normal blind and normal draft pick for unranked Summoner’s Rift matchmaking. It’s a complete re-design of champion select, and we’re trying out a lot of new ideas. If a feature works extremely well in Team Builder, we may look into applying some or all of the features to other queues and game modes in the future.

  • Why is Team Builder not available for ranked?

    Because Team Builder is a brand new way to handle champion select, we started with basic elements such as choosing the champion, position and role you intend to play in a given match. We know that the ban and pick order mechanics of the draft process are critical to the competitive nature of ranked mode, and we’re not quite sure yet how these would fit into Team Builder.

  • Will I have to wait longer in queue if I select an unpopular champion/role?

    A majority of players will have reasonable wait times regardless of their champion, position or role; but it is likely roles in high demand will have shorter queue times. There’s actually a really close balance of players who prefer and love each role as their first pick, but we’re going to keep a close eye on queue times for every role just in case. Although some champion/role combinations may have longer queue times, you’ll be in position for a great experience because you’ll join a team that is genuinely excited to play alongside your creative idea.

  • How do estimated wait times work?

    When we first go live, estimated wait times will be very inaccurate and fluctuate. As the system collects data and we see how players are using champions, roles and positions, the estimated wait times will become more accurate.

  • What is the difference between queuing as a solo player versus as a captain?

    When you want more control over your team composition to try out a new team strategy, that’s when you want to lock in as a Captain and build your own team. For players looking to battle as a particular champion in a particular role or position, queuing as a solo player gets you onto a team into a match with your preferred spec in no time.

  • Can captains set up teams however they want, or will Team Builder enforce a specific meta?

    You and your friends can play Team Builder however you like. Whether you’re looking to double jungle, split push or fill the standard roles, Team Builder encourages players to experiment with different compositions. It might take longer for you to find four players who want to rampage down a “middle lane only” strategy, but when you do, you know you’re going to be in for a great time with four players with the same plan in mind to try and win as fast as possible.

  • Are there penalties for solo players who decline or leave a group they’ve been placed into?

    Yes. Solo players that are AFK often or reject more than a reasonable number of groups may face increasing cool-downs before they can join another group, or lose their privileges to use Team Builder altogether.

  • Are there penalties for Captains who abuse their powers and kick a lot of players?

    Yes. Captains who abuse their powers and kick an extreme number of players may find that they are locked out of Team Builder for a period of time, or that it takes longer for them to fill their team because they have cool-downs before the system begins looking for potential teammates.

  • How are the matchmaking adjustments in Team Builder different from other queues?

    Because Team Builder knows what champion you are going to play and where you are going to play that champion, it will eventually be the first matchmaking system to take into account your experience with your current champion, position or role.

    Whether you’re interested in playing as Jungler for the first time, or you’re excited to try out that new champion you just picked up, Team Builder will balance the matches accordingly so that you have time to settle in and master your new specialization.

    While this feature will not be available at launch, you’ll know when we enable it by way of a visual icon indicating that it’s turned on.

  • Can you select multiple preferred roles?

    Initially, you won’t be able to select multiple roles in Team Builder.

  • Can Team Builder teams be matched against non-Team Builder teams?

    No, because it’s a separate queue, Team Builder teams will only be matched against other Team Builder teams.


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