Draft Pick Moving to a 10 Ban System?

Oct 29, 2016

Life isn’t just desserts when your main champion becomes meta. In fact, if you were already aware of just how good a certain champion was before the rest of the world picked up on it, having your main champion become a meta monster can become a nightmare. Suddenly you’re forced to lock in your pick early in the draft, opening yourself up to counter picks – and that’s only if they survived the banning phase!

Surviving the banning phase is about to get a whole lot harder if Riot plans to expand the amount of bans each team makes during champion select. According to RiotMeddler, it’s “quite likely” draft queues move to a 10 ban system in the near future, after the new client is released.


In a thread posted on the official League of Legends boards, Meddler had this to say:

We’re still planning to look into 10 bans once the new client’s out (changes needed to champ select for extra bans would be made in that, not the old client). I think it’s quite likely we move to a 10 ban system, though that’s not guaranteed yet. Assuming we do go to 10 bans it’s also possible Pro games and regular games might make the change at somewhat separated times (different workflows for draft matchmaking games versus tournament draft in custom games which is what Pro uses).

While it’s not clear how exactly the added bans will be implemented, Riot is aware of the issues that come with adding additional bans (hello time spent in champ select) and will keep those factors in mind when they decide to take action.

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Adding an extra 4 bans to the game will have a significant impact on the solo queue meta, and it will be interesting to see how things fall into place.

According to LoL King, the top 10 most banned champions in League of Legends right now are: Syndra, Nidalee, Jayce, Graves, Kennen, Zac, Elise, Nunu, Ryze, Olaf. Banning 10 champions will certainly open the doors for lesser played champions to see some action.

Last season Riot made one-tricking a champion (or two) viable thanks to the preferred role selection. This time around they could be making it harder.

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Jamie Jacobs is a bot lane main who once won 17 consecutive Janna games. His favorite champions are Thresh, Kalista, and Bard. Jamie writes about competitive League of Legends and the professional gaming scene every week at Esports Edition.
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