League of Legends Team Builder queue lets players choose roles before joining a team

Riot Games is rolling out a beta on live League of Legends servers to test Team Builder, a new queue where players can select a specific role, champion and position before joining a team, the company announced today.

Team Builder beta testing will go live across regions as a staggered roll out beginning March 3-7 across RU and EUNE, with each region open for beta testing for 48 hours. The current live beta test schedule is outlined on the announcement post.

Once live, the new feature will exist alongside normal blind and normal draft pick for unranked Summoner's Rift matchmaking. Also, Team Builder teams can only be matched against other Team Builder teams as it's a separate queue.  If a component of Team Builder tests well, according to the announcement, that component may be integrated into other game modes and queues in the future.

Players who reject "more than a reasonable number" of groups can be penalized with increasing cool-downs or lose Team Builder privileges. Alternatively, Captains who boot an extreme number players can face cool-downs or Team Builder lockouts. Players will not be able to pick multiple roles.

Riot Games began experimenting with a new mode late last month where players could perform "hexakills" after taking down six champion characters. Previously, the game permitted a maximum of five players per team with the ability to carry out "pentakills" for deposing opposing Champions.

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