Riot has announced that they will replace Blind Pick with a new type of queue called Quick Play.
There are many game modes in League of Legends. Some permanent game modes are 5v5 normal Summoner’s Rift, ranked Summoner’s Rift, and 5v5 ARAM.
And when it comes to normal 5v5 Summoner’s Rift, there are 2 types of queues that players can pick Blind Pick and Draft Pick.
Players can pick their preferred positions in Draft Pick before starting the match. And if they are autofill protected, they are guaranteed to get their preferred role. And once they get into a match, first, there will be a pick intent phase, where players show their team which champions they want to play. It is done, so their teammates don’t ban their preferred champions. Afterward, the banning phase starts, where each player can ban up to one champion. And both teams are unable to pick the banned champion. One player for one team gets to select their champion as the first pick. Then the team alternates and picks two at a time until every player has locked their champions. Both teams can see which champions their opponents have picked.
Blind Pick, on the other hand, is very different. In this queue, players can pick which champions to play simultaneously. There is no ban phase, so every champion is available. Players usually type in the team chat about which role they are picking. And both teams cannot see each other’s team. Once both teams lock their preferred champions, the match starts after a 10-second period.
But after all the years Blind Pick has been a thing, Riot is finally removing it and replacing it with Quick Play.
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League of Legends: Quick Play
Though Blind Pick has been released almost ever since the game’s release, once Draft Pick was released in season six, most players gravitated towards Draft Pick. The only people who picked Blind Pick are those people who didn’t unlock Draft Pick yet. Players must be level 10 to unlock that queue.
But normal Draft Pick is also unavailable in certain regions, like Korea and the entire SEA region. So, if players over there want to play a normal match, they are forced to play Blind Pick. But players can still play Draft Pick if they played ranked.
Overall Blind Pick was very unpopular, and many players did not like that their servers did not have normal Draft Pick. And because of it, Riot wants to change Blind Pick for the better, and they announced they would be changing Blind Pick into Quick Play.
Quick Play will work similarly to the old Team Builder released in 2014. In Quick Play, players can pick their roles and champions before the match starts. And in one of their next matches, they will receive their preferred champions and role. Once the match has been found, players can see which champion and role they received and get right into the action.
There are no confirmed release dates yet. However, Riot has confirmed that they will first test it out in certain regions. And during this testing period, they will be refining this new queue. Once this queue is ready to ship, Riot can release Quick Play globally.