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10-Ban Drafting System For ‘League Of Legends’ Leaked Sooner Than Expected

Is the Singaporean circuit already employing the rumored 10-ban drafting system for League of Legends? Is Garena getting ready for 2017’s new 10-ban rule?

Riot Games’ League of Legends (LoL) has indeed come a long way since its release in 2009, having hosted six seasons of League of Legends World Championships to date. From the $50,000 prize money in 2011, this year’s League of Legends World champions have taken home $2,028,000. It only goes to show how much support League of Legends has amassed over the years, and is continuing to do so, especially with the era of eSports getting ushered in.

League of Legends matches all over the world currently employs a three-per-side ban or a total of six bans per game, but with the consistently increasing number of champions, at around six to eight per year, a lot of players are getting comfortable with the idea of expanding the draft system. This 10-ban system, with five-per-side bans, have been circulating the League of Legends community for quite a while now, but it seems like this 10-champion ban system could be implemented in the next season, ESPN reports.

The rumors that the 10-ban system is currently being brewed by League of Legends was first ignited by a PVP Live report, which mentioned a tweet by Team Vestigial manager Nelson Sng. The tweet implies that Garena is currently playing around with the idea of the 10-champion ban system as a tentative drafting process for the Singaporean League of Legends circuit.

Nelson Sng’s tweet, posted last November 18, reads as follows.

“This will be the tentative drafting process for the Singaporean LoL circuit. Does any other region have this as well for 2017?”

As of writing, however, it looks like Nelson has taken down the tweet. Has he maybe revealed information that League of Legends publishers are not yet comfortable releasing to the public?

According to DOTA eSports, included in Sng’s tweet was a photo displaying how the 10-ban system would look like. The new 10-ban drafting phase will break the process into separate sections and will follow a 1-2-2-1 and 1-1-1-1 format. The leaked 10-ban drafting process is as follows:

  1. Each team will ban one champion at a time until six champions have been banned (one champion ban per team per turn, three turns total)
  2. Each team picks three champions
  3. Each team again bans two champions each
  4. Finally, each team picks the last two champions

Last month, we heard from Meddler at the League of Legends forum that a 10-ban system could be inevitable in the future, what with a total of 133 champions already available in League of Legends. His statement, approximately one month ago, reads as follows.

“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).”

Implementing the 10-ban system would, no doubt, impact League of Legends players who have very small champion pools. South Korea’s SK Telecom T1 have been bagging the League of Legends World championships three out of six seasons now, and League of Legends enthusiasts believe that the 10-ban system would further stack the odds against Western pocket and comfort picks.

The new pick-and-ban system would look closer to DOTA 2’s current drafting system, which would surely create more interesting drafting strategies and amp up the difficulty quite a bit for League of Legends. With a new League of Legends client in the horizon, this new 10-ban drafting system could really be introduced just in time for players to familiarize themselves with the new system before the League of Legends World Championship Season 7.

Inquisitr has contacted Nelson Sng regarding the deleted League of Legends tentative drafting process tweet and we are still awaiting his response.

[Featured Image by Riot Games]