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League of Legends players now have a new mode at their disposal. Nemesis Draft is a 5v5 match on Summoner's Rift with a cruel twist.
In Nemesis Draft, teams choose what champions their opponent will play. You can give them any character owned by someone on your team. Each team also get three bans so they can avoid being stuck with champions they really hate.
"There is a free trading period after all champs have been locked in, allowing you to organise amongst your team who would be best playing which champs," explains Riot Games. "Even if you don’t own a champion, you’ll still be able to trade and play anyone you’re given."
The strategies for these drafts should be interesting. Riot Games suggests a few ways that a team might troll their opponents. They could give them all melee or physical damage champions to make it easier to counter them. It'll be amusing watching teams fumble around with unfamiliar characters and combinations.
These choices could backfire, though. As Riot mentions, there's a chance that players will accidentally find some "diamonds in the rough."
Nemesis Draft is now on the Public Beta Environment for LoL. It will be eventually pushed to live servers as a Featured Game Mode. Featured Game Modes are experimental match types that are released for a limited time. Past Featured Modes included "One for All," in which everyone on a team plays the same characters and the 6v6 "Hexakill" mode. Last year also saw the debut of "Showdown," a sudden-death 1v1 or 2v2 match type.
"Cycling new modes will let us work with you guys to create new experiences that would have been difficult to do as permanent game features, and it gives us free reign to go mildly crazy," designer Richard ‘Brackhar’ Hough said when Featured Modes were first announced. "Also, cycling new modes in and out will allow us to keep these things fresh and focused from a gameplay perspective."
There's always a chance that these experimental modes could be brought back in the future, too. "One for All" was so popular that Riot reintroduced it to the game. They did make a fun tweak for its return, though: now both teams had to play the same character.
Riot Games hasn't announced when Nemesis Draft mode will be officially released. If you want to try it out on the Public Beta Environment, though, head to Riot's website to find out how you can do it.