Report: Singaporean LoL circuit implements new Pick-Ban

by theScore Staff Nov 18 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Riot Games

The Singaporean LoL circuit has seemingly released their tentative pick and ban format for 2017, switching to a 10-ban system that may signal the potential for other regions to adopt more bans in their pick-ban phase according to Nelson Sng Yi Wei, owner of Team Vestigial and content creator for Garena and other esport outlets.

Similar to Dota 2's drafting process, the Singaporean pick and ban phase will be broken into multiple phases, where teams would initially ban a set of champions, then pick a number of champions before banning out a few more. The draft would then go back into a selection phase before coming to an end.

A interesting thing to note in the picture above is the allowance of Blue side to have the first ban, first pick, last ban, and last ban. It is unclear if this exact process will be adopted by other regions.

Riot has previously suggested that a 10-ban system for 2017 was "quite likely", and that the specifics are still being worked out.

Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.