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No plans to increase League of Legends' champions bans

Riot Games won`t increase the number of bans in LoL. Right now League of Legends allows teams to only ban out 10 champions (5 from each side) from their roster. However, many players feel that this number is inadequate in the face of an ever-growing champion roster.

Gameplay design director Mark “Scruffy” Yetter discussed the champ-ban feature in Ask Riot blog, breaking down the positives and negatives of increasing them. He stated that there will be no ban increase in the near future.

Yetter believes that there are more drawbacks to a 20-bans system. It will increase the complexity and duration of champion selection and reduced the ability to play a character you want.

Back when we increased the number of bans from 6 to 10, we felt there was clear positive net value. The complexity of Champ Select actually went down, and we moved up to a sweet spot of “every player gets 1 ban.” It didn’t put any classes at risk of being totally banned out while still increasing the overall level of player choice.

Returning to the question, increasing the number of bans in League today feels more heavily weighted towards the negatives. But like everything, we will continue to reevaluate and our opinion may change in the future.

Mark “Scruffy” Yetter

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