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League of Legends’ new Nemesis Draft is disastrously spectacular

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LoL's Nemesis Draft is a beautiful mess

Riot Games love playing around with new modes for their incredible popular MOBA, League of Legends. The latest of these experiments gives an incredible amount of power to your opponents, allowing them to dictate how the match begins. It’s meant to be a fun alternative to professional play, but unsurprisingly it’s a bit of a mess.

Nemesis Draft is a bit different to traditional drafts in one crucial way; instead of picking your own champions, your enemies are doing that for you. Each team is allowed to ban three champions each, after which your enemies select five characters for you and your team to deal with. As you can imagine, this should lead to some interesting drafts.

You could have an entirely AP dependent team, which leaves your opponents just needed to build armor. Or you could throw five melee champions at your opponents. What about a team full of jungles? There’s a lot devious combinations on offer, and Riot was hoping that players would grab this new mode with both playful hands. As expected, that’s not the case.

Riot is already getting reports of grieving players in nemesis Draft. In some cases players simply abandon games where they get terrible picks, while others intentionally screw their own team by sending overly powerful Champions to opponents. This is already making nemesis Draft an undesirable match, which is sad considering how fun it sounds with the right crowd.

The mode is still in beta, but it seems Riot has a lot of thinking to do about the life of the mode. It seems like an awesome idea for a group of ten friends to mess with each other, so I hope it at least stays around just for that.

Last Updated: January 20, 2015

13 Comments

  1. Pfffft… Dota 2 has had this mode for a while. I’ve played it with a bunch of friends before. It’s surprisingly hard to pick “the worst” heroes for them because each one is useful in some capacity ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • HairyEwok

      January 20, 2015 at 09:32

      Until a noob gets whisp, then that game is what you could call “Wombo Combo” by the enemy team.

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    • ToshZA

      January 20, 2015 at 09:48

      I’ve found dota more about skill and teamwork than individual heroes.

      ARDM is however quite chaotic and fun if you’re in the right mood ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • hairyknees

        January 20, 2015 at 09:56

        You know what I mean though ๐Ÿ˜› try think of a really BAD hero… all that comes to mind are high skilled heroes that people might not play so well.

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        • ToshZA

          January 20, 2015 at 09:58

          Yeah I know.

          I once saw an invoker build for right-click. Literally, just kept 2 skills invoked and didn’t change, for 45 minutes. While his right click was impressive, his skills were not XD

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          • hairyknees

            January 20, 2015 at 09:59

            Alacrity and… cold snap? ๐Ÿ˜›

          • ToshZA

            January 20, 2015 at 10:00

            I think it was forge spirits and alacrity XD Forge for sure, he kept those perma summoned.

  2. Admiral Chief

    January 20, 2015 at 09:26

    [MSSC]

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  3. Hammersteyn

    January 20, 2015 at 09:33

    People are more concerned about winning than about having fun these days.

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 20, 2015 at 09:36

      SAYS THE WINNER!!!

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      • HairyEwok

        January 20, 2015 at 09:42

        Hey hey hey, he had fun winning!

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        • Admiral Chief

          January 20, 2015 at 09:46

          Also, he deserves it

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  4. Shas 'O Norm

    January 20, 2015 at 09:50

    Sounds like a very fun mode (I play LoL at sometimes at work) but it is sad to hear some people are being arseholes. But alas, that’s the internet for you.

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