League of Legends has been one of the most dominant online MOBA games ever since it was released in Oct 2019. In 2022, there are over 180 million League of Legends monthly active players. However, despite the numerous number of players, the Solo/Duo queue, a system of ranked games where players can only play solo or with only one premade party, has faced much criticism.
League’s current state
Joedat “Voyboy” Esfahani, a former professional League of Legends player and current Twitch streamer, posted a video on YouTube titled “The Sad State of League SoloQ” which articulates how the game environment became worse throughout the years.
In the video, Voyboy spoke about how the players–especially in high elo–have progressively become worse in terms of toxicity, griefing, and win trading. Voyboy expressed his disappointment when he learned there is no actionable punishment plan in place from Riot Games.
Ever since Voyboy released the video, numerous players have expressed similar grievances, and the current League of Legends game experience state has been put in the spotlight, triggering controversies across the entire community.
Moreover, besides all these problems, latency is also another big issue greatly complained by players—especially at the professional level. The server is located in Chicago, Illinois while every professional player competes in the League of Legends Champion Series(LCS) in Los Angeles, California. People in L.A. have to experience 50-60 ms latency which will undoubtedly affect their gameplays. Players imported from other regions always point out this is something they have never been through and the latency is a huge problem for them to adapt.
NA Super Server
Now here is a solution for all these problems as Riot Games has launched Champions Queue on Feb 7th, 2022. Champions Queue is a game server that hosts competitive matchmaking experiences for high-skilled players that want improvements. The server itself is located on the west coast which means pro players in L.A. can play games freely with only 9-10 ms latency. There is a designated Discord server where players queue for teams and communicate with teammates while in games.
There is also a grand prize pool for players who participate and win Champions Queue. Just like Solo/Duo queue, players gain League Points(LP) if they win one game and lose LP if the other way around. Top players in the LP leaderboard will receive up to $25,000 by the end of each season split.
How to Get in
As of today, Spring Split 1 of Champions Queue only opens for current and retired professional players and established streamers who have hit high elo rank. Riot Games mentions there will be more players granted for Spring Split 2. Rumors say that players that are masters and above are eligible to submit applications and players can not be one-tricks, which means the champion pool is a very important factor if you want to get in.