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League of Legends Dominion Mode Retired Due to Lack of Player Interest
According to the latest announcement from Riot Games, it is removing Dominion Mode from League of Legends. The mode was introduced four years ago but is the least popular amongst gamers.
It we look at the stats shared by Riot it is clear that this mode had to go as it wasn’t contributing anything to the experience. Riot revealed that only 0.5 percent of League of Legends players actively play this mode. What’s worse is that even some of them are considered bots.
The game mode was “designed to challenge players with fast-paced skirmishes, capture-and-hold gameplay, and different skills to master.” However, it failed to stay relevant in the midst of ARAM and Summoner’s Rift.
We want to support game modes delivering consistently engaging and competitive experiences. Fewer than 0.5% of players actively play Dominion and we’re aware some number of even that small population is still bots. We haven’t been supporting Dominion, and we’ve trapped ourselves in a vicious cycle where the queue isn’t large enough to warrant major attention, but falls prey to bugs and periods of imbalance from the introduction of new champs and items (which then drives down the size of the queue, and so on).
Lack of player interest wasn’t the only issue with Dominion Mode. Matchmaking was horrible and players were often matched with opponents of widely divergent skill levels. Riot takes the blame for this as it has not been paying attention to it itself.
Riot further said that it may have been able to fix the mode with dedicated resources but it choses Summoner’s Rift as its core League of Legends experience. Hence, no more Dominion Mode.