Those of you playing League of Legends: Wild Rift competitively will be happy to know that the Position Preference feature is now live in Ranked. Revealed back in March, Position Preference allows you to order your preferred positions from most to least preferred.
By giving players the chance to prioritize the positions they’d like to play most, it hopefully prevents any sort of conflict when it comes to champion selection. We’ve all been in ranked games with the player who goes “mid or feed.”
With Position Preference, that player would hopefully select “mid” as their number one choice and then, in an ideal scenario, get it. But of course, the system isn’t perfect.
As Riot noted back in March, it’s not always guaranteed that you’ll get your preferred position because of factors like fair matchmaking, position popularity and queue size. But, this is at least a step in the right direction. And even if you don’t get your number one choice, maybe it falls back to the position you enjoy the second-most.
Now for those of you new to Wild Rift, it’s worth pointing out the positions are slightly different from League PC. Because of the way the map is flipped in Wild Rift, it isn’t called “Top” and “Bottom” lanes. Instead, it’s referred to as “Solo” lane and “Duo” lane, with a Support as well going in the duo. So the five choices are: Solo lane, Jungle, Mid lane, Duo lane and Support.
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For as good as helpful as Position Preference is to Ranked queue, it’s still not the perfect solution. For starters, there’s nothing that forces players to follow the position they’ve been given. They could still pick any champion or AFK with little penalty. Not to mention, what about the player that only knows a single role?
It goes back to the old advice, if you want to excel in Solo queue ranked, you need to be the most flexible player on your team. Despite the implementation of Position Preference, I think that’s still the case in Wild Rift. If you want to climb the ranks, learn every position and learn them well enough to fill.