Long-time MMOBombers might know that I have a love-hate — no, wait, make that hate-hate — relationship with MOBAs. That makes me a little odd, when so many people love so many of them.
What makes me even odder is that my favorite MOBA experience is in the world’s biggest MOBA… but with its least-popular mode. And soon, I won’t even have that.
Riot Games today announced that it would be removing the capture-point-style Dominion play mode and the Crystal Scar map from League of Legends on Feb. 22. According to the blog post, only 0.5% of LoL players play Dominion, leading to long queue times and unevenly matches. Additionally, by focusing on Summoner’s Rift as the core LoL experience, that left less time to fix Dominion’s issues and address balance in the mode, leading to it becoming even less popular. Finally, the decision was made to pull the plug, in just under two weeks’ time.
I can understand the decision, and it makes sense for Riot, but it’s still going to be a little sad to see Dominion go. Do you have fond memories like I do? Or am I just being silly and nostalgic for something that was never that good?