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LPL development league is adopting ‘Fearless’ drafting in Bo3s

The organizers are experimenting with some drastic format changes.

It may have seemed like there was very little room for change in the professional League of Legends format, but the people behind the Chinese competition think otherwise.

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The officials behind the LDL, LPL’s academy league, have made some sweeping changes to the format. From now on, matches will be played with the Fearless mode, which restricts teams from using more than one of the same champion throughout a best-of-three match.

If a team picks Annie in game one, for example, the champion won’t be available for the remaining two games. The opposing team, however, will be free to pick the champion.

This is the only change that has been made to the format. Everything else will remain the same for the foreseeable future.

This is a highly experimental move from the tournament organizers and one that likely won’t make its way to the LPL or any other region anytime soon. It will be interesting to see how players adapt to the new format and how it will affect the meta going forward.

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Mateusz Miter
Polish Staff Writer. Mateusz previously worked for numerous outlets and gaming-adjacent companies, including ESL. League of Legends or CS:GO? He loves them both. In fact, he wonders which game he loves more every day. He wanted to go pro years ago, but somewhere along the way decided journalism was the more sensible option—and he was right.