I was very saddened today to learn that Solo Queue is draft pick.
Admittedly, I haven’t been able to try it personally yet, however, especially if this mode is supposed to appeal to / draw in players who are trying to prove their personal skills or at least avoid getting stomped by highly skilled players grouped up in Quick Match / Incursion, OR players who are newer / less experienced / more casual, it seems to me like it should allow as much personal freedom and latitude as possible.
Draft pick encourages meta play and hard counters and mind games, not to mention extra time per match.
I have already been hearing from various sources that experienced players are getting annoyed / angry when they have less experienced people on their team and those people don’t know who to pick or ban and how to counter said picks and bans.
Conversely, I have heard of less experienced players having a bad time because their favourite characters get banned and they have no one else to fall back on, or they just don’t straight up don’t know how all the characters synergize together yet, and they get stomped, especially against experienced players.
Solo queue should be about hopping in, finding a quick match, and being able to play / learn / gain experience with whatever characters you choose.
What do you guys think?