North American Champion's Queue is coming back, with MMR implemented this time. All that remains to be seen is if this time it will last longer than a week.
The North American Champion's Queue has been an attempt of establishing something similar to the Chinese super server, in North America. It was invite-only, restricted to pros and amateur players in the LCS, as well as LLA pros.
Due to several issues, Champion's Queue did not see much of success initially, even though in theory it should have. Voice comms, ping issues, and general uninterest due to the timeframe it was launched made it so that Champion's Queue lasted all of a week before shutting down, temporarily.
However, the Summer Season of Champion's Queue is kicking off today, with some new improvements coming its way:
- MMR is now implemented,
- LP gains are now tied to MMR instead of flat values,
- New in-game CQ icon will be awarded to the top 10 players each Season.
It has been confirmed that the prize pool is still there which may serve as an incentive for eligible players to participate.
The timing is, once again, suspect though. Most of the players that Champion's Queue is meant to cater to, those that find SoloQ not to be a good training ground for professional eSports, are currently in Korea.
It would not be a first for Champion's Queue to have to wait to have its first game of the day, and we fear that another setback may bring this novel idea into obscurity, once and for all.