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Spice up your normal games with the unofficial ‘domino mode’

If you lose your last game, you have to play as the champions who beat you in your next game

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I play a lot of League of Legends with my friends. Often times when I get into champion select, I don’t have anyone in mind to play. With a sigh, I just lock in Soraka, not really wanting to drag any of my friends down, and then I play a pretty mundane game of League. I’ve thought of a way to spice it up a bit.

I call it “domino mode” and it works like this:

  1. Play in a premade group of five. (You’ll need teammates to agree to want to do this with you.)
  2. Lock in your champion of choice and play your first game.
  3. If you lose to the enemy team, you must play their team composition next game.
  4. You don’t have to stick to a specific lane or position. You can swap around to different roles, especially if you or your friends don’t own certain champions.

You can make variations of the rules, too. Sometimes we’re having so much fun that we keep playing the enemy team comps, even if we win. You don’t have to take the same builds, runes or summoner spells, but you definitely can to ramp up the difficulty.

These rules definitely had me playing a different pool of champions from my usual bunch, making me realize that, hey, some of these are actually pretty fun! While this is a bit of an “honor code” type game mode, as it’s not hard coded into the system, it’s a great way to add some flavor back into your weekly normals with friends.