There are various game modes in League of Legends. All of them are unique in their own ways and have a particular player base that frequents them.
The 5v5 Summoner’s Rift game mode, the primary mode of League of Legends, has multiple ways of being played. There are the Normal Blind and Draft Pick and the Ranked Draft Pick, alongside the Tournament mode, which can be found in custom games.
People who are new to the game might find themselves wondering which of the modes they should play. At first, you cannot even access the Ranked mode, which requires at least level 30. So, a new player is left with choosing between the Draft and Blind Normal mode picks.
Since this article is targeted towards newer players and ones who are just now making significant steps in the game, I’ll be talking only about the Normal mode.
Ranked games are something else that you should stay clear from until you’re good enough.
So, to see which of these is better, we must first see what they’re all about and then conclude with a head-to-head comparison. Let’s get started!
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Normal Blind Pick is what I’d consider the fun game mode of League of Legends. It is a chaotic, carefree environment designed to give you a “regular” game of League without all of the frustration. Of course, you are bound to meet people that are downright volatile in this game mode as well, but on a much lesser scale than elsewhere.
Blind Pick has no banning; you cannot see what the enemies are picking (hence the name blind), and it is basically the wild west of League of Legends. People play this mode primarily for fun and to waste time or try out new builds and Champions.
It is the perfect place to play League in a way that has no pressure, rage, or the like. Just a smooth (relatively) sailing and enjoyable experience.
Normal Draft Pick is your best way of experiencing ranked without the obligation. When you lose, you won’t get an LP hit. It’s the perfect place to get used to team compositions, positions, and banning phases. The Champion select is a place where half of the game is decided, and learning how to manage during it adequately is a great thing.
Mastering the mechanics offered by the Draft Pick will undoubtedly help you once you get started with Ranked. As I’ve said, Draft Pick is basically a Ranked simulation, and people will act accordingly. Expect much more frustration and pressure in this mode than in Blind Pick.
However, it still is a Normal Mode – meaning that people will treat it as such as well. They will not try as hard, and trolls are much more likely to happen than in a Ranked game. Thus, you should also treat it as a Normal game and not worry too much about what happens if you lose.
Which One Is Better For You?
The only person to answer that question is you, and you only. However, I have a few things to say to you as well.
You see, Blind Pick is almost exclusively played for fun and nothing else. You won’t get a genuine League of Legends experience but a botched, chaotic version of it. If you want to play Blind Pick, be prepared for constant trolling, off-meta builds, positions and compositions that make zero sense, etc. It’s just a sandbox League environment that people go to waste some time.
Draft Pick is best if you want to learn the basics of Ranked gameplay. It is a much more serious environment where you might pick up a lot of stuff. Other players will try harder to win, and actual positions and team compositions are in order. Off-meta builds are rare, and people tend to play regular League. It is as genuine as can be without getting into Ranked.
So, if you want fun and chaos – go for Blind. If you want an authentic non-Ranked League experience – go for Draft.
League of Legends game modes are various, and every one of them has its own purpose. These two are similar yet wildly different, and people should choose whichever suits them best. Despite my comments above, you should keep to the first sentence. Only you can decide what they want to play, and be sure to first listen to yourself before asking others.
I hope you’ve found this quick article enjoyable and fun to read, and I wish you all the best on the Summoner’s Rift.