Riot Games will retire Dominion mode, one of the key features of Riot’s wildly popular MOBA game League of Legends.
In Dominion’s single map – the Crystal Scar, the gameplay is much faster than an average LOL game. Champions would begin their campaign at level 3 with an increased amount of gold loot.
It also focuses on a capture-and-hold style of play.
Citing low player ratings, Riot revealed that “less than 0.5% of players” actively playing in Dominion, and that they are also “a small population that bots.”
It was also clear that the company had lost much interest in the alternate mode years ago.
According to LOL’s official website, the Dominion gameplay mode that first made its debut more than four years ago was to be scrapped by February 22, and Riot would divert their efforts to balance champions in the traditional Summoner Rift’s map.
However, to honour loyal Dominion players, Riot would grant a unique summoner icon to any account with over 100 wins against real players before Dominion is to be officially scrapped.
The company also plans to keep any new and unique modes they are introducing to timed events in the future instead.