Serak Warriors thinks that the first captain gets dicked over in most 5v5 pugs. Considering that the majority of number lottery winners choose to defer, should we consider a new draft order?
The current draft order is: X-Z-Z-X-X-Z-Z-X
Proposed new order is: X-Z-Z-X-Z-X-X-Z
In the current system the first captain gets 3 of the top 5 but also gets last pick. In the proposed system the 2nd captain gets the 5th pick but also the very last pick. So he also gets the 3 of the top 5 players. Is the proposed pick order more fair? Is the current draft order unfair to the first captain in some sort of a way? Discuss.
If you think of it in terms of four rounds of 2 picks, in the current way the first captain picks first in the 1st round, second in the 2nd round, first in the 3rd round, then last in the 4th round.
In the proposed order the first captain picks first in the 1st round, second in the 2nd round, second in the 3rd round, and first in the 4th round. Is the value of not having the worst player in the pug worth losing the first pick in the third round?
Here are three interesting ideas:
(1.) If the number winner chooses to defer, the first captain (loser) gets to choose one of the two draft orders.
(2.) Number loser gets to choose from one of the two draft orders regardless if the winner goes first or defers.
(3.) First captain gets to choose the draft order regardless of who won or lost?
Maybe Option (1) is our best bet.