I can’t understate how much the game needs chat now. I have always been on the fence when chat requests have come up over the years, but I’ve picked a side. VG needs chat, and frankly, badly.
5v5 is just more complicated than pings and the pre-chosen text. There are literally a dozen examples of where the game falls short in your ability to make a play call that will result in a much more enjoyable match but I’ll stick with the simplest example so there is little room for doubt.
Sometimes, you HAVE to switch lanes with someone else. Whether it be after the game starts and you’re facing your hardest counter, or a player who is simply much better than you. You know continuing to stay in this lane is going to result in your CS being garbage and losing turrets early. You realize you have an aly who would do extremely well against your enemy laner, and you know you’d be fine against their opponent.
In every desktop moba a simple “hey Saw, can you switch lanes with me” is sufficient. You switch, you don’t spend the rest of the game tilting and getting steam rolled.
Before you say “did you ask for ganks, or support” Well just because my support showed up, doesn’t mean that when their support does too, the two of us aren’t still outclassed because of the miss-match.