League Of Legends' "All Random All Mid" Mode Gets Official

| 30 Apr 2013 09:21

The latest League of Legends patch adds an official matchmaking queue for the fan-favorite "ARAM" mode.

League of Legends is a very fun game with two major drawbacks. The first is that games last a long time, usually between 40 minutes and an hour, and there are stiff penalties for bailing early. The second is that it is very difficult to try out new champions, as you are sure to get chewed out by your teammates for not know exactly what you are doing at all times. Riot aims to ease these drawbacks with the "officialization" of the fan-favorite "All Random All Mid" (ARAM) mode, giving it an official matchmaking queue in the latest League of Legends patch.

So what exactly is ARAM anyway? It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Heroes are chosen at random, and all ten players go into the middle of a single-lane map (as opposed to the traditional three-lane setup of a regular League of Legends game). Players are not allowed to return to their base unless they die (the home fountain doesn't heal you like in a regular game), leading to some very interesting item and skill builds. Games usually last around 20 minutes, giving players a fun, less stressful way to try out champions they don't usually play.

Previously, it was done "unofficially" by making a custom game using the proving grounds tutorial map, but with the latest patch, Riot has made it an official game mode, giving it a few tweaks and even a brand new map: The Howling Abyss. The 5v5 ARAM queue is restricted to players of level 5 or above.

The addition of "reroll points" allows players to spend 200 points to reroll their champion if they happen to get that champion they really hate. This was mostly added to prevent people "dodging" a game if they got a "bad champion." All players start with 200 reroll points, and will get more by playing ARAM matches.

The new patch also brings with it champion relaunches of Trundle and Sejuani, some major changes to Quinn and Nasus, and some tweaks to Health Potions and the Elixir of Fortitude. The entire patch has a Freljord theme, as anyone who keeps up with the League of Legends lore will know that Ashe, Sejuani and newcomer Lissandra are duking it out over control of the region. Players can align themselves with either of the three factions, allowing them a sense of participation even if they don't play any of the affected champions.

The new patch should be rolled out when the servers come back up after maintenance this morning.

Source: League of Legends

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The Wykydtron:

Because everything Riot has ever balanced past that has been picture perfect and rosey red. Rengar could never oneshot an AD carry with one Q from full health from stealth, Syndra was never an absolute mess of low damage and/or shaky mechanics that took 3 rounds of straight buffs to make her viable and then there was the League of Cleavers not too long ago. Just to mention a few off my head.

Riot can't balance. True fact. It's kind of endearing in a way. Oh Riot you scamps, making all the AD bruisers deal more than true damage with every ability! Oh you rascals you! :3

...and none of that even begins to compare to global ultimate with a teleport and a 40% slow across every enemy.

And with this i might reinstall the client. this sounds like the best mode yet. Just please roll Ashe for me :D

The Wykydtron:

Frostbite3789:

The Wykydtron:

Lissandra should be good. Probably gonna suffer from Riot Syndrome where they fail at balancing someone on launch so they get tossed around between worthless and godlike for a few months (Rengar and Diana style baybee) but a free Zhonya's is FUNNY. Inb4 the failed tower dive ragers. INB4!

Unless you played back in beta with TF or when Xin Zhao was released, don't talk to me about inbalanced.

Because everything Riot has ever balanced past that has been picture perfect and rosey red. Rengar could never oneshot an AD carry with one Q from full health from stealth, Syndra was never an absolute mess of low damage and/or shaky mechanics that took 3 rounds of straight buffs to make her viable and then there was the League of Cleavers not too long ago. Just to mention a few off my head.

Riot can't balance. True fact. It's kind of endearing in a way. Oh Riot you scamps, making all the AD bruisers deal more than true damage with every ability! Oh you rascals you! :3

I would actually argue that Syndra still isn't viable. She just doesn't do enough damage and her cast times are a tad too long - which gets her punished when people take advantage.

Frostbite3789:

The Wykydtron:

Lissandra should be good. Probably gonna suffer from Riot Syndrome where they fail at balancing someone on launch so they get tossed around between worthless and godlike for a few months (Rengar and Diana style baybee) but a free Zhonya's is FUNNY. Inb4 the failed tower dive ragers. INB4!

Unless you played back in beta with TF or when Xin Zhao was released, don't talk to me about inbalanced.

Because everything Riot has ever balanced past that has been picture perfect and rosey red. Rengar could never oneshot an AD carry with one Q from full health from stealth, Syndra was never an absolute mess of low damage and/or shaky mechanics that took 3 rounds of straight buffs to make her viable and then there was the League of Cleavers not too long ago. Just to mention a few off my head.

Riot can't balance. True fact. It's kind of endearing in a way. Oh Riot you scamps, making all the AD bruisers deal more than true damage with every ability! Oh you rascals you! :3

The Wykydtron:

Lissandra should be good. Probably gonna suffer from Riot Syndrome where they fail at balancing someone on launch so they get tossed around between worthless and godlike for a few months (Rengar and Diana style baybee) but a free Zhonya's is FUNNY. Inb4 the failed tower dive ragers. INB4!

Unless you played back in beta with TF or when Xin Zhao was released, don't talk to me about inbalanced.

Sure enough, as soon as Nasus became viable, they slapped him with the nerf stick.
Not saying it wasn't justified, but I still find it hilarious how one of the, historically, most underplayed bruisers in the game tipped over into needing a nerf.

Good ol' Riot Balancing. (don't bother with the EC video. I've seen it already.)

(ASIDE: HoN had this before LoL, and DotA1 had it before either; just without a dedicated map. Now everyone has an ARAM-esque mode or map. Huzzah.)

Worldbreaker:
Riot had to steal the thunder of S2 games. New "game changing patch" for Heroes of Newearth is online on friday 3rd of May...

Didn't realize people still played HoN.

Also, they replaced Yi in the tutorial, this is bullshit, cause Yi's much more epic than that troll.

This game mode is insanely fun. Absolute chaos and full of crazy new rules. :D

Riot had to steal the thunder of S2 games. New "game changing patch" for Heroes of Newearth is online on friday 3rd of May...

SMITE also has this, and calls it the "Assault" mode.

I still don't get why they won't let us ban before a match, there are several champions/combinations quite broken in this mode (looking at you Nidalee)

Ferisar:

Spacefrog:
Wait didn't Smite just release this game mode.
oh well it is a really fun to play in smite so no reason it should be any less in LOL

It was an "unofficial" game mode for fun back before Season 1 was even a thing in League. So, I mean, Smite might be doing it, but they didn't start it x)

It was also an unofficial "game mode" in Dota before League of Legends was even a gleam in the eye of Pendragon.

And both Dota 2 and Smite implemented it as official modes before League did.

Spacefrog:
Wait didn't Smite just release this game mode.
oh well it is a really fun to play in smite so no reason it should be any less in LOL

It was an "unofficial" game mode for fun back before Season 1 was even a thing in League. So, I mean, Smite might be doing it, but they didn't start it x)

Wait didn't Smite just release this game mode.
oh well it is a really fun to play in smite so no reason it should be any less in LOL

YES! I like League of Legends but I suck at it, I'm too scared to do anything other than play bots. This sounds like it's right up my ally...hope this is in the Mac beta though.

Just gave it 2 games. It's a lot of fun. People can't see what the enemy teams have and the rerolls reduce the amount of times people leave significantly. However there have been people leaving during the games. The games on the whole though have had minimal flame and have been all around good fun.

I look forward to playing more ARAMs in the future.

Maybe I'll get back to LoL now and try this out.
Havne't played it in a while. This sounds like a lot of fun.

Oh my God? A quick match and friendlier environment? In League of Legends?!?!

Is this the end of the world as we know it or is it finally the game mode I was waiting for to finally return playing it again?
Probably, like many here, I really enjoied the game but had to stop playing because the community was the worst ever. I might consider looking at it again if this mode turns out to be just fun and game.

And with this news, I shall finally start playing League of Legends!

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