LoL Fans get the chance to prove who really is best in a brand new 1v1 mode, debuting at All-Star Week.
I can't say with any modicum of confidence that people were really clamoring for 1v1 in League of Legends. One way or another, they got it today as Riot Games announced "Magma Chamber," the new 1v1 map for LoL. The map will see its debut during All-Star Week in Shanghai, where you can watch pros duke it out in the newest game mode.
Players can win a game in the Magma Chamber in one of three ways:
- Kill 100 minions
- Destroy the enemy turret
- Score first blood
It really sounds like you could bang out a 1v1 match in the time it takes to queue for a game in Summoners Rift.
Riot plans to use All-Star Week to show off the new game mode but don't expect to try it out yourself for a while; its goal is to release the game mode right before the beginning of Season 4.
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Why the delay? Two reasons.
First is basic tech due diligence. That means stress testing servers, making sure it will run on a wide range of hardware, and any bugs that might creep up. The second reason is balancing. With so many champs, the prospect of 1v1 is daunting. I can think of dozens of champs that would be entirely unbeatable 1v1, and Riot probably can too. So until Riot works out how to account for OP champs, we'll have to wait a little longer to venture into the Magma Chamber.