League of Legends officially receives ARAM matchmaking queue
Ever since MOBAs became a thing, there was a gametype known as "ARAM." (All Random, All Mid). For those uninitiated in the terminology, a traditional MOBA features a map consisting of three lanes, top, bottom, and middle, on which ten players do battle. ARAM games are pretty much what's written on the box; they confine all those players to the middle lane, and give them a champion at random. It's a hell of a lot of fun.
Riot, in a nod to the huge popularity of the game mode, has now added an official matchmaking queue, as well as a new map known as the Howling Chasm. Based in the Freljord, the Chasm features two unique shopkeepers (now with dialogue!), and two new items. In keeping with the theme of this new map, players can now select their "allegience" to one of the Freljord's three factions: Ash's Avarosan, Sejuani's Winter's Claw, or Lissandra's Frostguard.
One of the biggest problems with ARAM has always been the people who dodge out of games, as though they don't understand the meaning of "random." Since ARAM is now an official matchmaking queue, people who duck out will now be punished with an inability to play for a set amount of time. Of course, due to the nature of ARAMs, victory is sometimes impossible. This is something Riot is aware of, and if players get stuck with a champion they can't play, they can use "re-roll points" to choose a different one at random.
Today's patch also brings with it a new champion known as Lissandra, re-launches and re-works of Trundle and Sejuani, major tweaks to both Quinn and Nasus (a movement speed buff for harrier and a nerf to Wither), a limitation on health potions to 5, and a price increase on elixir of fortitude.
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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