Riot Games, the developers of League of Legends, have just introduced a novel game mode named “Arena”. This exciting development promises to deliver thrilling 2v2 action, strategic blind picks, and an array of fresh maps for players to explore.
Similar to the structure of Teamfight Tactics, Arena will be organized in rounds. Each round will feature two teams clashing against each other. The team that falls short will endure point deductions, and once a team’s points plunge to zero, they will face elimination from the competition. The intense battle will continue until only one triumphant team remains standing.
In a significant gameplay change, the traditional Runes are being replaced by a new system of “augments”. These augments will serve as unique buffs and abilities that players can choose during certain buy phases, offering a deeper layer of strategy and customization.
In an effort to inject an element of surprise into the game, the champion selection phase in Arena will be entirely blind. This means that players won’t be privy to the enemy team’s champion picks during the selection process. This change not only opens up the possibility of mirrored matchups but also adds strategic depth to the game as players attempt to anticipate their opponent’s choices.
Adding to the round-to-round variance, Riot Games is introducing a feature known as “Cameos”. In some rounds, a new champion might make a surprise appearance to invigorate the match, further enhancing the unpredictability of the gameplay.
A new summoner spell named “Flee” will also be introduced in the Arena mode. This spell, similar in function to the existing “Ghost” spell, comes with the added twist of being upgradeable or replaceable through the use of augments, providing an additional layer of tactical decision-making for the players.
For those who thrive on competition, the upcoming Arena mode will also introduce a ranked system with various tiers for players to progress through. The ranked tiers in Arena will range from Wood, Bronze, Silver, and Gold, to the highest tier Gladiator. This ranked system will give players a platform to showcase their skills and strive for higher tiers in the intense 2v2 battles of the Arena mode.