ARAM has seen 50% less dodges with the new champion select bench
- Riot have given a breakdown of how the most recent ARAM changes have faired
- Match dodging was a major issue for the mode but the bench has solved that
- Warmog’s Armor has returned to the mode after it was temporarily removed
One of the biggest issues that plagued League of Legends’ ARAM (All Random all Mid) mode was people leaving games early or dodging in champion select as they weren’t happy with the random character they were given.
To fix that, Riot introduced a ‘bench’ so that whenever somebody rerolled for a new champion, their old one would be added to a pool where the rest of their teammates could freely trade for that champion.
And its worked wonders, Riot have stated that since the changes – dodges in ARAM dropped by about half. Now that players are more likely to have a champion they want to play so they are no longer inclined to leave.
Now, if you reroll a champion, it’ll get added to a pool of available champions for more trading
Although, this change could have had ill effects too as many worried it would lead to too many ‘good’ compositions on the mode, taking out some of the fun. However, Riot claim that they have countered that with the extension of free-to-play champions in ARAM to 42 champions.
One of problem that the mode has faced is how strong poke champions are in ARAM due to the lack of health regen in the mode. The one item which countered poke champions, Warmog’s Armor, was removed from the mode ahead of the Bilgewater event.
With no way to easily counter poke, many fans were angered with its removal while others were happy to see it gone considering how well it works with certain tanks. With the dominance of poke in the mode, Riot are bringing the item back but only as a quick fix, they plan on either changing how it works or replacing it altogether with a new anti-poke item in ARAM.
Also returning could be the Butcher’s Bridge map. The Pirate-themed version of the Howling Abyss could be coming back as Riot said they are looking into ways they can keep the map around permanently.
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