Wednesday, July 22, 2020

In League with the Legends - A.R.A.M.

Recently, League of Legends implemented a new feature called "The Lab", where it will introduce experimental modes of play that are unique from the others.

For our first round in the Lab, we play a classic mode from League of Legends: ASMR... I mean ARAM, short for "All Random All Mid". Four random champions are selected, and after a mulligan the deck is built based on those champions.

Which means that there's no need for us to build anything for it. Let's just dive in and see what happens.

Sometimes, it's fun just to let loose and embrace the chaos, and this mode is absolutely perfect for that. It's highly likely that even if one plays it a lot, they'll only have a rough idea of what cards are in their deck after their champion picks are wrapped up.

It also means that while luck is a significant factor in how well one might do, the other factor is how one can improvise with the cards they're given to outwit their opponent. In the footage, you'll see us on both ends of the divide, threading the needle perfect in one match and yet failing to arrange our attacks perfectly to close out another when we probably could have.

The high degree of variance in ARAM also means that it's pretty much impossible to be too mad about losing. The stakes are incredibly low and it's a good way to just chill and relax while not completely shutting off one's brain.

Sadly, by the time you read this, the mode will no longer be available, but we can hope that it eventually comes back from another shot. I'll gladly take another crack at it. :)

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