Riot Games have announced that Nexus Blitz, a prototype game mode that could become a new permanent stay in League of Legends, will come to live servers rather soon. It will make a debut on live servers at some point with patch 8.16.
While Nexus Blitz might become a permanent game mode, its first stay on live servers will be only temporary. This alpha testing stage will be open for anyone who feels like jumping in and it should go on for about four weeks until testing is complete.
The game mode has a 5v5 format, and the map looks like a mix of Twisted Treeline and Summoner's Rift. According to the official description, there will be two junglers on each team, who will share gold and experience gains with their three laners.
It would be farming and ganking, business as usual, but there are "mayhem-inducing" events that will happen during a match. Some of these events are King of the Hill, Bardle Royale and snowball fights. Each of these events sparks a new incentive to play aggressive, which will come with an additional reward or punishment, depending on individual skill.
This double edged sword is called "On Fire" and it will stick to one or more team members as they rack up kill streaks. On Fire will grant attack speed, attack damage or ability power, cooldown reduction that exceeds the cap and resource regeneration.
On the flip side, players with this effect on them will take 25 per cent more damage, will award an additional 800 gold to the enemy player that kills them and 200 to each player on the enemy team.
Many items that were previously removed from League of Legends will make a comeback in this mode. Some of the most famous and infamous examples are Deathfire Grasp, Heart of Gold, Atma's Reckoning (previously known as Atma's Impaler), Force of Nature, Zephyr and Wriggle's Lantern. Some of these items were literally gone for years, so it will be fun to see how they fare in the new meta and whether they will require alterations to actually fit in.