Our League of Legends Nexus Blitz guide contains everything you need to know about this new Experimental game mode, including details on the ruleset, map size, Event mechanics and more.
Riot Games is looking to push League of Legends into avenues unexplored and with this they're launching a brand new initiative entitled "Experimental Modes".
While League is home to other game modes like ARAM, Urf and Twisted Treeline on top of its traditional Summoner’s Rift setup, this is their attempt to craft a game mode that isn’t tied to a specific event. They’re aiming to create a permanent mode that finds its place alongside Summoner’s Rift, which is something that hasn't been done before.
We’ll get into Experimental modes further in the section below, but Riot’s first addition to the setup is Nexus Blitz. Unlike Summoner’s Rift that can last from 20 minutes to at least an hour, this mode is fast-paced and last around 15 minutes in total. The map is more compact and there’s a brand new Event mechanic that introduces some unexpected activities into the mix and rewards players with powerful in-game buffs. Hotstreaks are even a thing!
Read on below to find out more about Riot’s Experimental Modes, as well everything we know so far about this new League of Legends Blitz mode.
Editor's Note: As soon as this mode goes live, we'll update it further with extra detail. Stay tuned!
What are Experimental Modes?
- Experimental Modes are described as being gameplay prototypes designed to deliver different kinds of experiences that are distinct from game modes currently in League of Legends.
- Unlike ARAM, Urf, Twisted Treeline, Doom Bots and One For All, Riot want Experimental Modes to be permanent additions in their own right - not just tied to a specific seasonal event.
- Experimental modes are works in progress that’ll be introduced in an alpha state so that players can play then and give constructive feedback so the developers can polish things up.
- Finally, Experimental Mode releases won’t be happening very often. You’re likely to see 2 in a given year, as Riot is busy maintaining and balancing its existing modes and want to make sure that these new Experiments are well designed from the ground up.
What is Nexus Blitz?
Here’s a round-up of everything we know about Nexus Blitz so far. If you’re after the complete blog post, head on over to the official League of Legends forums page.
- The Nexus Blitz alpha starts in patch 8.16 and is planned to run for a 4 week period which is open to everyone.
- It’s a fast-paced mode with matches lasting around 15 minutes in internal tests.
- The map is more compact, with each team consisting of duo jungle in close proximity to three laners.
- Events are a brand new mechanic exclusive to this mode. They’ve been described as “mayhem inducing” scenarios that are generated every few minutes. They’re similar to world events in other MMORPGs or Public Events in Destiny. Examples include sudden King of the Hill moments, Pushing the Payload, even the closing circle of death from Battle Royale games.
- Win an Event and it’ll reward you with huge buffs. We’re talking huge shields for every team member, arming your minions and turrets with Blitzcrank hooks or installing a base cannon that launch you and your teammates to the centre of the map!
- Champions can go on hotstreaks in Nexus Blitz too. If you get multiple takedowns without dying yourself, you’ll go on fire, gaining adaptive damage and shorter cooldowns. However, you’ll suffer more damage and a bounty will be placed on your head meaning that players who manage to shut you down will be awarded a ridiculous amount of gold.