Howling Abyss (ARAM) FAQ

Basic Info

So, what is the Howling Abyss? And what does ARAM mean?

Howling Abyss is your battlefield, and ARAM is the game mode acronym which means "All Random All Mid." Think of it as a single lane, no-holds-barred battle between two teams of 5. Prepare yourself as a random champion is assigned to each player in this fast-paced, team-fight heavy game mode.

What champions are included in the champion pool?

We want ARAM to be the random, wild adrenaline rush. As such, champions will be pulled from Summoner's Rift's last three Free to Play pools (including the current one). 

Where did ARAM come from?

ARAM was originally a custom game type created by players on Summoner's Rift. Because Summoner's Rift is a 3 lane map, players created a rule where all summoners had to meet up and battle in the middle. Players trusted one another to abide by certain restrictions on items, summoner spells, and returning to base. This ended up becoming so popular that it became official. Thus ARAM was born!

What happened to the old ARAM map?

The bridge collapsed from all of the stress and strain from the thousands of battles that took place on it.

Does that mean the Tutorial map will now be on the Howling Abyss?

Actually, the tutorial will be over on Summoner's Rift.

Matchmaking

Can I earn XP from ARAM?

Yes!

Is there an option to play Howling Abyss in Blind Pick or Draft Pick?

No, these are not available for matchmade games. However, these options are available for custom games!

Why aren't those modes available for matchmaking?

Based on previous tests on the old ARAM map, the percentage of players that selected these picks modes was simply lower than the random romp we have currently. This doesn't mean these modes aren't fun though, so we encourage you to experiment within your custom games.

Can I see my opponents' champions in the champion select screen?

Nope! Your opponents' champions will remain hidden until the loading screen. This means your team will remain hidden to your opponents as well.

What happens if I queue dodge during champion select?

You suffer a timer penalty and lose any reroll points you may have used during champion select.

What happens if I leave a matchmade ARAM game?

You will suffer the same penalty as leaving any other matchmade game. The LeaverBuster system also applies to this map!

Rerolls

What's a reroll? And what's with the bench?!

When in the champion select screen, you have the option to reroll for another random champion as long as you have enough points to do so. This means you can reroll more than once.

Whenever you reroll a champion, that champ is sent to the Available Champions Pool, or the bench. There, your teammates (or you) can trade for it!

Can I use a reroll and end up with the same champion again?

No.

How do I earn points for rerolls?

You gain points as you play matchmade ARAM games.

How many reroll points do I earn per game?

Win or lose, you earn a base number of points every match plus a bonus amount based on the amount of champions you own.

What happens to my points for the reroll if someone other than myself dodges?

If the match is disbanded due to an enemy or ally queue dodging, the cost is refunded.  If the ally dodging was someone in your premade, you will still be refunded your reroll points.

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