Howling Abyss (ARAM) FAQ
What is the Howling Abyss?
The Howling Abyss is our map located in the Freljord featuring the ARAM game mode.
What is ARAM?
ARAM is a game mode acronym that stands for "All Random All Mid."
Can you explain it some more?
Each member on both teams (typically 5v5) are given a random champion based on their champion pool. The map itself is composed of a single lane for all of these players to battle one another in a fast-paced, team fight heavy game mode.
What champions are included in the champion pool?
All champions that you own along with the free-to-play ones for the week.
Where did ARAM come from?
ARAM was originally a custom game type created by players that was played 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 lane. Players trusted one another to abide by certain restrictions on items, summoner spells, and returning to base, which are rules that are now enforced on the Howling Abyss.
Given its popularity, we introduced an ARAM-specific map called Proving Grounds (Murder Bridge) that integrated the player-drafted rules into an official game type.
What happened to the old ARAM map (Proving Grounds)?
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?
Can I earn IP from matchmade ARAM?
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 much lower than random. This doesn't mean these modes aren't fun, but that the matchmaking queue itself may not be very healthy.
Can I see my opponents' champions in the champion select screen?
No, 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!
What is a reroll?
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.
Can I use a reroll and end up with the same champion again?
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. However, if the ally dodging was someone in your premade, you will not be refunded.