The least we can say is that Clash Mode received considerable attention. Announced two years ago, this new mode of League of Legends was supposed to bring a new gaming experience to Riot Games franchise but so far they have only been setbacks. In order to join a Clash game, you need to gather a team and to get your coupon, then you can actually take part in a tournament spread onto several days.
Looking at all the problems that it brought to League of Legends servers, one might even say that the Clash Mode is cursed. The fact that the testing phases are constantly cancelled is another testimony of that...
However, Riot Games refuse to let it go and promise to use a new test phase of the Clash Mode on August 19. A few tweaks will be tested:
- Instead of the previous sysem, teams will now have more time to lock their participation in the tournament. For instance, if Tier IV Teams need to lock at 4 PM, then Tier II will need to lock at 4:30 PM. In this example, all teams will eventually be locked at 6 PM.
- Two tournaments on the same day. Instead of organizing a tournament spread onto three days, Riot Game decided to split Clash into two distinct tournaments. There will be groups formed with eight teams — which will be able to play one or two days.
- Bugs and tournament system. Because the tournament structure was made lighter and simpler, Riot Games added new support to solve problems. For instance, if one of your opponents disconnects before the game starts, his team will be replaced by another one.
For now, the Clash Mode is an exclusivity to the North American servers — meaning you will need an NA account if you want to play on August 19.
Will the Clash Mode makes its glorious return to the Rift? Seeing all the difficulties that it encountered, we're pretty afraid that it won't make it to its final form. Obviously, a tournament mode would be a great addition to League of Legends... but when considering how hard it is to gather a team of friends, we're naturally wondering if the human factor isn't already an obstacle too big to be overcome.
Do you think that such a game mode can actually work? Let's us know your answer in the comment section!