Clash, a competitive “League of Legends” game mode, is finally coming to the rift in late February following a scrubbed launch last year, and players are cautiously optimistic. The last launch in May 2018 was met with countless technical difficulties resulting in the postponement of the project until now. However, for those who are feeling optimistic this time around and want to participate there are a few things you need to know first.
The Clash mode separates itself from the current ranked system of League of Legends by allowing players to draft their own teams and play in a tournament-style bracket against other teams for victory instead of playing an infinite number of games by themselves and being rewarded based on wins and losses. The Clash system is meant to replicate the tournament style of professional play for casual gamers.
Since the tournament is team-based, players will need their rosters set up before the team creator opens Monday, with the team captain choosing the logo, three-letter tag, and team name. It’s important to make sure that players fill out each role for their teams and don’t accidentally get stuck with five support players.
All players must be at least Level 30, have completed their ranked placements in either Solo/Duo or Flex queue, have verified their account, and purchase a ticket. Ticket costs are 975 BE or 195 RP, and you can buy tickets for your teammates.
“I really like the idea of clash bringing the LCS to regular players,” senior Jake Dalton said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to play it this time around.”
Riot Games is confident about this rollout, but since their word is all the players have to go by, all we can do is wait to see if the second time goes smoother than the first.
Now for the timeline. Team creation opens Monday, and matches take place on the following Saturday and Sunday. The lock-in period for the matches is scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. PST. Keep in mind, players can compete on either or both days, which are treated as separate tournaments, so they both require their own ticket and players can switch teams between days. An important note for the bracketing system is that all eight teams will play three games each, whether fighting for first place or seventh.
By Gabriel Carro