The new League of Legends Clash tournament mode was released to the general public alongside a fun and cool video, featuring internet celebrities like SKT T1’s Faker and twitch streamer Pokimane.
An official FAQ was also released to help players get to grasp with the new mode. The gist of Clash is simply that it’s a tournament mode where you get to see how far you and your team can ago against up to 15 other teams.
To participate in the bi-weekly tournament mode for League of Legends, you need to make use of the ticket system. You can either use a basic or premium ticket. Using a premium ticket will only garner you more rewards upon victory in the form of “Clash Orbs”.
To obtain a ticket, you can:
- Buy them in the store for 990 BE (limited to three per tournament week).
- Buy them in the store for 215 RP.
- Win a ticket through a mission (Limited to once per theme).
The most interesting facet of discussion in the FAQ is Sudden Death, the likes of which has never before been seen in League of Legends. Since teams may have to wait for other teams to finish their games so that they may battle each other, no game must go on for too long.
This is where Sudden Death comes in, though it’s nothing like how it typically works in other games like Super Smash Bros. since it isn’t sudden at all. The purpose is simply to set a limit to how long games can go on for.
After 60 minutes pass, buildings become more much more fragile and vulnerable to attack. Once the 65 minute mark has been reached, these buildings start to take damage and slowly, not suddenly, wither away until the 70 minute mark, where finally a winner is determined.
The inclusion of such mechanics is necessary to ensure a reasonable schedule for the tournament mode, though that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of downtime. It will be up to the player to decide if it’s worth the wait to potentially win a Clash mode.
To give the mode a shot, you need to create a team in the League of Legends client and register for the Clash this coming weekend.