League of Legends Nexus Blitz: What Is It & When Is It Returning?
Now that the 2v2v2v2 or the Arena mode has finally come to a close after the Summer Soul Fighter event, players are looking for some other avenue of fun in League of Legends, apart from the usual Summoner's Rift and Howling Abyss maps.
Keeping this mind, Riot Games came bearing some good news. It released its usual Dev Update featuring developers Jeremy “Brightmoon” Lee and Andrei “Meddler” van Roonon 28th August. The publisher, in this latest Dev Update for League of Legends, announced the return of the popular 5v5 limited-time game mode called Nexus Blitz. After a wait of three years, players will be able to enjoy the game mode for a limited time in 2023.
Here's all you need to know about the return of Nexus Blitz, what the gameplay of the mode is, and other details.
Nexus Blitz: All You Need to Know
Nexus Blitz was an experimental mode that initially ran on the client from 31st July to 11th September 2018. After this, it was brought back to the public beta environment (PBE) server on 23rd June 2020, bearing visuals from the Ionian Spirit Blossom Forests. Finally, Nexus Blitz was released onto the live servers in July 2020.
The Nexus Blitz game mode features a Draft Pick style champion select and players can choose between Bottom, Jungle, or Fill roles. Smite is mandatory for junglers and each player can ban only one champion.
As you enter champion select, the first event for the mode is revealed. Additionally, all champions gain the following:
Summoner spell haste.
Bonus mana regeneration per 5 seconds.
Experience over time.
Bonus magic resistance.
Notably, Recall's channel time is also reduced and empowered recall cooldowns are further reduced. Teleport is disabled but homeguard is enabled from the start of the match.
Additionally, the Golden Spatula item can be exclusively bought in this game mode.
There are different events for this game mode and the jungle, and its monsters are also slightly different.
In the Dev Update video, Brightmoon said, "Nexus Blitz is coming back in late October for a five-week run. Now, we know this has been a long time coming, especially because we promised you'd see Nexus Blitz in 2022 and we did not deliver on that."
Brightmoon stated that the game mode would pretty much be the same but will feature certain tweaks like updates to the appearance, and jungle items.
While in the past Riot Games mentioned that it shall be bringing back Arena mode with certain changes, this time, the developers talked about those changes a bit in detail.
Importantly, the developers revealed that the 'Game Modes' team is already working on the Arena mode and the next version of Arena will drop in early December.