Riot Games is bringing back the experimental One For All mode for League of Legends. The mode has arrived on the Public Beta Environment and will be launching on the live servers with patch 5.20.

One For All, first introduced by Riot two years ago, is a five-versus-five Summoner's Rift battle with a twist. Every player on your team will use the same champion. Your team will pick the champion through a vote.

League of Legends has added and reworked multiple champions since One For All mode's last appearance. The Public Beta Environment version of the mode is currently limited to these fresher faces for the next few days so Riot can see how five of them would work together on a team:
  • Azir
  • Bard
  • Brand
  • Darius
  • Ekko
  • Fiora
  • Gangplank
  • Garen
  • Gnar
  • Kalista
  • Kassadin
  • Kennen
  • Kindred
  • Mordekaiser
  • Mundo
  • Rek'Sai
  • Rumble
  • Ryze
  • Skarner
  • Tahm Kench
  • Tristana
  • Twitch
  • Vi
  • Zilean
One for All always ends up imbalanced as hell but it's a fun change from the usual meta. The new additions to LoL's roster have some interesting possibilities for the mode. Imagine a team of Azir's leading an army of sand soldiers down mid lane. Or Kalistas tossing Kalistas into the fray. Or a Tahm Kench swallowing a Tahm Kench swallowing a...well, you get the idea.

Certain combinations would end up being not so fun, though. I don't think anyone's looking forward to a match against a team of Garens, especially if the opposing team is equally tanky. That's the risk you run with these crazy modes, though: sometimes they're hilarious and sometimes they're just an exercise in frustration.

The developer post on LoL's forums notes that One for All was the first Featured Game Mode released for the game. Other limited-time experiments from the developer in the past included the six-on-six Hexakill mode, the sped-up Ultra Rapid Fire mode, and One for All Mirror mode. One for All Mirror Mode took the craziness of One for All one step further by making both teams play the same champion:



Patch 5.20 will also bring three new skins to the game: Spirit Fire Brand, Cosmic Reaver Kassadin, and Demon Vi. The balance changes in the update include nerfs to Darius and Vayne. You can read the full list of current changes on PBE here. Riot could still make major revisions before the patch goes live, though.

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