The battle for dominance in the Defense of the Ancients (DotA) genre continues. Just days after Riot Games reported that League of Legends has more than 15 million users, S2 Games responded by making Heroes of Newerth free-to-play. Next in line was Valve’s announcement of DOTA 2 being playable at Gamescom, and now it’s Riot Games’ turn to unveil League Legends Dominion.
“The new Dominion game is a little bit “king of the hill,” a little bit “capture the flag.” It takes place on a map called Crystal Scar, a “highly contested, war-torn mining village,” and has players fighting to take over and defend key points. The map features five bases, and when a team controls more than its enemies, it reduces their life bars, eventually causing a slow bleed-out followed promptly by death. Naturally, whoever’s life bar empties out first, loses. The focus of the new game mode is on moments of individual heroism as well as team-based play–a new renown system and circular, close-quarters terrain will reward players who contribute to the team rather than just those who score consecutive kills.
In addition, Dominion games are meant to play quickly, with the average match lasting around 20 minutes. The Dominion update is also scheduled to bring new items, a re-vamped pinging system, a better system for announcements, a new scoreboard, and a matchmaking queue solely for Dominion games. Best of all, this new content is completely free–just like the rest of the great content that makes up League of Legends.“
More details on the new content will be made public at Gamescom and PAX Prime later this month.
Source: PC Gamer