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Brand New Map: The Howling Abyss!

March 18th, 2013 Leave a comment

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More goodies await in the latest PBE Update! Riot have done a full virtual overhaul of the much beloved “Proving Grounds” ARAM map. The Howling Abyss caters specifically to fans of this custom mode and rivals even the remade Twisted Treeline in terms of environment.


Map Eagle View:


HowlingAbyss Eagle View




Both bases have unique artistic themes in terms of lighting and item merchants.


base 1


base 2




The merchants of the Howling Abyss are more than prepared for winter’s chill.




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The Howling Abyss is a marvel to look at. The background has received a lot of attention with buildings fading into the winter night as far as the view permits. There’s a feeling of dread as you pass the bridge above the enormous mountain gorge. The dark setting and wind effects in particular are stellar and the music is greatly immersive. It’s almost a shame that you can’t stay AFK and just admire this wondrous ice-land.


map 1


map 2


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Howling Abyss winds


map 7


The little details:


Towers on the Howling Abyss don’t just fall. No, they slowly crumble bit by bit as their health goes down. It’s a neat touch that fits right at home here; without doubt my favourite feature of the new map.


tower damage final


tower damage 3


Look! An Arctic bunny!




When you first advance towards the enemy base, part of the bridge next to the opposing tower collapses and falls in the abyss. Spells A-W-E-S-O-M-E.


damage first hit


When towers fall, the chains on the massive pillars next to them break and release the whole construction. Consider stopping for a few minutes to admire the scenery.

 tower collaps


The Howling Abyss is available on the PBE for testing now!

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  2. Awsumniss
    April 21st, 2013 at 03:28 | #2

    Did anyone see the Lissandra silhouette in the base with the wooden shack?

  3. Awsumniss
    April 21st, 2013 at 03:27 | #3

    Does anyone see the Lissandra silhouette in the base with the old dude?

  4. David
    April 20th, 2013 at 03:46 | #4

    Did anyone noticed the illuminati eye and the devil in the base?

  5. Volibear_for_Life
    March 26th, 2013 at 19:14 | #5

    YES!!!!!!! I want an aram queue!

  6. Sean
    March 19th, 2013 at 12:37 | #6

    dat aram re-texture

  7. Milchdealer
    March 19th, 2013 at 04:43 | #7

    @uhh That was sarcasm from Petard to oppose Trev haha!

  8. uhh
    March 19th, 2013 at 04:31 | #8

    Actually, they most like have a dedicated team for balancing.

  9. Petard
    March 18th, 2013 at 22:13 | #9

    I completely agree. It’s not like they have separate teams of staff for both jobs that would be ludicrous.@Trev

  10. Trev
    March 18th, 2013 at 20:48 | #10

    Maybe if Riot spent a little more time fixing broken champs and less time on art LoL would be a better game.

  11. mojo
    March 18th, 2013 at 18:48 | #11

    not a new map, thought it’s long over due since riot has created a new map

  12. Paul
    March 18th, 2013 at 18:42 | #12

    That place looks like *generic ice level* from *generic game*.

  13. will
    March 18th, 2013 at 15:34 | #13

    They are working on an ARAM queue in pbe, entire thread dedicated to this entire rework on the NA forums.

  14. Badjoraz
    March 18th, 2013 at 15:28 | #14

    I would be happy if they made an ARAM queue, since ARAM is played ALOT. Is this only a rework of proving grounds or maybe it has more behind it?

  15. Tri3924
    March 18th, 2013 at 15:17 | #15

    Proving Grounds v2
    New graphics check
    New items check
    New map nope

  16. nortixx
    March 18th, 2013 at 14:50 | #16

    cant wait

  17. M154nthr0py
    March 18th, 2013 at 14:41 | #17

    @Peter as usual

    You realize this IS the new proving grounds, right idiots?

  18. Peter as usual
    March 18th, 2013 at 14:25 | #18

    I’m sorry , but this sort of reminds me of the prooving grounds.

  19. Doug
    March 18th, 2013 at 13:15 | #19

    It’s new in the sense that they’ll call it new when they release it, I guess.

  20. Sanger Zonvolt
    March 18th, 2013 at 13:11 | #20

    Why anuncing this as a new map just for the towers dying alone stuff when it’s just a visual upgrade for the map, actually I was like wow a new map, finally!!!!! but it’s just a VISUAL UPGRADE for Proving Grounds, GG…

  21. rtyhwertwqert
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:56 | #21

    oh my god you know what this means? ARAM queue!

  22. someone
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:56 | #22

    that place looks like a new map

  23. Jeri
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:55 | #23

    How exactly is it a new map? It is exactly the same as proving grounds, except for the textures…

  24. Tiyath
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:46 | #24

    That place looks like the proving grounds…

  25. Márcio Farinhas
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:41 | #25

    Dont see what this have from new map but ok! If u say a new style for proving grounds, them yes i accepted that

  26. BITTER
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:38 | #26

    That place looks like ulduar from Wow ;)

  27. kuczaj
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:37 | #27

    Or like this bridge in Van Helsing :P

  28. Foxeon
    March 18th, 2013 at 12:25 | #28

    That place looks like act 3 from diablo 3