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Brand New Map: The Howling Abyss!

March 18th, 2013 Leave a comment

HowlingAbyss banner

 

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

 

Bases:

 

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

 

base 1

 

base 2

 

Vendors

 

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

 

vendor

 

vendor 2

 

Gameplay:

 

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

 

map 4

 

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!

 

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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  • Awsumniss

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

  • Awsumniss

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

  • David

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

  • Volibear_for_Life

    @rtyhwertwqert
    YES!!!!!!! I want an aram queue!

  • Sean

    dat aram re-texture

  • Milchdealer

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

  • uhh

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

  • Petard

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

  • Trev

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

  • mojo

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

  • Paul

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

  • will

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

  • Badjoraz

    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?

  • Tri3924

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

  • nortixx

    cant wait

  • M154nthr0py

    @Peter as usual

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

  • http://- Peter as usual

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

  • Doug

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

  • Sanger Zonvolt

    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…

  • rtyhwertwqert

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

  • someone

    that place looks like a new map

  • Jeri

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

  • Tiyath

    That place looks like the proving grounds…

  • Márcio Farinhas

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

  • BITTER

    That place looks like ulduar from Wow ;)

  • kuczaj

    Or like this bridge in Van Helsing :P

  • Foxeon

    That place looks like act 3 from diablo 3