Anyone can make a good joke or “gotcha” for April Fools day, but few can actually make something TOTALLY AWESOME.
League of Legends made Ultra Rapid Fire mode, where they eliminated all mana costs and gave all champions an 80% Cooldown reduction, in addition to huge movement speed buffs. Because all champions can just spam their spells, this game mode is literally insane.
Because some champions are just too overpowered, this game mode is only available in blind draft mode. So of course this brings only one question to mind: What should I do and who are the best champions I should play to dominate this game?
Quick and dirty tips for first timers and newbs:
- Take the Teleport as a summoner spell. The cooldown is only 60 seconds, and this mobility is crazy good.
- Ignite is stupid here. You won’t get that close to a champion without dying, and you can just spam a spell to get that extra damage.
- If enemy team has Karthus, build a Zhonya’s hourglass. No excuses.
- Runes and Masteries: Set them up again, forgetting about mana regain and CDR. Trust me, it’s worth it.
- The “I don’t want to look stupid” banpool: Sona, Hecarim, Skarner, Heimerdinger, Leblanc, Lux, Ezreal, Nidalee, Soraka, Riven, Karma
From this last bullet point, you can get a quick idea of who is godlike in this mode. Below, Id like to detail my favorite, and who I think is the best champ for URF mode:
Play Sona if she is not banned. Just do it. Even if you have never played Sona before – she is easy as hell to play, and you will literally just be rolling your face on the keyboard.
Pros: She has everything you need in a spam champion: A two target damage, a two target heal, group speed boost, and huge stun for an ultimate. Did I mention her ultimate is the only thing you need to aim? The rest are auto target.
Cons: You will most likely not get to play her because she is nearly perma-banned.
What do: Tell your adc that he is actually going to be your support, and wreck bot lane. I have seen Sona go mid, but I believe bot lane works better due to better chances to feed off kills. Also, Sona’s wave clear still isn’t the best – your support will take care of that for you.
The only thing here really mandatory is Lich Bane and Rabadon’s Deathcap. Other than that, build AP like a motherfucker – and choose one good defensive item. While Zhyona’s is a solid defense item, you will be much more useful with a Warmogs during a teamfight, as even being out of the play for the Zhonya’s duration may be too long. It’s a great AP item though and perfect if you’re getting focused.
Notes on other champions:
Karthus: Is actually not OP here. While he can ult every 30 seconds, the other team simply needs to collectively buy Zhyona’s to make your ult worthless. I would not play Karthus, or even waste a ban on him.
Soraka: Has been so perma-banned I’ve yet to be able to play her. But she’s godlike, I know it. She can basically keep her entire team fully healed while sitting in the base, in addition to an extra single target heal. And she can clear minions with one Q. Half the functionality of her E is gone, as no one needs mana – but she is STILL more OP than anyone. Your team just WILL NOT die if you have a Soraka.
Ezreal: Can one shot a squishy with full health using his ult from across the map. It comes too fast for normal humans to get off a Zhyona’s. Lost against him, and boy was it a bloodbath.
Lux: For a similar reason as Ezreal – dat ult. Her ult is up every 10 seconds. Not to mention the very long range pokes, slows, stuns, and a shield for herself. Truly a scary champion.
Skarner: His ult CCs you to death and pulls you into his team to rape you silly. 1v1 you just can’t win, with his insane shields, lifesteal, and damage. He is on my perma-ban list.
Nidalee: The spears, the spears, the spears. Her spears come up at nearly a 3 seconds cooldown, and chunk your health away like no tomorrow. Not to mention you will never catch her, because she can cougar form dash dash dash. And heal heal heal herself. And don’t even think about setting foot in that trap filled jungle!
This is everything I’ve experienced so far, and I hope to play more champs and get more experience! Make sure you get in all the play you can, because this mode will only be here for one week – until 4/8/14 !!! But we all hope it’s here forever – so again, play as much as you can and show Riot that we all love Ultra Rapid Fire mode!!