Proving Grounds now playable on live!

Posted on at 1:00 PM by Moobeat

Proving Grounds, the new custom game only 5v5 map centered around the fan favorite "All Random All Mid" game type, is now available on the live servers!

Hey Dudes!

A little over two months ago, a number of developers and I participated in Riot’s first ever Thunderdome – a periodic, companywide event aimed at allowing developers to work on whatever they want. My team set out to make the Proving Grounds, our basic tutorial map, playable as full on 5v5. This is something I’ve wanted to do ever since I originally worked on the map, and with the help of some other devs (and a good bit of caffeine) we managed to get everything up and running. Everyone was pretty happy with how the effort turned out, and with the upcoming removal of Winter Summoner’s Rift we saw an opportunity to sneak the new map out by repurposing the same UI hooks.

We've been testing the Proving Grounds for a week or so on the PBE, and now I'm pleased to announce that it is also playable as a custom game on the live servers. While we’ve been playtesting it internally as All Random (and lovin’ it) for quite some time now, all the pick options will be available – Blind Pick, Draft, and All Random – because we’re excited to see what variation you enjoy the most. We’d love to hear any feedback that you may have, as both RiotNome and myself will be providing support post release. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Fellow Rioters who helped me sneak this out:
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- Brackhar, Technical Designer, via the official forums.

But Moobeat, what exactly is ARAM and why should I care? ARAM is a summoner created game type ( i.e not original supported by Riot ) that focuses around a team of 5 staying in a single lane and trying to bash each others faces in. There are lots of other fancy rules and such, but luckily Riot has provided us ARAM players a map to easily facilitate their hobby and prventing people from not following the community set "rules", such as not leaving the middle lane in Summoners rift and not purchasing certain items.


  1. Awesome, no more pressure to avoid the brush, as there is a map without them now. Thumbs up

  2. still has brush :P