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Riot's April Fool's mode to stay?

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LoL April Fools

I missed April Fools’ this year – I was enduring the marathon journey back to South Africa from LA. It seems everyone had fun, and Riot’s prank is hilarious and awesome. In fact, it’s so popular that it may just become a new game mode.

In honor of the international prank day, Riot released the following video detailing Ultra Rapid Fire:

For the non-video inclined people among you, Riot concluded that when players run out of mana, they stop having fun. The most enjoyable part about League of Legends is making plays, so why not make it easier and faster? URF mode has 80% reduced cooldowns across the board, with no mana or energy costs. Non-spell slingers get increased attack speed. This means that players can spam abuse their spells and attacks. This makes the game unbalanced and unpredictable, but also a ton of fun and way more action packed.

If you want to give it a whirl, URF is available until 7 April – just one week. However, plenty of people are begging for Riot to keep it as an optional game type. It’s a fun way to blow off steam, and offers a completely different experience to players. I doubt that Riot will keep it, although you never know – why not treat it like ARAM?

These are the types of things I wish we could see more of. It reminds me of silly game modes you sometimes see pros play to let off steam. All-star matches at tournaments are fun, but they can be even more fun with modes like this. Can you imagine the bullet hell that could be released?

Last Updated: April 3, 2014

48 Comments

  1. Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    April 3, 2014 at 10:08

    I miss silly game modes from Yesteryear.

    Some of the best game modes were from UT2004 πŸ™‚

    Reply

    • Grant Hancock

      April 3, 2014 at 10:10

      Quake 3’s “Rocket Arena” was super fun … rockets… and ONLY rockets ! made for some great skills training πŸ™‚ … and then there was the Corkscrew mod … soooo much fun.. and again… great for skills training.

      Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        April 3, 2014 at 10:12

        You are hitting the nostalgia buttons there man

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        • Grant Hancock

          April 3, 2014 at 10:12

          lol … I think I just Nostalgiabated … ended up checking out Quake Live … may just install later πŸ™‚

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          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            April 3, 2014 at 10:13

            bwhahahahahaha

      • Kensei Seraph

        April 3, 2014 at 10:17

        The Corkscrew mod… I spent months playing that with friends.

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      • MakeItLegal

        April 3, 2014 at 10:17

        I remember the first time I played quake 3 arena , and I got shot into the air , and boom some thing hit me right out of the air , I think it was at the randburg waterfront , something like 25 bucks an hour …. Wow memories ( and I am only 25 ) wonder how the timers handle this news ???

        Reply

        • Matthew Holliday

          April 3, 2014 at 10:56

          haha, internet cafes were awesome befor all my friends got pc’s, riding down on our bikes and dropping R30 for 3 hours of warcraft footmans frenzy with 4 or 5 friends was the best way to spend a saturday

          Reply

      • Norm the Horrible

        April 3, 2014 at 10:27

        Insta-Gib mode with Shock Rifles on Unreal Tournament!

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        • Admiral Chief Railjack

          April 3, 2014 at 10:35

          LOL yeah, I had the same comment, I loved this mode!

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        • Matthew Holliday

          April 3, 2014 at 10:54

          shock rifles were the best, shooting a bubble with right click and exploding the bubble with the left click was the ultimate skill shot.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief Railjack

            April 3, 2014 at 11:15

            Awwwwww jisssssss

    • DrKiller

      April 3, 2014 at 10:34

      I got excited when you said UT2004… We need to play this game again!!!

      Reply

      • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

        April 3, 2014 at 10:42

        Yes, yes we must

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        • DrKiller

          April 3, 2014 at 10:43

          Well dont just sit there.. Start planning!

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          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            April 3, 2014 at 11:03

            *goes off to see if one can still buy UT2004*

          • DrKiller

            April 3, 2014 at 11:06

            R50 at BTGames…

            Whats next? πŸ™‚

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            April 3, 2014 at 11:59

            Next… WE INSTAGIB!!!!!!

          • DrKiller

            April 3, 2014 at 12:02

            You sure you want to die that quick? πŸ™‚

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            April 3, 2014 at 12:27

            Ahem. I took on 3 v 1 instagib (Me being 1). I won

            #justsaying

          • DrKiller

            April 3, 2014 at 12:30

            Thats… cute πŸ™‚

            Lets rather play 1v1 then and decide the winner

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            April 3, 2014 at 12:54

            It’s on like donkey kong!

          • Norm the Horrible

            April 3, 2014 at 11:06

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            April 3, 2014 at 11:59

            Instagib imminent

  2. Grant Hancock

    April 3, 2014 at 10:08

    Oooh … so thats what LoL looks like ?! … damn … well Dota 2 def wins the battle for best visuals !

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  3. Kensei Seraph

    April 3, 2014 at 10:16

    Sounds a lot like the WTF mode from DOTA.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      April 3, 2014 at 10:52

      thought the same.
      they way they present it is like wrapping a used pair of socks in christmas wrapping paper and giving it to someone for their birthday.

      Reply

  4. Norm the Horrible

    April 3, 2014 at 10:26

    Dear Riot.

    Do this.

    Reply

  5. Dutch Matrix

    April 3, 2014 at 10:29

    Dear Santa:

    For Early Christmas, I want gaming journalists to stop believing everyone knows what all the acronyms stand for…
    Love, Kisses, and Puppies!
    Dutch.

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    • Grant [_G_] Hancock

      April 3, 2014 at 10:39

      Well Zoe did say Ultra Rapid Fire … not too hard to guess that URF is Ultra Rapid Fire

      As for ARAM … if you know anything about LoL you’ll know it stands for All Random, All Mid … since post is about LoL I don’t think it is such a crime to use a LoL related acronym !?

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      • Dutch Matrix

        April 3, 2014 at 10:43

        And what about those of us who do not know anything about LoL?

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      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        April 3, 2014 at 10:59

        I know nothing about League of Legends. So it would have been helpful to know what ARAM meant, yes. Dutch didn’t say it was a crime, only that it would be useful information to people who have never played the game. A fair request, I think.

        Although it was probably just an oversight by the author of this piece, so Dutch did not need to be entirely so sensitive. Early Christmas indeed! I’m not Christian, Dutch. I come from the Amazon. What the hell is Christmas?! πŸ˜›

        Also, yes. I am typing this in a tree, stealing wifi from a passing woodchipper, while a piranha nibbles my toe.

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        • Dutch Matrix

          April 3, 2014 at 11:07

          That was not being sensitive! And here was me thinking the Dear Santa angle would let people know I am being light heartedly serious. I love Lazygamer, but their overusage of acronyms without explaining it I do not like… And they do do that a lot.

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          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            April 3, 2014 at 11:18

            This is why there is a helpful community of trained Axolotls to help you in the comments section. Any questions you may have, I’m sure they’ll be eager to address. Especially since certain Axolotls are partial to League of Legends and will thus be drawn to this piece.

  6. Admiral Chief Railjack

    April 3, 2014 at 10:34

    UT INSTAGIB

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    • Dutch Matrix

      April 3, 2014 at 10:40

      Now this I can get behind!

      Reply

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      April 3, 2014 at 10:42

      BOOYEAH!!!

      Reply

    • Dutch Matrix

      April 3, 2014 at 10:44

      What was that low gravity skyscraper level called again? Instagib was so hectic on that level!

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      • Norm the Horrible

        April 3, 2014 at 10:50

        DM-Morpheus3

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        • Dutch Matrix

          April 3, 2014 at 10:57

          Sounds about right. Brings back memories of “Don’t Jump! Dutch is on this level too! He loves taking pot shots at things in the sky and oh… DAMN YOU DUTCH!”

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          • Norm the Horrible

            April 3, 2014 at 10:58

            It was a great feeling to kill someone flying through the air with a well aimed rocket.

        • R1ker

          April 3, 2014 at 11:00

          Damn you guys – Now i need to install this game again when I get home. Wonder if there are still servers left. Anyway, will play against bots πŸ™‚

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          • Dutch Matrix

            April 3, 2014 at 11:04

            Hey, those bots can be brutal. UT (the original) I played against bots and only bots. When I played against humans the first time, I slew ’em all. But I am feeling you. Gotta get my UT on as soon as possible…

          • Admiral Chief Railjack

            April 3, 2014 at 11:13

            Lets jam tonight!

            You on steam?

          • Dutch Matrix

            April 3, 2014 at 11:17

            Sadly no. Bennett put me off steam a bit.

          • Dutch Matrix

            April 3, 2014 at 11:18

            Let off some steam, Bennett

          • Admiral Chief Railjack

            April 3, 2014 at 11:56

            Indeed

  7. SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    April 3, 2014 at 11:00

    Troll modes in all sorts of games are fun. They usually add a little something different to the game. I vote for more options for gamers, all the time. πŸ™‚

    You hear that Blizzard? Now gives us a new game mode already. Adventure Mode is waaaaaaaay to awesome to be the only thing you release this year!

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