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Nexus Blitz is an exclusive game mode for League of Legends and has recently returned with the launch of PROJECT: Bastion towards the end of last month. The popular game mode is playable now so if you are yet to play it, we recommend you do that now! Over the years the game mode keeps changing, with new rules randomly selected, with 2021 getting a Scuttle Crab island. We will go through all the game modes actively available in the game, along with a Nexus Blitz Tier List, featuring all of LoL’s Champions, that perform in one of the most hectic modes to date.
Read More: ARAM Tier List.
- Bardle Royale (Classic): Where you will fight for survival in the flaming circle of death while it closes in on a part of the map. The last surviving team wins.
- Bardle Royale (Paranoia): Nocturne’s ult shrouds the map in a permanent state of darkness. While under the dark veil, navigate the Bardle Royale as normal, but stay on your toes as your enemies may only be an arms reach away.
- Bardle Royale (Juggernaut): The Juggernaut spins the classic Battle Royale format to includes a randomly chosen champion on each team to become The Juggernaut, gaining a high amount of health and the On Fire! buff at the start of the event. But with great power comes great risks. The On Fire! buff gives you bonus attack speed, adaptive power, and mana/energy regen, but makes you more vulnerable to damage. As always, the last team standing takes the victory.
- URF Deathmatch: Every player goes into URF mode (Ultra Rapid Fire – gaining lots of ability haste, more so than normally achievable in an average game of League) surrounded by a bunch of cheering minions! Defeat the enemy team in a best-of-three to win.
- Push the Cart (Classic): Escort the cart by standing near it to move it toward the nearest enemy structure to destroy it.
- Push the Cart (Attack / Defend): Race your opponents for who can blow up an enemy structure the fastest, except now both teams have a cart they can navigate!
- Prize Fight: Both teams square off in a series of rounds, paired in fights of 2v2 and 1v1
- King of the Hill: An area of the map is designated as “the hill”. Hold the position and fend off the enemy team to claim victory.\Scuttle Racing: Two scuttles charge down a track (or scuttle down, I guess). One scuttle for each team, the first scuttle to reach the finish wins for their team!
- Loot Teemo: A pinata version of Teemo runs around the map dropping mushrooms at will. Players need to fight over the pinata Teemo, getting gold per hit. The team that gets the killing blow wins the game.
- Loot Veigar: Veigar spawns randomly on the map, using Dark Matter and Event Horizon while running away to frag anyone daring to attack him. Hitting the Loot Veigar grants players gold, allowing players to scale into the game. The team that last-hits Veigar wins the event. And yes, they did turn Veigar into a pinata.
- One is Protect the Soraka: Two Soraka bots enter the lane, but only one can leave… Beware of all the healing and bananas, especially you botlaners, as it is your worst laning phase nightmare for an entire game.
- DPS Check: Riot seems to love beating Teemo up for some reason… In this game mode, you need to take out the Practice Tool Teemos, with the team doing the most winning the game.
The brand new Ionia-themed inspired map for Nexus Blitz. (Image Credit: Riot Games)
The Nexus Blitz event takes its inspiration from many different game modes and genres scattered throughout the wider gaming world. If you’re an avid Battle Royale player, there are a few options for you, such as:
If the BR genre isn’t your thing, then you’re in luck. There are many other team-based shooter game modes to enjoy with a LoL spin.
Also, there are some game modes that are just completely wild. Here are the crazy ones, including pinata Champions.
Riot has included a few new game modes or 2021, different than the previous game modes launched in years gone.
Of course, taking into account some of these game modes will reflect some of the decisions behind why some Champions are ranked so highly on the Nexus Blitz Tier List.
- Catapult of Champions: Unlock a Cannon that appears in the rewarded team’s base. The Cannon launches those who dare enter anywhere on the map. When said Champion(s) land, they deal damage and push away enemies unlucky enough to get struck by the landing Champion.
- Blessing of Blitzcrank: Allied turrets, siege minions, and super minions have the ability to Rocket Grab nearby enemies for the rest of the game. Those on the opposing team better learn quickly how to dodge skill shots.
- Poro King: The Poro King spawns to aid your team in pushing forward and sieging enemy turrets, breathing fire on enemies and healing nearby allies periodically. The feature is exactly the same as the ARAM Poro King if you remember that one-off event many moons ago.
- Battle Sled: Players can jump aboard a sled from their base to nearly anywhere on the map. First-person in the sled is in charge of where you go… It is basically like the cannon but you actually get to move around the map as you would normally.
- Guardian Angels: Each member of the team gains a one-time Guardian Angel effect, lasting 90 seconds. Nice cheats IMO.
- Statikk Shock: Each player gains the old Volibear ultimate, proccing chain lightning zaps on their basic attacks for three minutes.
- B.F. Shields: Each member of the team gains a hefty shield until it is broken.
- Cloud Soul: The team with the Cloud Soul gets a large amount of out-of-combat movement speed and CDR on their ultimate for three minutes. Kinda like the Summoner’s Rift version, but way more overpowered.
- Ocean Soul: Restores health and mana/energy when dealing damage for three minutes. Basically the same as above.
- Elder Dragon: You can now execute enemies under a specific health threshold for a few minutes. It operates in a very similar method as the Summoner’s Rift equivalent.
The majority of Nexus Blitz game modes are round-based, with both teams fighting over in a best-of series before crowing a victor. When a team wins a round or other mini objectives in-game, they can earn little rewards to snowball them later in the rounds. Such examples include:
It is important to state the random rewards you get while playing games of Nexus Blitz. The reason why is because there are obviously some champions that greatly benefit from some of these powerups. For example, a Kog’Maw shredding down opponents with his high Attack Speed build can do even more with the Statikk Shock. On the other hand, engage based champs like Rammus can get into a sled and sit on top of his opponent’s. They really do enhance a champion beyond their usual capabilities.
Anyway, with the context set, let’s take a look at the Nexus Blitz Tier List breakdown and rankings.
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Nexus Blitz Tier List
Gaming Verdict thinks these characters are by far the best. For the most part, these characters do some pretty solid damage and are very adaptive to lots of the game modes on Nexus Blitz. Lastly, they offer some form of CC or other team utility that can always come in clutch at some point in any mode.
- Xin Zhao
Out of all the Champions, Gragas is by far the most fun, especially on the Battle Royale Modes. Just think of all the knocked away barrel ults, launching the enemy team into the red ring of fire. Also, Veigar’s infinite scaling and percent missing health damage buff on his ult makes it a great pick for nuking down objectives, such as the pinata modes.
- Miss Fortune
- Jarvan IV
- Aurelion Sol
- Lee Sin
- Master Yi
- Tahm Kench
- Nunu and Willump
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