Some of you out there might be wondering what ARAM is all about. Well, ARAM is an acronym for All Random, All Mid and is played on The Proving Grounds map.
The Proving Grounds:
You start off with 1375 gold to spend on the items you need, however, once you go past the tower and out of base you are unable to buy again until you die.
Minions spawn at one minute.
There are two health relics on each side of the map to help you.
There is a persistent global aura that gives experience, increased gold gain and increased mana regeneration whilst reducing healing effects.
The spawning platform will not give you health or mana regeneration, like in other maps.
Meta-game: The meta for ARAM is always changing but here are some of the basics:
The game will be short and fast, the average is 15 – 25 minutes. The surrender time is 20 minutes but more often than not it won’t last that long.
Mages are the best champions to use in The Proving Grounds; however ARAM is random champion select, so you don’t have a choice.
Dying by a minion or turret is the only way you will be able to shop. Don’t give the kill to an enemy champion.
Auto attack minions as often as you can to push the lane. Getting towers down quickly is the only way to win.
If you have pushed the enemy far enough, try to grab the health relics on their side, as soon as they spawn. This will make it a lot more difficult for them to fight you.
After spawning, buy your items as quickly as possible and go sit in the bush near middle. Some foolish Summoner might walk right into your trap for a very easy “First Blood”. If the enemy have a Blitzcrank on their team, this point becomes void.
If you are stuck with a support champion play them as an Ability Power (AP) mage. Taric is the only exception where he is played as a tank.
ARAM is a lot of fun to play with friends or with random strangers, just be mindful of the meta-game. A lot of the professional players play ARAM between matches to keep their eye in. It is a great opportunity for you to learn the abilities of the champions you are seldom able to play.