Some big changes on the way to the ARAM (All Random All Mid) mode with upcoming Patch 8.11, according to the latest PBE update.
The whole purpose of ARAM is that players are assigned a random champion and then have team fights against the enemy, since all 10 players are in the same lane. One of the most frustrating aspects of the mode’s random champion element is that if you re-roll one champion to get a different one, sometimes the new champion is even worse than the one you had.
Champion randomization will be helped by the first of the changes, which puts any champion re-rolled into a bench of sorts. Players can view those re-rolled champions and pick them instead of the one they currently have. This will also help players that see their favorite champion re-rolled by a teammate and pick it.
The next change focuses on giving players more champions to play. The free-to-play pool in the mode will be expanded to include champions from the three latest free-to-play rotations, bringing the grand total of champions up to 42. Pyke will also be made free in ARAM when he is first released.
There are also some early game changes being made. There are now base gates that will open up at 15 seconds into the game, which will lead to less fighting at the very start of the match. Players frequently will face-check at the start of the game and end up finding the entire enemy team in that bush and give up first blood. Base gates will now make that less likely to happen since teams will typically leave together.
Another change is that instead of just getting level three when you start the game, the time difference between starting the game and getting level four will be greatly reduced. Surrender times are also getting moved up a few minutes to allow for earlier surrenders.
These changes must arrive for ARAM mode with upcoming patch 8.11 in two weeks from now.