The Dominion update for League of Legends is undoubtedly
the most anticipated change to the game since its launch. Sure, it might be a
new map, but it’s far from “just” a new map. Dominion is more akin to a sequel,
adding a new Capture and Hold mode to the popular multiplayer online battle
arena (you might have read about it in the most recent issue of PC Gamer). Said update has been rumored
to be releasing “any day now” for several weeks, and considering that most of
the content is already patched into the game, it’s more a matter of waiting on
Riot to flip the switch and activate it. That day is rapidly approaching, it
seems, and though it’s not going to be fully available right away, Riot says
that it is going to allow players to test it out on a “beta” level very soon.
The beta will be available to all League of Legends players, though the initial
launch will be limited to “off peak” hours. We checked in with PR manager Chris
Heintz for more information on when these hours might be, but were told that
Riot wasn’t ready to announce specific times, and that it “will be running said
beta on all platforms (NA, EUW and EUNE) initially at times when we have lower
than peak concurrency.” He did, however, confirm that the plan is to ramp up
testing as time goes on… assuming everything goes smoothly.
And we’re hoping it does. League of Legends fans know how
awful Riot’s servers can be after a normal patch with downtime, lag, and
absurdly long queues. Making sure the servers are ready for the influx of
players is extremely important, and we’d rather wait a few more weeks than have
the game fall apart under the load of millions of players trying to test out
Dominion for themselves.