The Future of League of Legends' Snowdown Showdown

by Matt Best

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(Photo: League of Legends)

"Gather Round For Snowdown!"

I know what you're thinking. It's April. Snowdown is a winter holiday thing. Why are you bringing up Snowdown right now?!

Well, that's because the game mode might not come around again. People love the winter themed skins that come with Snowdown. People have fallen in love with Santa Braum, Snow Day Graves, Slay Belle Katarina and Winter Wonder Karma among the skins that have been released during the event. 

Heck, people really liked the winter change that happened on the Rift. Especially Baron wearing a Santa hat. Everyone loved festive Baron.

But what about Snowdown, the game mode? Everyone hated it. Despite how happy most people are during the holiday season, there was no love for it. People called it stale, boring, uneventful, and pretty much any other insult you can think of.

According to L4T3NCY, League of Legends Lead Designer for Rotating Game Modes, the game mode needs major work. "The 1v1 Snowdown Showdown game mode was a mode that just didn’t work out," said L4T3NCY. "The idea of it seemed fun, but it was spectacularly unpopular when we released it. Maybe there’s an execution of it that could be more compelling than version 1.0, but it would need to undergo some serious surgery, and that just doesn’t feel worth it when compared against making newer modes like Blood Moon."

"The 1v1 Snowdown Showdown game mode was a mode that just didn’t work out," - L4T3NCY

However, the Snowdown Showdown might've found a home outside of casual play on the Rift. "This mode actually ended up working a lot better as a viewing experience for tournaments or esports events (like All-Stars). I feel like it will continue to have a home there (it’s also fun to watch pros battle it out 1v1!)."

What do you think of the Snowdown Showdown? Is it a game mode that you're a fan of or would you be alright with them replacing it? Let us know over on our Facebook page!

By Matt Best

Matt Best is the Lead On Air Host and Producer for WWG. He has spent his professional career submerged in both the traditional sports world as well as esports. As one of the only Canadians at WWG, if you want to tilt Matt, just bring up awful Canadian stereotypes.