- The map pool for ARAM mode consists of four one-lane maps.
- There are no additional objectives on the ARAM maps: destroy the enemy's Core to win.
- As match starts, every player must pick one out of three randomly selected heroes. Think fast: you have only 30 seconds!
- Hearthstones are disabled, and starting area does not regenerate health.
- Healing Fountains are Protected until its Fort or Keep is destroyed.
- The Core has no shield.
- ARAM games contribute to Daily Quests and Special Event Quests progress.
- Globe generators spawn Regeneration Globes on the battlefield.
- There is a small chance that all players will be the same Hero.
The ARAM match style has initially been seen in Dota and has since spread to MOBAs such as League of Legends. The playstyle encourages constant skirmishes by funneling players into one area and trimming the fat, so to speak, from other activities such as jungling. It also adds an element of unpredictability via the “random” requirement.
In Heroes of the Storm, many players were shoehorning custom matches with regular maps into ARAM, but had to rely on players to observe certain rules by sticking to a lane, not wandering to do objectives and not hearthing back to base. Blizzard has seen that players have been creating one-lane matches on Heroes' existing maps, so they wanted to create a Battleground that makes things a little easier—and maybe even a little more exciting—for everyone who enjoys these game. With the release of the Lost Cavern map it makes it easier for players to stick to the rules by only featuring one lane and also removing objectives and disabling starting-area heals. Multiple single-lane Battlegrounds were thereafter introduced in the Heroes Brawls.
With the Patch H.52, Heroes Brawl mode was replaced with the new ARAM - All Random All Mid mode. Outside of a few crowd-favorites (Pull Party and Escape From Braxis), the weeks that the Brawl turned on an ARAM Battleground, the player numbers for the mode incresed heavily. Outside of the vast popularity differences, the older Brawl Battlegrounds were also too difficult to constantly update and maintain while continuing the work the developers wanted to do on everything else. These were the two major reasons that they made the decision to permanently give ARAM a home and sideline Brawls, at least for the time being.
List of ARAM Battlegrounds
|Braxis Outpost||Braxis Outpost is a single-lane version of Braxis Holdout. Braxis Outpost features two mirrored Goliath & Raven mercenary camps.||February 24, 2017|
|Industrial District||Industrial District is a single-lane Overwatch-themed version of Volskaya Foundry.||January 12, 2018|
|Lost Cavern||Lost Cavern is a single-lane version of Tomb of the Spider Queen.||March 29, 2016|
|Silver City||Silver City is a Diablo-themed single-lane map. Additionally, there are two mercenary camps on the bottom of the map and three globe generators on the top of it.||December 30, 2016|
Some heroes are blocked and can't be chosen in ARAM mode. They are:
Banned Abilities and Talents
Following two Abilities or Talents are not pickable in ARAM:
- Lava Wave from Ragnaros cannot be chosen at level 10.
- Bubble Hearth from Yrel cannot be chosen at level 20.