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A new map called Lost Cavern was announced a few hours ago. Read on to find out more about it!

 

Lost Cavern will resemble a lot the All Random All Mid (ARAM) game mode in League of Legends. The map will only have a single lane, while there will be no map objectives nor Hearthstones or Starting Area heals. There is no random Hero element, but players are encouraged to let loose and experiment. Lost Cavern will be available only in Custom Games.

 

The official announcement can be found below:

 

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What is Lost Cavern?



Lost Cavern eliminates Map Objectives and creates a slimmed-down play area in order to remain laser-focused on one constant, single-lane teamfight. The Hearthstones and Starting Area heals have been removed so that Heroes have no reason to fall back from the fight. Regeneration Orb spawns and brush, meanwhile, have been strategically placed around the lane to keep the fights active and interesting.

We've seen that players have been creating one-lane matches on Heroes' existing maps, so we wanted to create a Battleground that makes things a little easier—and maybe even a little more exciting—for everyone who enjoys these games. Don't let any existing rules stop you from coming up with your own new way to play, though, as Lost Cavern is meant to be a free place to experiment and play however you like. Think of this map as a sandbox in which you can express yourself creatively—as well as have fun playing. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

How to play



Lost Cavern will only be available in custom games. You can create a lobby through the "Custom Game" tab of the play screen and then invite your friends, or use our Lobby Link system to invite players through chat channels. Here’s how:
  • Create your Custom Lobby on Lost Cavern.
  • Open the Chat channel where you want to link your game.
  • Type /lobbylink Description
  • Press Enter to send the message
  • You did it! Players can now simply click your link and will be automatically placed into your Custom Game Lobby.

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We hope you enjoy this unique new Battleground. See you in the Nexus!

(source)

 

Spyrian confirmed on Reddit that this map isn't going to be added in matchmaking modes.

 

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We saw how much fun everyone was having organizing games in like this in chat channels and wanted to create something for you that's more suited to the rules everyone was already playing by in those games.

Since it's pretty different from our other battlegrounds, we're not going to add Lost Cavern to matchmaking modes.

(source)

 

Dustin Browder clarified on Twitter that Lost Cavern may be part of Arena Mode, whenever it arrives.

 

 

Lost Cavern will go live with the next Heroes of the Storm patch, which is also rumoured to bring the Gazlowe and Tychus reworks. Hopefully, Arena Mode will follow shortly afterwards!

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I definitely see the rationale for not including this in the matchmaking rotation, but unless you fill your own lobby, I can see wait times taking forever once the initial rush is over. 

 

Good to see content other than characters!

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