Should any League of Legends player make it pas the login screen, now adorned with an animated shield adorned with a metallic Urf that spins as spells otherwise fill the screen, a grand award awaits them. Luckily no one will bypass the Urf login screen. Why would they? All glory to our manatee king. Okay, maybe one person might. For that one person, allow me to introduce the glory that is Ultra Rapid Fire mode (URF).
Perhaps it's best to clarify right now that Ultra Rapid Fire Mode is a real thing. Yes, it's part of Riot Games' April Fool's Day celebration, but it's also part of their experiments in creating new gameplay experiences by messing with their own rules. URF will have both a co-op queue and a normal 5v5 queue for all players to try out -- for one week. Oh, and North American teams Cloud 9 and Team SoloMid will play a friendly URF match at the end of tomorrow's League Championship livestream. Hell. Yes.
What is Ultra Rapid Fire (URF) mode? Imagine what would happen if every champion had 80% cooldown, no reliance on resources, twice as fast auto attack rates and 25% additional critical hit percentage. That's what URF mode is, plus a few more tweeks so thinks don't get ridiculous. Tweeks like both Kassadin and Ryze have been removed from this mode, and Teemo and Shaco's traps have been capped.
Here's what Rioter Pwyff had to say about Ultra Rapid Fire ode:
"We believe that being forewarned is forearmed so we're testing next season's changes with the Ultra Rapid Fire mode. You guys loved the impact our 2014 season changes had on supports' end game fantasies and we realized we wanted to take that philosophy one step further: end game fantasies… accelerated. Full item builds will take less time to buy, big teamfights will happen more often and no more worrying about pesky resources! From the feedback we've received internally, we think you guys will love these updates."
It should be noted that Riot's real April Fool's Day Joke is that Ultra Rapid Fire mode is permanent and not just a week-long experiment. Don't let your imagination run with that.
All that needs to be said is go. Download the patch right now. Play this mode right now. It is glorious, just as our saviour Urf 's mysterious works should be. League of Legends is free to play on PC and Mac. We are unworthy.
Check the source for all of League of Legends' Ultra Rapid Fire balance changes.