Later this summer, Riot will be launching their next event called “Bilgewater: Burning Tides.” As part of the event, the temporary Butcher’s Bridge ARAM map brings Bilgewater to life for the first time in game. The standard ARAM map will be switched out for the new themed port city.
We ended up choosing Bilgewater when a dev team built a Bilgewater-style ARAM map from scratch during one of our Thunderdome hackathons. Everyone’s enthusiasm at seeing Bilgewater realized in-game drove the overarching thematic of the event. After the jolt of creativity sparked by Thunderdome, tons of teams across Riot banded together to deliver a Bilgewater experience with a wide swath of content–including a re-imagined evolution of that Thunderdome map.