Earlier this month we wrote about a significant update to Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . Version 2.12 was slated to significantly revamp the way skins were unlocked in-game as well as update a variety of other facets of the game. Now, Version 2.12 has finally hit, and with it, the launch of the long awaited 5v5 mode to all Golden Ticket holders.

For folks unfamiliar with the Golden Ticket mechanic, Golden Tickets were a random prize that could be awarded in chests that players earn in-game by completing quests. Golden Tickets were also offered as part of ICE bundles, but that generated its own kind of controversy (which needed to be addressed by the developers). Anyways, individuals that won a Golden Ticket had a greater chance to win a lottery ticket to get entered into 5v5 play early.

Now, with Version 2.12, 5v5 mode is now available to all Golden Ticket holders, meaning that if you have a Ticket, you don’t have to wait anymore for a lottery opportunity to get in. With 5v5 mode, Super Evil Megacorp has debuted a whole new, much larger map with additional lanes, jungle enemies and new tactics to play.

Additional welcome changes in 2.12 include iPhone  X optimization, a free camera toggle, and new in-game communication options. Of course, heroes have also been re-optimized for both 3v3 and 5v5 gameplay.

I haven’t had the opportunity to check out 5v5 but now that it’s available for all Golden Ticket holders, I’m sure it won’t be long now until it releases for everyone next month in the much anticipated Version 3.0 update. Meanwhile, if you have a Golden Ticket, consider yourself lucky that you get to check out the new mode early. For additional information on the new update, check out the release notes.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    Seems interesting so far. The 5v5 minimap is on the left, and I recommend flipping the regular minimap left to match (in Settings) so your habits can be consistent.

    (Is it just me or is the camera now more zoomed-in for non-5v5? The regular zoom level seems to show barely more FOV than the magnify mode.)

    PS: The TouchArcade guild Eric started is still going strong! We’re pretty casual. Join us!

  • GalDrogo

    I love Vainglory. Some decisions made by the devs though, puzzle me. Why lock a much requested, standard mode in MOBAs behind keys? 5v5 has gone live. Its in the game files after update. Why do that?

    • Rick

      It's actually a clever way to fine tune any bugs that was not removed during Alpha test. Think of us ticket holders as the Beta testers of 5v5 so that the rest will not suffer the bugs when 3.0 comes out.

    • Flora, the Rift Consumed

      Two things, funding and pseudo beta testing, which I think are both reasonable and needed. The 5v5 system is definitely not perfect at the moment, and the UI is also really clunky, so this is a good way to hype up the mode and make sure it's quality once it drops

  • Flora, the Rift Consumed

    I'm more or less impressed with the update, minus bugs (I keep getting 'deserter' for a connection issue that lock me in a loading screen for 5v5, until I restart the app, to name one). It's fairly smooth, with a little lag here and there, the map is fun and unique and hero balances are sweet as well.

    Ui is clunky to say the least. It's not BAD but I think it does need some tweaking.

    I also want chat so I can tell people they are mostly retarded at this game and Should live in a care home, but that's optional 😀