It includes a mode where Champions can pit their skills against each other without distraction
A new update for God of War: Ascension is now live adding the much anticipated new 1v1 mode - Bout of Honor, which includes four maps: Canyons of Kirra, Chamber of the Flame, Landing at Delos, and Streets of Sparta. In Bout of Honor, two warriors will put their lives and reputations on the line to win the best of seven rounds. Bout of Honor is a true contest of skill with no chests, fountains, or world weapons to aid you. This mode also disables relics and allows for a Champion's magic to regenerate over time. Beware, my brothers in arms, magic generates slowly over time so use it sparingly.
A video presenting this mode is available for your viewing pleasure.