League of Legends – Intro

Howdy gamers!  League of Legends (LoL was released in 2009, developed by Riot Games, and is still one of the top MOBAs around.  But don;t take my word for it, the number speaks for themself.  In 2019 the world champions ships had almost 100 millions viewers, and a prize pool of $2.5 million.  

LoL gameplay is similar to most other MOBAs.  There are two teams of five players each choosing from a unique cast of champions.  Unlike other MOBAs, there is only one map design for each of the game modes.  Summoner’s Rift is the main mode, and the only one used in professional esports.  Both teams must defend their Nexus in their respective bases, and work to destroy the other teams to win.  Waves of AI controlled minions continuously spawn and attack towards the enemy base.  There are 3 routes to the enemy base, call lanes, and the area in between these lanes is called the jungle.  In the jungle, players can earn extra experience points to level up and gold for purchasing items from the in-game store to boost their stats for the match.  Along each lane there are also 3 turrets that each team tried to take down to allow their minions to advance further towards the enemy Nexus.  

ARAM (all random all mid) is a fast paced game mode, and a stripped down version of Summoner’s Rift.  Using the Howling Abyss map, there is a single lane with turrets along leading to the enemy Nexus.  There is no jungle on this map, and the teams are forced to engage one another often.  They can’t retreat to heal up in their base areor purchase items unless they are dead.  

The thing that can keep LoL fresh for players is the number of champions to play.  There are now over 150 to choose from and they are broken up into 6 main categories.  Tanks, the durable frontline fighters.  Fighters typically deal more damage than tanks but not quite as tough.  Slayers and melee experts that deal higher damage, but at the cost of survivability.  Mages are mostly damage dealers from afar, and are the class with the most champions.  Controllers are masters of manipulation and can either buff their team, or suppress the enemy.  Finally, the Marksmen class usually play back from the frontlines and while not being a heavy damage dealer, can be adept at dealing with enemy Tanks.

League of Legends has pretty much become a legendary game.  And its free to play model allows anyone to pick it up and give it a try on Windows or Mac.  So why not choose a champion and give it a shot today!