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Detailed Review and Advices for Beginners

Hi community!

Today I would like to introduce to you one of the most successful free to play – games: the double Golden Joystick – winner “League of Legends” by Riot Games!

League of Legends is a MOBA-Game (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), which is oriented towards the famous Warcraft 3 – Map “Defense of the Ancients”.

For those who never played DotA (are there any?) and who don’t know the game concept I will explain it in detail:

The beginning

League of Legends doesn’t put high requirements on your PCs. You need at least:

– processor with 2 GHz – 1 GB RAM, – DirectX 9.0 capable video card, – 750 MB free hard disk space, – DSL or similar

Create an account either on the server EU West, EU Nordic/East or US, depending on where you live. You can also create an account on US while living in Europe but you will experience higher pings then. I give you a link to create an account in my author’s bio. Choose a name (always the hardest part) and a nice picture and off you go!

The Champions

There are 2 teams 5 players (there are more game modes, but they are not important in the beginning because as a newbie you should start with 5vs5 to learn the gameplay). Before every match you all choose a “champion” who is the character you want to use in battle. Dependant on your personal preferendes it can be e.g. an undead mage, a giant granite golem, a little boy riding on a Yeti, a brave knight and many more.All in all there are more than 80 (!) different champions and every second week one is added.

Every champions has 4 different abilities (3 normal and one extra strong, the “Ultimate”) and a passive, which he has since the beginning. You learn the abilities by leveling up ingame and your max champion level is 18 which means that you have 5 points in every normal ability and 3 in your ultimate.

You receive experience for levelling up by:

1. Being near when enemy minions or neutral monsters are killed by your troops (it’s not necessary to kill them yourself!)

2. killing or assisting to kill enemy champions

In the beginning you generally play whatever you like, later it’s useful to communicate with your teammembers before the match begins so that you have a balanced setup and not 5 champions of the same kind.

The different kinds of champions are roughly:

1. Mages (“AP Carries”: AP means ability power, they mainly deal magical damage with their abilities)

2. Fighters (“AD Carries”: AD means Attack Damage, they mainly deal physical damage with their autoattacks)

3. Tanks (They are hard to kill and protect their own carries, for example by stunning or taunting the enemies)

4. Supports (They have either buffs or heals to support their carries and keep them alive)

5. Junglers (They don’t start in the lane but in the jungle and support their teammates by ganking and ambushing the enemies)

The interesting point is: Depending on the items you equip on your champions they are often able to fulfill different roles!

In the beginning you don’t have own champions, but every week there are 10 free ones which everyone can use. After some matches you can buy more champions with influence points (IP) in the shop. I will come to this later.

The map

The map has 3 different lanes, which lead from your own to the enemy base. On these lanes there are several Towers which you must destroy before you can attack the base itself. As a support your main building (“Nexus”) spawns minion waves in short intervals which help you in fights. Between the lanes there is the “jungle”, where neutral monsters are located. If you kill those you receive gold and/or temporary buffs.

As soon as the match begins everyone has about a minute to spend his starting capital on items in the shop.

This doesn’t take long since you don’t have much gold in the beginning. There are different ways to earn gold in the game:

1. Everyone receives gold over time

2. Killing enemy minions or neutral monsters (here it is important to give them the final blow, the so called “lasthitting”)

3. Killing or assisting to kill enemy champions

4. Destroying enemy buildings (towers and inhibitors -> destroying them makes your minions stronger)

5. There are several items which grant you additional income (the so called gold/5 items -> they give you 1 gold every 5 seconds)

The goal

If you destroy the enemy main building (Nexus) your team wins. For being able to attack the Nexus, however, you have to destroy all 3 towers and the inhibitor on at least one lane and the two towers which protect the Nexus. So it’s not the best idea to hunt the enemy champions 24/7 if you don’t push the lanes at the same time. An average match takes 30-45 minutes, rarely more than an hour. As soon as the match reaches minute 20 it is also possible to surrender.

More game modes are a 3vs3 and a pretty new domination map (“Dominion”) where you have to capture and defend certain points. In addition there are ranked modes for players with summoner level 30 (explanation follows) in which you receive an Elo count depending on your wins and losses. For beginners I highly recommend the normal 5vs5 map!

The summoners

League of Legends also has an RPG part. You do not only choose a name and a picture for yourself (you are a so called “summoner”, don’t mix it up with the “champions”) but you are also able to level up yourself and buy small buffs with Influence Points (IP).

Every match you receive Experience Points (XP) and Influence Points (IP), the amount is depending on how long the match lasted, if you won or lost and if you had an active IP/XP boost. As soon as you have enough XP you level up and receive a mastery point and an additional rune space. With IP you can buy new runes and champions in the shop.

You start at level 1, the maximum summoner level is 30. Every level up you receive a mastery point which is used for buffing your champion ingame (like additional attack damage or armor). Furthermore you can buy runes with IP which have a similar effect. In one match you can use up to 30 runes (at level 30) but you can also change the runes after the match if you want to play another champion.

The last way how you as summoner have influence on your champion are the 2 summoner spells everyone chooses before the match. Those are abilities which are not connected to the champion you play and can be used at any time, for example a teleport or a heal.

To clarify this issue: Summoner = your account, Champion = the character you choose for the battle

The buffs don’t make that much of a difference but they add up and it would be pretty unfair if a player with level 30, 30 mastery points and runes would play against a beginner with level 1, no runes and 1 mastery point (not to mention the difference concerning gaming skills). That’s the reason why the system puts preferably players of a similar level together in one match. Unfortunately you can’t be sure about that because if a high level player starts a game together with a low level friend the system averages out. In this case it can happen that you have to play versus enemies with a much higher level. That’s uncool but can’t be avoided.

Riot Points (real money) Somehow Riot Games has to make money. Because of that you can buy so called “Riot Points” with real money. Those you can spend in the shop for champions, skins and other fancy stuff. Pretty much the only things you can EXCLUSIVELY buy with Riot Points and not also with Influence Points are skins (alternative looks for your champions). This means that someone who spends money for Riot Points doesn’t have the slightest advantage over someone who plays LoL for free!

To clarify again: Riot Points = bought with real money, can be spent in the shop, Influence Points = gained by playing, can be spent in the shop (not for Skins or IP/XP boosts)

LoL vs. DotA

Now that I have explained the game concept I will point out the differences between LoL and DotA:

1. There is NO “denying” (killing own minions so that the enemy can’t get gold or experience for them). This is a real change but I actually like it because it makes the game less passive (and to be honest how sick do you have to be to kill yur own soldiers?!)

2. Like already mentioned above the player himself (summoner) can also level up and get different buffs for his champions. Nice gimmick.

3. In my opinion cooldowns and manacosts are shorter/cheaper than in DotA which also leads to a more aggressive playstyle, especially in the early phase of the match.

Overall I still like to play DotA now and then because it’s just awesome but I have to say that LoL is a worthy successor, doing several things better. This is no surprise since DotA is limited to the WC 3 engine.

Advices gained in practice

I am no “pro gamer” but I play for nearly 2 years so here are some advices which shall make the start easier for you:

1. There are three tiers of runes. The first one is available right from the start, the seconds one as soon as you reach level 10 and the third one when you reach level 20. It’s pretty much waste to buy tier 1 or 2 runes since you will reach level 20 fast and there is no way to sell runes. So better only play the free champions in the beginning and save your IP for runes. If you have enough IP for buying at least one complete tier 3 rune page you can go on and buy some more champions you would like to play. You should keep in mind that it is not possible to sell champions so it would be better if you tested the champion first (e.g. when he is among the weekly free champions) to avoid disappointments.

2. Since LoL is free to play there are also some annoying fellows around. Fortunately there is a “mute”-function which makes them shut up. So don’t join their flame war if you encounter them – just mute them and go on playing in peace and harmony! The best option is to play with friends but that’s not always possible. /mute saved my life a Thousand times!

3. As long as you are new it is good to buy the recommended items for every champion. Later when you are more experienced and want to test new item builds or tactics you can find very good guides to every champion on MOBAFIRE.COM and LEAGUECRAFT.COM. I always visit them before I try out a new champion. As soon as you feel comfortable and self assured you can also visit the numerous streamers and watch how the pros are playing. I wouldn’t do it before level 30 though.

4. Nowadays many experienced players have smurf accounts. This means that you often meet enemies at your level who are far more experienced than you and kill you with ease. That is very annoying but once you are past level 5 the smurfs become less. And remember: if someone flames you, mute him, don’t give a **** and move along.

5. I strongly suggest playing the tutorial and the battle training to everybody since the basic tactics are explained there pretty well (even DotA veterans should play the battle training).

Reading this wall of text everything sounds fairly complicated. It is not! After a few games you see how the wind blows and improve step by step. Just don’t be mad if you get spanked hard in the first matches. Everyone was when he was new! And people who tell you something else or flame you because you are a newbie are just dumb and should be muted.

Introduction to League of Legends

One of the online multiplayer games that have been going up on the popularity charts continuously for the last few years is the League of Legends. It’s a MOBA, multiplayer online battle arena game, which for the first time was launched during 2009. Produced by Riot Games, it was meant for PC and Mac, however the latter version was subsequently closed.

Like any other MOBA game, this also comes in the typical 5v5 mode where two teams compete against one another with the intention of destroying the enemy base, called the Nexus, while using a common map.

League of Legends gave the additional option of using 3v3 for MOBA variety, and brought in the Dominion gameplay style. In Dominion style, players need to detain and seize 5 objective points to lessen the health of the enemy Nexus. The game in this form is designed to deliver a gameplay having a better speed.

Influence Points

While playing the League of Legends, the players use Influence Points as the chief currency. The total earning depends on quite a few factors, which include the summoner level, the game result plus the quantity of bots during the game. Players can also use influence points, known as IPs, for buying in-game items, like runes and champions.

Riot Points

This is an alternate currency offered to the players, and it can be procured through PayPal, prepaid Riot Point Game Cards and debit/credit cards.

Riot Points may be used for unlocking champions, rune pages, and different kinds of boosts, but they can’t be utilized for buying runes. Players can also earn Riot Points for free from other activities, including recommending this game to their friends.

Runes

Runes bring in a kind of customization to the League of Legends. Players are allowed to amplify an assortment of stats, like health, manna regeneration, movement speed, damage and a number of other stats, thus allowing them to play without changing the champion, but in different manner, depending on available options for mastery and rune.

Champions

Players get the option of selecting from a large number of champions, which keeps going up every week.

The players have to use Influence Points or Riot Points to unlock the champions before using them. Nevertheless, every week many free champions are available for playing, thus giving summoners an opportunity to test the champions before buying them. Different types of champions are offered. These include assassins, bruisers, casters, janglers, tanks and support.

What Is League of Legends

League of Legends is a popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game that has recently exploded into the online gaming scene. The game is published by Riot Games and was first released in 2009 for Mac and PC, the Mac client was later closed down.

The game offers the standard 5v5 game mode available in other MOBA games which pits two teams against each other on a map (called Summoner’s Rift) with the main goal being to destroy the enemies base (Nexus).

League of Legends added a 3v3 option to the MOBA genre and introduced the Dominion gameplay mode. In Dominion players are required to capture and hold five objective points to reduce the enemies Nexus health. This game mode is aimed at creating a faster paced gameplay mode.

Influence Points

Influence Points are the main currency in League of Legends which are given to players for playing games. The amount earned varies based on several factors including the game result, summoner level and the number of bots in the game.

Influence Points (also known as IP) are used to purchase in-game items such as champions and runes.

Riot Points

Riot Points are the other currency available and are available via PayPal, credit/debit card or prepaid Riot Point Game Cards.

Riot Points can unlock rune pages, champions and various boosts (experience and influence points). However, Riot Points cannot be spent on runes. Riot Points can be earned for free through various activities (such as referring friends to League of Legends).

Runes

Runes add a level of customisation to League of Legends. Players can increase a variety of stats such as health, damage, mana regeneration, movement speed and many other stats. This allows players to play the same champion but play them in a different way based on rune and mastery choices.

Champions

Players can choose from over 92 playable champions (and this number continues to grow every week).

Champions must be unlocked with Riot Points or Influence Points before they can be played. However, there are a number of free champions available to play each week to give summoners the option to trial champions before purchasing them. There are many champion types available including assassins, bruisers, supports, casters, junglers and tanks.

Ranked Matches

These games are just like standard games except that players are given a ranking based on the result of the game, this is known as the ELO ranking system which is also used in chess. This system has created what is known as ‘ELO Hell’, a place in the ELO system that is filled with poor players and intentional griefers, this section in the ELO system is hard to escape due to the team nature of the MOBA genre.

Interesting Games

While 2017 had its share of fascinating games on different platforms, 2018 is not without some excellent additions. There are a ton of games that you can find these days and play without having to pay anything. MOBAs or Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas have succeeded in spawning an entirely new genre and are some of the greatest games to try. But, which ones? As mentioned above, there are plenty to choose from. Nonetheless, some of the most interesting games that you should play this year are mentioned below:

Dota 2

This game has more than 13 million monthly players and is regarded as a popular MOBA. This game requires players to show some tactful thinking and they have to perform actions such as killing their creeps in order to prevent their opponents from gold harvesting or delivering items to themselves on the battlefield by using a ‘courier’ instead of returning to base. World finals of this game garner multi-million dollar prizes. You can download this game for free and start playing right away.

League of Legends

This is perhaps one of the most popular games in the world right now and has approximately 100 million unique players on a monthly basis. This doesn’t even include the eSports elements that’s also growing in popularity. In fact, this game has become especially synonymous with the MOBA genre. There are about 130 playable champions with several game modes and maps that help in keeping the game exciting and fresh year-on-year.

Paragon

This is one of the newest games in this category and is the work of Epic Games, the company that launched Gears of War and Unreal Engine. It is one of the most graphically impressive games at the moment and everything from the attack animations to the environments is very detailed. A third-person perspective is used in this game, but the mechanics remain the same as all the others; it is all about destroying towers, pushing lanes and destroying the enemy base while using cards for boosting your skills and moving up levels.

Smite

If you are interested in pitting the likes of Zeus and Thor against one another, then the best MOBA for you is Smite. The game features a wide array of deities that go against one another in a three-lane arena. A third-person perspective is used in this game as well, just like Paragon, which can make it difficult to stay aware of your surroundings. However, the different viewing angles allow you to implement moves that couldn’t have been made otherwise. For instance, Thor is able to launch into the sky and come flying down and crush his enemies with his hammer.

Heroes of the Storm

This was the first MOBA-style game and has expanded greatly since its introduction as Blizzard continues to introduce new heroes to its lineup, other than using characters from its other games. But, it doesn’t have any items and players simply upgrade their abilities as they move up levels. There are also various maps that add some spice to the game.

Try This StarCraft Like RTS Game

Hey everyone! I’m back to promote my favorite game ever, League of Legends, a very StarCraft like RTS game! Now let me tell you, I have played StarCraft. I have played a lot of StarCraft. In fact when StarCraft 2 came out I managed to reach #180 on the US ladder. However I grew bored with it and started to search for other games to play. It was hard to find a game that could compare with StarCraft 2 until I stumbled on League of Legends. League of Legends brings the same strategic gameplay that I loved in StarCraft 2 but also includes far more teamwork and fast paced action!

If you have not already heard about League of Legends let me give you a little background. It is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game based around a team of 5 champions. At the start of each match players each choose a champion (there are 80+ champions to choose from) and then work together to push through the enemy team’s defenses and kill their base.

Each champion has a unique set of abilities as well as strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps one of the things I find most refreshing is how well the game is balanced. The producers, Riot, make changes weekly to ensure that all champions are viable and naturally this leads to a wide range of characters being used in game.

League of Legends, being the StarCraft like RTS game that it is also has the same “easy to get started hard to master” idea that Blizzard used behind their StarCraft franchise. This makes LoL an extremely fun game straight from the get go, that only gets funner with time. Plus with a new champion being released every 3-4 weeks there is no chance of the game getting stale.

So sound like it could be a pretty fun game? Well guess what? It is totally 100% free! That’s right, it will cost you absolutely nothing to play League of Legends. It is not some trial version either, you get the whole game, with access to everything that affects gameplay for free. So why not try it? There is no harm in it. I personally have found LoL to be the funnest StarCraft like RTS games I have played. Every single friend that I have pointed towards it has also loved it, so I highly recommend you download it and give it a shot.