League of Legends

League of Legends – League of Legends (LoL), commonly known as League, is a 2009 multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games.

Taking inspiration from Defense of the Ancients, a special map for Warcraft III, the founders of Riot sought to develop a standalone game within the same genre.

Since its release in October 2009, League has been free to play and monetized through purchaseable character customization.

The game is available for Microsoft Windows and macOS.

In the game, two teams of five players fight in a player versus player battle, each team occupying and defending their half of the map.

Each of the ten players controls a character, known as a “champion”, with unique abilities and different play styles.

During matches, champions become stronger by collecting experience points, earning gold and buying items to defeat the opposing team.

In League’s main mode, Summoner’s Rift, a team wins by advancing into enemy bases and destroying their “Nexus”, a massive structure that lies within.

League of Legends has received generally positive reviews; critics noted its accessibility, character designs, and production value.

The game’s longevity has resulted in critical re-assessments, with reviews tending to be positive;

The negative and abusive behavior of its players in the game, which was criticized early in the game’s life, persists despite Riot’s efforts to fix the problem.

As of 2019, League regularly peaks at eight million concurrent players, and its popularity has led to ties to music videos, comics, short stories, and the animated series, Arcane.

Its success has also spawned several spin-off video games, including a mobile version, a digital collectible card game, and a turn-based RPG, among others.

A property-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game is in development.

Often touted as the biggest esport in the world, the game has an international competitive scene made up of 12 leagues.

This national league culminates in the annual League of Legends World Championship.

The 2019 show recorded more than 100 million unique viewers, peaking at 44 million concurrent viewers.

National and international events have been broadcast on live streaming websites such as Twitch, YouTube, Bilibili, and on the cable TV sports channel ESPN.

How to play

Screenshot of League of Legends, with four champions in the bottom lane of the main game map, surrounded by minions.

Four champions in the Summoner’s Rift bot lane, surrounded by minions. A red health bar indicates that they are opposing players.

League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game in which the player controls a character (the “champion”) with a unique set of abilities from an isometric perspective.

As of November 2021, there are 157 champions available to play.

During the match, champions gain levels by accumulating experience points (XP) by killing enemies.

Items can be obtained to increase the power of the champion and purchased with gold, which players passively accumulate over time and are actively obtained by defeating the opposing team’s minions, champions, or defense structures.

In the main game mode, Summoner’s Rift, items purchased through the shop menu are available to players only when their champion is in the team base.

Each side is careful; levels and items don’t move from game to game.

Summoner’s Rift

Summoner’s Rift is League of Legends’ flagship game mode and one that stands out the most in professional-level play.

Fashion has a competitive ladder of rankings; The matchmaking system determines the skill level of the player and generates an initial rank from which they can advance.

There are nine levels; the least skilled were Iron, Bronze, and Silver, and the highest were Masters, Grandmasters, and Challengers.

Two teams of five players compete to destroy the opposing team’s “Nexus”, which is protected by enemy champions and defensive structures known as “towers”.

Each team’s nexus is located in their base, where players start the game and reappear upon death.

Non-player characters known as minions emerge from each team’s Nexus and advance to enemy bases along three tower-protected paths: up, middle, and down.

Each team’s base contains three “blockers”, one behind the third tower from the center of each lane.

Destroying one of the enemy team’s barriers spawns a stronger allied minion in that path and allows the assault team to damage the enemy Nexus and the two towers protecting it.

The areas between trails are collectively known as the “forest”, inhabited by “monsters” who, like minions, periodically reappear.

Just like minions, monsters give you gold and XP when you kill them.

Another, more powerful monster class was within the river that separated the forest from each team.

These monsters require multiple players to defeat and give their assassin team special abilities.

For example, teams can get powerful allied units after killing the Rift Herald, permanent power increases from slaying dragons, and more powerful and durable minions from killing Baron Nashor.

Summoner’s Rift matches can last from 15 minutes to over an hour.

While the game doesn’t dictate where players can go, conventions have emerged throughout the game’s lifespan: Typically, one player is top, one middle, one jungle, and two bots.

Players on the path of killing minions to collect gold and XP (called “farming”) and try to prevent opponents from doing the same.

The fifth champion, known as the “jungler”, resurrects jungle monsters and, when strong enough, helps his teammates on the path.

Other modes

In addition to Summoner’s Rift, League of Legends has two other permanent game modes.

ARAM (“All Random, All Mid”) is a fivev5 mode much like Summoner’s Rift, but on a map called Howling Abyss with only one long path, no forest area, and with a champion chosen at random for the player.

Given the small size of the map, players must be vigilant to avoid enemy abilities.

Teamfight Tactics is an auto battler that was released in June 2019 and became a permanent game mode the following month.

Like others in its genre, players form teams and fight to be the last one standing.

Players don’t directly affect battles, but place their units on the board so that they automatically fight opponents each round.

Teamfight Tactics is available for iOS and Android and has cross-platform play with Windows and macOS clients.

Other game modes have been available for a while, usually in sync with in-game events.

Ultra Rapid Fire (URF) mode is available for two weeks as an April Fools’ 2014 joke.

In that mode, champion abilities cost no resources, significantly reducing cooldown, increasing movement, reducing healing, and speeding up attacks.

A year later, in April 2015, Riot revealed that they had not reinstated the mode because its unbalanced design was causing players to “burn out”.

The developer also says that the costs associated with maintaining and balancing URFs are too high.

Other temporary modes include One for All and Nexus Blitz.

One for All has players choose a champion for all their team members to play.

In Nexus Blitz, players take part in a series of mini-games on a compressed map.