League of Legends or famously known by its short form, LoL, is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video game. The game was developed by Riot Games meant to be played on Windows and Mac operating systems. It was released by the developers on October 27, 2009 and there has been no stopping to the gaming community of League of Legends since.
LoL has been one of the top games based on number of players playing it year wise. The number has only grown and the MOBA title has been trending on the top for years now. It had astonishing statistics of being the most played game in North America in the middle of 2012. The game had a monumental 67 million number of players playing the game in 2014, which is dazing.
The game was also top streamed on famous video streaming sites like YouTube and Twitch TV.
How to start playing?
To play the game the user must download League of Legends game client from their official website. The user has to follow on screen instructions in the setup wizard, which will also install the basic patcher for LoL. After launching the game, the patcher will automatically complete the installation of the entire game. The game client will then download the whole game after which the user can start playing.
The game enables players to control a fictitious character called the champion which has unique abilities in the game. Players have to use the champion to battle their way against other online players or computer controlled bots.
The objective of the game is to destroy the opposing team’s “nexus”, which is the main structure built deep inside the base guarded by other defensive structures. All players controlling the champion start frail but get stronger as game progresses by collecting in-game items and experience.
Game Modes and Maps
League of Legends has a variety of game modes or maps like Summoner's Rift, The Twisted Treeline, Howling Abyss, etc. Each game mode is different from the other and has a certain way of playing. However, the basics of controlling the champion remain common throughout. The terrain of each game mode is also different and makes the game even more dynamic and hence less boring.
The Tutorial - The purpose of this category is to make a new player understand how to play the game and get them accustomed with various mechanics.
Co-op Vs. AI - This helps the players who have completed the tutorial to get a deeper feel for the game by matching team of humans versus team of computer bots.
Normal Matchmaking - This category pairs online players against each other based on their skill level.
Ranked Matchmaking - This is where the game starts to get serious. Only players who have account level 30 can play this category. Winning or losing the match results in an increase or decrease in the players rank which is calibrated at the initial stage of starting ranked games.
Custom Games - These allow users to create their own game lobby and play which ever game mode they want. There is no rank involved in doing so. This mode is also used in professional tournaments.
Blind Pick - This game category allows both sides to pick their champions at the same time. However, the identity of champion is not disclosed until the beginning of the match.
Draft Pick - Both team are allowed to ban five champions at their will by taking turns. Teams then pick their respective champions.
Random Pick - This is a fun to play category which assigns a random champion to each player playing the match.
There are a total of 141 characters in the game. The number may increase with introduction of further game patch. Every champion have their set of unique abilities. Their damage number and type also varies. There are a total of six types of champions which include Marksman, Mage, Assassin, Tank, Fighter and Support.
League of Legends has gained immense popularity and has been a vital part of eSports since its inception. As of June 2016, LoL has had $29,203,916 as prize money in its competitions.
The game has had about 4000 plus professional players and roughly 1700 plus tournaments.
League of Legends was also a part of the 2018 Asian Games eSports demonstration events held in Indonesia. China was the victorious country with gold in their hands, leaving behind Korea with silver and Chinese Taipei with bronze medal.
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