Continuing our series for those lovely noobs who are making their first forays into the wonderful world of esports, we thought we’d compile overviews of some of the best esports games around. And where better to start than with LoL? So, what is League of Legends and who is it suitable for?
In a nutshell:
League of Legends is a competitive online game by Riot Games, where you wage war on other players or bots across a variety of different battle arena maps. It’s hugely popular across the globe, and you can test your battle skills against player from anywhere in the world. In 2014, it is estimated that in excess of 67,000,000 people regularly play LoL, with an average of 27,000,000 people playing daily.
There’s a variety of different game modes to try and, as you improve, you can compete in show matches and tournaments. If you get really good – and market yourself well – you can even take cash prizes! Of course, if you stream your gameplay here on DingIt, you’ll earn as you play with our great partner program and incentive program!
You choose a champion to become your “character”. As of December 2014, there are 123 different champions, each with their own unique appearance, style, and skills. You play as part of a team, fighting to the death against another team, consisting of other real world players or AI players. Although there is an array of game modes, in most, the whole point of the game is to destroy the nexus structure of the opposing team.
Unlike a lot of other games, in League of Legends, all competitors start our fairly weak, regardless of how long they’ve been playing the game. Players and teams gain experience and resources as they progress through the game. Unless you wish to make a custom team, in which you can choose players of any skill or experience level, to ensure a fair and decent battle, LoL uses a matchmaking algorithm to ensure all players in the session have an average skill level. This system makes sure inexperienced players are not pitted against uber LoL master players. New players can also access the tutorial mode and the co-op vs. AI mode, which allows new players to gain experience and skill and hone their strategies.
Who is LoL For?
A word of caution: If you are an anti-social individual who dislikes working with others, League of Legends may not be for you. It is a team game. To be successful, you need to work with the other members of your team. If you simply go off guns blazin’ and do your own thing, you likely won’t get very far. Similarly, if you don’t like strategy games, this one’s probably not for you. Even if you’re brand new to esports or gaming, as long as you’re prepared to work for the good of your team to achieve the win, you can play League of Legends. Complete the tutorials and play bot games while you master the basics and get to grips with the games. Playing against bots is a great way of honing your skills.
This is a super basic overview of League of Legends and barely scratches the surface. Keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be creating further in-depth pieces that discuss where to start, how to play, strategies, and more in the coming days and weeks. Feel free to leave us a comment here, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or suggestions. Get in touch, too, if you’d like to discuss creating your own LoL for Noobs posts here on DingIt to help us build our content library!
– Katy Willis