The most popular video game in the world is also one of the most inscrutable.
It’s called “League of Legends” — “LoL,” or “League” for short — and it regularly draws sell-out crowds to massive stadiums around the world.
It is, by far, the most popular eSports game played competitively, with popular teams making millions in sponsorship and winnings.
It’s also a free game, meaning anyone can hop in and play at anytime. But trying to jump in to an already established community can be intimidating. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s your simple, comprehensive breakdown to “League of Legends.”
Other MOBAs include 'Dota 2' and 'Smite.' Each game has its fans, but they all have a lot in common.
The main goal of the game is to destroy the enemy's 'nexus,' a central structure at their base. They will be trying to destroy your team's nexus, too.
In 'League of Legends,' you'll start by picking your character. There are 131 characters (!!!) players can choose from.
Most of these characters must be purchased to play, but players can use currency earned through winning matches, too.
Also, Riot Games (the company that makes 'League of Legends') makes a random assortment of characters free-to-play for a week or so at a time, giving players opportunities to try out new characters so they can decide which ones they actually want to drop their hard-earned cash on.
Different characters fulfil different roles on the battlefield. Some deal a ton of damage but can be killed easily. Others don't deal much damage on their own but can heal their teammates.
Each character belongs to one of six categories that dictate their general strengths and weaknesses: Assassin, Fighter, Mage, Support, Tank, and Marksman.