League of Legends
League of Legends is a free to play online computer game created by Riot Games. It was inspired by a user-created Warcraft 3 mod called Defense of the Ancients. It is, as of 2013, the most played computer game in the world with over 32 million active users per month.
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In League of Legends you can control 1 of 128 'champions' and team up with either one to four other players to fight another team of the same size. The two teams fight to destroy each others' base structure, called a Nexus. The most popular map, Summoner's Rift, is split into three lanes with three turrets and an inhibitor on each. Players must destroy each turret in any particular lane before they can attack the Nexus. The Nexus also spawns AI controlled minions for each team, who move forward and attack the first enemy champion,minion or turret they see. These minions, and enemy players, can be killed by the players to gain gold which can be spent on items to further improve their champion.
Between each lane are paths where neutral monsters spawn, called the jungle. Either side can kill these monsters to gain gold, experience and buffs.
Each champion has three normal abilities and an ultimate ability. Killing minions, jungle monsters and enemy champions gives experience and when a certain amount is reached the champion 'levels up' and the player can spend a point to improve one of their abilities. There are 18 levels and points can be spent in any order. However, these points cannot be used to buy ultimate abilities which are only unlocked for improvement at levels 6, 11 and 16.
Player experience and intelligence points are earned by playing matches over time. Player accounts begin at level one. The maximum level of an account is 30. On leveling up, players unlock new maps. They also unlock abilities called summoner spells that can be used in game, as well as Runes and Masteries. These provide small bonuses during the game.