League of Legends

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League of Legends (abbreviated LoL) is a competitive multiplayer online game that is free to play. The game uses a “freemium” framework, meaning that it is supported through the purchase of in-game items. It was developed by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows/macOS (PC computers) and was inspired by another game titled Warcraft III. Specifically, a user-created modification to Warcraft III’s The Frozen Throne expansion named  Defense of the Ancients. As of 2013, it is the most played computer game in the world with over 32 million active users per month. It is currently the most played game in the world by active users per month.[1]

Gameplay[change | change source]

In League of Legends, summoners select a “champion” from a pool of 143 possible choices, each with their own set of unique abilities. Each player plays in a team with 4 other people against another 5 person team. The goal of the team is to make it to the opposite team’s base, called a nexus, and destroy it in one of 3 battle arenas, called maps. However, to accomplish this, teams must first destroy 3 towers and an inhibitor in at least one lane. The Nexus also spawns AI controlled minions for each team, that move forward and attack the first enemy champion, minion or turret they see.The most popular map, Summoner's Rift, is split into three lanes that each have three turrets and an inhibitor. Players can kill minions, or other enemy players to gain gold which can be spent on items to make their champion stronger.

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 can only be used to buy a champion's ultimate ability and it's improvements at levels 6, 11 and 16.

Player experience and intelligence points are earned by playing matches over time. Player accounts begin at level one. There is no level cap, but some of the game modes are not unlocked until level 30. They also unlock abilities called summoner spells that can be used in game, as well as Runes. These provide small bonuses during the game.

References[change | change source]

  1. MacManus, Christopher. "League of Legends the world's 'most played video game'". CNET.