Hello there, folks! Today I will talk about something horrible, something created in hell, something worse than both heroin and cocaine; today I will talk about both the most popular, addictive, and unfair video game ever made (yes, more unfair than Dark Souls and Gato Bros) the infamous MOBA created by Riot Games: League of Legends.
League of Legends was the first MOBA for me although I have played the Warcraft mod DOTA a couple of times, and what is a MOBA? MOBA stands for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena and it is a subgenre of strategy video games where two teams (normally 5 players against another 5 players) fight each other on a predefined battlefield to destroy their opponents’ base or main structure located at the opposite corner of the map. I got into this game because of my friends, they started playing it so they forced me to play it, so far I’d say this may have been the worst mistake of my life.
As I said before League of Legends, commonly referred to as LOL, League, or “Lolsito”, is a MOBA created by Riot Games published in 2009 for Microsoft Windows and then in 2013 for OS X. The game was clearly inspired by Defense of the Ancients, better known as DOTA, a custom map for Warcraft 3 released in 2003. League’s developers wanted to create a spiritual successor to DOTA but free, remember that players who wanted to play DOTA needed to buy Warcraft 3. I can’t remember how much Warcraft 3 used to cost back in the day, but let’s be honest, it does not matter if it cost 2 or 5 bucks, people will always prefer free stuff.
League of Legends was released in 2009 with good reviews which is acceptable because the game itself is not bad, but there are a lot of elements that make League of Legends a challenging game, but I will talk about these things later, let’s talk about the game:
I already said that “LOL” is a game where two teams of five players each fight to destroy their opponents’ Nexus which is guarded by defensive structures known as “turrets”, each team has eleven turrets. The map where you play is called the Summoner’s Rift and you can play either normal or ranked games. Non-playable characters known as “minions” are generated from each Nexus and they advance towards the enemy base along the three lanes: top, mid, and bottom. Also, each team’s base contains three “inhibitors”, if you destroy one inhibitor, for example, the bottom inhibitor, it will cause stronger allied inhibitors to spawn in that lane. The regions in between each lane are called “jungle”, which is inhabited by monsters that respawn at regular intervals.
Each player has a role: If you play in the top lane you can be a tank, a bruiser, or an off-tank; if you play in the mid lane you can be an assassin, a mage, or even a bruiser. In the bottom lane there must always be two players; an ADC and a Support. The ADC is the ‘carry’ of the team and normally the carries are ranged “champions” and the supports are tanks or mages. Last but not least, you have the jungle; With the jungle, you can use whatever champion you want, but this is also the hardest role to do, why? The jungle must run around the entire map and gank the opponents, help teammates, kill dragons, heralds, and barons (these are elite jungle monsters that buff you and your allies), and “steal” the opponent’s jungle. This role is not for everyone, but I did say ‘champions’, right? League of Legends started with 40 champions, and currently, 158 champions are playable in the game.
And what about the champions? There are good champions and bad champions, some are ridiculously overpowered and others are extremely weak and useless; but sometimes that does not matter, because if you are able to feed yourself early (‘feed’ in League of Legends practically means to get kills rapidly, kill a lot of minions and do objectives) you can kill anybody in the game no matter what champion you are using. Some of the most overpowered champions are Irelia, Zedd, Pyke, Tryndamere, and Yasuo… The last one is one of the most annoying champions in the game because of how easy it is to get kills with him but he is hard to master.
There are more game modes than Summoner’s Rift; for example, ARAM; ARAM stands for “All Random, All Mid” and is a supported PVP mode where you get a randomized champion from your available pool. The difference between ARAM and Summoner’s Rift is that in ARAM there is only one lane where your team fights the opponents’ team. The map is called “The Howling Abyss”. You have TFT which stands for Teamfight Tactics which is an 8-player drafting tactics game in which you can recruit champions, deploy them and battle the other 7 opponents. Something like chess. There are also other game modes that are temporary; Ultra Rapid Fire (URF) where your champion’s abilities have no resource cost, the cooldown of your abilities have been significantly reduced, and more. Other temporary modes are Nexus Blitz and One for All. In Nexus Blitz you play on a compressed map participating in a series of mini-games, and in One for All, the players pick a champion for all members of their team.
But why is League of Legends so addictive and popular? League of Legends is just like Doom, any PC can run it. League of Legends is extremely well optimized so even if you have a potato PC you can play this game. Also, it is addictive because once you lose a game, you will keep playing until you win. The sad thing is that there are a lot of trolls, rage quitters, ragers, and cheaters in the LOL community; I’m not a rager or an angry person but this game can bring out the worst in you. You should think twice before playing this game.
As a League of Legends player, I will tell you this from the bottom of my heart: Never download League of Legends.
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