Riot are testing a new tutorial mode for League of Legends: "We think we can do a better job" | PCGamesN

League of Legends

Riot are testing a new tutorial mode for League of Legends: "We think we can do a better job"

Intro Bots might looks like this - or they might look like any other League of Legends champion. Cunning like that.

League of Legends is one of the 100 best free PC games - but that hardly matters to the significant minority who don’t have the time or crampons to climb its steep learning curve. Riot Games say a “non-trivial” proportion of new players actually lose the game’s de facto tutorial mode, Battle Training.

“We’ve observed some of those same players go on to become Gold-tier ranked players,” say the developers. “So this isn’t a problem with the players - it’s a problem with how we teach them.”

Hence, Intro Bots - a brand new tutorial mode designed to scale to your level of MOBA experience.

Intro Bots is a new co-op vs AI tier about to be introduced to the PBE, and to the live game soon afterwards. It’s designed to be a more “guided and forgiving setting” in which to feel out LoL’s basic systems.

“We think we can do a much better job of exposing the intricacies that make up a game of League of Legends and letting new players more smoothly build up proficiency,” wrote the dev team.

The existing Battle Training mode is guilty of ensuring LoL isn’t fun for new players, say Riot - it repeatedly takes control away from them, blasts them with pop-ups, and then gives them a hard enough time to put them off ever tackling real, living opponents.

Intro Bots’ solution is to take away some of LoL’s inherent challenge, so that new players can focus on the basics. Riot have ripped out trinkets and support items, because beginners needn’t concern themselves vision and map control. They’ve tuned down damage and bot reaction times, to allow players more time to react to new situations, and reduced death timers to encourage newcomers to make mistakes. Even last hitting has been stripped out of this barebones mode.

“Trying to teach a brand new player all the skills of a level 30 Summoner risks overload and neglects foundational learnings,” explained the developers. “So in this mode we’re focusing on the basics while we explore alternatives venues for teaching the advanced stuff.”

A ‘personal quests’ feature provides new players with a steady stream of low-level goals, rather than overarching victory conditions. They’re contextually triggered based on player actions - which means those with a basic understanding of how MOBAs work won’t be bombarded with irrelevant information.

Most importantly, Intro Bots repeats its lessons many times over. Because that’s how learning works.

Here are the best League of Legends champions for beginners. Have any of you lot been burned in the lanes before?

Login or Register
1
+1
-0
avatar
13

It would be more useful for newbies..

Try these free to play games
?

These are affiliate links - clicking them and playing the games directly supports PCGamesN

Spotlight
?

Our Spotlight units plug content our journalists have made, that our advertisers want to promote. Sometimes the promotion is paid for, but the content they go to is always independent with no client oversight or approval.

Alienware - Game VictoriousTurtle Beach
Which is the most expensive MOBA?

League of Legends

Which is the most expensive MOBA?

League of Legends teases Butcher’s Bridge, the new map for Bilgewater event

League of Legends teases Butcher’s Bridge, the new map for Bilgewater event

Riot reveal new champion Tahm Kench, The River King

Riot reveal new champion Tahm Kench, The River King

Riot teases new League of Legends champion: the River King

Riot teases new League of Legends champion: the River King

League of Legends EU Summer Finals event tickets soon on sale

League of Legends EU Summer Finals event tickets soon on sale

Riot Games hire bestselling Warhammer writer to wrangle League of Legends lore

Riot Games hire bestselling Warhammer writer to wrangle League of Legends lore

Fnatic at 8-0 following win over founder xPeke's Origen team

League of Legends

Fnatic at 8-0 following win over founder xPeke's Origen team

League of Legends will ban harassers quicker with new system

League of Legends will ban harassers quicker with new system

Riot are trying to make deep utility a

Riot are trying to make deep utility a "more appealing" option in League of Legends

Fantasy eSports site AlphaDraft gets some major financial backing

Fantasy eSports site AlphaDraft gets some major financial backing

Ekko, League of Legends' newest champion, is a time-travelling assassin

Ekko, League of Legends' newest champion, is a time-travelling assassin

SK Telecom yield League of Legends MSI title to China's EDG as Faker falls short

SK Telecom yield League of Legends MSI title to China's EDG as Faker falls short

EU League of Legends caster Deficio suspended by Riot following tampering investigation

League of Legends

EU League of Legends caster Deficio suspended by Riot following tampering investigation

New League of Legends champ, time-shattering Ekko, revealed at Mid-Season Invitational

New League of Legends champ, time-shattering Ekko, revealed at Mid-Season Invitational

Korea takes on China in League of Legends showdown at Mid-Season Invitational

Korea takes on China in League of Legends showdown at Mid-Season Invitational

League of Legends' Champion Mastery system is live; go level up your champions

League of Legends' Champion Mastery system is live; go level up your champions

New talent and old blood for LCS Summer following LCS promotions, Krepo retirement

New talent and old blood for LCS Summer following LCS promotions, Krepo retirement

Land of Legends: take in the ginormous new Riot campus

Land of Legends: take in the ginormous new Riot campus

The new battle in European League of Legends is between its past and its future

League of Legends

The new battle in European League of Legends is between its past and its future

With LCS victory over Unicorns of Love, Fnatic's League of Legends team complete their turnaround

With LCS victory over Unicorns of Love, Fnatic's League of Legends team complete their turnaround

The 2015 League of Legends World Championships are heading to Europe: venues and dates announced

The 2015 League of Legends World Championships are heading to Europe: venues and dates announced

Industry analysts at EEDAR forecast an ever-growing MOBA market, led by League of Legends and Dota 2

Industry analysts at EEDAR forecast an ever-growing MOBA market, led by League of Legends and Dota 2

League of Legends Championship Series' spring split ends with series of tie-breakers

League of Legends Championship Series' spring split ends with series of tie-breakers

League of Legends patch 5.6 is full of buffed, and ultimately happier, champions

League of Legends patch 5.6 is full of buffed, and ultimately happier, champions