What is the best champion in League of Legends for beginners and new players? Where should you start? What LoL champion should you play? These are a daunting set of questions: so many choices! So much information!
Despite being billed as the most accessible MOBA, League of Legends isn’t exactly the easiest pool to dip your toe in. To help, we've rounded up what we think are the best champions to start with. This isn't meant to be exhaustive: one of the best things about MOBA games like League of Legends is that they offer so many choices for you to try.
It’s the weekend! What better way to spend your precious days of freedom than to coup yourself up in your room and watch people play video games. Dreamhack is in full swing with all the best games: Starcraft 2, Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter Strike, and even some Super Street Fighter IV if you fancy that. You can go outside, but only if it’s to get some beer or something.
You’ll know Bloodseeker, even if you think you don’t - it’s his ugly mug Valve use to promote Dota 2. Big bloke, awful teeth; imagine the Mouth of Sauron packed in the day job and turned quarterback.
Like all Dota heroes, Bloodseeker has an ultimate. His is Rupture - a ranged attack that splits open its target’s skin, causing massive damage if they try to move. It’s popular - but League of Legends developers Riot have no plans to implement it, or anything like it, in their game. Here’s why.
By the end, this year will has been a slow victory for both Australian MOBA players and the country’s emaciated games industry. In February, Riot opened their Sydney office and began hiring staff to support the Oceanic LoL community. And before Christmas, all of the lights should be green on those local LoL servers we’ve been promised.
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League of Legends’ EUW server has been a bit under the weather lately. For the past two-and-a-half weeks, players have felt the kick of regular service hiccups and lost ranked games to its fits of downtime.
Developers Riot have taken to their forums to apologise for an experience they acknowledge has been “intensely frustrating and frankly unacceptable".
When an ancient demon of war arrives to start a never-ending bloodbath, you better start running—or at least kiting, as the case may be in League of Legends. Aatrox is a new melee bruiser champion that relies on hefty lifesteal and some light CC to murder his targets.
To show off a few of the League of Legends' flagship heroes, Riot have released a cinematic trailer titled Twist of Fate. You’ll see Garen caught between Katarina and Demonblade Tryndamere, Twisted Fate fighting one one one with Fiddlesticks, and Ryze as he tries to race up mid.
Huh, this is sort of a biggie. Riot are taking advantage of the spotlight already trained on LoL’s imminent All-Stars tournament to show off a prototype arena - the Magma Chamber. The new map is “specially designed for individual and pair competition" - and it's all fire and brimstone
Papa John’s are offering eSports fans 50% off if they order using the promo code “PIZZAGG", and major eSports organizations like Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Onemoregame.tv, and ROOT Gaming are all participating in the chain’s eSports initiative. It’s clearly a significant moment for eSports, since Papa John’s is a massive pizza chain and exactly the kind of mainstream brand that many eSports stakeholders want to attract. Over on TeamLiquid, a statement from EG, Liquid, and ROOT suggests, “If you feel like eating a pizza (or two or three or ten) this week, please consider using Papa John’s and help us show them what we can do!"
The reaction from other members of the eSports community, however, has not been quite as universally enthusiastic. What’s interesting is that the objections aren’t about “selling out" or the highly debatable quality of Papa John’s pizza, but about values. It’s a debate that may have ramifications for how eSports culture differs from that of traditional mass-entertainment.
League of Legends 3.7 doesn’t exactly skimp on the balance changes - it features tweaks to more than 20 champions, most notably to Rumble, Twisted Fate and Nunu. But there’s something even more significant going on here - Custom Item Sets. They‘ll spell an end to manually browsing for your favourite items when assembling a build mid-game.
While League of Legends $5 million prize pool for its entire season may still beat the prizes on offer at this year’s Dota International, that’s a pot stretched out over a whole season and final tournament. With the money raised by the International Interactive Compendium, Valve’s Dota 2 tournament is offering a almost $2 million dollars in prizes for a single ladder tournament. The largest prize pot for a single tournament in all of eSports.
This week's playlist has death, intrigue, and cuddly little villagers. Rob's returned to League of Legends where he finds the reward for training hard and honing your skills. Jeremy taken to the streets and rooftops of Dunwall to enact his voyeuristic desires. Matt's discovering the problems of injecting the 80s into a tactical island shooter. And Julian plays the puppet master in indie god game Reus. He also has a problem with his stoats.
The list of League of Legends champions grows ever longer, and the latest addition is one for those with a love for demonic hell fire. Aatrox, the Darkin Blade is a Balrog-like melee brawler powered by his own blood who casts dirty dark spells. Or in more user-friendly terms: he sacrifices health points to cast spells.
What are eSports tournaments for? If you’re a fan, you’re looking for drama, suspense, and passion. Tournaments have to be more than just demonstrations of skill.
Two examples: over the weekend at Dreamhack, Sweden’s mercurial Protoss, NaNiwa, faced off against Brood War legend Jaedong in front of a delirious home crowd. The combination of star power, a close series, and the crowd’s fever-pitch excitement made it an unforgettable series.
Meanwhile, the League of Legends Championship Series is about narrative; about the long game. The story of this weekend wasn’t the prize pool, or the possibility of relegation. It was the astonishing twists and upsets that came from young teams that have finally come into their own.
The success of both Dreamhack and the LCS stand in sharp contrast to the stumbles of Blizzard’s Starcraft 2 World Championship Series.
Everybody has bad days. Some like to blow off steam with a round of golf or a drink with friends. Others like to direct that steam into the eyes and ears of inferior MOBA players. What they really need is a friend to take them aside and say: “This isn’t like you. Go and have a bath."
Through the Behavioural Alerts system destined for a future patch, Riot aim to be that friend.
As League of Legends’ growth shows no sign of slowing, Riot increasingly find themselves in Games Workshop's boltgun metal shoes - freshening up each of their champions in turn in a continuous cycle of aesthetic and design updates. In patch 3.6, it’s the turn of Trundle of Sejuani - as well as the Proving Grounds, now relocated up north and infused with lore in its new guise, The Howling Abyss.
On Saturday, an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale ripped through rural South-Western China, killing at least 160 and injuring more than 5,700. Regular MOBA heroes Invictus Gaming have since decided to donate their latest prize to the Sichuan relief effort - cash won in the finals of the Chinese Gigabyte StarsWar League two days ago.
The first stage of the League of Legends Championship Series has concluded, and this weekend 12 of the LCS’ s 16 teams will compete in the Spring Playoffs for a share of a $100,000 prize pool ($50,000 for first place) and, for eight of these teams, a last-chance to avoid relegation.
The European division playoffs begin Friday the 26th at 2 PM UK / 9 AM Eastern, while the North Americans begin play at 11 PM UK / 6 PM Eastern. As usual, you can watch the streams live at the LCS website.