League of Legends N: staying in lane for the best LoL guides, news and features.Subscribe to RSS - League of Legends

Latest League of Legends News

All Feeds and Submitions Submit Stuff

New LoL support Braum blocks projectiles - but what is a projectile anyway? Riot answer

Comment
New LoL support Braum blocks projectiles - but what is a projectile anyway? Riot answer

Riot announced a new support champion yesterday. He’s a “large guy with a shield" named Braum, with an E that allows him to “intercept projectiles", absorbing their effects and destroying them.

Sounds simple enough - but it hasn’t been. Though you’ll never see more than 10 of them in the lanes at once, League of Legends features scores of champions, each with five abilities. Between them, there are a lot of ways to lob ranged attacks at enemies.

So: what exactly is a projectile, when it comes down to it?

Read and Comment

Riot name League of Legends' "first true tank support" champ: Braum, Heart of the Freljord

Comment
Riot name League of Legends' "first true tank support" champ: Braum, Heart of the Freljord

The frozen peaks of the Freljord have for centuries punished the weak, sez LoL lore. But that’s fine! Weakness is no good in the lanes. Instead, the cruel land has produced a gaggle of pleasantly OP nordlings, of which Braum is the most playable.

He enters Riot’s metagame with the “hopes and adoration of the Freljord’s people" behind him - and far better, a dependable melee support specialism.

Read and Comment

Silence is (too) deadly: Riot explain crowd control nerfs in League of Legends

Comments 1
Silence is (too) deadly: Riot explain crowd control nerfs in League of Legends

There’s a suite of abilities in League of Legends that falls under the old, unnervingly-named MMO umbrella of crowd control. Though kettling is mercifully unimplemented, effects like Silence offer a modicum of control over the opposing team.

Too much control, in some cases. Riot have lately stripped three champions of their silencing prowess - and lead designer Ryan Scott is on hand to explain why.

Read and Comment

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.

League of Legends pro fined over "one of the highest harassment scores" in LCS history

Comments 7
League of Legends pro fined over "one of the highest harassment scores" in LCS history

To his fans, he is FORG1VEN -  AD carry for the Copenhagen Wolves and habitual flamer of solo queue games in League of Legends. To Riot Games’ player behaviour tribunal, he is Konstantinos Tzortziou - a bad example to the community, guilty of multiple violations of the LCS ruleset.

Riot have fined Tzortziou $1000, after a number of official warnings failed to lower one of the highest harassment scores in professional LoL.

Read and Comment

Snow Leopard is feeding: Riot bump up minimum specs for League of Legends on Mac

Comment
Snow Leopard is feeding: Riot bump up minimum specs for League of Legends on Mac

Part of the reason for League of Legends’ recent world-eating success, besides a metagame deep enough to lose your wedding ring in, is its scalability. It’s a game that runs like billyo not just on your big, upright rig, but also on your two-year-old laptop packed with integrated rubbish.

Consequently, Riot are very gentle when it comes to nudging up the minimum specs of this three year old game. But their hand has been forced by Apple, who’ve stopped security development on Mac OS 10.6, or ‘Snow Leopard’ as they so affectionately call it.

Read and Comment

Even esports had a montage: watch the Katowice 2014 highlights

Comment
Even esports had a montage: watch the Katowice 2014 highlights

Katowice, Poland played host to one of the biggest esports events to date, recently. Intel Extreme Masters World Championship finals featured both Starcraft II and League of Legends, while the EMS One finals pit Counter Strike: Global Offensive players against each other for a prize of $250,000. It was won by Virtus Pro, who walked away with $100,000 of the sizable prize pool. 

If you missed the live streams, you can catch up with the highlight reel ESL has put together. Take a gander below. 

Read and Comment

Riot rejig League of Legends champion Twitch: they've had their sights set on him "for years"

Comment
Riot rejig League of Legends champion Twitch: they've had their sights set on him "for years"

Riot have updated a champion left untouched for five years. In that time, League of Legends has become a stadium-filling eSport - and we’ve come to expect something entirely different from a ‘Twitch update’. Today, though, we’re not talking streaming channels, but a plague rat reconfigured to define the smell of “contemporary pestilence".

Read and Comment

League of Legends gets a new mode for a week, making everyone a death-dealing god

Comment
League of Legends gets a new mode for a week, making everyone a death-dealing god

The real tragedy of April Fools isn’t that countless tricked folk become pessimistic curmudgeons, unable to believe anything anyone says ever again. It’s that an inordinate amount of these gags are actually wonderful, and deserve to become real, tangible things. 

Riot, at least, has gone all-out this year. The Ultra Rapid Fire mode for League of Legends is a preview for a phony update, but for the next week, it will be a genuine playable mode. Mana and energy costs have been shown the door and cooldowns have been reduced by 80 percent, making matches absurd, chaotic fights between god-like champions.

Read and Comment

Everybody wants to be a Captain: Riot take action to quicken League of Legends Team Builder queues

Comment
Everybody wants to be a Captain: Riot take action to quicken League of Legends Team Builder queues

Riot let slip Team Builder mode last week. Players are now able to choose a role, champion and position pre-game, and the extra time in team composition has already helped uncover the “inherent" good in League of Legends players.

But there’s a problem. A plethora of would-be captains are floating about in the ether, looking in vain for subordinates to order about. As such, Riot have implemented an “experiment" to see if they can reduce the number of single captains in your area.

Read and Comment

Uncharted game director leaves Naughty Dog for "really innovative stuff" at Riot Games

Comments 1
Uncharted game director leaves Naughty Dog for "really innovative stuff" at Riot Games

The one-way flow of talent to Riot continues, as the very best game developers in the world work to reconcile their working lives with the time they spend playing LoL in the wee hours. The latest to make the switch is Justin Richmond - game director for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, and before that designer on Uncharted 2’s much-praised multiplayer mode.

Read and Comment

Riot pull Night Hunter Rengar skin from League of Legends test servers, refund players

Comment
Riot pull Night Hunter Rengar skin from League of Legends test servers, refund players

Those of you who’ve been wearing Night Hunter Rengar’s skin for MOBA matches, like unusually social Buffalo Bills, will find a small pot of refunded cash where your dreadful garb once was.

The reason? Riot have been listening to feedback about the night hunter’s hood, and want to make some “technically complex" changes that involve plucking Rengar from the lanes for a short while.

Read and Comment

Riot believe Team Builder helps League of Legends players uncover their "inherent" good

Comment
Riot believe Team Builder helps League of Legends players uncover their "inherent" good

Here’s a fun fact: the nastiest 1% of League of Legends players are responsible for only 5% of reported negative experiences. Who’s ruining everyone’s evening the other 95% of the time, then? Paradoxically, it’s all the nice people: the 78% who regularly receive honor and are barely if ever reported.

It’s Riot player behaviour specialist Jeffrey Lin’s job is to track toxic chat of League of Legends players and work out how to stop it from happening. That starts, he says, with creating a context that makes it easier to for the “inherently good" majority to play nice than to start “flipping tables".

“Our goal is to make sportsmanship the path of least resistance," said Lin. And that's what Team Builder is all about.

Read and Comment

Riot Games manager talks the "hard realities" of working full-time on League of Legends

Comments 3
Riot Games manager talks the "hard realities" of working full-time on League of Legends

You can measure the buzz surrounding Riot Games by looking at the developers its staff have left behind. Greg Street left Blizzard, where he was the face of WoW. Kristoffer Touborg left CCP, where he was lead designer on Eve Online. The very best people in PC development have dropped everything to work on League of Legends.

But there are downsides - and not just watching your player ranking be overtaken by junglers with more free time. According to product manager Jon Pan, Riot’s is a company culture which demands an ability to compromise, asks for charisma, and gobbles up hours. Lots of them.

Read and Comment

League of Legends' Team Builder is live in North America; lead developer responds to feedback

Comment
League of Legends' Team Builder is live in North America; lead developer responds to feedback

League of Legends’ Team Builder is in live beta for North American players right now, until tomorrow at 9AM PDT. It allows players to queue for particular positions and roles, selecting specific champions rather than rushing in or bargaining when they hit the champion select screen.

Players have jumped in to fiddle around with it, and Riot has already started to address some of the feedback. 

Read and Comment

Riot roll out beta Team Builder for League of Legends, lay foundations for "great teamwork"

Comment
Riot roll out beta Team Builder for League of Legends, lay foundations for "great teamwork"

In real-world work, team building exercises mean everybody losing a perfectly good day to go-karting or zorbing. In League of Legends, it’s going to mean less time wasted, not more: the new Team Builder is a queue system designed to telegraph players’ favourite roles and champions to each other before they hit the lanes.

Read and Comment

League of Legends 4.3 brings minor tweaks and teases Vel'Koz

Comment
League of Legends 4.3 brings minor tweaks and teases Vel'Koz

League of Legends 4.3 recently went live, but it’s only a wee patch, so cool your jets. Riot describes it as its attempt to set out a roadmap for its long-term plans. So there are a few tweaks, and Kassadin and Gragas have been hit with some small nerfs in preparation for larger changes down the road. 

Riot’s also teasing the knowledge hungry eye monster, Vel’Koz, but while he’s in the patch, he won’t be released until later. The buggers. Take a gander at the overview, below.

Read and Comment

The eye to avoid: Riot cast their champion spotlight over Vel'Koz

Comments 1
The eye to avoid: Riot cast their champion spotlight over Vel'Koz

Say what you like about Vel’Koz, Eye of the Void: he’s a devoted scholar. A Void beast who considers knowledge the ultimate prize, he kills to learn - like you might devour a good book.

Woops: I said ‘ultimate’, and now you’re screaming for stats. I’ll hand over to Riot for a breakdown of this sphere’s abilities, and some tips on how to play him.

Read and Comment

Riot apologise for League of Legends disconnections, lag and login queues as arms race against hackers "continues to grow"

Comments 1
Riot apologise for League of Legends disconnections, lag and login queues as arms race against hackers "continues to grow"

Is it possible that the internet is getting worse? Or is it simply that League of Legends continually fails to stop growing, becoming a larger and larger target? Either way, more than half the DDoS attacks Riot Games have ever witnessed against LoL have occurred in the last two months.

Riot record two to four attacks every day against one or more of their server regions - and each one “significantly" stronger than those they were fighting just a few months ago.

It’s a bleak background to an otherwise successful picture - like suddenly noticing a post-apocalyptic landscape behind Van Gogh’s sunflowers. But while the developers acknowledge they sometimes “lose the fight", they are “not helpless" - and expect things to get better.

Read and Comment

Pages

League of Legends

League of Legends Champion Review: Yasuo, the Unforgiven

League of Legends

Riot restrict streaming for League of Legends pro players, ban certain games outright

League of Legends

League of Legends Champion Review: Jinx, the Loose Cannon

League of Legends

The 6 Types of eSports Fans