League of Legends

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What is League of Legends?

The most popular form is this: Two teams of five players face off as characters in an arena, but in order to win, they have to reach the other side and destroy the opposing team’s nexus – to put it simply, their base. In order to get there, they have to complete check-points on the way – destroying towers, defeating smaller enemies or creatures or even opposing players. The path they pick to get there is also important.

A lot of strategy is involved, for instance, you have to analyse whether you’re strong enough to take on someone/something else, or if you have to wait for more reinforcements. You also have to do ‘farming’ which is collecting gold from defeating minions and other characters, so that you can buy better items to advance in the game.

Communication, critical-thinking, fast reflexes and teamwork are the key attributes required to succeed.

There’s a lot to keep track of, your champion character has different abilities they can unlock when they level-up, and with the game’s frequent updates things are constantly shifting and changing. This opens up the opportunity for newcomers to have a chance, as teams constantly have to adjust their strategies to stay on top of the competition.

League of Legends champions

Your champion is the character you play. There are over 150 to choose from, and each has different abilities, strengths and weaknesses. They play different roles within the game:

Tank – a character with a lot of health, stamina and resistance that can lead a fight and absorb damage. They generally use short-range weapons, like their fists, or a sword, to attack the other team.

Mage – creates the main amount of damage in a game, but has less health than a tank. They usually go down the middle lane of the map. There are also utility mages that do less damage, but work in a support role.

Marksman – uses AD (attack damage) items to gain power for non-spell attacks. They can deal a lot of damage at a distance, but are very weak health-wise.

Support – as the name implies, they don’t deal a lot of damage, rather they provide healing and support to the team.

Jungle – the most complicated of roles. They are vital for sneak attacks and taking down larger monsters, which helps a team achieve their overall objectives a lot easier.

League of Legends tournament
League of Legends tournament at Tūranga Library