League of Legends is a fast-paced, third-person multiplayer online battle arena video game. The freemium model game, which was developed and published by the Los Angeles, California based studio Riot Games, blends the speed and intensity of a real-time strategy game with elements of a role-playing game.
The game sets two teams of powerful champions, each with a unique design and playstyle that are either both controlled by different players or by the computer, against one another across multiple battlefields and game modes in matches that last for about 20 to 60 minutes on average. It takes place in the fictional world of Runeterra where the league of legend champions all call home. These champions are a collection of heroes and villains with a variety of backstories that mostly involves political struggles in their various original countries that are all on the main continent of Valoran. Some champions, however, come from other planets.
In each game mode, the different teams work together to achieve victory. To do so, they typically have to destroy the core building, known as the Nexus, which is in the enemy team’s base.
Thanks to the ever-expanding roster of champions, frequent updates and a thriving tournament scene that the game’s creators design, League of Legends has been able to stand the test of time as it offers endless re-playability for players of every skill level.
Number Of Champions
As of January 2019, League of Legends had 144 champions, with the latest champion being Sylas, the Unshackled while the next champion slated to be released is YuumiSquare Yuumi, the Magical Cat. New champions are released several times a year as the older champions are often revisited to improve their gameplay and visuals to modern standards.
The league divides the champions up in a number of ways. The most evident way in which this is done is by the type of damage a champion is able to deal. Generally, some champions inflict mostly physical damage, which can be resisted by armor, and magic damage, which can be resisted by the magic resistance stat. Some champions, however, inflict a combination of both physical and magic damage, and can also choose which of the two to emphasize. There are also others with rare abilities that inflict damage which cannot be mitigable by either armor or magic resistance.
To aid beginners, Riot Games has chosen six categories to classify each champion. The company meanwhile said that not all champions perfectly fit their type. The said classifications are as follows:
1. Assassin: Champions who fall into this category are those that specialize in killing another champion as fast as possible. These champions are able to do so thanks to their distinguished mobility that allows them to reach and strike at priority targets and by going after their opponent’s AD/AP Carry. Katarina, Diana, Fizz, and Zed are examples of champions in this category.
2. Fighter: This category is for champions that are able to blend the attributes of a damage dealer and survivor. They are also very good close-range melee fighters since they need to be able to survive long enough to get to their target. Jax, Rek’Sai, Xin Zhao, and Wukong are examples of champions in this category.
3. Marksman: These champions are the ones that usually deal with physical damage, however, sustained damage over time rather than in a short burst. They also tend to have a weak defense. Marksmen also known as AD Carries, are usually the best at destroying objectives like enemy turrets or elemental drakes. Miss Fortune, Ashe, Caitlyn, and Varus are examples of champions in this category.
4. Mages: Mages are a diverse set of champions who have powerful magic damage and support skills, but have low mobility and are weak in defense. They are best at killing single champions from range very quickly; either through effect damage to multiple targets or to attack enemies safely from afar. Swain, Karthus, Lissandra, and Lux, are examples of champions in this category.
5. Support: As the name suggests, these champions have the skill set that only aids the rest of the team like healing, buffing allies, debuffing the enemy team, or a combination of the above. They are usually paired with another champion in the early planning phase of the game and they usually do not attack minions, but instead focus on aiding their partner in fighting enemy champions. Soraka, Alistar, Taric, and Nami are examples of champions in this category.
6. Tank: These champions are the ones that are hard to kill and are able to soak up damage for their team. They are also usually unable to deal much damage but can compensate with useful “crowd control” abilities to distract or disable enemies. Malphite, Sejuani, Rammus, and Zac are examples of champions in this category.
One significant thing that makes League of Legends attractive to gamers is being able to have a variety of shiny skins for a champion to dorn in Summoner’s Rift. Through this, the creators of the game are able to earn money from the in-game purchases of this cosmetic item on the free-to-play game. As of March 2019, there are said to be 921 skins in the game. These skins, which have gotten more and more complex over the year, and also expensive, are released by Riot Games with every new patch. They have become somewhat of an investment to a gamer instead of just something you can buy on a whim.
Some of the rarest League of Legends skins are Silver Kayle, Young Ryze and Black Alistair, UFO Corki, PAX Jax, Rusty Blitzcrank, Pumpkinhead Fiddlesticks, Grey Warwick, Championship Riven, and King Rammus.
How Many People Play League Of Legends?
League of Legends was released on October 27, 2009, specifically for Microsoft Windows and macOS. According to the review aggregator Metacritic, the video game was well received by gamers and game critics alike and has gone ahead to grow in popularity over the years with an active and expansive fanbase. This is proven by the fact that Riot Games, in 2016, estimated that over 100 million people actively play the game each month. The game further has one of the largest footprints of any game in streaming media communities on video sharing platforms like YouTube and Twitch TV as it often ranks first in the most-watched hours. Thanks to the popularity, League of Legends has been able to expand into merchandise, with toys, accessories, and apparels among other things.