League of Legends Spotlight: Welcome to the League
Every gamer has a game that they like to call “home” and that no matter what kind of day they had, issues they’re having, or how long it’s been since they’ve played it is a place to escape. Myself, and many other gamers out there is a game that has taken the PC community by storm and will earn its place at the top of the list of most memorable games. League of Legends puts the gamer in a position of summoning a champion to fight under their command for control of a map. Now being a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), League of Legends covers all of the bases as far as the objective of the game and that includes controlling the map, defeating enemy champions, using your resources, and strategizing.
This, being a more introductory session in to the League of Legends will focus on the more common game mode, Summoner’s Rift. In this game mode there are three lanes with approximately 3 enemy towers in each lane. The objective is to push these towers back and destroy the enemy’s Nexus which is their source of power for controlling that spot. This can be done in a number of ways using both player knowledge and skill set based on the champion that you and your four teammates choose to summon. The roles of a player, in a game of League of Legends, are as important as a storyline is for a single player game. If a player joins a PvP match of League of Legends without knowing that they might have to play anywhere on that map, that factors in to your chances of winning. The roles will be covered some other time as there is much more general knowledge about the league that MUST be shared to succeed.
Now again, this week the spotlight is on joining the league and getting your feet on the ground and the best way to do this is to watch videos on any and all tactics, champions, and gameplay that you are interested in. The other way to do this is to jump right in to the action, take the amazingly formatted tutorial and then work your way in to a ‘Bot Match’. This is a match where the player will face off against AI that can have its difficulty setting changed. Be careful when experimenting in this area as it only took me setting the bot difficulty to hard once to realize the AI was better than most players. This is a starting point and I’d recommend one of three champions to stick with when starting out. Ashe, the Frost Archer is a balanced damage champion who uses ice arrows and scouting to dominate her enemies. Master Yi, the Wuju Bladesman is a zen master who uses his lightning speed and auto attacks to slice his enemies to pieces. And last but not least, Ryze, the Rogue Mage who can dish out some serious damage at the cost of being vulnerable himself while casting his magical spells. We will definitely go in to these champions and many more when the time comes but for now it’s time to focus on the League and the community.
My recommendation is to keep a low profile and not to get caught up in the hubbub that likes to find its way in to the team chat and “all chat” when playing a game. I would say play the tutorial, jump in to a bot game, and when you feel ready, head out to Summoner’s Rift for your first PvP experience in the most popular MOBA to date.