League of Legends is an exhilarating online game where you take on online opponents to become champion. Not only did it take the gaming world by storm, but there are LOL esports competitions, too.
Of course, you can’t just jump into the game and expect to win against the veterans. You’ll need to learn how to play LOL and the top features that will help you gain an advantage
What is LOL?
League of Legends is a game in which two teams of five strong champions battle to destroy the other team’s base, also known as the nexus. You choose your champions, who will do the PvP (Player vs Player) fighting for you, from more than 140 candidates. They’ll do battle on your behalf and hopefully secure your victory if they use the right strategy, which is what the game’s all about.
Riot Games launched League of Legends as a free MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game in 2009. It was updated 13 times before the latest update that took place on September 16, 2021. The game has developed a large fan base over the years as its popularity has grown to make it one of the top games in esports.
First pick your champion
In LOL, 5 players per side, or 10 players in total, fight on Summoners’ Rift across 3 lanes (top, mid and bottom), with jungle between them. Each player controls one character or champion.
There are different types of champions: assassins (potential killers), bruisers (good melee fighters), mages (who use magic), tanks (who do a lot of damage), ADC (physical damage champions), and support (a mix of mage and tank). Each type of champion is best suited to one or two of the lanes.
How to play LOL
To win LOL, you have to push down your lanes, demolish the enemies’ towers and overcome their nexus. You’llYou’ll have to kill champions and fight monsters and minions. You can play inside the jungle, from where you can dictate and control the game. You have to learn the art of ganking to attack lanes, which will get your team ahead of the rest.
In League of Legends, you’ll be able to access summoner spells to help you win your fights on the Rift. There are many spells, including heals, teleports, shields, and one to make you move faster. You can also use runes to alter your playing style.
Tips and Tricks
With a better understanding of how to play LOL, here are some tips and tricks to improve your game and become the ultimate champion.
How to communicate
There are two ways to communicate with your team: By typing (pressing enter) or using the ping system. The ping wheel (use it by holding the ‘G’ key and then dragging your mouse over the ping) is used to tell your team what’s going on quickly. The pings are:
? – tell your team someone’s missing.
! – warning of danger.
Flag – Ask for help.
Here/coming – tell your team you’re on your way.
Be sure to check our guide on some of the League of Legends apps that may help.
Learn the game’s modes
Blind pick: With this 5v5 mode, you pick the champion you like, but you don’t know the enemy team’s composition until the game starts. You’ll also have to name your lane or role in the chat before you play.
Draft pick: This is LOL’s standard mode, in which teams take turns to ban champions and then make their pick among them. Each side bars one champion per player before they choose their champions.
Ranked: Sometimes called Solo Q, pits you against people with similar skills after you’ve played five placement matches. You choose champions in the same way as draft pick. You can play ranked solo or with a partner, who must be just one rank away from you. The ranks start with Iron, go on to Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond, all the way up to Master, then Grand Master, and Challenger.
Ranked flex: This works the same way as Solo Q and Ranked, but you play in groups of 1, 2, 3, and 5.
Riot Games sometimes updates League of Legends with other modes. Among the latest is Teamfight Tactics (TFT), in which opponents challenge one another on a board like chess.
Is League of Legends free?
League of Legends is free to play, but you can spend real money if you want to. Two currencies are part of the game, Influence Points (IP) and Riot Points (RP). You get IP in battles. Then you can use them to get useful items like runes to boost your skills.
You can buy RP with funds you get when you make conquests and then get items like champion skins. But with cash, it’s faster to claim skins, abilities, and other items.
Why is LOL popular?
To sum up its appeal, League of Legends is one of the most popular MOBA games by far because it’s fun to fight opponents in bloody fantasy matches.
One benefit gamers like is that LOL gets updated regularly. There are even new champions with different abilities. While the PC version has had the most attention, the game is now available on smartphones and tablets as League of Legends: Wild Rift.
League of Legends is not that easy for beginners to master, and not everyone is prepared to put in the time to do so, but once you’ve become battle-hardened, you’ll think the effort was well worth it.