When Riot Games was founded in 2006, they intended to make a landmark mass multiplayer game that pitted players against each other in different arenas. What they produced would be genre-defining. It would become the pinnacle of team eSports competition. Millions of people worldwide now log into this game to grind the points and, one day, reach the Masters rank like teams like Azubu Frost, Longzhu Gaming, or Rox Tigers. What Riot Games developed was League of Legends.
Global success has made an impact on gamers around the world. Players strive to achieve the title of League of Legends Champion. However, this doesn’t just happen overnight. Let’s take a look at how you can climb the ladder and one day make it to the champ.
Picking Your Champion
For those new to the game, you’ll quickly realize that the first thing new players need to do is select a champion. League of Legends champions are the characters you’ll control during a match, each coming with their own distinct abilities, skills, and roles. Think about the playstyle you enjoy most. Is it tanking, healing, or ranged DPS? Try to select a champion with your preferences in mind. Every week there is a rotating sample of free champions for you to select from that fulfils a particular role.
Now don’t get overwhelmed, but there are a lot of characters to select from. Here is a list of most of the characters: Nasus Nautilus Neeko Nidalee Nocturne Nunu Aatrox Ahri Akali Alistar Amumu Anivia Annie Aphelios Ashe Aurelion Ezreal Fiddlesticks Fiora Fizz Galio Gangplank Garen Gnar Gragas Graves Willump Olaf Orianna Ornn Pantheon Poppy Pyke Qiyana Quinn Rakan Malphite Malzahar Maokai Master Yi Miss Fortune Mordekaiser Morgana Nami Seraphine Sett Shaco Shen Shyvana Singed Sion Sivir Skarner Sona Soraka Swain Sylas Syndra Tahm Kench Taliyah Talon Taric Teemo Rammus Rek’sai Rell Renekton Rengar Riven Rumble Ryze Samira Sejuani Senna Thresh Tristana Trundle Tryndamere Twisted Fate Twitch Udyr Urgot Varus Zix Kindred Kled Kog’maw Leblanc Lee Sin Leona Lillia Lissandra Lucian Lulu Lux Sol Azir Bard Blitzcrank Brand Braum Caitlyn Camille Cassiopeia Cho’gath Corki Darius Diana Dr. Mundo Draven Ekko Elise Evelynn Vayne Veigar Vel’koz Vi Viego Viktor Vladimir Volibear Warwick Wukong Xayah Xerath Xin Zhao Yasuo Yone Yorick Yuumi Zac Zed Ziggs Zilean
Start with some basics picks like Gwen, The Hallowed Seamstress, or Hecarim as fighters. Experiment with a few different ones until you get an idea of the play you like. Then narrow your selections down from there.
Learning the Fundamentals
Once you’ve selected your champ, it’s time to start working on your skills. The understanding basic gameplay is important for this. Your character has three major ways to contribute to a match through their basic attack, passive skill, or one of their four abilities. You don’t need the perfect match to work on your skills. Get a feel for how your champion plays and try to be a good teammate. You’ll work on timing and when to do certain abilities later. Eventually, you’ll get the general idea of the game and how to work cooperatively. Then, it’ll be time to advance your skills.
Final Stages of Becoming a Champion
Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s time to start studying the professionals. A good place to start would be with League of Legends Champions Korea. Teams like KT Rolster or former teams like Rox Tigers, Longzhu Gaming, and Azubu Frost. Find a group of other players who compliment your play style and try to execute and coordinate game strategies like these teams.
Since this is a multiple-player game, your success will rely heavily on the abilities of your team. Be patient, put in the countless hours of practice, and before you know it, you’ll be a League of Legends champs as well.