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League Of Legends

Riot Games’ founders released League of Legends on October 27th, 2009. Commonly referred to as League or LOL by it’s community of players, it was inspired by a custom made Warcraft 3 map called Defense of the Ancients.

League is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) where 10 players compete against each other in a 5v5 scenario. Naturally, this led to extremely competitive game play and League of Legends esports, or LOL esports, was born shortly after the League was released.

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How League of Legends Is Played

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Non player controlled characters called minions are send like lemmings from each team’s base to the other consistently over time during the game. The two waves of minions clash against each other where ever they happen to meet in the three lanes between the two teams’ bases.

Each lane has six turrets staggered at even intervals between the two teams’ bases and half defend each team and their minions from enemy team minions and player characters. The bases also have 5 turrets each and a “nexus” which is a giant building that each team is set to defend from the other.

The first team to destroy the other team’s nexus wins the game. This competitive nature is the bread and butter of League of Legends esports.

Each champion has the ability to engage in combat with other champions using basic attacks, three unique abilities, and one unique ultimate ability. Champions can also be equipped with items that drastically change the game’s play. These items are purchased with gold, or commonly referred to as CS, that are rewarded to players for defeating the enemy team’s minions, champions, and turrets.

There are also neutral monsters in between each lane in an area called the Jungle. These neutral monsters reward more gold and experience points than regular lane minions. There are also a few monsters in the jungle that give advantages or buffs to the entire team. Each jungle has red or blue monster that rewards the player who defeats it with regenerative health or mana and attack points. There are also a monster in each river that spawn frequently and provide a vision ward for a short time after defeat. This vision is meant to keep an eye on the biggest monsters of the Jungle.

The dragon spawns in one river and rotates between a few different sets of buffs for the team that defeats it. These buffs remain the entire game and get increasingly stronger. The other river is the home of a more complicated monster. Before the 20 minute mark the Rift Herald monster spawns up to two times. This monster can be defeated and then captured to be released in a lane. It does substantial damage to turrets using a charge attack. After 20 minutes the Rift Herald “evolves” into a Baron. This giant worm like dragon extends from the ground half way and is extremely dangerous. It respawns every so often after being defeated for the remainder of the game. The team that defeats the baron gets a temporary buff added to their team’s lane minions extending their range of attack, damage, armor, and health.

Social Media

This is a list of League of Legends’ social media profiles on various platforms.

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YouTube

This is a playlist of all of the videos on the official League of Legends YouTube channel.

Twitch

This is the verified League of Legends Twitch live stream.

The League of Legends universe continues to expand into different industries and the lore expands with it. League of Legends is independent from the extended lore of Runeterra, and is published through comics, short stories, and animated shorts. League is the primary driver of the intellectual property’s expanded universe, through champion releases and gameplay updates, which are accompanied with updated lore

Given the nature of its development, Runeterra is made up of an assortment of genre staples, with regions and factions all possessing recognizable characteristics from wider popular culture. Cass Marshall of Polygon writes the lore is “a collection of genres ranging from Lovecraftian horror to knights and banners fantasy to pirate power struggles.”

  • Demacia is a powerful region that values chivalry, with a medieval European aesthetic, and is known for the oppression of magic-users.
  • Noxus is an empire ruled by a triumvirate, and is reminiscent of the Roman Empire, defined by its aggressive military aggression, expansionism, and high valuation of might.
  • Piltover and Zaun are twin cities inspired by steampunk writing.
  • Piltover, the city of progress, has a visual identity of gold and silver, and exploits the under-city of Zaun to maintain its rapid technological advancement.
  • Zaun is depicted as dirty, with a green color identity, and its champions are often criminals or orphans.
  • The Freljord is an ice-covered land in the north of Runeterra, where ancient, trapped horrors sleep beneath the ice while rival kingdoms fight in a civil war.
  • Bandle City is the home of yordles, child-sized fae beings, and exists in the Spirit Realm, generally inaccessible to mortals. Yordles exist in most regions of Runeterra, and take on the traits of the region they belong to. Ionia is not a formal nation, but a large archipelago inspired by Eastern mysticism, with monks and ninjas who wield spirit and shadow magic.
  • Ionia is the primary residence of many Vastaya, animal-human hybrids with a strong connection to Ionia’s natural magic.
  • To the south of Ionia is Bilgewater, a port city in the Serpent Isles filled with pirates, bounty hunters, gamblers, and a sea monster fishing industry.
  • South east of Bilgewater are the Shadow Isles, another archipelago which was corrupted by an ancient ritual gone wrong. A malign force known as the Black List permeates the isles, empowering undead beings.
  • Shurima is the largest continent of Runeterra, a vast desert and seat of an ancient empire until its destruction, is largely occupied by nomadic tribes. It is based on Ancient Egyptian mythology.
  • Targon is a region which includes Mount Targon, the tallest peak in Runeterra, and a gateway to a realm occupied by celestial beings. It is reminiscent of Greek mythology.
  • The Void, deeply inspired by Lovecraftian horror and the Cthulhu mythos, is a separate dimension populated by cosmic horrors, which enter Runeterra through portals.
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Season 10
  • In season 10 of League of Legends all the cinematics were put together by a content creator in one long video:

Season 11 of League of Legends
  • On August 24th, 2021 Riot Games Music released a video called “Metal is Born” to announce a third Pentakill album titled Lost Chapter.

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