The League.

League of Legends is not just a game. It’s a cutthroat competitive digital sport where the winners roar in victory and the losers whimper in defeat. You don’t need to play on the same level as the pros to experience the thrills of these online battlegrounds, however. Blending elements of action role-playing, real-time strategy, and tower defense games, League of Legends is a free-to-play game that ensures each play session get in unique and explosive experience.

Each player in a match controls a single champion. In the default game mode, Summoner’s Rift, two teams of five champions are pitted against each another with the ultimate goal of destroying the opposing team’s nexus, which is guarded by three lanes of towers. The catch is that at the start of a match, your champion is only level 1 with no items to back up his or her quest for victory. To power up to a level sufficient enough to take on the enemy’s base, a champion must first focus on killing AI-controlled minions for gold and experience.

The game is still expanding, with a new playable champion being introduced roughly every month. Riot is highly proactive in keeping the game as balanced as possible as new gameplay trends are discovered and rise in popularity. For instance, a robust spectator tool and multiple game modes have appeared over the game’s four-year history. The only missing feature that could be labeled a staple for competitive games is a replay feature, but even that is currently in development, with an iteration available for testing on the test realm.

League of Legends is a fantastic game with something for players of all skill ranges to enjoy. Although it’s better to play with friends, you are not left to your own devices if you tend to keep to yourself. The early hours can be frustrating as you learn the ropes, but once you are swept away by the ebb and flow, it’s difficult to resist the constant thrill of the game’s diverse battles. Once League of Legends has its hooks in you, don’t be shocked to find you’ve spent a few hundred hours seeking digital fame in one of video gaming’s finest battlegrounds.

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