How To Play League Of Legends — The Ultimate Guide
Learning how to play League of Legends is not easy. You may start to get the basic idea after the first 5-10 games, but the full depth of League of Legends can only be grasped over many months. This guide on how to play League of Legends will take you through the basics and bring you up to speed.
What is League of Legends
League of Legends (LoL) is the world’s most famous Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game, having a player base of at least 80 million. It’s also a highly successful esport, with 13 regional leagues, a World Championship, and many other smaller leagues and tournaments.
League of Legends was released more than 10 years ago. Constant improvements and developments that have taken place over the last decade have resulted in what we see today: a MOBA with close to 150 champions (with four abilities per champion) and around 175 items. Combined with the other mechanics and rules of LoL, the game comes near the one thousand notions mark. If you want to understand what you’re looking at when watching League of Legends, you need to assimilate those one thousand notions and instantly know what they mean.
How to Play League of Legends
League of Legends is a team-based game. It is played in a 5 vs. 5 format, on a two-sided map split by a river. Both sides are more or less symmetrical and they contain three lanes. On each of these lanes there are three Towers, with some distance between them. On each lane there are minions that spawn every 30 seconds and move forward until they encounter enemy units or buildings.
On each side of the map there’s a base made up of Inhibitors, Towers (3rd round of them on each lane), and a Nexus, which is the main structure that needs to be protected at all costs. If the Nexus is destroyed, the game ends. Naturally, the two teams have the goal of destroying their opponent’s Nexus.
To do that, they need to achieve smaller goals along the way, because the Nexus cannot be attacked while all the tier 3 Towers are still standing. And a tier 2 Tower cannot be attacked while there’s a tier 1 Tower in front of it. Furthermore, buildings in LoL are quite strong, so it takes quite a bit of time for champions to become strong enough to start dealing significant structural damage to the other team.
In LoL, champions grow in an RPG-like manner. They start at level 1 with just one active ability and then get stronger and stronger, accumulating experience and gold while slaying minions, monsters, and enemy champions. The maximum level they can reach is 18. Each of their first three abilities can be accessed starting from level 1 and can be upgraded until it reaches level 5. The fourth ability becomes available only at level 6 and can be upgraded until it reaches level 3.
Champions also receive gold as they take the last hit on a minion, monster, or enemy champion. The more gold they have, the better items they can buy from the shop that’s located inside their own base. There are many items to choose from and this results in a wide variety of item-builds, even though, as you play more and more, you start to notice that some of them are considerably better than the others.
League of Legends is a game played around objectives. Your first objective is to stay alive in your lane and take as many last hits as possible, if you’re a core hero. If you’re a support, then your goal is to help your carry and make sure that he can farm properly. If you’re a jungler, your goal is to kill as many monsters as possible and help all of the three lanes from time to time.
As the game progresses, the two teams start to put pressure on each other and aim for objectives. The game has a place where a dragon spawns. Whoever kills this dragon receives a number of buffs. The game also has a place where another a powerful creature spawns, called Barron Nashor. The side that manages to kill him gets a temporary buff advantage that usually gives them the chance to easily go on the offensive.
Since these two objectives offer important advantages to the team that achieves them, these are the points that often generate the most battles. Battles also occur whenever a team goes on the offensive and knocks on the other’s door by taking down Towers.
The key thing to remember when learning how to play League of Legends is that the game is decided during team fights. Everything is done in preparation for those moments. Both teams are trying to make sure that their strongest champions get ahead of the opposition’s strongest champions. These champions are usually the carry, the midlaner, and the top laner (or offlaner). The higher they get in level and the better items they buy, the easier the fights will be for them to win.
When champions die, they need time to respawn. The longer the game goes and the higher they get in level, the longer the death timer becomes. When a team’s champions are dead, the opposing team can do as they please because there’s no one to stop them. That’s how games are won.