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How to play League of Legends: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

Welcome to our absolute beginner’s guide for League of Legends, in this guide we’ll cover the fundamental basics of how LoL is played. Whether you’re thinking about playing the game, just downloaded it, or still learning the ropes, this guide is for you!

What is League of Legends?

League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena, also known as a MOBA. It’s been one of the most popular games of all time and currently one of the biggest esports.

In a standard game of League, ten players are split into two teams of five and battle it out on a map called Summoner’s Rift. Each of these players controls a single character, known as a champion.

LoL Champion Basics

Now that we understand the basics of the map, let’s get back to talking about champions. Champions are the heart and soul of League of Legends as they’re often what players resonate with most.

While Summoner’s Rift stays constant, the different combinations of champions that are chosen by the ten players in game can create vastly different rhythms and feels.

Right now there are currently over 140 champions, each of them representing a different playstyle and experience.All LoL championsSome are simple and easy to play while others may take a hundred games to master. Whether you like dealing damage from afar, brawling at close quarters, or helping your team with utility, there’s a champion for you.

In the next few sections, we’ll discuss different aspects of champions, such as their abilities, stats, and scaling. Every champion has auto-attacks and abilities at their disposal. Auto-attacks, also known as “basic attacks” occur when a player right clicks on a target. Doing so will cause a champion to continually attack a target until it dies.

Abilities are cast using Q, W, E, and R. Every champion has abilities that are unique to them for each of these buttons. Here’s Ashe’s W, Volley, in action below:

All champions also have access to two abilities, using D and F, called Summoner Spells. These are up to a player’s personal preference, we’ll discuss these later on. Lastly, champions can also cast abilities from items such as Redemption and Tiamat, using the number keys, 1-7.

Minions of LOL

Coming down the lanes in waves every couple of minutes are minions, a source of gold income for your champion. In order to farm (get money) you must “last hit” each minion. You get nothing but experience if you don’t get the last hit.

For the newbie, last-hitting is harder than it sounds, and failing to do so is nothing to be ashamed of, even if your teammates tell you otherwise.

Tip: Minions also help to push lanes and provide protection to champions from turret attacks. You should always ensure there are minions at the tower before attacking it.

Tip: Do not attack an enemy champion under their tower as the tower will automatically turn on you, ignoring any minions between you.

The Five LoL Roles

In a standard game of League of Legends, each of the five players on a team is assigned to one of the five specific roles. The five roles are Top, Jungle, Mid, ADC, and Support.

Before a match, you have the opportunity to select a primary role which indicates the role you’d prefer to play, as well as a secondary role which represents a backup choice.

Since roles vary in popularity, keep in mind that you are not guaranteed to get either of your primary or secondary choices. You can also choose an option to “Fill” which means that you don’t mind playing any of the roles.

If you’re a brand new player, we suggest that you spend time playing a few games of each role to get a feel for where each one operates and what each one does. Eventually, you do want to settle on a “main” role because it can really help you improve faster and learn to specialize a particular skill set.

What is a champion in LOL?

All ten players in a League of Legends match controls a single champion. There are currently over 140 champions with new ones being continuously added over time.

Every champion has special abilities and powers with unique playstyles. Before a game begins at champ select, each team takes turns selecting champions.

There’s a lot of strategies involved as you work with your team to create teams with champions that work well together (more on this later). Every game you play can be vastly different since every champion has their own feel and gameplan.

What is Summoner’s Rift?

This is the standard map that the professionals play on and it’s where you’d be if you were trying to climb the ranked ladder. There are other maps in League, but for now, we’ll focus on Summoner’s Rift since it’s where you’ll likely be spending most of your time.

Here are the basics of the Summoner’s Rift map:

  • There are two teams of five players: the blue team (base at bottom left corner) and the red team (base at the top right corner).
  • To achieve victory, one team has to destroy the opposing team’s Nexus (basically the core of their base).
  • During a match, minions will continually spawn from each base’s Nexus and proceed through the three lanes (the paths are shown in the graphic above).

The three lanes are known as top lane, mid lane, and bot lane. In all three lanes, there are turrets which will attack enemy champions and minions.Nexus and turretsSummoners must destroy all turrets in at least one lane and then destroy the last two towers that protect a Nexus before being able to attack and destroy it.

Is League of Legends good for beginners?

League Of Legends: The 15 Most Beginner Friendly Champions, Ranked. League of Legends can be a challenge to learn for new players but becomes far easier when using these champions. Despite the age of League of Legends and its competitive scene, it remains one of the premier competitive games on the market right now.

What should I do in League of Legends?

League of Legends is a team-based strategy game where two teams of five powerful champions face off to destroy the other’s base. Choose from over 140 champions to make epic plays, secure kills, and take down towers as you battle your way to victory.

Is League of Legends toxic?

League of Legends has garnered a reputation for a toxic in-game chat experience, so much so that the developer is removing the ability to communicate with opponents during a match. … Some other games have risen up to take the mantle of the most toxic in-game experience.

Is LoL pay to win?

Originally Answered: Is League of Legends pay to win? No. League of legends is one of the few games where microtransactions award purely cosmetic items.

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