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League of Legends is one of the first stand-alone multiplayer battle arena style games based off the incredibly popular DotA map for Warcraft 3. Despite being one of the oldest stand-alone MOBAs, League of Legends remains the most popular. In fact, with over 67 million monthly active users, League of Legends is the world's most popular PC game. League of Legends, and all other games in the MOBA genre, mix real-time strategy aspects with RPG elements. The premise of the game is quite simple - two teams of five battle it out and win by destroying their opponents main structure, called the "nexus". Individual games typically last 35-45 minutes, but in some instances they can drag on for well over an hour. This is your gold standard of MOBA gameplay. You and your teammates spawn at your base, the “Fountain”, and can buy your items there. On the map, there are three lanes: top, middle, and bottom, as well as a fourth area called the jungle. Each role sticks to their respective lane, “top” going top, “mid” going mid, and so on. This map usually plays out through three phases: early game, mid game, and late game. Early game is primarily the laning phase, which was explained previously to be a farming phase with little fighting. Mid game has more fights occurring, with team members grouping to take objectives. Late game is purely objective-based, focusing on towers, dragons, and Baron – all which come with their respective benefits. Dragon gives stacking buffs that are advantageous when acquired, and one may even say the dragon is more important than the Baron. But still, do not exclude that sexy worm monster! Baron gives players a buff specifically designed for pushing and constant sieging, as it halves your recall time and increases minion stats to take down towers. Once you take down the inhibitors, super minions start rolling in and you seize control of the rest of the map. Pair that with Baron buff, and you have a force to be reckoned with. End the game and enjoy the sweet victory screen.

Remember, comebacks do happen! Don’t give up too early.

With an ever-increasing pool of playable champions (120+) and radically new changes every season, League of Legends never gets stale. League of Legends is immensely successful because it's fun at all skill levels. The basic premise of the game is easy to grasp, but mastering it takes years of dedication. Competitive players can test their skills in ranked matches and climb their way up the ladder. Currently, the ladder divisions are as follows: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Challenger.

League of Legends Key Features

Awesome Character Variety – over 120 playable champions, each with numerous skins. Player Customization – unique runes and masteries system which allow players to customize their stats to a degree. Competitive Ladder System – rewarding ranked experience. Players are given ranked rewards at the end of every season (yearly). Solid Visual Experience – polished traditional MOBA experience with solid graphics and great music. Giant Online Community – a very large, active community that follows each patch, the competitive scene, and Riot Games itself. The game reaches over 100M monthly active users worldwide.

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