Riot Games’ League of Legends is one the most played games in the world. Its following is massive, and its eSports scene is unmatched. It has ongoing leagues in major countries such as China, South Korea, North America, Brazil, and Europe. The LCS is perhaps the most regular and most watched digital sports league. While challengers have approached including the likes of DOTA 2 and HotS, League of Legends still holds the multiplayer online battle arena throne.

Jumping into a League of Legends match as a new player is not for the faint of heart. The game’s players are dedicated and the expectations for you to perform as a teammates are high. Many critics of League of Legends claim that the community is toxic and unforgiving. Proponents of the game point out that the high stakes and competition cannot be found in any other game and climbing the competitive ladder through Riot’s rank system is an unparalleled experience.

The objective of the game is simple: destroy the opposing team’s nexus. The routes and strategies a player and their team can take to achieve such objective are virtually limitless. There are roughly defined stages of each match of League of Legends: the laning phase, skirmishing phase, and team fight phase. Knowing your role in each phase and your role is paramount to success. The currencies of the game are gold and experience, which are acquired through “last hitting” minions or heroes, taking objectives, and being in the vicinity of these developments.

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