League of Legends – A Change of Pace

So it’s evident that here at TGS we’re a big fan of MMO’s.  Whether it be WoW, Final Fantasy, SWTOR, you name it and we’ve played it.  Though, that doesn’t mean we don’t…dabble; per-se.  Many of you, I’m sure, have at least heard of the now very popular MOBA League of Legends (LoL).  Having stemmed from DOTA, much like Heroes of the Storm, LoL is a linear based game with single-sided unsaved game progression.  Put much simpler, each new game you start from level one and work yourself to the max level (18) while conquering objectives and ultimately, PvP’ing.

While the aforementioned is a rather bulky description of what the game is, we feel it’s a fun one to write about simply due to its  inherit difference to many other popular gaming titles you may come across.  These reasons are, and in no particular order:

  1. Diversity
  2. Longevity
  3. Competitiveness

Diversity:  If you’ve played MMO’s for a good amount of time then you may be familiar with the onset of “rpg burnout”.  Yes, yes, I know – burnouts can happen in all games and not just WoW and MMO’s of the like.  However, it’s much more prevalent in titles such as these simply because the nature of the game is to, well, grind.  MOBA’s like LoL in a sense limit that feeling, and any grinding behavior is saved purely for competitive rankings and the like.

Longevity: We feel that this concept is primarily closely related with diversity.  Because it’s in its own very unique niche it’s able to be preserved that much longer.  Thousands are joining summoner’s on the Rift each and every day not only because of the solidified name Riot (the developers of LoL) have created for itself, but by the somewhat endless streams of uninvited advertisement that flow purely through gameplay via streams, e-sports, and more.

Competitiveness: LoL is almost purely driven by a primal competitive nature.  Summoners are forced to either play artificial bots to level up, or are thrown directly into the player vs. player battlefield during the journey to level 30.  Once that point is reach, the game truly begins as you’re able to “queue” up for what is called Ranked games.  Here you are forced to compete with some of the Leagues best and work your way up through the numerous tiers such as Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond.  Though if you’re skill really stands out, though; maybe you’ll even make it to the highly sought after Master + Challenger league.

So while this article has been very different by nature, please consider it a stamp of approval if you’ve always wanted to give this game a shot but have had refrains.  Yes, the community can be somewhat frustrating at times due to the sheer competitiveness fo the game.  However, if you like a challenge and live off of PvP interaction – this might become your new favorite game.  Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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