LoL: An Introduction
So you want to play League of Legends. You’ll find countless guides on forums, websites and videos breaking down complex parts of the game, but there are very few guides covering the basics of the game.
What the heck is MIA? What is a nexus, and why do I need to blow it up? That’s where Ge’NeL comes in. We’re giving you all the basic information you need to know to have a great first game of LoL, and everything we wish we’d known in our first game.
What is League of Legends? LoL is a free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (F2P MOBA). What does that mean? In most MOBAs, you get to pick from a huge list of characters, and LoL is no exception. With 139 champions available on the current roster, there is something out there for everyone (and we’ve got skins if you want to be pretty, or scary).
The whole idea is that you’re constantly fighting the enemy team in an all-out brawl to blow up their shiny crystal before they can blow up yours. There are little girls dealing big damage, tons of swords and guns, killing dragons, blowing stuff up and saving teammates from walking into certain death. If any of that sounds interesting, stay with us. There’s a lot to learn, but you’ll be causing carnage on the Fields of Justice before you know it!
You’ll need to download and install the game before we can do anything. Head over to the League of Legends site to create your account and download the game. Get through set-up and install, then patch. It might take a while — remember, more than 130 champions — but it’s worth it.
While you patch, think of your summoner name. This is the name that is going to be seen by everyone you play with and against. You can change it, but name changes don’t come cheap, so pick one you really like up front. Once you’ve chosen, there goes that “ding!” you will come to know and love.
Now you’re probably looking at something like this: