League of Legends - F2P MOBA (like DOTA) part 2

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  1. crownjules

    crownjules Diamond Member

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    The last League of Legends thread if you care to read through those 100 pages.

    League of Legends is a real time strategy game inspired by Defense of the Ancients (DotA) that has been developed by Riot Games. Teams of three or five players battle to destroy the other by taking out their base.

    Gameplay

    Every player chooses a champion unit that levels up over the course of the match. This grants stronger stats as well as the ability to rank up the champion's four unique abilities. You will also accumulate gold which can be used at the store in your spawn area to buy items that increase your stats and bestow other effects and abilities on your champion.

    The maps are split into lanes along which are located towers. When the game begins, NPC units (called creeps or minions) will begin marching from your base to the enemy's in waves. These will assist you in your objective of destroying the enemy Nexus. In order to attack the Nexus, a team must first destroy at least one of the Inhibitors and both of the towers guarding the Nexus.

    There are also areas between the lanes that contain neutral NPC monsters. These can be fought and killed for extra XP/gold. Additionally, the tougher neutral monsters will have buffs that can be gained when they are killed. There are some champions that can level up entirely by killing these neutral creatures and that is referred to as jungling.

    Players can choose to play in Normal or Ranked games. Players maintain separate ratings (ELO) for each type of game.

    Ranked games are for those wanting to experience the ladder format. During champion select, the team captains ban two champions each. Teams then go back and forth selecting their champion. Once a champion is taken, the other team can not select the same champion.

    Normal games do not involve the banning process and champions can be used by both teams. It is also blind pick meaning you do not see what champions the other team has selected until the game loads.

    There is also Custom/Practice mode which is a Normal game that you can see all players on both sides before going into champion select.

    How does the Free to Play work?

    League of Legends is 100% F2P. In the long run, you will be at no disadvantage if you choose not to spend a penny on this game. You can not gain additional in game benefits from anything purchased. Each week the champions available to be played for free rotates. There will always be ten champions available to play at the very least.

    There are two types of currency in League of Legends: Influence Points (IP) and Riot Points (RP).

    IP is earned by playing games and can be used to purchase champions and runes.
    RP is purchased with cash and is used to buy champions and skins.

    Champions can be purchased for 450, 1350, 3150, 4800, or 6300 IP.
    Runes will cost between 10 - 2050 IP.
    The typical match will earn you roughly 100IP.


    Summoner Profile

    The persistent part of the game is the Summoner, which tracks scores and statistics for each player. As you play matches you will earn Summoner experience. Obtaining new Summoner levels will unlock rune slots, give you a point for your Masteries, and can unlock new Summoner Spells.

    Summoner Spells - In addition to the abilities of your champions, each player can take two Summoner spells during the champion selection. These are abilities that can be used for free during the match but typically have long cooldowns.

    Masteries - Masteries are perks that effect gameplay. These are all passive effects though certain masteries will augment Summoner Spells. There are three mastery trees: Offensive, Defensive, and Utility.

    Runes - Similar to masteries, runes effect gameplay in minor ways. Each Summoner level gained will unlock a new rune slot. But unlike masteries, the runes that you slot must be purchased with IP from the Riot store. The cost of runes is dependent upon their level and whether they are a primary or secondary rune. All players start with two rune pages and more can be purchased via IP.


    Important Tips for New Players

    League of Legends and any of the other DotA-like games can be very intimidating to the new player. There is a lot to learn and grasp just because of the number of champions. If you've played DotA/HoN then you shouldn't have a hard time adjusting as most of the core gameplay elements carry over. That being said, here's some tips.

    1.) Death is bad. When you get good at the game, you'll figure out when it's acceptable to sacrifice yourself for the betterment of the team. But while you're learning you want to play defensively and avoid the respawn timer. Not only does your death give the enemy experience and gold but it denies you the very same since you're no longer in lane. That can snowball and lead to you falling behind your opponents as the game progresses.

    2.) Map awareness is important. You have a minimap in the lower right section of your screen. Keep an eye on it at all times. You should not be attempting to knock down a tower if you can't account for three enemies. Do not rely on your teammates to call out missing enemies (unless you're all on voice comm, in which case yell at them for not doing it).

    3.) Somewhat related to #2, buy wards! If you leave spawn with 75g or more and have a slot in your inventory, go back and buy one. Wards contribute to your map awareness and therefore they help you survive and sometimes even set up ambushes. The cost is minor for the payoff and if everyone on your team is contributing then the burden isn't shouldered by any one player.

    4.) There is no better way to figure out how to beat a particular champion than to play them. So make use of the free champion rotation and play as many of them as you can. This also will help you wisely spend your IP when you go to buy a champion and you know which ones you enjoyed playing and which ones you didn't. Try to avoid buying blind and suffering from buyer's remorse, especially if you still need runes.

    5.) Last hit creeps. Don't stand around attacking them constantly. This does a couple of things. First, you only get gold if you kill the creep and you want to make sure you're doing that as much as possible. Second, if you kill creeps fast then you will push your lane. This exposes you to ganking (unless you have a ward protecting your flank!). Third, standing around makes it very easy for enemies to attack you. Learn your champion's attack animation so you can time your last hits and learn how to do it under your tower.

    6.) Smartcasting - This is an optional way to cast abilities. By default, you push the button corresponding to the ability and for any targetted or skillshot ability the cursor will switch to a targeting mode. You then click the mouse button to cast the spell where you want it. But a faster way to do this is to use the smartcasting option by going into the key mapping options. By default, it is SHIFT + <key> but you can remap it to anything you choose. What Smartcasting does is cast the spell at the cursor location. In effect, it will speed up the time it takes you to cast by eliminating the targeting mouse click. Obviously, you will want to be familiar with the size of AOE abilities and the ranges on skillshots.

    Great! So this game is perfect then?

    Haha, no! If only.

    As with the other games that share it's genre, LoL's community can be difficult at times. In a small team-based game, it's very easy to single out who's doing poorly and criticize them. /Ignore those that you don't want to listen to anymore.

    The stability of the game's servers is always in question. They go down on occasion, especially after major patches. Riot compensates players when it's particularly bad with IP boosts or, in the case of the last time, free RP!

    Resources

    www.leaguecraft.com - Champion builder feature is very cool and lets you see how much damage abilities/attacks will do with certain item/rune/mastery combinations. The guides can be hit or miss but at least give you some ideas to try out.

    www.mobafire.com - More champion guides and forums, a little better than LC in quality.

    www.solomid.net - Great for the streams of some of the top LoL players.

    www.ventrilo.com / www.teamspeak.com / www.skype.com - Voice communication when playing in premades improves the game 100%. Get a mic! Seriously, it's like $10 for a decent enough one.

    http://riotstats.com/ - Stat compilation site. Requires you to download their client which then allows you to upload the logs of your games. Also will upload to http://www.lolbase.net.
     
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  2. crownjules

    crownjules Diamond Member

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    AT Player Roster - If your name does not appear on this list, send me a PM to be added.

    AT handle - LoL Handle
    zebano - zebano
    kbirger - armedmonkey
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    Powernick50 - Magusigne
    hybridsquirrel - hybridsquirrel
    RhoXeD - RhoXeD
    Rhoxed's brother - ShrekUrlacher
    Rhoxed's GF - RhoXie
    ivan2 - shuut / bakayaroo
    BillyAZ1983 - McLovin83
    Onita - MrOnita
    Clinkster - Clinkster
    JeffNY35 - SneakyGuy2
    v8envy - scaley
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  3. zebano

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    Re: Malak (previous thread)

    I think you're playing against bad Nocturnes if he's an easy kill. that said, Janna/Zil have great escape-ability for both themselves and their team as well as Zilean's massive early-game harrassment. Nocturne is the opposite, it's impossible to flee from him for the most part, he just has to be careful when choosing his fights early on.


    I played my first Caitlyn yesterday and wow is it easy to escape from a bad battle with her. The combination of her traps and her net (knocks her back) are nuts. Throw in a flash and her range...


    Edit: I found a cool bug yesterday. If Jarvan uses his move skill and ults you while you are moving away (I saw it happen both while flashing and while using Caitlyn's net) you can end up with the walls of Jarvan's ult around you but no Jarvan in the ult giving you free protection.
     
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  4. Kabob

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    Glad you decided to just go with a new thread!

    Random LoL observation. I started playing right after Karma was released, since then our new champions have been:

    Jarvan IV - Male - AD
    Nocturne - Male - AD
    Lee Sin - Male - AD
    Brand - Male - AP
    Rumble - Male - (I assume AP)

    Wonder how they decide what characters to design next?
     
  5. ViviTheMage

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    vivi is my handle on LoL
     
  6. NikolaeVarius

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    How could they. Would have been awesome to continue the thread. It's like a neffing thread, only for games.

    Anyway, Gold trolling aftergame chat. Absolute complete gold with plenty of rage and butthurt


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  7. zebano

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    Nik, I hate to admit it but I got Kaitlyn that game by hitting random.... I'd never played her or read a guide on her or anything she just happened to be free and show up.

    but yes their ultimate bravery crap is retarded.
     
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    Meh, we had most of the areas covered in terms of roles so it didn't really matter.
     
  9. Kabob

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    And you've kept this secret from us for so long why? D:
     
  10. douglasb

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    Please tell me you only play as Veigar. lol
     
  11. AyashiKaibutsu

    AyashiKaibutsu Diamond Member

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    What's people opinion on Caitlyn. I really liked the idea of her range, but playing some bot games I just wasn't feeling great about how she plays. First game I tried ash style rush infinity edge and next two games I tried rushing manamune and spaming her skills, which felt a little better gameplay wise, but I still don't think I'd do well vs humans with her. Is she any good? and if so how should you build her?
     
  12. zebano

    zebano Diamond Member

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    I've only played her the once (went a paltry 9/8/10 but we won). I went with ArPen reds, AS yellow (meh), Flat MR blue, HP quints and 21/0/9 (getting MP5 with that 9th point). I went
    D. Blade > boots + D blade > pickaxe (was struggling for money) > BF Sword > Black Cleaver > Merc Treads > Madreds Bloodrazor > Starks.

    The thing I found is that you can easily clear creep waves & harass with good 'q' aiming. Once you have some mana if you're pushing try to plan your escape and drop traps there when you can. When escaping run through your traps and use your self-knockback to go through walls (or just to get away). I was able to straight up take Jarvan early and at the end, but not from levels 5-16.
     
  13. Firsttime

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    She's a niche AD carry imo. If for whatever reason Corki or Ashe aren't going to work out Caitlyn is a good option. I would pick Ashe or Corki just about every time first though. About all she really has going for her is her range in the lanning and tower pushing stages of the game. He team fights leave a lot to be desired.
     
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    had a good game with Firsttime today, he went Lee Sin 9-4 Rhoxie took Mao 4-5 and i took Garen 8-3. Had trouble at start but we pulled through hard.

    Been having extreme luck with sivir (or fun) havent lost a game with her for a while. My new favorite build is zerks to blood razor, then banshees - warmogs - atmas - she ends up 225 DMG, 18&#37;crit (+12% from runes = 30%), 1.65AS, 135 Armor, ~120MR, ~ 3.8k health. Lasts long enough in team fights for her bounces to kill whole team.

    best this week was 15-5-18 with 2 Quads in the game.
     
  15. Jakeisbest

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    Some one want to send me a link for some guides to this weeks free heroes?
     
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    good place to find guides:
    http://www.mobafire.com/

    custom skins (only you would be able to see it, but some are better than riot ones!):
    http://leaguecraft.com/skins

    There's really very few core items each champ should get imo, others are completely dependent on your play style, so don't go following the guides exactly even if they are rated high
     
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    is vlad and karthus on sale or are they have been ~500 RP heroes? I got enough to buy either of them but i just wondering if i can get someone else when they comes on sale.
     
  18. Firsttime

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    They are on sale, probably not for long so if you want one you should snag them fast, they are normally 975.
     
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    QUADRA KILL!!!

    Scored my first one tonight! I imagine brand is gonna be "adjusted" soon.
     
  20. Obsoleet

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    I had no problem keeping Brand in check using the unholy power of Anivia.

    I'm thinking about picking up Garen. Opinions between him and Trundle?
     
  21. Kabob

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    They were on sale along with Eve, changed a few hours ago.
     
  22. Kabob

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    Trundle is better over all, Garen is WAY more fun. Spin to win!
     
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    Caitlyn is a very middle of the pack hero, there is nothing she does especially well. There is no real reason to pick her when there are better AD ranged carries like Corki, Trist, and Ashe.

    Just played a game where I stacked Bloodthristers on Udyr. Works pretty well with turtle stance, and solos Baron with ease. At one point it was me with less than 400 hp against a Sion and a Jarvan with full hp and I still managed to kill them both lol.

    Btw my IGN is guy666 if anyone is wondering(probably not, but oh well).
     
  24. AstroManLuca

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    Well, I can't win against easy bots. Can't even get a single kill against them. Against humans, there's no chance at all. At least against easy bots I usually know why I'm dying (chasing or something). Against humans, I'll be walking along one second and the next thing I know I can't move and there are three guys surrounding me and I'm dead.

    I think the game is just too hard for me. There's no way I'm playing against other humans for a long time if I don't even stand a chance against easy computer opponents. The only way I can win is if there are four good players on my team to pick up the slack, but if that's the case, what's the point?
     
  25. Pray To Jesus

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    Just remember that Normal mode is full of trolls.