MOBA Games 201: Beginner’s Guide to League of Legends
Are you confused by the concepts here? Take a look at our beginner’s guide to the MOBA genre!
MOBA Games 201: Table of Contents
League of Legends is the most popular game in the world at the moment. It has more active players than World of Warcraft, a huge tournament scene, and a thriving developer that is constantly patching and changing the game. Other developers have made it obvious that they want to emulate Riot’s success at capturing the addiction and loyalty of PC players around the world. If you want to get into MOBAs, League is the best starting point. I’d highly recommend reading the first article – the beginner’s guide to the MOBA genre – if you are unfamiliar with concepts like carries, lanes, and towers. Otherwise you’ll be quite lost! Now, onward ho!
What sets League of Legends apart from the traditional MOBA model is how players progress in ways besides getting better. Specifically, League adds the concept of masteries and runes to the mix. Two identical heroes with identical items can have vastly different impacts on the field thanks to these mechanics. In fact, it’s often said that true League play doesn’t start until you hit level 30, as that is when you have access to all masteries and runes. I couldn’t concur more, so you should spend your time getting to level 30 learning about all the heroes and what roles you are comfortable playing. After all, each lane has a defined role in the League of Legends metagame.