League of Legends (LoL) falls into the genre of multiplayer online battle area (MOBA) , that is an action real-time strategy (ARTS) video game where each player control a single character and compete with each other.
League of Legends emphasizes on team-play where players on each team can select and control one “hero”, a powerful unit with various abilities and advantages to form a team’s overall strategy. The objective of such games is for the player’s team to destroy the opposing side’s main structure with the help of periodically spawned computer-controlled units that march towards the enemy’s main structure.
League of Legends is known for game play on the Field of Justice map. Dominion is a new 5v5 type of game on a new map, the Crystal Scar Field of Justice to destroy the enemy nexus. Dominion’s play style is a “capture-and –hold’ that brings faster action and tactical game play. Both team’s nexus has 500 life points and these life points diminish by controlling more Capture points than the enemy team; no damage is done with equal amount of Capture Points. The map has 5 Capture Points, with more Points captured, spawning of minions will increase.
–Same variety of characters (heroes) and the item composition is the same but limited to the game mode, with exclusive items only available when playing Dominion.
-Players are able to buy particular items that they believe would help counter or defeat enemy’s hero/character. This occurs at the beginning of the game and when players die and waits to get back into the game.
-Challenges when playing against higher level players, and working as a team with players that have various skills, style and level.
-Health/Speed buffs are located in between the Capturing Points to increase rotation and movement in the map.
-Quests are issued to both teams every 5 minutes, involving capturing particular enemy-held Point and defending Capture points your team controls. Once quest if complete, enemy’s nexus takes 20 damage and grants 10% bonus damage to the team that completed the question.
-In the middle of the map there is a buff that both teams can fight to obtain that benefits their game play. This buff appears every 3 minutes after the first buff is captured by a team.
-In-game leveling up increases as player kills their enemy or minions and increases their characters skills/abilities. This encourages players to play more to improve their characters’ abilities.
The game dynamic provides entertainment for both players in the game and spectators based on the strategies each player picks. Because it is a live game, players have to decide on the types of items, spells and strategies that benefit the team on the spot. Spectators can observe and view the style of each player and critique the decisions made or if they find alternative strategy that could be more beneficial for the team. Overall the dynamics allow a fast-paced strategic game.
In this real-time strategy game, it is based on tea work, there could be one skilled player in the game but it is not guarantee that they would win. This game is based on how to work together and help each other when it is needed and the type of strategies that the team decides to implement.
The challenges of this game is playing against different skilled players and working with different players online. Players must be flexible to adapt to the types of play style and roles that the teams decides or assigns them.
The world of League of Legends is full of magic and supernatural phenomena. All characters have different strengths/ skills that categorize them as a certain type of mythological creature such as Mage, Tank and Warrior / Archer.
Overall enjoyment of this game for me is the team work and bond created when play this game with players worldwide and the fantasy aspect/aesthetics of the game.