If you haven’t been keeping up with League of Legends news lately, you might have heard anything about the brand new champion, Kled. Kled was first teased on posters distributed at bars in Spain and other European countries. Like a couple of other champions in the game, Kled is a Yordle, one of the many races in League of Legends. Interestingly, Kled is labelled by his epithet, “the Cantankerous Cavalier”, and his mount comprises the main part of his skillset. Playing him might end up feeling like a true duo character, or he might end up being one character with two separate parts.
In lore, Kled is a meme developed by the yordle to inspire their rank-and-file soldiers. He serves as in-universe inspiration to drive the yordle people onward into battle. He’s essentially the perfect personification of the values in their racial military, where the leaders of the armed forces want to inspire their people to be valiant cannon fodder. Kled yearns for combat, glory in battle, and exemplifies blind obedience and a complete absence of cowardice. He’s essentially a meme created for the explicit purpose of passionately inspiring the average soldier to do his best and to sacrifice his life whenever he is called upon to do so.
The developers designed Kled to be a purely offensive character with no defensive abilities or saves. They wanted to incentivize aggressive and risky behavior on the character. In order to benefit from the ultimate ability, which is a shield, he has to charge straight into the heat of battle. Even when you use the disengage ability after dismounting, you’re firing off your pocket pistol to propel yourself backwards, which gives the character a reckless bravado not seen this purely in any other champion in the entire League of Legends roster.
Kled is mounted on Skaarl, the Cowardly Lizard. Skaarl is sort of a buffer for Kled’s small life bar, and Kled benefits from an increased health pool when he’s mounted. When the health bar reaches zero, Skaarl, the Cowardly Lizard flees the field of battle, leaving Kled on the battlefield. This opens up an entirely new toolkit independent of Skaarl, and dismounted Kled gains access to these new abilities. The character is dynamic yet entirely offensive. He gains a movement speed bonus whenever he actively moves towards enemy champions. Eventually, he can bring Skaarl back by killing towers, epic monsters, or champions in combat.
When you play him, you’re going to be using your mount to charge aggressively into battle, recklessly sacrificing your health bar to mix it up with enemy champs. He’s one of the most interesting champs to come out in recent memory, and he’s going to be a lot of fun to play in a wide variety of different roles and scenarios. We can only begin to speculate how he’ll play to the meta, but we can anticipate that he will be one of the most purely offensive heroes in the game, and he will likely do an incredible amount of damage when used effectively against the enemy team.
We’ve talked at length before about the importance of setting up a great gaming environment for League of Legends, and it goes beyond peripherals, monitors, and hardware for your computer. There are more gamers in the world than ever before, and as the hobby continues to grow, so will health issues associated with the sedentary lifestyle that accompanies hardcore gaming. If you’re sitting in your chair for more than 2 hours at a time, you’re putting yourself at risk for a variety of different issues. It’s important that you take steps to ensure your health is going to be solid down the road, otherwise, you’re looking at a world of hurt.
Dr. Levi Harrison has a channel on YouTube that caught my attention recently. He goes into detail about what you can do to minimize the impact of your favorite hobby upon your health, and he’s got an active podcast which talks about similar information. We’ve all heard medical doctors and specialists lecture us before, but what makes Dr. Harrison’s perspective different is that it is aimed at office workers and gamers, and he’s put out a lot of videos on the subject of staying healthy while gaming.
Dr. Levi Harrison’s latest video covers neck, posture and alignment. It’s worth watching it on YouTube if you want to learn a little more about finding a comfortable setup at your desk that helps you avoid back pain, discomfort, and long-term joint issues. While this might not be the most interesting topic we’ve ever covered here on the Eloboost blog, it is definitely one of the most important. Almost every top-tier gamer I know puts a lot of thought into ergonomics and into creating a comfortable gaming environment, and you should as well. It may not be the sexiest thing ever, but it’s worth the investment, the research, and the time.
Check out Dr. Harrison’s videos on YouTube to learn more about what you can do to avoid impacting your health negatively as a result of your hobby. If you’re looking for updated information, take a look at his podcast. He’s a great guy, and it’s clear that he really cares about helping gamers in the community. Take five minutes out of your no doubt busy day to take a look at his video and learn ways to minimize discomfort and joint damage.
If you haven’t read up on the 6.14 update yet, now’s the time to get informed. One of the oldest and appreciated champs in League of Legends is finally getting a much-needed update, and Riot intends to push it out in a way that will fundamentally change the champion yet keep him somewhat similar to his origins. Ryze is often considered one of the most important champions in the game. Korean mid-laner Faker promoted Ryze as being an essential champion for learning the art of positioning within the game. Many pro gamers believe that mastering Ryze is the key to mastering all of the important lessons in combat that LoL has to teach.
What’s interesting about Faker is that he’s never lost once with Ryze in a pro game, so he knows what he’s talking about. Ryze is, in many ways, the champion by which all other champions in the game are measured. He’s been available to play since the game’s original 2009 release, and he’s received some pretty crazy overhauls over the years that have been nothing short of controversial. Even with various tweaks, buffs, and nerfs to his toolkit, he was still considered an outdated champion that no one with a good sense of the meta would ever pick up and play.
Because Ryze had an ability toolkit purely focused on damage, he seemed anachronistic in a much more complex meta which emphasizes diverse abilities and strategic options of all sorts of different varieties. Like Taric, Ryze has been the butt of many jokes for being an outdated champ pick, and if you ended up picking him in a game, you had better have been a master with him to make that pick justifiable. Champs like Veigar almost always outshine these old-fashioned champs, that is until the latest update being pushed out.
In addition to updating the mechanics of Ryze, they’re also giving him some improved lore to give his character a bit more flavor and a distinct identity. Players conscious of the lore didn’t really have much to say about him, other than the fact he was blue, old, grumpy, and had a massive magic scroll. Thanks to the new update, we now know that he is centuries old and he’s always on a journey to find new sources of power in order to improve himself. He’s fundamentally disconnected from other beings, and he’s looking to protect these ancient sources of magic from people who would use them for far less noble purposes.
I encourage all of you to pick up and play Ryze this patch and see how much he’s been changed for the better. After playing him recently, I’ve fallen in love with the old champ I knew and loved in 2009. He’s different but he fits much better contextually in 2016 LoL, and I think he will be a shining example of a champ with a great comeback. He’s definitely worth trying if you liked his original playstyle, and his toolkit has been improved massively.
If you haven’t kept up with League of Legends news as of late, you probably haven’t caught the story about the retirement of the former editor of Lolesports. Frank Fields, also known as Mihri, has been working closely with Riot Games for the better part of three years. He’s been a public figure in the League community for the entire duration of his career, but in light of current events, he has decided to step down. The site’s recursive and restrictive guidelines for content submission have dramatically undercut the site’s ambitions of becoming the premier source of content and coverage for the professional gaming community within League of Legends.
Because the site was, in practice, owned by Riot Games and was a marketing mouthpiece for the company, many powerful voices in the community painted the site as being an unreliable source of accurate information. In a community where issues like game balance and criticism should be a centerpiece of the content, the site was accused of not being objective enough to serve as a hub for information about the game’s professional gaming contingent. Riot Games, after all, wouldn’t post anything negative about the game on one of their own properties, as it would directly conflict with their interests as a company.
Members of the community have speculated that the decision for Frank Fields to step down wasn’t voluntary, and that he might have been forced out by Riot. The editor managed to piss off a massive segment of the community, and this doesn’t bear well for the game—a game which boasts millions upon millions of active players and has a flourishing pro gaming community in direct competition with other titles like Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and other popular competitive games that feature at the top of the charts on Twitch.tv.
This comes on the heels of a controversy about transparency in the gaming media, when independent journalists weren’t willing to reveal the way they voted at the Spring Season awards. Players were rightly miffed by the entire process, and Lolesports was at the center of the controversy. Everything was mishandled, and it has turned out to be a massive mess. Since Fields has stepped down, he is being replaced by an editorial pick from Riot games, and hopefully they will get someone who has a better handle on things this time and will report information more quickly and more objectively.
People had plenty to say about the controversy in the community, including renowned eSports historian and commentator Duncan Shields, who spoke extensively on the subject in a video featured on his official YouTube channel. There was an explosion of controversy in the Twitterverse with multiple hashtags, leading to a fiery discussion about community standards, eSports, and about Riot’s involvement with the gaming media in general.
Surely, things will calm down over time, and Riot will pick someone who is a little more well-suited for the job of running one of the community’s most important informational hubs.
We’re hitting you again with more interesting League of Legends facts today. These articles have been immensely popular with our readers, perhaps because a lot of this information isn’t commonly known by the player base at large. We cover everything from random facts about champions in the game, about character designs, about little-known facts concerning the development of the game itself, and about so much more. If you’re interested in accumulating trivial knowledge about League, you’re going to love our article. Check out our previous articles on the same topic to find out more about League that you might not have known.
First of all, did you know that the sound of Zac’s Squishies were made with some very creative foley? Apparently, the sound designers put beans, dog food, and water in a condom and slapped it against a hard surface in order to make the sound of the Squishies. Pretty disgusting, but hats off to the sound designers of the game for being incredibly creative with their foley. These sounds wouldn’t be possible without some innovative ways of creating the noises we hear in game. The more believable the noises, the more we feel immersed in the game world.
If you’ve read extensively into the game lore, you might already know that Blitzcrank runs his own dating service on the side. He runs a massive chain of magical cafes where he offers to match up “Fleshlings” with one and other in order to help them find love and “instant mating”. Blitzcrank seems to be doing his best to ensure that Fleshlings continue to dominate the world in League of Legends, despite the fact that he isn’t terribly fond of them. That’s some pretty funny lore, and it is just one of hundreds of anecdotal pieces about the backstories of champions in the game.
If you’ve seen Clerks, you know the infamous “Berserker” moment. Silent Bob’s cousin is very obsessed with a particularly vulgar heavy metal song, which inspired Olaf the Berserker, according to the game’s designers. We’re not sure if Olaf is a fan of heavy metal, but given the fact that he wears a badass helm and dishes out some serious punishment in the game, we think he’d appreciate the lyrics and Silent Bob’s cousin as well. Do you think Olaf would blast heavy metal in his helmet when he goes into battle? It seems plausible.
Heimerdinger’s a very bookish individual, and he’s most likely one of the most well-read champions in the lore. We can insinuate that he’s probably read the Douglas Adams classic sci-fi novel, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, as he makes a reference to the divine significance of the number 42 with his line: “42… There’s just something about that number.” If you’ve read the book yourself, you’ll know that Adams posited that 42 was the answer to every question in the universe and the meaning of life.
We covered League of Legends Easter eggs and neat facts last time, and we’re going to do the same thing again, as the article had more clicks and references than any of our other pieces so far. We’ll be covering some little-known information, fun facts, and hidden secrets in League of Legends itself. We’ll give you a little more insight into the game that is outside of the traditional realm of what we publish here. As we usually cover eSports extensively, we’ll start you off with an interesting fact about League of Legends and pro gaming.
League is the second highest paying competitive eSport with over 20 million dollars and counting awarded in prize money since the release of the game. It is ahead of StarCraft and Counter Strike but behind Dota 2 in terms of total payout since release.
Another fact about the origin of champions in League of Legends. Aatrox was inspired by various descriptions of creatures from Lord of the Rings. Mike Laygo, an animator on board with Riot’s art team, mentioned he was particularly inspired by Tolkien’s masterpiece during the development cycle of the game. Aatrox was based off of Sauron and the Balrog. Laygo previously worked on different licensed Lord of the Rings games.
Did you know that it’s possible to make a Poro in the game grow a giant black mustache akin to the one Mario and Luigi have in Nintendo’s franchise? All you need to do is feed them Poro-Snax while playing as Braum and you’ll end up giving them a full black mustache that makes them look like Nintendo’s famous Italian plumbers from the Mushroom Kingdom. Not entirely an uncommon fact, but definitely a funny one if you haven’t ever gotten the chance to do it in game before.
Voice actress Karen Strassman performs voices for five characters in the game: Fiora, Shyvan, Elise, Cassiopeia, and Zyra. She’s a talented voice actress with a history of working on a wide variety of other different projects like the hit anime Code Geass, Gurren Lagann, and Samurai Champloo. She’s also worked for Disney, Eurostar, and a huge assortment of other creative projects over the years, which is probably why so many players are constantly posting on the forums asking who voice acts her characters in the game—she sounds really familiar to anime fans or people who’ve watched commercials in the United States.
The famous player George Georgallidis, also known by his handle HotshotGG, dropped out of college to pursue his career in professional gaming in League of Legends. He’s among one of many dedicated players who quit their jobs or left school in order to pursue excellence in the game full time. Many of our boosters play League champions, boost, and coach for a full-time income on our site. When you’re as dedicated to LoL as we are, sometimes you have to give up some dreams in real life in order to pursue fame and fortune in League.
League of Legends, like any game, has a number of hidden easter eggs and surprises waiting for the most inquisitive players to discover. Interestingly enough, a lot of these easter eggs are hidden in plain sight. For example, Zilean is named for the game’s design director, Tom Cadwell, who goes by “Zileas’, an old screenname of his. Cadwell’s claim to fame is a science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, credits on Blizzard’s Warcraft III: Reign of Fire and Warcraft III: Frozen Throne, as well as World of Warcraft by the same developer. An impressive resume to say the least, and it’s no wonder he’s been included as a bonus in the game.
Fiora, a champ in the game, is inspired by the famous European sword master Fiore dei Liberi. Liberi is one of the few masters of western swordsmanship whose works have been preserved. We don’t know a lot about the history of European martial arts thanks to the early invention of gunpowder, but the fencing techniques of Liberi have survived throughout the ages thanks to preservation by Renaissance scholars. The prolific historical figure is subtly referenced in League of Legends with a champion bearing a name similar to his own first name.
If you grew up in the 1990s, you no doubt played either Mega Man or Mega Man X games on the NES, SNES, Playstation, or any other console. Tristana uses a weapon known as the Buster Shot in League, and this is obviously a reference to the Buster Shot utilized by Mega Man throughout the franchise. A great tribute to one of the best video game heroes of yesteryear. Mega Man’s franchise has befallen an unfortunate fate due to the incompetence of Capcom and the departure of series creator Keiji Inafune in recent years.
In terms of hidden secrets within the game itself, hang around for about 30 seconds after winning Howling Abyss and you will be greeted by the icy voice of Lissandra, who will explain a little bit of backstory. Great flavor for an awesome map! It’s great when the developers integrate more lore into the game by adding these kinds of moments, and I hope that we see more similar content in the game in the future, although the main priority of the developers definitely seems to be keeping everything balanced.
Some of the first champions designed to be featured in the game include Annie, Sivir, Sion, and Singed. They were the earliest-designed champions to be used in the early concept design for League of Legends and they have remained a steadfast part of the roster ever since. Suffice it to say, a lot of champions have been added to the count between then and now, but we’ll always keep the originals close to our hearts (except Teemo, because he’s an annoying PoS.)
I still remember the first time I was introduced to League of Legends back in my freshman year of college. This wasn’t too long after the game came out, so I was still pretty new to the game. I was playing a champion who wasn’t meant to be jungler, and I wondered why my teammates complained when I decided to wander into the forest and cross lanes. Without knowing what the hell I was doing, I was hopelessly lost. There weren’t a lot of trustworthy guides sites back then either, so I spent the majority of my time plumbing forum posts, reading guides written by fans on these forums, and asking questions of the community whenever I got the opportunity to do so.
There was a sense of mystery back then that was very charming, and it reminded me of playing console games as a kid without really knowing any of the strategies to take on bosses in platformers. Trial and error was what it was all about, and I had fun with pure experimentation as a kid before I ever contemplated that professional gaming would ever exist. I handled my first months in League in exactly the same way, consulting people directly for advice and finding tips in the most obscure places.
Flash forward to 2016 and players have a limitless amount of resources. There’s really no excuse not to have some knowledge on the game’s mechanics this day and age, even if you’re a casual player. That being said, many people have different learning styles. A lot of us are readers, some of us learn best by writing things down, and other people learn best by doing things directly, watching a video, or being consulted directly by a teacher. For people who learn best from one-on-one teaching, there’s always League of Legends coaching available.
League coaching is a great option for players who learn better when being taught directly by a professional gamer. Our company offers the most comprehensive full-service coaching experience in the industry, and we ensure that you improve your skills with whatever champs you’re interested in improving your skills at. We offer a ton of different customizable options when it comes to learning how to play League. If you’re the type of person that learns best with a traditional teacher-student format, this may be the difference between you remaining a mediocre playing or becoming an exceptional one.
Across the board, whenever you speak to professional gamers who have made a career out of playing League and other games, they all talk about how important it was to have a mentor. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t lucky enough to be in circles where professional gamers hang out—nor would a world-class champion be willing to teach the average person. When I started out in League, I would have been grateful to have mentor. Take a look at our coaching packages to enlist the help of one of the world’s best players for a great price, and we’ll help you learn how to improve your game.
There’s never been a better time to play League of Legends, and if you have family and friends who haven’t yet taken the plunge into serious gaming, it’s a great time to introduce them now. League is a casual enough game that almost anyone can get into playing it—the game is addictive by nature, and almost everyone who gets a hold of it is instantly hooked. There’s something about the simplicity of it that draws new players in and keeps them interested for hundreds or even thousands of hours. It’s a good reason to get your real-life friends in on the fun, or to play with your family members.
There are so many champions available on the free rotation that beginners can really get a hang of. As you might know if you’ve been playing League for a minute, there are a wide selection of different champions all with their own distinctive skill caps. Providing guidance for new players is a rewarding experience, and teaching the ins-and-outs of the game can be really fun, especially if you’re helping out one of your friends or family members. Thankfully, you can get started playing League for free, and since there is no initial investment, it carries no risk.
If you end up turning your friend or family member on to the game and they become a serious player, you’ve got another person to play with in queues. It’s always more fun to play with people you already know, as there’s a pre-existing relationship between you, and that makes the game a lot more laid back. At the same time, I wouldn’t recommend introducing new players to the competitive side of League to begin with, as we all know the community can be a bit toxic. Start small and see if they like it, then go from there and provide guidance as things progress.
You might end up introducing someone to their favorite new hobby. League is played by millions of players, and the community is growing every day. Consider how grateful you’d be, as an active League player, if you hadn’t known about the game and you were suddenly introduced to it by a friend of yours. For some of you, you might have started out playing the game in college or high school after one of your friends introduced you to it, so you know what I’m talking about.
For players who are looking to get the most out of the game, consider a boosting or coaching package to unlock rewards you might not normally be able to get your hands on. What could be nicer than gifting your family member an account that is pre-boosted for them, then teach them how to play at a higher level of skill with the help of one of our professional coaches? Granted, you don’t even need to do this to have fun in League. Start small and work your way up with them, and you’re bound to have a blast introducing them to the excitement of mechanics that you often overlook with your own greater level of experience.
Luckily, most players don’t have to build a top-of-the-line gaming computer to enjoy League, but you’re going to want some higher-end peripherals to get the most out of the game. While you don’t need a GTX Titan or some beefy graphics card to play the game on the highest settings, you’ll find it a lot easier to play the game for extended periods of time if you make some wise choices in terms of the type of peripherals you buy and put some thinking into your setup. Gaming fatigue is a serious issue for players, and if you want to avoid it, you should think about optimizing your space.
Finding a mouse that is ideal for your hand size and has a lot of customization options can really be instrumental in preventing carpal tunnels and general discomfort. I can’t tell you how many players I’ve spoken to over the years who have complained to me about how they wished they’d paid more attention to their setup before they developed some serious issues with their hands. Carpal tunnels is nothing to mess around with, and if you’re using your mouse all day at an awkward angle, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with some type of chronic arthritic pain or tendonitis.
It might seem a bit boring to write an article on this, but it matters. The same logic can be applied to a keyboard choice. Mechanical keyboards are generally regarded by ergonomic experts as being a better choice than traditional rubber dome keyboards. If you are on a desktop and you have the luxury of being able to choose a keyboard rather than use the one that came with your laptop, look into the various mechanical keyboard switches and models available. Find one that fits you and choose a switch that doesn’t compromise on quality. MX Browns and MX Reds are generally considered by most gamers to be the best switches for gaming. Choosing the right type of keyboard switch dramatically increases comfort and even performance, and you might end up getting so hooked on the feeling that you’ll never revert to what you had before.
A good wrist rest is cheap and will provide ample comfort if you set it up at the correct angle. There are firm ones made of plastic as well as rests made of different types of hybridized foam materials that provide a lot of comfort over long gaming sessions. No matter what you choose to use, go to a local computer store in your area if you have one. Trying stuff out in person helps you pick out something you really like rather than virtually browsing on Amazon.
More important than all of the previous tips, however, is common sense. Most gamers are dehydrated. Drink lots of water to avoid headaches, and don’t take this tip lightly. It’s easy to forget about drinking when you’re gaming for hours at a time, and this can lead to some serious health issues down the road, up to and including cardiac arrest. Look out for yourself and you’ll enjoy gaming a whole lot more and avoid bad circumstances in the long run.