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.
With so many professional gamers migrating from other competitive games to League of Legends, the list of excellent players is bigger than ever. Some of the highest skill-capped players in the game tend to main jungle champs, and we’ve taken the liberty of looking at some of the best junglers in the world of League of Legends. Coming from all nations and with diverse histories, these players are some of the best in the world. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and this is just our opinion. If your favorite player isn’t listed here, please suggest your favorite junglers in the comments section, and we’ll do a write-up on them in a future article here on the site.
First, we have Clearlove coming in at number five, who has won a myriad of different accolades. Clearlove is one of the most underrated and heavily criticized players in his class, and he has more tournament victories than almost any other player on this list. With a similar playstyle to Meteos, especially earlier in season three, Clearlove is finally getting the respect he deserves after being criticized for years about his herbivore jungle playstyle, and he’s worth putting on this list for the sheer number of achievements he’s accumulated.
As one of Samsung’s two most well-known junglers, Spirit is among the best carry junglers to ever play League of Legends. Almost no one expected that Spirit would attain what he has, and he had a quiet initial entry into professional gaming. He adapts brilliantly to any meta and plays best with teams where he isn’t forced to be the main carry. He’s a brilliant support jungler, and one of the finest players in the world to this day.
No doubt the most aggressive player on this list—let alone one of the most offensively aggressive junglers in the world—KaKAO has style that is hard to match. He’s an absolute monster, and takes advantage of the psychological aspect of the game better than almost any player in his class. He applies extreme early pressure to enemy teams to break the flow of the match, and he has used this strategy successfully to off-balance even the most cool-headed players. Feared universally for his highly aggressive approach to the game, he is one of the best in the world.
Diamondprox takes a methodical approach to the game, and it was rumored initially that he had the ability to mathematically place the location of the enemy jungler precisely based on the time elapsed in any given match. A true legend, Diamondprox tends to aggressively exploit enemy junglers, and invented the foundation of the tactics that most junglers use today in pro gaming.
DanDY shocked the entire world when he played Lee Sin and demolished Xenics, and he’s shocked us continually ever since. Let the world know that DanDy is still the king of all junglers. He has a mastery matched by few other players and by no other junglers, and understands the game to such a great level that he can read the enemy team like a book. An absolute tactical master, he is the king of counterganking and arguably one of the greatest players to ever grace League.
A lot of players didn’t get the chance to start out with earlier incarnations of MOBA games. MOBAs like League of Legends and DOTA 2 are part of a long legacy of quick, action-oriented strategy games which put the emphasis on a single champion rather than an army of controllable units—but anyone who plays League already knows that. What some younger players might not know is that the modern MOBA genre originated with Defense of the Ancients, a popular map mod for Blizzard Entertainment’s highly-successful RTS, Warcraft 3. DOTA eclipsed the popularity of WC3’s regular multiplayer map modes quickly, reaching cult status in Europe and the United States.
Arguably, if you reach back even further, the starting point really began in 1998 with a map mod for StarCraft, another Blizzard strategy game. The mod known as Aeon of Strife allowed players to control a single hero unit to take down a wave of NPCs attacking from three different lanes. The lanes were connected to the home bases of two different teams, and the ultimate objective of any given match was to destroy the enemy team’s headquarters. Aeon of Strife provided the MOBA genre with the foundation behind its universally recognizable game mechanics—mechanics which emphasize both simplicity and a hidden complexity.
The meta strategy of MOBA games tends to reveal itself after hundreds of hours of play. Mechanics that were overlooked by new players begin to be revealed gradually as experience is accumulated. When you start out playing League of Legends, you’d be forgiven for not understanding how to weigh the best strategic choices and how to utilize your toolkit to the highest level of effectiveness. As you play more and more, the hidden aspects of the game’s strategy overall begin to reveal a far more multifaceted experience.
We’ve come a long way from the days of Defense of the Ancients and Aeon of Strife. League has more champion choices than any previous game in the genre, and this results in a lot of trouble for the developers as they are constantly working hard to ensure the game is as balanced as possible. Keep in mind, attaining perfect balance in a game like League of Legends is a major effort, and if your particular champion feels a little bit anemic after a patch change, try and operate within the new parameters of what is possible with your favorite heroes—better yet, learn to play ones you might not have given the time of day before.
If you’re interested in skipping all of the inconvenience of having to look up guides, learn strategies, and play with players who are dispassionate or toxic, consider enlisting the help of our professional boosters. We can bring you all the way up to diamond, if you desire it. We make sure you get where you need to go faster than any other provider of boosting services in the industry. Otherwise, continue playing the game on your own—but keep us in mind when you’re looking for a boost!
The boosting industry got its start around the same time that League of Legends was released. Although it was nowhere near as large then as it is today, a dedicated few made various account services available to a flourishing community of players who understood that League was a good enough game to one day become as popular as titans like World of Warcraft. MOBA-oriented action has always been addictive, starting with Warcraft III’s original Defense of the Ancients map mod. While people had some inclination that Riot’s highly appealing next-generation MOBA at the time would end up being a hit, almost no one anticipated it eclipse almost every other game in popularity, remaining at the top spot on Twitch.tv consistently for the last few years.
With only CS:GO, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Overwatch coming close to League in sheer number of active players, Riot has been going head-to-head with industry titan Blizzard Entertainment for years, which is a little ironic when you think about the origins of the MOBA genre. All in all, they have managed to craft a superior experience to the original WC3-based DOTA format. The broad appeal of LoL is derived from the fact that is simple to learn and difficult to master and offers a way for players of all skill levels to enjoy a quick game or an extended session.
Many of our boosters started playing LoL on day one, and a few of them even started boosting during the game’s first year of being active. Back then, there weren’t a lot of organized providers of boosts outside of China, and most of the websites that offered services for the game were available on video game marketplaces and private trading forums where WoW gold and game currencies were offered; this meant that there was a lot less protection for the consumer, as there were no objective reviews as to which services were actually high quality and which ones were downright dangerous.
We were one of the first LoL boosting sites to sell ELO boosting to the masses, and after we received our first positive reviews on various gaming forums, our service exploded in popularity. As the industry’s authority on high-quality boosts, we remain one of the most widely-used companies today for players in all regions—primarily the United States and Europe, as all of our staff speak fluent English and cater best to western countries.
We’ll be covering the history of DOTA and MOBA games in a future article. If you’d like to learn a bit more about the meta and you enjoy reading articles about boosting and League in general, please check back regularly. We post every other day and keep our blog consistently updated.