League of Legends: How to Choose Your Perfect Main Champion

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League of Legends is a team-oriented strategy game that has one goal…To bring down the enemy nexus!

It is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video game that captivates millions of people around the world fighting to be the very best at their champion. But how do you choose one?

Whether you’re in it to have a little ‘me’ time away from the world or you want to pursue a life long dream of being a professional League of Legends player, the most vital tool you have to know is choosing the perfect champion for you to main.

What Are Champions?

Champions are the most important element of the game.

They create diversity and complexity that makes League of Legends both fun and challenging. With over 10 years, Riot Games has transformed the game like no other. They’ve created over 148 champions for you to choose from.

Each champion possesses unique attributes and abilities that can turn the tide in any battle inside the Summoner’s Rift. From giant monsters to tiny yordles, League of Legends offers multiple characters you can choose to both love and hate.

The variety of champions you can pick out may be quite overwhelming to do. That is why we have made this guide to help you master and main a champion that will suit your personality and playstyle.

Determining Your Role

The first thing you have to know is what position you are going to take. Whether you want a marksman, juggernaut, or arcane mage; establishing a role will give you the idea of which area you want to take and master.

There are 5 roles to fill up when going into the Summoner’s Rift…

  1. Top laner

Top lane champions are the bare-knuckling fighters of the game. Their role is to be the bulldozer that wrecks enemies in the frontline whenever there are teamfights. They live to SMASH!.

If you love to be the player that looks down on his foes, then this position would be best for you. You can be a tank that soaks in damages in teamfights while your allies deal heavy amounts of damage to their team. You can also be a cunning bruiser that goes in and out of clashes and pinpoints their weaknesses or you can be a reckless warrior that has only one purpose…to kill!

One thing is certain, top laners are the ruthless solo players that live to charge. You can check a variety of champions to choose from right here.

  1. Jungler

Junglers are the king of roaming. They seek out potential overextended lanes and gank them. Your role is to give allies a lead to snowball on and take objectives to gain more pressure around the map.

If you are the type of player that wants to assist allies and strengthen their advantage in the lane, then this role is fun to try. The area of the jungler is so vast that it takes skills and understanding to roam while being in the right position at the right time.

Champions from this role can be damage dealers, long-range poke gods, or even tanks that add more crowd control to the team. You seek prey and hunt them one by one and deliver them to your allies.

With a good amount of vision, junglers can freely rule over hidden areas of the Summoner’s Rift and deliver heavy blows out of nowhere.

  1. Mid laner

Mid laners are the king of pride. You are the center of attention. You live to outplay your opponents in the lane and aid your allies whenever possible.

If you want to play complicated but rewarding champions, then this role is perfect for you!

The mid lane has a vast champion list to choose from. There are long-range poke mages,  skillful assassins that remove enemies in an instant, and tanks that can both soak damage and cast out heavy ability power. These champions have been utilized and driven by world-renowed players like SKT T1’s Faker, TSM’s Bjergsen, FPX’s Doinb, and many more…

  1. ADC

Attack Damage Carry or ADC for short are basically champions who love to go around teamfights and hit heavy auto attacks to the enemies. You live to hit, strike and dodge foes all day in the Summoner’s Rift.

If your goal as a League player is to be the person shredding through tanks and bruisers, then this position would be the best for you.

ADCs play with a support in the lane. You try to earn as much gold as possible and get your core items as fast as possible. This boosts your auto attacks which will benefit your team when fighting skirmishes around the map.

Enemies fear a fed ADC as a single hit can burst out almost 50-60% of their HP (maybe even 100%). That is why you are a valuable asset to play with.

  1. Support

Supports are being spoken as the League’s least role to play. But low ELO players do not know how important they are to the team.

If you are the type of player that goes into the game and delights in aiding allies and keeping them alive in every teamfight, then being a support is your position.

They are the soul of the team. They blend into the strengths of your composition and cover the weaknesses. Supports transform mediocre ADCs into amazing ones. The ability to keep them alive while they constantly damage the enemy team makes it a very respected role.

Don’t forget! Supports have to click over 5 active items in teamfights and also think about the skills that they need to cast in the scenario.

They are essential champions that can protect allies while setting up amazing crowd control abilities to hold enemies down.

Before choosing the perfect champion, these 5 positions should be kept in mind.

Since each champion is unique and amazing in their own way, it takes time and continuous practice to master their abilities that would benefit your team composition. 148 champions are available to play around and choose. It only takes the willingness of the player to learn and test the capabilities of each.

The choices are massive, but it can be so rewarding when you discover the right one to main. Live to learn and you’ll surely find the perfect champion for you!

Comment below on what’d like to learn more. Remember to rate it and share it if you’ve found it useful. Good luck on the rift!

 

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About Author: RTO – A North American Challenger Renekton player, streamer, and YouTuber who is committed to providing the best League of Legends educational content for free. I was placed in Silver 4 my first season so I know what it takes to improve from the bottom. I have ranked as the best Renekton player in the world and I want to help you excel as well.

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Craziest Things to Ever (Intentionally) Come Out of Twitch.tv

Twitch.tv has been a fascinating new form of entertainment.  The idea that watching people playing video games, and not even just the highest level players, has grown into something that rivals Youtube is a concept I never would have thought possible just a few years ago.  Not only has it become an entertainment enterprise all its own, it’s spawned some truly unique and wonderfully bizarre events that wouldn’t really be possible anywhere else.  In celebration of the recent Twitch Con, these are some of the craziest things to ever be produced by the Twitch community.

Now, I’d like to specify that this is only going to focus on events that streamers actually organized under the regulations of Twitch rather than unintentional and/or potentially illegal happenings.  I’m not going to be talking about swatting or the various times streamers have left the camera running before doing something… Unseemly.  This is a tribute to the wonderfully ludicrous ways that people have found to get the most out Twitch’s livestreaming services.

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Hearthstone Oligarchy

Hearthstone‘s Arena mode is tricky as you have to draft a deck from a random selection of cards and try to make the most viable build you can and match it against other players under the same condition.  Certain cards work drastically better in this mode than others and every pick can make or break a match.  So, let’s see what happens when one of the best Hearthstone players out there hands full control of the drafting process over to his viewers and has to play with the results.  Popular Hearthstone pro Trump selected viewers of his stream at random and gave them full command over selecting one card for his Arena deck, then took the resulting deck against random opponents for as long as he could before taking three loses.  The good news is that most of his viewers honestly tried to pick the best cards available.  The bad news is that a few couldn’t resist being mischievous and sticking him with some of the worst cards possible.  Even those who were honestly trying still weren’t always making the best decisions and made suboptimal picks.  The result was one of the worst Arena decks that Trump has ever drafted and a player that averages seven to eight wins per arena run left with only four.  Sadly, he’s only done this experiment one other time since and, given the amount of changes that have occurred in Hearthstone since both of those runs, it would be a very different experience today.  You can see the first oligarchy run here and the second here.

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MaximusBlack’s 20k Celebration

Sometimes, it’s just simple, joyous insanity that is the most enjoyable.  MaximusBlack was originally a Starcraft player that decided to move into streaming League of Legends.  It was clearly a wise choice as he garnered 20,000 viewers on his first day with the game and received over $10,000 in donations from his fans.  The money was enough to pay for his wedding, which was also streamed, and he showed his appreciation to his fans the only way he knew how: singing Tenacious D’s “Master Exploder” live on camera while dressed in full chainmail armor, wielding the Frostmourne blade from World of Warcraft, and chugging a bottle of champagne.  Also, his automated subscriber alert made sure to compliment his latest subscribers in a very “special” way the whole way through.  You can check out the footage here, but be warned that there is foul language.  While this celebration may sound mad, rest assured that it’s just another day for Twitch.

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Video Game Championship Wrestling

The VGCW is a CAW League, a fan-made wrestling series made using custom CAWs (Create A Wrestler) created in games like WWE 13 and WWE 2K14.  As you might guess, VGCW mainly focuses on bringing together video game characters of all types, but it also throws in other familiar faces such as Dragon Ball Z‘s Nappa and Valve co-founder Gabe Newell as prominent figures.  You might not think a show like this being aired on Twitch is too distinct, but the match-ups don’t actually involve the showrunners controlling the characters.  Instead, the ingame AI is given full control of the characters and matches are determined purely by the unique stats and moves of the characters, as well as whatever shenanigans the AI feels like pulling at the moment.

The unpredictability of the AI has actually played a major factor in shaping the ongoing narrative, such as with the career of Link from The Legend of Zelda.  Originally, Link was intended to be a major hero for the league as the one destined to defeat his formidable antagonist, Ganondorf.  However, Link’s CAW proved to be poorly made due to the showrunner’s lack of experience with the system and he consistently kept losing matches.  Ganondorf was eventually defeated, but it was by Bowser of all people.  Link, meanwhile, was eventually forced out of the league and has become a joke within the VGCW while Ganondorf and Bowser still enjoy healthy careers.  Speaking of story within the VGCW, it’s not uncommon for cosmic beings to threaten the league and can only be stopped by an atomic piledriver.  Hey, it’s not that much crazier than John Cena fighting satanic hillbillies.  Still, I could easily make a list of the craziest things that VGCW has done alone, and I probably will.  If you want to catch up on this series, which is currently on its eleventh season and has three active spin-off shows, you can check out their Youtube channel here.

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A Fish Playing Pokemon

Yeah, that about sums it up.  Programmers Catherine Moresco and Patrick Facheris used a modified emulator of Pokemon Red, a webcam, and software that reads a fish’s movement around his tank as button commands.  Then they put the results up on Twitch for the world to witness live.  The fish’s name is Grayson Hopper, by the way.  The stream is available for your viewing pleasure here.  Oh, and someone else did the same thing with two fish facing off in Street Fighter II.  You can see how bizarre that looks here.  Not much to really say about this one, so let’s move on.

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Jason Versus Predator: The Live Movie

Maximilian Dood is most famous for his fighting game tutorial/sketch comedy series Assist Me, which guides newcomers through fighting games and specific playable characters while he and his friends dress in costume and act out an intentionally ridiculous storyline.  When Max heard that his favorite character, the Predator, was joining the roster of Mortal Kombat X, he naturally wanted to pay tribute with his popular series.  However, he wouldn’t do so with just a typical episode, but instead create a sort of ‘live movie’ that interspersed a livestream of Mortal Kombat X with prerecorded segments that recreate and parody the original Predator film.  Max played live and directly interacted and discussed with his viewers while remaining in-character for all of the filmed segments that would seemlessly interrupt the stream.  You can check out the Assist Me episode, with all of the prerecorded bits and an indepth tutorial for playing the Predator in MKX taking the place of the livestreamed segments, here (language and spooky skeleton warning), but it just can’t compare with the experience of actually having been there and seeing Max’s coy roleplay.

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Twitch Plays

I’m pretty sure you all saw this one coming.  Watching games on Twitch is one thing, but who could’ve expected that we’d be able to play games through it.  For those that haven’t heard of Twitch Plays Pokemon, it’s a series of one-of-a-kind MMOs playable only via Twitch chat as the entire audience/player base simultaneously controls a single character.  The series began with Twitch Plays Pokemon Red and it quickly exploded into a cult phenomenon.  I mean that literally as a full-on religious movement (jokingly(?)) spawned out of constant attempts to use an unusable item from the inventory.  Yeah, the roleplaying that users had to explain events was beyond ridiculous, and it made the events of the playthrough all the more irresistible.  Of course, the flailing incompetence of our hive-minded shenanigans was a spectacle all its own with the simple act of walking in a straight line being a monumental task.  You can imagine how maddening things got when actual navigation puzzles got involved.  It was so hectic that the game’s creator had to overhaul the system mid-playthrough for the game to even be beatable.  Again, Twitch Plays Pokemon is something that could easily fill a list on its own.  Currently, Twitch Plays Pokemon is pitting its chat against itself by choosing sides in the versus mode in Pokemon Battle Revolution.  Oh, and there’s another channel on Twitch doing the same thing with Dark Souls.  And they already beat it.  Welcome to the future.

Knowing Twitch, I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface of what the site has produced.  There’s bound to be dozens of bizarre things that I haven’t touched on, some even crazier than the ones I’ve listed here.  Be sure to leave a comment below with your craziest Twitch moment, though be sure to restrict it to actual planned events.

Everyone Should Keep a Free-to-Play Checkbook

Just in case my numerous articles haven’t been enough to tip you off, I am currently obsessed with the free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone.  It’s a great game with a bright future that I’ve already put more time into than I care to count.  To date, I’ve put exactly $40 into the game, which is exactly as much as I would happily spend for an enjoyable budget title like this if it was being sold in retail.  Team Fortress 2 is another free-to-play game that I have lovingly poured hundreds of hours into, but no more than $5 in microtransactions at this point.  Pokemon Shuffle, which I recently reviewed, hasn’t cost me a dime.  Now, I want to ask how much you’ve spent on any given free-to-play game that you’ve enjoyed.  Have you put in $1o, $20, or maybe nothing at all?  Have you spent anywhere from $60 to even $100?  Have you carelessly spent thousands on a title that was supposedly free?  If you can’t give me an exact answer, give or take five to ten, then you have a problem.

I think that free-to-play is one of the greatest innovations that the gaming industry has had in the last generation.  It has undoubtedly been a boon for countless multiplayer games by lowering the barrier of entry and raising the active community.  Given that these types of games live and die entirely based on their player bases, this can save a game that may have otherwise fallen through the cracks and make the big games even bigger.  It’s also a godsend for avid gamers who can’t afford the latest systems and all the AAA releases.  Free-to-play opens up incredible new possibilities that leave everyone better off.  At least, it’s a great model when both sides are using it wisely.

The major downside of free-to-play models is their nasty habit of nickel-and-diming their players with microtransactions.  In some cases, it is the fault of the game developers.  Games like Marvel Heroes put up massive paywalls for getting the heroes you want to play as while never allowing you any inclination as to whether or not you’ll actually enjoy playing as that character outside of simple brand recognition.  Mobile apps like Super Monster Bros have purchase pop-ups for $100 in the diabolical hopes of scamming unsuspecting children.  These kinds of practices are certainly abhorrent, but they’re not the only ones responsible for some of the most outrageous purchases made through microtransactions.

Too often, players will spend frivolously on microtransactions with little regard as to how much they’re actually paying in the grand scheme of things.  With microtransactions being such small purchases, it’s far easier to spend without putting much thought into how much you’re actually getting out of your purchase.  Even when a game has the most generous business model to it, it’s easy to splurge on little things here and there.  Before you know it, you end up spending up to hundreds of dollars on the type of game that you could have just bought outright for only twenty.  With every free-to-play game that you play, you should keep track of every microtransaction you pay for to see the bigger picture of how much your spending.  Compare how much you’re spending on a free-to-play game with the fixed prices of other games and consider how much value you are really getting.  If the free-to-play game is strong-arming you into paying more, then that should be a sign that you should stop playing it.  There’s no shortage of free-to-play games that will treat you better and there are plenty of traditionally priced games that offer plenty of replayablity at a cheap price.

With all of that said, there’s no shame in intentionally spending a little extra on your favorite games.  Free-to-play should be seen as a system where you pay as much as you want for a game.  If you really love what the developers are doing, then by all means show your support with in-game purchases.  Honestly, my only regret with Team Fortress 2 is that I haven’t spent more on it at this point.  Also, it is your money and how much it’s really worth is going to be your choice.  My point is that we should all take responsibility when using these sorts of business models and know how much we’re investing into our hobbies.

6 Game Characters that had Unexpected Reactions

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Sometimes, you just can’t predict how people are going to react to something.  Game developers create a character with the expectation that players will have one reaction only for them to go the opposite route.  For example, look at Teemo from League of Legends (pictured above).  He was obviously designed to serve as an adorable mascot character for the game.  While he’s had his share of success with that, many know him better as the single most frustrating assassin character in the game and has garnered the apt nickname of “The Devil Himself”.  This list will be looking at six characters that had similar reactions that must have caught their designers by surprise and looking into why they received the responses they did.

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6) The Great Fairy (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

With her long hair, heavy makeup, and distinctly un-Nintendo attire, there is only one thing that comes to mind when thinking of the Great Fairy: NIGHTMARE FUEL!  Early 3D games were a time where the uncanny valley ran rampant and character models would often just look off.  I’m guessing the reason that survival horror games had such a renaissance during this period is because it was the best time to make something look disturbing.  Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask generally used this to their advantage with truly horrifying models and animations for their enemies.  However, when the team tried to design a character with the opposite intent, the result was the most unsettling monstrosity in the entirety of either games.  Not helping matters is the fact that she lets out a blood-chilling banshee wail every time she appears.  Hyrule Warriors recently tried to update her appearance (pictured above), but the damage has already been done for many and she shall always remain a living nightmare.

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5) Silver the Hedgehog (Sonic ’06)

I honestly feel bad for Silver.  In any other circumstances, his telekinetic powers could have been revolutionary and he might have warranted his own spin-off series.  Instead, he made his debut in one of the most infamous games in the Sonic franchise and became the poster-boy for most of the game’s problems.  His post-apocalyptic time-travel backstory remains one of the greatest examples of a narrative trying far too hard and yet not nearly hard enough.  What truly sealed his fate as one of the most hated characters in the series was how much Sonic ’06 failed to deliver on the concept of his telekinetic powers.  This resulted in some of the worst controls in a game already built off of terrible controls.  Well, the telekinetic powers do get a chance to shine, but it’s at the worst possible time with the incredibly cheap boss fights you have against Silver.  Sega has kept him around and has tried to make him a mainstay of the cast, but the damage has already been done and IT’S NO USE!

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4) Villager (Super Smash Bros for Wii U)

The Villager from Animal Crossing was originally considered to be playable in Super Smash Bros Brawl, but he was dropped early on because the idea of seeing such a cheerful and carefree character getting involved in a fight just seemed too ridiculous.  Cue his inclusion in the latest installments on Wii U and 3DS and everyone immediately labels him as a crazed axe-murderer.  People took one look into his lifeless, doll-like eyes and saw nothing but the soul of a bloodthirsty monster.  Maybe he just wasn’t included in Brawl because the developers feared the unholy terror that they were bound to unleash.

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3) O’Neal (Aliens: Colonial Marines)

Everyone hates escort missions.  We can accept when we fail due to our own mistakes, but failing a level simply because the friendly AI that you’re stuck baby-sitting did something stupid is the worst punch in the gut that a game can give you.  Everything from Daikatana to Epic Mickey 2 has been largely undone by the inclusion of these digital parasites that call themselves your friends.  I could have filled this list with frustrating computer companions that only prove to be a greater threat than any actual enemy, but I’ve decided to focus specifically on O’Neal from Aliens: Colonial Marines.

O’Neal is your typical giant teddy bear-type of character; he’s big and gruff, but has a heart of gold underneath.  He’s supposed to be the best friend you could ask for when facing done ravenous xenomorphs.  There’s just one problem: he’s in Aliens: Colonial Marines, a game so historically awful that Sega and Gearbox were actually taken to court for daring to release it on the unsuspecting masses.  O’Neal follows suit with being horrible at everything he does.  Worse aim than a Star Wars stormtrooper?  Check.  Standing in narrow hallways for no reason other than to block your path from critical objectives?  Check.  The worst part is that you can’t even turn him off by having a second player like in most other games that stick you with an AI partner.  Even in co-op, O’Neal will still insist on being the third-wheel and getting in the way of both players.  Don’t you ever wish you could turn on friendly fire and knock the stupid out of these guys?  Well…

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2) Dino Baby (Conker’s Bad Fur Day)

While escort missions are notoriously hard to get right, good ones aren’t entirely unheard of.  For example, look at the section of Conker’s Bad Fur Day that has you escorting an adorable newborn dinosaur.  Not only is he invulnerable to damage, but he’s actually more capable in a fight than the character you’re playing as.  While Conker’s frying pan has a long wind-up and only stuns enemies, the dino baby can easily gobble up anything that comes near it.  Yeah, he gets stuck on corners every now and then and generally slows you down, but that’s a small price to pay for essentially playing on godmode.  If anything, he’s escorting you.  Actually, can we just ditch the drunken squirrel and play as this champion instead?

Alas, it seems Rareware underestimated their own abilities and expected people to react to the dino baby the same way they do to most escort characters.  At the end of the level, you are forced to lead your superior onto a sacrificial alter and watch him meet a gruesome end in order for you to progress.  It’s the one point where the game’s dark sense of humor actually goes too far.  Whenever I think of the cruel choice that this game forced me to make, I feel a little less bad about the fact that Rareware is now doomed to make Kinect minigames for the rest of eternity and license out their IPs to more capable developers (like the people who made the Battleship shooter).

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1) Foxy (Five Nights at Freddy’s)

You can never truly anticipate how people will respond to fear.  Some flee while others fight, and others still merely embrace their fate.  And then you have the truly bizarre reactions that can best be described as an extreme form of denial.  Nothing may be a better showcase for this than the Five Nights at Freddy’s series.  Foxy from Five Nights at Freddy’s is your biggest threat in the game as he’s the only  one that doesn’t rely on catching you off-guard in order to get you.  He can charge directly into your office and attack faster than you can react.  The only way to keep him at bay is to constantly check your cameras and make sure he stays behind his curtain, which makes you vulnerable to all of the other haunted animatronics.  If it wasn’t for this one threat, each night wouldn’t nearly be as difficult as they are.

Strangely enough, Foxy has become one of the most popular, if not the most popular, characters in the series.  Several fans of the series, rather than recognize Foxy as the menace that he truly is, have crafted theories that Foxy is actually a good guy whose just checking in on you if you don’t check in on him for too long and that you just die from shock rather than him attacking you.  There is also a plethora of fan art out there that I dare not link you to nor attempt to describe.  To each their own, but you’d think people wouldn’t be drawn toward a screeching serial killer en masse.

What other characters had public responses that surprised you?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.  Depending on the response we get, your suggestions may be featured on a follow-up article in the future.  Until then, keep your eyes peeled for that Villager.  I don’t trust that guy.

League of Legends Champion Preview: Braum, the Heart of the Freljord

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A new supportive champion is approaching the justice fields of League of Legends. His name is Braum, the Heart of the Freljord, and he comes from the icy grounds of the north, where his valiant reputation inspires everyone. Using his massive shield, Braum protects the weak and supports the strong, ensuring that both factions prevail and reach their goals. Riot Games has recently unveiled Braum’s skills and lore story, which describes him as a true legend filled with strength and fortitude:

The frozen peaks of the Freljord have for centuries punished the weak. But as these feared glacial lands host the graves of the frail, for the mighty, the land is a cradle, a place that elevates mere strongmen into true champions. Braum’s story started here, and as his strength and fortitude grew, so too did his legend. Today, his feats inspire all from the poorest of peasants to the fiercest of raiders. And as he prepares to bear his shield into battle once again, he goes knowing he carries the hopes and adoration of the Freljord’s people with him.

Passive: Concussive Blows

Braum’s basic attacks apply Concussive Blows. Once the first stack is applied, all basic attacks from Braum and his allies apply further stacks. Targets that sustain four stacks are stunned and suffer bonus magic damage. After being stunned, Braum cannot apply Concussive Blows to his target again for a moderate duration.

League of Legends BraumConcussive Blows is certainly a deadly passive in close combat and it’s quite overpowered  in comparison with most passives in game. But taking in consideration that Braum is a melee character and he won’t be able to frequently hit enemy champions during the lane phase, then it might mean that this passive is not as strong as it first appears to be. However,  I think it will be very devastating, specially when used with disable skills. That way hitting enemy champions and stacking Concussive Blow stacks will be much easier, thus triggering almost permanent stuns. Note that basic attacks from allies also grant stacks. I’m not sure how long this stun will last but it will certainly be a very short one, probably around half a second.  But despite the stun duration, I think this passive will most likely need a small power reduction upon release because having free stuns and bonus magic damage every four hits is a bit too much in my opinion.

Q: Winter’s Bite

Braum propels freezing ice from his shield in a straight line skillshot, dealing magic damage (based on Braum’s max health), slowing and applying a stack of Concussive Blows to the first target hit.

League of Legends BraumBraum will use his frozen powers to slow enemies in a straight line. Nothing special there, it’s completely normal for support champions to have some kind of disable abilities. However, in Braum’s case this skill will enable a combo with his passive. By using Winter’s Bite, he’ll automatically apply a Concussive Blow stack, therefore the allied ADC just needs to hit the same target and it will trigger a stun upon three more basic attacks. Also, as the target is slowed, Braum can possibly hit the enemy himself, triggering the stun even faster. This skill will surely be a precious combat gem, since it has an offensive and defensive role. The most obvious usage is to engage and slow enemy champions, however it can be also used to prevent enemies from flanking you and your allies.

W: Stand Behind Me

Braum leaps to the aid of a nearby ally, positioning himself between his target and their nearest enemy champion, and granting both Braum and his target bonus armor and magic resist based on his total armor and magic resist.

League of Legends BraumStand Behind Me is a notorious creation and a brand new concept in League of Legends. Self-bonus defense skills are common among support champions. What’s not so common however, is the ability to boost an ally’s defense rates. Braum will be able to perform both tasks at once and based on his total armor and magic resistance. Which means, the higher those two ratings are the more bonuses this skill will grant. What’s left to know is for how long the effects will last. I don’t believe it will be long, in fact it should last only a few seconds, five maximum, else it would be immensely strong and unbalanced.

E: Unbreakable

Braum raises his shield in a target direction, negating the damage from the first attack from the shield’s direction and reducing the damage of all subsequent attacks as long as the shield is raised. Braum intercepts projectiles with Unbreakable, causing them to hit him and then be destroyed. He also gains a minor speed boost until he lowers his shield.

League of Legends BraumThis ability is similar to Yasuo’s Wind Wall, which absorbs enemy fire. In this case, Braum creates a frozen barrier that negates the first enemy attack and reduces the incoming damage from all subsequent attacks. Unbreakable can be extremely useful during the lane phase, mostly because it can easily deny the harasses from the enemy champions, whether support or ADC. Fast reflexes and prediction will create very interesting moves. For example, casting this ability before an enemy skill reaches you will automatically deny that skill’s damage.  Braum will also gain a minor speed boost, which can be used for a consecutive engage if the moment is indeed advantageous.

R: Glacial Fissure

Braum slams his shield into the ground, sending out a huge long-range skillshot that knocks up and damages all enemies caught before leaving behind a strong slow field.

League of Legends BraumBraum’s ultimate is a massive frozen fissure that will disable enemies in a line. As obvious, this ability must be used with accuracy and precision in order to hit the most enemies possible. This way it won’t just knock them up for a short time, it will also reduce their movement speed, creating the perfect scenario for a team engage or disengage. Glacial Fissure can be combined with many other disable abilities, like Malphite’s Unstoppable Force and Yasuo’s Last Breath. The combo ultimates will extend the disability effect by restraining the enemy team from using attacks and abilities and it will simultaneously inflict huge amounts of damage. In the end, it’s always about timing and strategy.

Global Overview: A New Perma Ban is Coming to Ranked Matches

It seems pretty obvious to me that Braum will be the new Leona of the League. He will be the legend of supportive tanks with his multiple disables, damage absorption and defense boost skills. He will also be the terror of AD carries and he’ll be a hell of a challenge to kill. With his super-tank abilities, I don’t think it will be difficult to harass an enemy ADC and jeopardize his farming plans. In fact, a simple poke might end up in an spontaneous engage and possible kill. I can perfectly foresee a new perma ban option coming to the ranked system. Braum you won’t be forgotten.

League of Legends S4: The Wonders of Kayle Support

The Judicator of League of Legends is a multi-role champion that can serve basically any purpose with distinction. Kayle is mostly used as a mage in top and middle lanes but there’s another role she’s particularly good at. Supporting with Kayle is surely out of the mainstream trends but it doesn’t mean she’s an unwise choice. Kayle is extremely versatile and she can be built in multiple ways according to players’ choices. Besides, she has an incredible skill utility and counter-engaging commands.

Reckoning: Engaging and Counter-Engaging

Reckoning is one of the most powerful slows in game and it can be used in an offensive or defensive way. This skill can reduce the movement speed of a single target up to 55% during three seconds. It might seem quite short but it’s not. In fact, this spell can pick up kills easily if Kayle is moving with other allies. But that’s not all, if the enemy team decides to engage she can simply nullify one of them with this effective slow. At least during three seconds, one of the four enemy champions won’t be able to pursue allies.

League of Legends Kayle Divine Blessing: Consistent Aiding

Kayle is able to provide continuously assistance during the lane phase through Divine Blesing. This ability recovers a small amount of health and gives a minor mobility boost for three seconds. Since the cool down is relatively short, Kayle just needs mana regeneration to keep this spell running at all times. Combining this supportive skill with Reckoning, Kayle is able to counter enemy strategies and create unexpected moments that can become beneficial for the whole team.

Righteous Fury: A Little Damage Never Hurts

The thing about supporting with Kayle is that she won’t be able to do much damage, however Righteous Fury provides a temporary ranged attack with extra damage. This means that even without damage items, Kayle is still able to hurt enemies, at least a little. Nonetheless, she doesn’t need to exactly do huge amounts of damage, she only needs to repeatedly hit a single enemy and stack her passive, Holy Fervor. This debuff can stack up to five times and it reduces enemy champions defenses by 3% per hit. If you allies focus your target, then they’ll be able to do up to 15% more damage.

ILeague of Legends Kaylentervention: Saving Lives

Intervention is probably the most decisive ultimate in League of Legends. A great decision concerning this skill might determinate the outcome of a match. How? Well, it’s simple. Kayle’s ultimate shields an ally champion with invulnerability to all damage up to three seconds. In team fights, casting this skill in your tank or carry will most likely grant you advantage. If the enemy lineup focuses a certain target and all that damage is nullified, then your team will have higher chances to succeed.

In the End… She Can Turn Tables Around

If there’s a champion that can truly change the outcome of a match, then it’s Kayle. A precise ultimate at the right moment can be the end of the enemy team. On the other hand, an imprudent ultimate might end up having severe consequences. But overall, Kayle is a very reliable support, she can slow, heal, speed up and shield enemies from all types of damage and still manage to do a decent amount of damage.

League of Legends S4: The Wonders of Zilean Support

Zilean

Zilean is an old champion; he has been part of League of Legends (LoL) since the very beginning but he has never been a top selected one. Why? Well, because he doesn’t entirely fit a single role, he’s a hybrid champion, half mage, half support. However, in this fourth Season he has been revised as a decent offensive support. More than that, he’s an excellent choice for climbing the ranking ladders at lowers stages under the supportive role. It seems a bit surreal but it’s true.

League of Legends ZileanZilean: The Anti-Farm Machine

Going full support with Zilean is quite hopeless because his skills are not built for that purpose. Instead, he has a strong offensive potential, in which he can easily deny his opponent’s farm by using auto attacks and Time Bombs. The trick is in Zilean’s attack range (600), which is quite long and allows players to continuously poke enemies without much of a trouble. Besides, casting Time Bombs is fairly easy and it does huge amounts of damage, especially if played with AP runes and mage masteries. Casting double bombs with Rewind is the ultimate anti-farm weapon. With this combo, Zilean can assume total control over his lane and force enemy champions to retreat and stay back. If they decide to keep farming instead, then you’ll have a great opportunity to get some kills. It’s a win-win situation. And the secret is all in hitting and avoiding being hit.

Time Warp: The Power of Speed

Speed is crucial in the world of LoL and Zilean has a very powerful haste that can change the outcome of battles in a blink of an eye. But Time Warp doesn’t have just one effect. It’s able to speed up allies, as well as slow down enemies. It’s a utility skill that can be used in many ways. With a cool down reduction build, Zilean can keep up the speed or slow without any issues, at least during a group fight.

Chronoshift: One More Life

Chronoshift is definitely the most precious ability for Zilean players. In fights, any other skill can be missed and the scenario might still be alright. However, if Chronoshift is not properly casted, things will get really ugly. This skill has the power to bring back a fallen ally, which means that your team will have an additional life at all times. But this skill should always be used with precaution, since it doesn’t just have a giant cool down, it also has the power to change the outcome of team fights, so casting it correctly is the key to win. In normal circumstances, casting it on the ally carries is the smartest option. However, it might happen that your team carrier is someone else. In that case your priorities should change and adapt.

League of Legends ZileanThe Cons: Extremely Matchup and Team Composition Dependent

As I’ve been saying all along, Zilean is more than viable as support but not always. In fact, he’s extremely dependent on ally and enemy champion selections. He’s quite weak against melee supports such as Leona and Thresh but on the other hand, he’s quite strong against other mage supports like Sona and Anie. The other huge con is Zilean’s susceptibility. He has no way to protect himself, so dodging all the incoming damage during lane phase might be difficult, if not impossible at times. Therefore, killing Zilean is easy, he’s a mage and his most effectively support build is offensive, so he should be low on defenses and health.

In the End… He’s Truly Destructive

Winning lane phase is half way to win a match, so considering Zilean against non-tank supports is wise and prudent. If you’re able to to stop your enemies from farming and pick up a few kills, then you’ll get a decent advantage, thus helping other lanes will be easier. Just remember, your main duty is to save your carry’s life. Ultimately, you can use Chronoshift on yourself but in most cases it’s preferable to die in order to save someone else. Why? Because you’re not supposed to carry and we all know, without damage you can’t win.

League of Legends: Riot’s April Fools Day Prank is a Tremendous Success

April Fools Day

Riot Games has launched a very fierce April Fools Day prank featuring a new game mode, Ultra Rapid Fire, followed by hilarious patch notes. Players’ response through social media indicate that this measure is nothing but a tremendous success. In fact, there’s even petitions to keep this mode in-game and to include it on the upcoming All Stars tournament.

League of Legends Ultra Rapid FireThis mode is a casual and fun way to experience Summoner’s Rift, since players get a bunch of unique bonuses regarding combat mechanics – ability’s cool down reduction is set to 80%, mana and energy costs have been abolished and ranged champions have now double attack speed. But there’s even more bonuses, as you can see in the in-game Buff of Awesomely Awesome Buffing. To balance and make this mode playable, Riot Games was forced to make several individual adjustments such as Teemo’s mushrooms, limited to twenty at a time. Check the official trailer:

League of Legends Ultra Rapid FireLeague of Legends’ official Facebook and Twitter pages are flooded with positive feedback regarding this unexpected surprise. In Reddit, things go beyond simple comments, as players demand the inclusion of this mode in the permanent gameplay options. Furthermore, Riot has launched a fun contest challenging players to choose between Team Ryze and Team Tryndamere, both symbolized by the company’s co-founders, Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill respectively. This week’s free champions are only two, therefore the dilema – Ryze of Tryndamere?

League of Legends: Team Builder is Not Coming to Ranked for Now

Team Builder

Riot Games has officially launched Team Builder, a new team set-up queue for normal games, which will exclude the ranked ladders for the time being. After a long beta testing period, it is now available in all servers and is here to stay according to Riot Games. This system allows players to create their own team setup or queue for one using a specific champion, role and position.

Check the trailer below and let us know what you think about it:

This new queue system is merely casual and it’s not coming to the competitive grounds for now. Riot Games doesn’t want to dictate any restrictions to the development of competitive matches and as so, this system will be only live for normal queues. The company explained that  might be implemented in the future but possibly with a different format, since the pick order and ban mechanics are crucial in the ranked system:

Because Team Builder is a brand new way to handle champion select, we started with basic elements such as choosing the champion, position and role you intend to play in a given match. We know that the ban and pick order mechanics of the draft process are critical to the competitive nature of ranked mode, and we’re not quite sure yet how these would fit into Team Builder.

Team Builder seems to be ideal for training purposes, since players can easily pick a specific role or champion. However, there are a few concept lines that could be useful for the competitive level – who wouldn’t appreciate a permanent balanced team in ranked?