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What is League of Legends? Overview, esports, tournaments

League of Legends or simply LoL is the most popular game in the world starting from 2012. The game is developed by Riot Games Studio which controls its esports competitive scene. What is League of Legends? Why LoL is so popular? What are the most significant League of Legends Leagues and Tournaments? Read the overview of LoL in esports.

What is League of Legends?

The game was created and published by Riot Games on October 27th, 2009. League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena that has two teams (5 players each) who are competing with each other on the battlefield called ‘Summoners Rift’ to complete a set goal. LoL is more about the strategy than fast fingers and reaction.

League of Legends is inspired with Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod, Defense of the Ancients. The game has unique characters called ‘Champions’. Each character has can use both personal and general items and abilities. During each match the players have to evolve their champions, kill neutral monsters, destroy towers, buildings and slaughter the opponent team. An average LoL match lasts from 30 to 60 minutes.

Why League of Legends so popular?

League of Legends did not break into the esports stage right after the release. The first major LoL tournament took place only in 2011. That was the Season 1 League of Legends World Championship in Jönköping, Sweden. It had a humble $100 000 prize pool and only 8 participating teams. It worth mentioning, that the very first LoL Worlds had no participants from South Korea or China. The first teams created to compete in LoL pro stage were the legendary Team SoloMid (TSM), Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) and Fnatic.

 

LoL has got the major push in its growth with the launching game servers in Korea and China that are the biggest gaming markets in the world. After the boom of StarCraft in early 21st century, South Korea was a fertile ground for competitive eSport. Meanwhile, China was rapidly evolving its economy and technologies, which led to Chinese people being extremely interested in online video games. Those two countries became the backbone of League of Legends popularity in 2012. Worlds Season 2 in Los Angeles featured two teams from China and two from South Korea. No wonder, that Chinese team Taipei Assassins met Korean Azubu Frost in the Grand Finale. Since that time, no other team from outside China and South Korea has raised the ‘Summoners Cup’.

In 2013, South Korean LoL stage has taken the world dominance from China and the other regions. It is linked to the establishment of two the most successful League of Legends teams of all times – SK Telecom T1 (SKT) and Samsung Galaxy Pro-Game Team (SG). The teams were sponsored by two of the biggest Korean companies and were bounded to success.

The Korean dominance lasted for 5 years. It symbolic that Chinese team Invictus Gaming has won 2018 World Championship on South Korea land. What’s more, there was no Korean team even in the Semifinals! In 2019, most talented Korean and Chinese LoL eSports players have into under the badge of FunPlux Phoniex organization to notch the victory again.

LoL in eSports

Nowadays, League of Legends is an extensive eSports ecosystem that has stable LoL tournaments and LoL Leagues hierarchy. League of Legends has 12 professional leagues around the globe. According to the regional league’s standing the best LoL teams from each region get invites to League of Legends World Cup group stage. Some others have the chance to advance to the main event trough the Play-ins.

League of Legends Leagues and Tournaments

Among those, the most popular leagues are LCS, LEC, LCK and LPL. Thus, more than half LoL Worlds participants represent these regions. With world pandemic hitting us in 2020, the regional leagues were moved to online format.

Read more about League of Legends World Championship history.

LoL All-Star

League of Legends has already held 7 international All-Star events, most of which took place in North America. The All-Star event usually follows LoL World Championship and indicates the season closure. It used to be an offline event that features 64 League of Legends superstars who compete in different kind of challenges on each December of the year.

In 2019, the event took place at Esports Arena Las Vegas. It featured 1v1 Tournament, Teamfight Tactics, 5v5 Summoner’s Rift and different showmatches. The list of All-Star participants is formed on the basis of fans voting that takes place in every separate Region.

Bookmark BuffHub League of Legends to read LoL news, match predictions and tournament results on a daily basis. 

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