League of Legends is all about Champions. Champions are the characters you play as in the game. Each one has a specific set of strengths and weaknesses, a certain set of skills, a unique ultimate, and offers an individualized way to play the game and defeat your enemies. There are over 145 playable champions in LoL, and each one brings something unique to the table. Games are often lost or won based on the champions selected, how they work together, and how they fulfill their specific class roles.
Understanding the champion classes is half the battle. Each class has a specific set of skills and attributes to bring to the table. From the durable Tank who can take on loads of damage and still manage to walk away from a fight, to the sneaky Slayer carefully picking their targets before going in for a clutch kill, each class plays a different role in the game. Understanding the different advantages and drawbacks of all of the classes on your team is the best way to ensure a good chance of victory.
More often than not, your champion will determine your role in the game. For example, if you pick Morgana, whose powerful spell-shield and effective bind make her a great support, with spell damage to back it up, you probably won’t be wasting your money on attack damage items or trying to jungle.
If you are trying to Jungle, you’ll want someone who can cut down neutral creeps, get farm and buffs, but also be able to engage for a successful gank. Someone like Master Yi, Vi, or Amumu. And your role as a jungler will also dictate your item build. You’ll want to grab a jungle item at the start of the game, and that will dictate your build going forward.
And that’s how it works typically. Your champion and class dictate your role in the game and that dictates your build and how you play. So, at its core, League of Legends is a game that’s all about the champions.
The various skills and gameplay relationships of and between champions are at the heart of every single League of Legends match. The best way to be good at the game is to understand as many champion as possible, and the fastest was to do that is by playing as many of them as possible.
Free Champion Rotation is a great way to get your foot in the door and try out champions. Each week there is a set of 15 champions that anyone can use without owning the champion. Then, after a week, a new pool of 15 is available. This is the perfect way to try before you buy. If you’re looking to play a specific champion, there’s not a good chance that the one you’re looking for will happen to be a part of the free champion rotation, so you won’t be able to play them in an actual match.
The only way to have a champion always available for play is to purchase the champion with Riot Points or Blue Essence. Riot Points, or RP, are the in-game currency obtained by spending real-world money. Blue Essence, on the other hand, is basically obtained by spending time playing. You can get Blue Essence from rewards for leveling up your summoner level, disenchanting champion shards, and getting your First Win of the Day. There are various other ways to get BE, such as completing certain event missions, but the key thing to remember is that the more you play, the more BE you’ll be able to stack up.
Once you have enough currency, it’s time to head on over to the shop and pick out a champion. With so many options, and with BE so slow to come by, this can be a tough choice. That’s why it’s recommended to play a champion during while it is in free rotation to make sure you like playing as that champion in real matches. Of course, since free champion rotation is random, you might not see the champion you’re itching to play in the rotation for a whole season, while other champions you aren’t interested in show up more than once. It’s all luck when you don’t have any currency. But don’t fret, we’re coming out with more specific guides about champions to help you pick the best one for you, and about obtaining currency, to help you unlock it once you’ve decided.
Now that you have a champion, what’s next? For those looking to really show their personality or dedication to a champion, there’s one more way of looking the part: Skins. Skins are retextures/recolors of the champions in-game model and associated splash art. But that’s the least of it. Some of the skins come with new effects, new lines of dialogue, and new sound effects.
Skins are a great way to showcase your skill with a given champion. Skins are typically only unlocked with RP. So most people only tend to acquire skins for champions they have mastered. An in-style champion with a high mastery level and a wicked skin is the best way to strike a bit of fear in your enemies before the match has even started.
A lot of skins are great for showcasing your own personality and playstyle. Some skins don’t take themselves as seriously as others. League of Legends skins are filled with jokes and goofiness. From Urfrider Corki to Pool Party Ziggs, there are plenty of skins to choose from if you’d rather set a different tone.
Unlocking skins with RP is as easy as locating the available skin in the shop and trading in the RP for the skin. There are a few other ways to get skins without forking over the cash, such as chests and keys, or special events and end of season rewards, etc. But for the most part, RP is king. So save your RP for skins. It might seem like a good deal to unlock champions with RP, but if you’re patient, you can unlock champions with BE and save your RP for skins. Because even though you can unlock champions with RP, you can’t unlock skins with BE.