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Host: Welcome to the first installment of League of Legends walkthrough trailers presented by Riot Games.
Shawn Corrence: Hi, my name is Shawn Corrence and I’m the lead creative designer at Riot Games. Today I have the pleasure of giving you an overview of our soon to be released game, League of Legends. The play style of League of Legends introduces an innovative new genre, something we’re calling A MOBA or an MOBA. Now you maybe asking yourself what exactly is a MOBA, well it stands for multiplayer online battle arena. It has a good mix or real time action, real time strategy, competitive team play and we’ve even thrown in a dash of RPG gaming for good measure.
Host: Next, we have Tom Catwell for walkthrough the game play elements of League of Legends.
Tom Catwell: Hi, I’m Tom Catwell and I’m going to tell you a little bit about League of Legends and some of our basic game play. In League of Legends you play a summoner who summons champions to fight enemies and hopefully you know win for your team and you know the champions who have invested a lot of time in trying to make them really different and unique in how they play. So in one hand you might have a magic based champion who is very twitchy, fast paced, has various spells and in another you might have traditional kind of fighter type champion that’s maybe even more based around strategy and timing.
Host: Before each match, players must summon a champion from a pool of unique characters, each which offers its own rich and distinct game play experience.
Tom Catwell: So here, we are in the game, you can see my team here; I’ll be going down the center lane to the middle of the map with two of my allies. The champion I have summoned, the big blue guy you see in there in the screen in called Rise Throvemage, Rise is a damage doing spell caster who has a bunch of abilities most distinctive of which is called Grim Prison. The small creatures that have joined us are my minions; minions are AI controlled creatures that are a lot less powerful than your champion is.
I can attack an enemy by right clicking on it and you can see that in the game right now where my glove cursory becomes a sword. If you let it go full blown in a minion, your awarded gold and you can see that in the game also with the goal to gold numbers that pop up over dead enemies and overtime that ends up being a free port because as you kill enemy champions, towers, buildings, etc. You’re going to gain gold and experience which gradually makes your champion a lot more powerful.
As my champion gains level, his going to get skill points and I have to decide how to spend those. I can either use them to upgrade an existing skill or I can use it to learn an entirely new skill. You know its really about understanding how best to use your abilities in different situations as well as to understand what your opponents might throw at you so you can anticipate what's going to happen and have the right strategy to make sure they’re not successful. Looks like I'm pretty low in health so I’m going to get out of here and get healed up and the best way to do that is back up a little bit out of combat and use the recall ability.
And the way that works is any character can use recall ability, it takes about ten seconds after which you teleport back to the fountain which where you started the game and one feature of the fountain is that any champion that’s standing inside of it is rapidly healed. I’m at the store now as well and that’s where you spend money to improve your character. There's a couple of good options I have for Rise, I could buy ability power which would make all his spells better, I could buy mana which allows him to cast more spells and also makes over lord stronger or I could buy health so that I don’t have to run away as quickly next time.
Picking the right items is really at the center of this strategy of League of Legends. Its important that as your champions gains power that your building him into a direction that’s going to synergize both your team as well as you compliment your own champions strengths and you know hopefully to some extent you know offsetting some of the advantages your opponents are acute letting.
Lets fast forward a little bit, one of the most important parts of League of Legends is the team fights and the best type of team fights is one where there’s you know three or four view and you are one of them and that’s what you can see here. The important part of the game is killing the enemies’ champions and because they are actually played by living humans, they’re not going to stand there and take it, so you have to be a little more clever and it’s really important to get in positioning so that you can run away quickly if you need to. And you can attack easily if you need to as well.
Host: Thanks for watching our first walkthrough of League of Legends, stay tuned for more exciting features such as shout cast of full games, our mitigating walkthrough, game videos of our maps and more. Make sure to check out LeagueofLegends.com for more exciting updates and also join our community for opportunities to participate in our BETA.