20th March, 2017
With hundreds of different MOBA games out there from DOTA 2 to Heroes of the Storm, players are constantly arguing which game is the best. Some say DOTA 2, but we think it’s undoubtedly League of Legends. Why?
Because League of Legends gameplay is the best.
Let’s face it, every MOBA is different in some way and has its own unique twist on the genre. Every game has different features which helps differentiate it from other MOBAs. DOTA 2, for example, doesn’t have a recall feature but has a courier that will bring items to you. League of Legends, on the other hand, gives players a choice of summoner spells to help aid their battles but doesn't have a courier. Both features give players an entirely different style of gameplay to enjoy and makes them very different from one another.
In order to prove why League of Legends gameplay is the best, we need to explore the other MOBAs on the market and see what makes League of Legends gameplay so unique.
Let’s begin with where we once all started, how learning the actual games can affect gameplay.
When first starting out with a MOBA the number of champions and heroes available can be a little overwhelming. With lots of MOBAs having over 100 champions to choose from, where do you start and which one do you pick?
League of Legends makes it easy for first-time players as it forces gamers to only play a handful of champs. Unlike other MOBAs such as DOTA 2, LoL requires you to buy or unlock champions before you can play them. This might sound like a bad thing, but it can be seen as a positive.
If you’re new to the game and there are only say 10 champions available, then you are going to keep playing the same champions and eventually get used to them. Compare this to DOTA where you can pick any of the hundreds of champions every game; you could play 100 matches and still not understand any of the champions.
By limiting your champion pool, learning the champions in the game suddenly becomes a lot easier. This is one of the main features of LoL, by limiting champions to new players and not letting them play everything at once, players can focus on learning certain champions.
But this isn’t the only reason why League of Legends is simple and easy to learn compared to other MOBAs. LoL also has less complex features which for a new player to the MOBA genre is perfect.
Unlike DOTA 2, League of Legends gameplay does not consist of couriers and the ability to deny CS. Although they add new elements of gameplay to the game such as the ability to not leave your lane and deny your opponent’s precious creep score, for new players they are too confusing and advanced. If last hitting your own minions wasn't hard enough then trying to hit your own minions at the same time is just too much for some players.
If you’ve never played a MOBA before and it’s your first time, then you’ll certainly appreciate League of Legends gameplay over any other MOBA.
Once you’ve got past the learning stage of a MOBA, you’ll soon start to realise that more champions are better. Every champion has its own unique playstyle and can be used to counter other champions in the game, by having more champions it opens up a whole new world of strategy and gameplay.
League of Legends currently has 134 different champions in game which makes it one of most exciting MOBAs. Every champion has its own strength and weakness, and there are plenty of champions that counter each other. Think of it like Pokemon where each class counters another.
By having such a large range of champions available, players can make many team combinations which make the game more entertaining. There’s nothing more boring than playing against the same champions again and again.
The number of champions can make or break a game, too many and you’ll start to forget what every champion's abilities are. Too few and you’ll find yourself stuck in déjà vu!
Another element that makes League of Legends gameplay so great are the regular updates that the developers give it. Riot Games, the developers of LoL put a lot of time and effort into developing new content for players to enjoy. From new champions to champion reworks to new game modes, the frequency of updates is very impressive.
To put things into perspective on the amount of updates, in the year 2016 DOTA 2 released 2 new champions. In the same year, League of Legends released an outstanding 6 champions. It might not seem like a big deal, but new updates and champions have a massive impact on the gameplay of a game.
League of Legends is also known for its regular rework of individual champions and class roles. It was only recently that every Assassin champion got reworked to improve the gameplay of the game.
At the end of every season the developers also implement a massive update which significantly changes the League of Legends gameplay. Past changes have been introducing new jungle monsters and items, removing old items and giving everyone new masteries.
Constant updates keep League of Legends fresh and unique while other MOBAs lag behind.
When it comes to gameplay, nobody wants to be sitting around waiting for something to happen. Instead, they want to be battling it out with their opponents in lane and getting stuck in on grabbing some kills. Lots of MOBAs have different ways of trying to speed up the gameplay by getting rid of boring features and introducing new ones that make the game faster.
DOTA 2, for example, allow players to transport items from the shop all the way into their lane. This means they don't have to run back to base to pick the items up. In addition to this there are also several stores located around the map that players can buy from. Again, this removes the necessity of running to the shop to buy items. In addition to this, DOTA 2 also allows players to teleport to towers and structures if they buy a town portal scroll. This save them the long run all the way from base back to lane.
League of Legends also has several of its own unique features which speeds up the gameplay for players. The first is that players can pick from several summoner spells to aid in their battles. One of the choices is teleport which allows the players to teleport to any structure or friendly minion on the map, including wards. With a default cooldown of 300 seconds which can be reduced to 150 with the right items, this allows players to get back in the action ASAP.
Unlike DOTA ,2 the teleportation doesn't have to be bought from the store and doesn't take up an item slot, this gives the player more room for important items. In addition to this, all players get a free recall spell included with no cooldown at all. This recall spell allows any player anywhere to teleport back to base as long as they are not attacked. By giving players the ability to teleport around the map which relatively low cooldowns, this lets players focus on the important things like scoring that multi-kill.