Color me surprised as anyone else to say this, but for the past week I’ve been dipping into the cool waters of League of Legends and finding them delightful.
I really hadn’t planned on returning to LoL following last April’s brutal indoctrination, but several members of my Guild Wars guild was moonlighting in LoL on a daily basis, so I decided, “Why not?” The best part is that we’re not doing the PvP stuff, just PvE matches against bots.
I know, it seems counter to the “spirit” of the game to do so, but for me it’s made all the difference. I’ve never been shy in saying that, to me, PvP is stressful and it is rarely fun. I’ve given it quite a few tries across many platforms, but it’s never stuck. The combination of rude players, the much faster pace of combat, and the pressure put on your team to “win” makes me hunched over and nervous. In real life, I rarely like competitive activities either, much preferring cooperative endeavors.
So it is certainly welcome that LoL has a PvE option, and spending a few nights experiencing it with my team has really warmed me to the game. I’ve always liked League of Legends’ look, its sound, and its “attitude,” if you will. It’s charming in a World of Warcraft-type of way and I can dig it. Being part of a team that’s trying to back each other up and accomplish a great task is almost heady.
It’s also proven to be more relaxing as a learning environment. I’m still figuring everything out, but it’s not so life-and-death as the PvP atmosphere cultivates. I’m trying to master the newbie basics — don’t die, earn gold, help push, harass enemies, etc. — while researching how best to build and play characters.
I’ve purchased a few, but right now my favorite is Tristana. She not only rocks in the cute/attitude department, but I like fighting at range, her abilities are straight-forward, and I’m actually starting to take down bots and stay alive more than I was doing with, say, Nunu or Annie.
It’s a good time to get into LoL as well, since Riot just gave out free 10-win IP boosters (IP is an in-game currency that you can use to purchase characters and stat-building runes) and has something planned for its two-year anniversary on Thursday.