Through games, players also get rewards that apply to their account. The players’ accounts start at level one and progress through the number of games played. The player level is independent of the character level; both a level 30 and a level 5 account would begin at character level 1 at the start of a new game. From 2009 to 2017, the maximum account level was 30, and as players progressed, they unlocked additional content and skills. This system was redesigned in November 2017, with the elimination of the level 30 limit and the elimination of the Runes / Masters system that granted progressive bonuses to players based on their account level. Playing games and leveling up provides “Blue Essence” (called “Influence Points” (IP) from 2009 to 2017), a currency that can be used instead of “real money” to access certain locked features.
In games of 5 vs. 5, after 15 minutes of departure, it is possible to make a surrender, but the vote must be unanimous. Any player can initiate the vote (taken as a vote in favor). At 20 minutes 80% of the team must agree (4 players out of 5). If a surrender request has been rejected, you must wait 3 minutes to request another; while if the surrender has been approved, the link itself is destroyed, thus ending the game in a defeat.
League of Legends takes place in the fictional world of Runaterra. Where the champions are a collection of heroes and villains who have a variety of stories, often related to the political struggles of the various countries of the main continent of Valoran. In addition, some champions are extra-flat and come from different worlds to Runaterra, but they are visiting for their own purposes. These champions sometimes collide with each other, which is reflected in the League of Legends gameplay.
The story has gone through two phases: the “original” story that was canon from 2009 to 2014, and the story restarted from 2014 to the present. The original story was very focused on justifying the exact mechanics of a “League” game in the world of Runaterra. To explain this, in the original context, Valoran was functionally governed by extremely powerful time wizards who could intimidate other nations to fulfill their whims.
They created the “War Academy”, also known as “League of Legends”, to resolve disputes and act as an international sports league. In these disputes, the “Summoners” (that is, the players of the game) could control any of Runaterra’s greatest heroes or villains in their struggles, which justified why a team of 5 characters who hated others.
In addition, these time wizards would actually reduce the character’s power to “level 1” before each game so that things were “fair”; the stories of some characters even explicitly involved them with this idea through the War Academy being responsible for sealing their powers because they were too powerful, like the demigodious Kayle and Morgana. This explains why the characters could participate in multiple games and had to re-learn the same skills each time. After a game, a “Judgment” was sometimes issued, with the winning Summoners able to grant lands and privileges to those who favored.
Riot’s narrative team finally decided that this story was too restrictive and “restarted” the story behind League of Legends in 2014. In essence, the original story put too much emphasis on faceless summoners and Time Wizards. of the Academy; Riot wanted the champions to take center stage and have their own stories, pursuing their own unique goals. For example, Riot has published a plot about a lost empire in the Shurima desert and a plot about a confrontation between the pirate Gangplank and the pirate huntress Miss Fortune in the city of Aguasturbias, both stories They were starred by the game’s champions, not the Summoners. A side effect of this is that “the game and the story are not identical copies of each other.”
The world of Runaterra consists of a series of countries and city-states, enclosed in a network of rivalry, alliance and conflict. The two largest and most powerful entities are the states of Demacia and Noxus, which have fought wars in the past, and are currently at war, with each one seeking to silently undermine the other. Demacia is inspired by an idealized Medieval European kingdom, while Noxus recalls the Roman Empire.
Demacian champions tend to value issues such as chivalry and honor, while Noxus takes pride in his vision, power and cunning. Piltóver and Zaun are a city-state at the forefront of technology; Piltóver, the “respectable” half of the city, has a steampunk style, while Zaun, the forgotten underground city of Piltóver, is a darker view of the power of technology, engaging in ethically questionable research.
The Fréljord is an icy domain divided by a three-way civil war between rival Ashe, Sejuani and Lissandra queens. The city of Bandle is a mythical city where the yordles live, a race of small humanoids exclusive to League of Legends. Ionia is an island nation with a strong connection to magic and features champions inspired by ninja monks and archetypes, as well as Vastaya, a race of animal-human hybrid creatures also exclusive to League of Legends. Aguasturbias is a port city with a pirate theme.
The Shadow Islands are a chain of islands that were magically corrupted and have been bewitched by an evil force known as the “Black Mist” that drains life and strengthens the undead.
Targón is an ancient mountain peak with a theme of Greek mythology. Shurima is a recently resurrected empire that until recently had been lost in the desert, with a somewhat Egyptian theme. Icathia is another fallen and abandoned city where monsters from another dimension known as The Void have crossed into Runaterra, with a Lovecraftian theme.
From the current maps, Summoner’s Rift was set in the War Academy of the original story; its location in the new story is debatable. The Twisted Forest is located in the Shadow Islands, and the Abyss of Laments is located in the Frejlord.