The Joys of a good team mate (League of Legends rant)
By Seventh 02-21-2010 03:07 AM
Hello all long time no post.
I have gone back to school and in the middle of the semester. I have been quite busy just finishing up some midterms and getting overall work done. Just a little something to let the masses know where I have been.
I have discovered a very fun game called League of Legends for those who have not heard of it. A truly awesome game. For those who have not heard of it, it is a (defense of the ancients) DOTA inspired game in which attempts to bring DOTA to the masses. The game play is more friendly though the competition can be quite heated. The community I have found to be less harsh and friendlier to "noobies" of the genre by having a pretty decent match system. Gone are those days where you log on to b-net and try to join a DOTA room labeled newbs only, only to get your but stomped by pro players.
Anyways, sorry for the digression in the post back to the point the joys of a good team mate. I have just finished a game in which had a pretty good time in. What was the problem though? Well starting off the game is set up for 5 vs 5, we had a player afk on our team. Setting the game to 4v5. To make matters worse 5 minutes into the game we had a loud mouth player who become very vocal about how we were going to lose. Mind you we were doing pretty well myself having 2 kills with no deaths atm and another mate with 4 kills and 1 death. Instead of trying to assist us he decided to feed the other team going 1/7 and going on and on about how we were all noobs and how he had to get the first kill.
Needless to say the game became a 3 vs 5 and we got owned pretty hard being able to hold off the opposing team respectably for nearly an hour.
So why the rant? Well... why do people do that? We are in a losing situation out of the gates and instead of being a good team mate and help us alleviate this problem by playing smart he decides to whine and complain, bitching all game about how we are going to lose. He did not leave the game because the game is programmed to discourage leavers with a system they have set up that I will not get into. So instead of playing, or taking the hit and just disconnect from the game he sits there and goes on and on and on. So he sat there for 55 minutes bitching. HECK if you know we are going to lose anyways and you want no part in it but don't want to deal with the d/c penalty go grill a burger, eat some cereal, watch a little TV. There are so many other things he could've done waiting for the game to end.
It got very annoying VERY fast, and I did not want to get into an argument or a pissing contest as that would have deterred me away from enjoying the game even with the disadvantage. The experience was excruciating at best, as those who have played DOTA know the game CAN be won 4v5 with a halfway decent team.
Anyways this experience made me think of all the games I had where all 4 other players were halfway decent and boy those moments are what draw me back over and over again tot he game. It is awesome how a team of 5 players when coordinated and know their roles can achieve dominance. It is even better when the other side also have 5 good players and the battle goes back and forth until someone messes up and that small mess up is the door way of opportunity to wipe out the other side.
The game is free to play. There is an option to purchase heroes via cash but each week a set of 10 different heroes are rotated allowing people who do not wish to pay to buy heroes to try out the variety. NOTE you do not HAVE to pay to get heroes as you play matches you accumulate IP, with this IP you can use it to purchase heroes permanently. The process takes longer as out of the 14 games I have played on average I get 100-300 IP per game dependent on how well I did.
The costs of heroes range from around 300 IP to 4000 IP, but after a game or two you can definitely start trading IP in for heroes. I though enjoyed the game so much I purchased the champion pack from newegg in which comes with 20 heroes and a 10 dollar riot card (the cash equivalent) for 20 USD. The only thing in which REQUIRES cash are the alternative skins for the champions. Everything else can be gained by playing and gaining enough IP to purchase it in the shop. Cash I guess would just be a faster way of unlocking heroes or your favorites faster. My purchase I guess was more of a support for the developers more then anything as I already have more then enough IP atm to unlock the 2 main heroes I play with. With time I would easily accumulate enough to amass myself a small army of heroes, not to mention the 10 that are rotated in each week to provide a variety and a chance to try out new heroes and decide if I like them or not.
ANYWAYS for those interested in downloading and playing:
Was going to post a referral link, but saw the terms at the bottom of the page. For those that would like to help me out with a referral then please send me a PM. Realistically 25 people for a champion (hero) and additional minor game bonuses.
oh p.s for those interested in reading more about the game here is an excellent forum post from the website.
Until next time folks and thanks for reading.
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