Getting Started in League of Legends (LoL)

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What is League of Legends? (*)
League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena, real-time strategy video game developed and published by Riot Games, for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. It is a free-to-play game supported by micro-transactions and inspired by the mod, Defense of the Ancients for the video game Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

In League of Legends, players assume the role of an unseen “summoner” that controls a “champion” with unique abilities and battle against a team of other players or computer-controlled champions. The goal is usually to destroy the opposing team’s “nexus”, a structure which lies at the heart of a base protected by defensive structures. Each League of Legends match is discrete, with all champions starting off fairly weak but increasing in strength by accumulating items and experience over the course of the game.

This is a short tutorial on how to play League of Legends. If you’re a new player, this guide will help get you up to speed.

Game maps
League of Legends consists of four main maps, or “Fields of Justice,” each have different terrain, objectives and victory conditions, as well as varied summoner spells and items – Summoner’s Rift, Twisted Treeline, Howling Abyss and Crystal Scar.

Champion selection
League of Legends includes four ways teams may choose what champion they will play for a given match.

Blind Pick allows two teams to select their champions simultaneously, while not knowing the champion selections of the opposing team until the match begins. It is available on Summoner’s Rift, Twisted Treeline, and the Crystal Scar for matchmaking games, and for all modes in custom games.
Draft Pick allows each team to ban three champions, removing them from the match. Teams then take turns selecting their champions while being able to see the selections of the other team. It is available on Summoners Rift for match making games, and for all modes in custom games.
Team Builder allows the matchmaking system to construct teams based on the preferred role of each player. It is available on Summoners Rift for matchmaking games.
ARAM, or All Random All Mid, randomly assigns a champion to each player. Players accumulate re-rolls by playing multiple matches, which they can use to randomly select another champion for that match. It is available on Howling Abyss for matchmaking games, and for all modes in custom games.

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(*Source: Wikipedia,