Fact of Life


Capitalism through Cards

So my friend Will and I decided to venture out to buy some Magic cards as a side hobby. However, the catch was we would only spend a very limited amount of money to keep expenses reasonable. After all, card games are not cheap. It can get rather expensive if you want to make competitive decks filled with rare and powerful cards.

It is not unusual for people to shell out hundreds, even thousands of dollars on cards for their vast collections. Will and I wanted to build decks on a budget, focusing instead on trading, winning tournaments and selling the decent cards we attain to work our way up the ladder.

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First Penta …

I was playing as Fiora, one of my favorite champions, in “League of Legends” last evening. I managed to get my first Pentakill ever.

I have played a lot of LoL in the past few years and never managed to score a Penta until now. The ever-elusive Penta was finally earned, the in-game announcer’s words had a great ring to my ears as I went to print screen the image so I could cherish this personal achievement as a LoL player.

However, when I went to paste the screen image …

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The Right Recipe

Team composition is very important in “League of Legends.” A well-balanced composition sets up a recipe for success, significantly improving the odds that a team can win with proper execution. Every element for a standard team, whether it is the support or jungler, comes together to serve a purpose.

Being able to judge the strength of your team composition at champ select is an appropriate skill to pick up. Does your team have enough damage? Does your team lack crowd control capabilities? Is your team too squishy? Does your team have a tank?

There are certainly many aspects and components to consider, all of which will be tested as a LoL match carries on. Some games can be made that much easier or more difficult, and this can be based solely on how both teams construct their respective team compositions. It is paramount to treat every champion role as a vital ingredient that determines who can enjoy the taste of victory in the end.

Below are five random things I try to keep in mind when it comes to creating an ideal team composition. In no particular order of significance.

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How Resourceful

In “League of Legends,” an interesting aspect of the game is how champions with alternative resource systems (basically, anything other than Mana) exist. What this means is, well, some characters in the game basically play by different rules compared to other champions.

At times, this may seem kind of unfair in the sense that these special champions will never have to worry about stuff like going OOM (out of Mana) when their abilities are paid for differently. We all have faced that awkward scenario where you have to manage your Mana carefully against a foe who literally just spams their abilities left and right at their leisure. It creates a lot of strange duels.

Below is a list of how I would rate the resource systems currently available in the game from best to worst, judging strictly in terms of effectiveness.

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There is a key method when you want to win at “League of Legends,” and this is to snowball.

Snowballing refers to building up your character’s in-game strength to the point where you can overwhelm your opponents. In LoL, this method is accomplished through racking up gold and then using this money to purchase power through items.

All of it is rather linear if you think about it.

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A New League

So Thresh has been officially added into “League of Legends” as a playable champion. I haven’t played many games as or against Thresh yet, but I do appreciate the direction that LoL’s champions are starting to shift toward more creativity (though power levels are often sketchy upon a new champion’s debut).

For one thing, I believe many of the recent champion additions have added many more options to the table. When I first played LoL, I found many of the champions to be on the plain side, and newer characters at times were underwhelming in terms of “wow factor” to say the least.

Granted, this was because I played the original Dota for four years before shifting over to LoL. Many “crazy” mechanics in LoL are often gimped and nerfed versions of stuff you would come across in Dota, so perhaps this affected my perception on “new” champion kits coming off as stale or rehashed in my book.
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