League of Legends is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) type of game. Two teams of 3 or 5 players battle each other on a chosen map. The game's objective is to destroy the key building in enemy base - the Nexus. Reaching that goal is not as simple as it may seem. The gameplay combines use of skill and tactics, and there are many roads to victory. There are plenty of things that a player needs to keep an eye on, such as map visibility, enemies spotted on the lane, as well as those who may suddenly appear on the frontline. Outnumbering your opponent may often turn out to be the key to success. LoL offers three game modes: Classic (maps: Summoner's Rift and Twisted Treeline), Dominion (The Crystal Scar), and ARAM (Howling Abyss), which are detailed further in the guide.
League of Legends is based on microtransactions. Downloading and playing the game is free. All in-game champions, runes, and runebook pages can be purchased with IP (Influence Points), which are awarded to each player for their sheer participation in battles. Real money can be spent on RP (Riot Points), which allow players to buy additional skins for their champions. Skins are just a visual aspect - they do not influence champions' statistics. Another benefit of having RP is that you can spend them to immediately purchase champions of your interest. Only runes are available exclusively for IP. Owing to its attractiveness and mechanics LoL has quickly become the most popular e-sport in the world.