The League of Lore
Have you ever thought to yourself, man, I really dont know enough about League of Legends? Because if you have, youre in luck. League has constantly been evolving since its inception in 2009, and now more than ever is the perfect time to get to know a little more about the game youre going to sink over 100 hours of your life into over the next year.
From sibling rivalries to hidden passives, the Fields of Justice have more to them than youd originally think. Did you know that there's a hidden Pokemon reference in the game? Did you know that there are super secret passive buffs? And that's not all--there are dozens of little secrets hidden throughout League, and we've gathered some of the best in one place.
The Piltover girls got some beef
While Vi, Caitlyn, and Jinx all hail from the country of Piltover, dont think that theyre all buddy buddy. In the lore (yes, League has lore), Vi and Caitlyn are the police duo who have made it their prerogative to hunt down the absolutely insane Jinx. This is reflected in the game as well. When Jinx is on the opposing team of Cait or Vi, they all get cosmetic buffs called Catch me if you can! And for every cop Jinx kills she gets one extra gold, same for Vi and Cait every time they slay the vagabond.
If youre a smaller champ, theres actually a chance your dead body could be eaten
Because theres a shark in League of Legends. No its not a champ, its Fizzs buddy from his ult Churn the Waters. If youre Annie, Amumu, Veigar, Kennen, or any of the other tinier champs on the Rift then youre in danger of being nommed. All that has to happen is you need to be killed by Fizzs R, and not even your body will remain on the battlefield. Other champions' corpses remain, just not the poor tiny ones.
Nidalee is a cougar in every sense of the word
There are more than a few hidden passives in League of Legends, but none so beautiful as Nidalees hidden cougar passive. What does it do? Allies who are a lower level than Nidalee will gain +5 exp every 5 seconds if Nidalee is nearby. Get It? Because shes a yeah.
Skarner is actually an aspiring Pokemon
Though youd only know it if you were sitting in a bush unmoving. After the 12 seconds are up and youve successfully watched your team get slaughtered without your presence, Skarner will bare his claws and say Skar Skar Skarner! Its cute, he wants to be a Pokemon :3
Sejuani is a redhead with no soul
When anything dies on the Fields of Justice while Thresh is nearby, it will drop a soul for him to collect and gain strength from. Everything subscribes to this rule: minions, Champions, and even the Dragon. The developers go as far as to make sure that champions comprising two living beings drop two souls. When Nunu dies, two souls are dropped for both him and Wallop. When Sejuani and her boar die though, only one soul gets dropped. Which of course just begged a deluge of redhead jokes due to that strange meme that redheads have no souls.
Ninjas work better alone
Sometimes characters will get cosmetic buffs just for the fact that they are who they are. For instance, Gangplank has a Yarrr, Im a mighty pirate! buff while Miss Fortune has the compliment Yarrr, Im a mighty pirate hunter! All the ninjas of the game, on the other hand, have the cosmetic buff of This unit is a flippin ninja. But ninjas work better alone, and so for every ninja on the same team, they all lose 1 health.
Plants vs. Zombies
Ah the bitter rivalry of Plants and Zombies. Also as bitter as the pirate versus ninjas rivalry (which, yes is in the game too). In the left corner representing the plants, is Zyra. In the right corner, the bastion of zombies, is Sion. Does it affect the game at all? Only a little. Whenever Sion and Zyra kill one another, they get an extra two gold thrown into the bounty.
Bugs vs. Cats?
While not as well known as some of the other rivalries, it is definitely known that cats dont like bugs right? Well whatever, it exists in League of Legends in the form of an event between KhaZix and Rengar on opposite teams. Once Rengar purchases his Bonetooth Necklace and Kha uses all of his upgrades, a quest objective titled The Hunt is on! chimes for both players. If Rengar kills Kha first, his necklace gets upgraded to The Head of KhaZixs and grants him full permanent stacks. If Kha kills Rengar first, he gets another evolution upgrade.
Wearing sunglasses protects you from Leona
We all know UV rays are dangerous, so really Leona is more powerful than we give her credit for. Some champions on the Fields of Justice are prepared for her sunny destruction though. Champions and skins that have sunglasses will take one less damage from Leonas Sunlight ability. Good on Riot for maintaining a shred of scientific accuracy in the champion designs.
Nashor is a throwback to Dota
We all know that League of Legends came from the popular Warcraft 3 mod Defense of the Ancients. Thats old news. And we know they took design ideas, including the map design, from that mod. But did you know that LoLs Baron Nashor is a nod to Dotas most powerful neutral creep in more than just purpose? Dotas version of Baron is Roshan. Nashor. Roshan. Nashor--theyre reverses of the other.
Many of the original champions have personal reasons for their names
Tryndamere is Riot president Marc Merrills Everquest nickname. Annie is a Riot designers girlfriend who, yes, owns a teddy bear named Tibbers. Zilean is from designer Zilias summoner name. Same with Udyr for Udyr. Nunu is the name of a Riot developers dog. The list goes on and on...
There are a bunch of family members in the League as well. Some are buddies, like the siblings Lux and Garen or the husband and wife Tryndamere and Ashe. Some are siblings who are bitter rivals like Morgana and Kayle (makes sense) or Nasus and Renekton (which makes less sense). And some are both just awful people, like the sisters Katrina and Sassiopia. Oh sorry, we meant Cassiopeia.
Blitzcrank runs a dating service
Came from left field didnt it? Yup, in his official lore Blitzcrank runs a dating service for all of the lonely hearts that are his human friends. The service is called Blitzcrank's Fleshling Compatibility Services, and when hes not grabbing enemy Amumus to destroy his entire team, hes helping the world find love.
Rammus used to be quite chatty
A lot of champions get reworked before release. For example, Lux was all set to come out before a fan sent in a painting she did of her reimagined Lux. The dev team liked it so much that they went for it and hired that fan as an artist. Other champions get minor tweaks here and there, but whenever something is taken away something is given back. Not the case for Rammus. He had a full voice suite to his name before it was axed, leaving him with the now infamous OK.
Amumu used to be a dead child, but that was too creepy
Poor Amumu is the poster child for tragic characters, literally. Just look at his kit. One of his moves does damage by forcing him to sob all over himself, and his ultimate is called Curse of the Sad Mummy. In his original lore, Amumu was a child who had been mummified. Once Riot realized that was really, really dark, they instead turned his lore into that of a fully grown Yordle. Still dead and mummified, but at least less dead child-y now.
Cassiopeia's doo is composed of local fair
You may have never noticed this, but the river separating the blue and purple teams on the map is literally teaming with snakes. Next time youre dead body is lying in the river while your team fights around you, check it out. Do you know who could make really good use of those snakes? Why, Leagues very own Cassiopeia. When shes alive and on the field, there are no snakes in the river. Yet when she dies, the river floods with them once again. This obviously means that they crawl up onto her skull and become her hair when shes alive. Lovely.
Web 2.0 is represented through skins
Almost every single skin in the game is based off of--or alludes to--something. Its like a grab bag of cultural references. And dont even get me started on the dances: from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya to the Macarena, this game has everything. One piece of skin trivia that you may not know is that League has given a nod to all the popular web browsers out there. Internet Explorer is represented by Explorer ezreal, Firefox through Foxfire Ahri, and Google Chrome through Chrome Rammus. Does that mean that Pop Star Ahri represents Opera?
Even characters' armors and weapons have backstories
Because the League is full of geniuses, it only makes sense that they would end up inventing things to be used against one another. Hextech is the steampunk of LoL, and almost all technology that you see is in that category. The two genius inventors responsible for the mess? Heimerdinger (good) and Viktor (evil). Wonder where Master Yis goggles come from? Hemier. Jayces hammer? Viktor.
You're basically a real life summoner now
That should be enough League trivia to last you a whole season. Think you know more? Let us know in the comments below. And good luck in season four, for those of you brave enough to jump in fight against the onslaught of raging noobs that think they're better than you.
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