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'League of Legends' S9



As Season 9 approaches I felt that I needed to tell you about my journey up to this point and why LOL has become one the greatest experiences in gaming that I have had in my lifetime.

I have been gaming since I was about eight- or nine-years-old, and my journey began with the NES. Yes, the original Nintendo with Mario and Duck Hunt; I still remember when my father brought home the state-of-the-art SEGA Genesis for my mother and playing Vectorman for hours on end. I realized that there was something special within that digital world when I got my hands on the Playstation and loaded up titles like Final Fantasy VII and Resident Evil. I still remember when you had limited space on memory cards and you had to pick and choose which games to save and which ones to let go of. One of the memories I will never forget was a time when my brother and I bought the SEGA Dreamcast but did not realize that the system did not come with the memory unit called a VMU. Since the stores were closed for Christmas weekend we were challenged to not turn the console off and have a two day marathon where we attempted to complete race after race in 4X4 Evolution.

Throughout the years I have had my gamer itch scratched with various titles that only kept getting more innovative and graphically stimulating. The stories are endless and the completed challenges are something that will always hold a special place in my heart. After a long hiatus, I thought that gaming could no longer offer me anything that would grasp my attention, and then I was introduced to a new style of multiplayer battle strategy game that forever changed my view on gaming as a lifestyle. As I was growing up, you were in your room with you, yourself, and the game you were playing through. The internet was just becoming a glimpse of what it is today, and dial-up did not provide the necessary power to connect with others for any sort of cooperative gaming. Today you can do pretty much whatever you desire with almost any machine and on any connection speed. My brother and my late friend Kristina introduced me to the MOBA (Multi Online Battle Arena) League of Legends, and I have never looked back.

At first glance, I was under the impression that the game was for little kids and was not a challenge that I could take seriously. The graphics were "cartoony" and you started over with every single game that you began. As I was an avid RPG (Role Playing Game) gamer, I liked being able to build my characters over a long period of time. So the fact that I was to start at level 1 every game with everyone else was off-putting, at first. My first couple of seasons were the very definition of sad and made me shelf the game for a season, and then in Season 8 I sunk my teeth in. I found that I could work on my game play and improve to the point where I could compete with players that were ranked above me. My love for the MOBA was born. I found that I was becoming emotionally invested in the characters I was playing. If you were to watch the new cinematic that was released for this new season by Riot Games you would understand completely.

The strategy involved, the coordination with your team, and the memories that you create are served on not just a silver platter, but a golden one. This game is not for the light hearted, and you will be bested the game after you went "godlike," but the fact that every game is a fresh start and you are forced to perfect your style with whatever champion you choose to play is addictive at the very least. Not only must you perfect your short game: i.e. farming, objectives, team fighting, and proper item/rune builds; you also need to find champions that you enjoy playing. There are several hundred to choose from so the journey to whom you enjoy can be a lengthy one, but when you finally find that one champion that fits your style, the game will forever change for you as well. I found that I like to play a role known as Support, which means that I assist the ADC (Attack Damage Carry) with the bottom lane. My early game is fairly simple. I must keep the ADC alive and farming until the lane phase is over. Some of you may know what I talking about, but for those of you that do not, a typical game of league is split into three parts, and the champions you play determine your team's effectiveness in all three portions. The game starts with early or the lane phase, mid is when the lane phase is over, and late is when the teams are engaged in team fights for objectives that will almost certainly win your team the game if obtained.

With Season 9 on the horizon, my goal is to reach the Platinum level in ranked. I don't know if I will reach that level, but I will be playing until my eyes are bleeding to increase my chances of success. I would like to be considered for a pro team roster one of these days. Professional gaming is becoming more mainstream, and I consider myself good enough to compete. If you are interested in playing, the game is free-to-play, and you can play with even a moderate connection speed.

This game is unlike anything that I have ever experienced within this realm, and I look forward to any and all challenges in the Rift. I hope to see you there. ArcAngelGT500 is my in-game name. Good Luck Have Fun!

Michael Grube
Michael Grube

I am 32 years old, an Army veteran, and soon to be divorced. I have been writing since i was young and have always been told that I have a knack for it. I've tried my hand at a few novel attempts; my heart lies within poetry and journalism.

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