League of Legends
|Name:||League of Legends|
|Date(s):||Released October 27th, 2009|
|Country of Origin:||Began in U.S.A.|
|External Links:||http://leagueoflegends.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_Legends http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/League_of_Legends_Wiki|
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League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or MOBA. Included in this page is a very brief overview of the game, but it is mostly about the fan practices from the fandom, consisting of art, cosplay, and videos, along with links and examples next to the text. As this is Fanlore and not Wikipedia, the focus of this article is not the technical aspects surrounding gameplay, but rather the fan practices.
GameplayWhen a player begins playing League of Legends, they are a level one "Summoner". A Summoner is a player, in the eyes of the lore provided within League of Legends. Summoners then summon different Champions to fight for them. When a game begins, everyone begins at level one on Summoner's Rift (classic 5v5)
Fan PracticesThe fans of League of Legends engage in many fan practices, ranging from simply playing the game to creating the whole Summoner's Rift on a Minecraft world.
League of Legends Fan Art
League of Legends has various places to find fan art. One place was the Summoner Showcase, a YouTube show run by Riot showcasing fan art. The show ran from October 10th, 2010 to September 12th, 2013. It was discontinued after episode 113. The videos would show drawn art, digital art, handcrafted works, sculptures, anything that showed talent and devotion to League of Legends. It was run by a Riot employee, known as Nikasaur.
TumblrAnother place to find League of Legends fan art is the League of Legends Tumblr. It contains fan art, .gif files, cosplay, screenshots, and more. Tumblr allows players share images, either because they wish to show their work, or because they wish to share funny images or frustrations with other players. It allows a torrent of fan art to be seen very easily.
deviantART also has a wealth of League of Legend fan art. Searching League of Legends gives over 100,000 different files, ranging from digital to photography to flash to literature. There is a lively community, collaborating on many different champions from League of Legends, creating a collection of fan art.
There is also a Reddit page, dedicated to League of Legends art and other practices. This page is run by Riot Games, and is uploaded to often. An example is available to right.
League of Legends Website
On the official page, Riot has a small corner of their site dedicated to fan art as well! Many entries here are from past contests that Riot has held, though they do have a Fan Art Gallery as well.
Another way fans of League of Legends show their love is through creating Custom Skins. In the game, each champion has a Classic Skin that is their art and model in the game, and other skins that you may purchase from Riot that you and other players see. However, some players create Custom Skins that replace the files client side, so that those with the exchanged files see whatever skins they installed. Of course, this is only client side, so nobody else (unless they've changed THEIR files as well) will see your skin. Also, whatever files were replaced, you won't ever see that skin that you replaced, you'll see your custom one. For example, if I go into my files and change Poppy's classic skin to Lollipoppy, whenever ANYONE uses Poppy's regular skin, I'll see them as Lollipoppy. However, other people without altered files will still see the regular skin.
League of Legends Cosplay
There is a large amount of cosplayers, dressing up as every champion the game has to offer. There many entries under cosplay on deviantART, and you can find even more through a simple Google search. Users on deviantART do it to post photographs on the site, though it is common to find cosplayers at specific cons, such as PAX Prime, Dreamhack, and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). A few examples can be found here.
League of Legends Fan Videos
Protato Monster and Jumpinthepack
Many people create and view League of Legend videos. Many of them are hosted on YouTube, and they are for a range of reasons. Protato Monster's channel hosts the Top Five Plays series. This series asks for people to send in their recorded videos of plays made in game, so that he can pick five each week and put them together, showcasing five of the most impressive plays out of the week. This could be an amazing comeback, a superb demonstration of skill, or just a lucky play made by accident. Jumpinthepack hosts the Top Fails of the Day, in which he, like Protato Monster, collects play from users and compiles them. However, he looks for the absolute worst plays, so that people may watch them for some comic relief.
Instalokcreates parodies of popular songs, League of Legend themed. Some videos are about the strength of certain champions, about odd uses of champions, and objectives being taken. Some of the songs are Solo Queue, a parody of Enrique Iglesias' Heart Attack, expressing frustration with playing with random players in Ranked, Bronze V, a parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, ranting about bad plays, and We Are The Supports, a parody of Lady Gaga's Applause, explaining what the support does for their team.
PlentaKill also creates parodies of songs for League of Legends, though they have some certain styles that differentiate them. Many of their songs, such as Battle Roar, a parody of Katy Perry's Roar, is about Rengar, one certain champion. Many of their songs focus on one champion's abilities and role, and what they do for the team. They also create their own original songs, such as Shadow, talking about Talon and how he can carry a team.