League of Legends has become one of the most popular video games in history with 32 million active users per month, with over a billion hours played a month. Yes, a billion.  

After a quick Google search, you’ll discover that the community can be a little…uh…toxic towards people, especially the uninformed. That is why Prima is here to help with these League of Legends Beginner’s Tips. 

First, what is League of Legends? League of Legends (or LoL) is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or MOBA. The main objective is to destroy the other team’s home base, or Nexus. In order to reach the Nexus, you must destroy at least one inhibitor, and to get to the inhibitor, you must destroy all of the enemy towers in that lane.  

There are three lanes: the Top Lane, Middle Lane and Bottom Lane. You can also play in the Jungle. You must level your character and build items to become a threatening presence. Also, try not to die. 

People will shout letters and weird abbreviated words, and to you they might as well speak Dothraki from Game of Thrones. Like many other games, League has its own in-house language that might be a little difficult to pick up at first, but is relatively straightforward. The Q, W, E, and R are keys you press to activate your four champion abilities, so if someone is yelling Q Q Q Q Q, it means that you should probably press your Q. The lanes are known as Top, Mid and Bot; simple enough. Ganking, for instance, is an easier way of saying an assassination attempt usually by the junglier.  CS, meanwhile, refers to your Creep Score, which is the number of minions that you kill.

Speaking of which, people will also yell out the phrase, Last Hitting. Besides champion kills, your main source of gold will involve killing the enemy minions in your lane. Well, unless you are playing support, which we will get into in a later video. As much as you want to sit in lane and let your champion auto attack, you actually want to hit the minions right before they die so you get the last hit, and the person who gets the last hit on the minion gets the gold.

These are the basics for League of Legends. Stay tuned to see more video guides for the game, and for more tips, tricks and strategy guides, stick with Prima Games.