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Picking a new champion - the Criteria

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April 23, 2013 9:21pm
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Cath4rsis » April 23, 2013 9:21pm | Report
Hello everyone.

The other day I was discussing this with my flatmates (who are also LOL players and by far better players than me): when you want to buy a new champion, what do you search for? (Mainly because they think I'm very picky with my champions)

This is a question for all of you. (If there is already a topic about this, do let me know)

For me, I search mainly for which lore's city he/she belongs. For example, I'm not a fan of Noxus and Ionia, so I will probably not buy a champion from those cities. But if it is from Piltover, I might be interested. Piltover and Frejlord are my favourite cities in Valoran although Zaun is only interesting in the lore really rather than in champions (I really don't like any Zaunites).

Then it's that particular champion's lore. For example, I bought Irelia mainly because of her lore although she's from Ionia (although she's very strong). I also plan on buying Diana & Leona because of their lore. If the lore is interesting, I get more interested in the champion, and I might buy it in the future.

I do enjoy the lore of the game a lot and I like to read the champion's history so I know their motives and why they're on the League. That was mainly the thing that got me into playing the game rather the game itself when I first tried LOL.

Those are mainly the criteria I chose, although there are other specific cases.

For example, the looks. I must confess I didn't think much about the other two when I started playing, and I couldn't wait until I got enough IP for Caitlyn. I bought her based on her looks rather than on her skills and role in the rift. I also bought Katarina because of the looks (and because I wanted to try the mid lane with a mid lane champion).

Other example is that specific champion's role in the rift. I'm in love with AD Carries, so if there is an interesting AD Carry I will probably save enough IP to buy her/him (or wait until the champion is free to try it out). I'm also starting to get my attention on Assassins, and I play on buying LeBlanc in the future (people have told me that I'd go crazy with LeBlanc, that she's the right thing for me. I do not agree with them). And since I want to start supporting in the future, Leona is a possible choice because of the criteria stated above.

But something I don't exactly search in a champion is how OP it can be. I play League for fun, really, and to enjoy the lore and the art of some champions and to have a good time. I don't really care how bad a champion is right now on a specific role, nor I do care if this champion is better than the other and that I should have picked that one instead of the one I actually picked for a game. Thinking about how OP a champion can be kind of kills the fun for me. (This might sound really noobish, but it's how I play the game.)

I'd like to know what do you search in a champion; what makes you want to buy that champion.

PS: On another note, I've realized that I mainly buy female champions... How interesting. Well, gotta love the female body, if you know what I mean. *wink*
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by throatslasher » April 23, 2013 9:30pm | Report
"For me, I search mainly for which lore's city he/she belongs."

This is a good way to waste IP.

Look at tier lists (mine for example) and pick champions that are strong. Check the 'featured matches' in the lobby often to see who the pros are playing. Don't pick champions with cool lore. All lore is ****. It's super tacked on. Just pick champions that you feel would complement your playstyle and are also high tier.

The end. Nothing else needs to be said.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Luther3000 » April 23, 2013 9:32pm | Report
Well like he said he doesn't really care about that. Not everyone plays LoL for the same reasons and that's fine.

Personally I mostly buy and play champions based on strength myself, though being fun for me to play is important and looking cool/having good skins is a bonus. If I think something isn't fun or it looks really ****py I won't play it no matter how OP it is.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by throatslasher » April 23, 2013 9:33pm | Report
Fine. Then pick the champs with the biggest tits or the silliest hats. It's all irrelevant. If you don't want to pick based on a champs' strengths or weaknesses, then pick whatever ridiculous criteria you feel like.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Werepirelord » April 23, 2013 9:39pm | Report
You seem to be a Vorthos.

Well, if that is so, old Trundle had one of the best lore there was. :(


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"For me, I search mainly for which lore's city he/she belongs."

This is a good way to waste IP.

Look at tier lists (mine for example) and pick champions that are strong. Check the 'featured matches' in the lobby often to see who the pros are playing. Don't pick champions with cool lore. All lore is ****. It's super tacked on. Just pick champions that you feel would complement your playstyle and are also high tier.

The end. Nothing else needs to be said.


I must disagree with your opinion. (I do understand and respect it, mind you.)

Not /all/ lore is ****. I quite like the Demacia/Noxus rivalry. I think most lore of the game is actually pretty interesting and in my point of view it all ends on what one enjoys the most in this game. Sure, there are champions that right now are top tier and that are played a lot by many "pros". I've seen a lot of Caitlyns being played at ranked matches/normal matches in the lobby, as well as a lot of other champions that I have bought. But like I've said, it doesn't really matter to me.

Also my aim in this game is not to be a pro, is to have fun. If I can't have fun in this game, I won't be playing it. But my idea of fun doesn't have to be your idea of fun.

And I'd like to point out that what for you is a waste of IP, for me it isn't, and for other players might be the same situation. Also most champions I buy actually fill my style of playing. So yeah, there's that.

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You seem to be a Vorthos.

Well, if that is so, old Trundle had one of the best lore there was. :(

I'm sorry, I don't know what a Vorthos is.

I did like his lore :/ But he never really trully interested me.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Aseafy » April 23, 2013 9:57pm | Report
Honestly, all champions get boring in league because most of them don't have a very high skill cap. (I'm not saying mechanics btw, those are what make you good) Just buy whichever you want, even if you don't like them the first time, you can come back to them and maybe they'll be fun then (:

I just buy random champions, i've wasted a lot of ip buying 6300 champions never to play again :(
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by DillButt64 » April 23, 2013 10:01pm | Report
you should try looking at kits and pick which kit the champions have that you like, or the ideas based behind champions

like i dont think singed has a good lore but i got him because of his kit being the "run around and poison everyone" kit

and with naut ive always liked the idea behind him being left behind and such

i do see where youre coming from but if your tastes are about lore and appearance i dont think we can help you pick a champion unless you describe what you like about said champions

also i feel the same way about not buying champions from certain places from the lore, i dont get demacian champions ever
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DillButt64 wrote:

you should try looking at kits and pick which kit the champions have that you like, or the ideas based behind champions

like i dont think singed has a good lore but i got him because of his kit being the "run around and poison everyone" kit

and with naut ive always liked the idea behind him being left behind and such

i do see where youre coming from but if your tastes are about lore and appearance i dont think we can help you pick a champion unless you describe what you like about said champions

also i feel the same way about not buying champions from certain places from the lore, i dont get demacian champions ever


I do like the kits from certain champions. For example, I love Jayce's kit, and he has a plus: he looks amazing, has a nice "hero" aura around him and he has an hammer that turns into a gun. It's basically the closest thing to a gunblade.

And I'm just gathering some arguments because I'm interested in people's opinions on certain matters (like this one), therefore, I'm not trying to find out a perfect champion for me. It was not my point to start with.

Demacia has some cool champs, though. I quite like Lux and Shyvana (although I don't like the kit for this last one), but I grew tired of Garen. Quinn is my favourite to be honest. And if I recall well, Vayne is from Demacia as well. Amazing kit, amazing art, has some cool skins, plus she's deadly.
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