League of Legends is a free game made by Riot Games in 2009. It is currently the most popular MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) in the world. As of October of last year, there were over 12 million players worldwide. About 5 million players are online at any given moment which is comparable to the TOTAL number of Star Craft II copies sold. Did I mention, the game is FREE to play? Click here to download the game. There are many game modes within LoL, the most popular being a 5v5 map called Summoner's Rift where two teams of 5 battle it out and see who can take down the other's nexus first. Standing in your way are turrets, minion waves, and the enemy players themselves. You can kill the above mentioned obstacles for gold that you can spend to improve your champion. Other creatures on the map can be killed to provide various buffs (Elder Lizard, Ancient Golem, Baron Nashor) and shiny, shiny gold for your entire team (dragon). If you have ever played DOTA before, you're probably experiencing some déjà vu. In the current meta (standard team formations), the 5 roles are top (top lane), mid (usually a ranged caster of some sort), AD carry (the person that deals massive amounts of damage), support (person charged with keeping the ADC alive), and jungler (kills jungle creatures and keeps track of creature spawns, dragon and baron timers, and generally the man in charge of helping out whatever lane has the most need). League has a vast array of champions you can play (currently 115 and counting). You can play an assassin, mage (AP caster), tank, healer (support), and so many more builds than I can even begin to describe. Further more, your champions can be customized to degree by utilizing masteries and rune pages (stats and abilities you can set before each game session). This may seem overwhelming at first, and honestly it really is, however this makes for a very rewarding game. The game will match you up with people of similar skill so you should never feel out of your depth. There are also sites where people share what builds and stratagems they use, including pros! Some of my favorites are http://www.mobafire.com/ and http://www.lolpro.com/. As an aside, I like playing this guy: He’s a little fuzzy scout (think Ewok) with a blowgun that mows people down with poison darts. And poison mushrooms. Yes, I hate playing against Teemo too. Everyone loves hates Teemo. Riot has constant competitions worldwide where professional players from each region play against each other. Right now happens to be the middle of World Championships, so hop on to www.twitch.tv/riotgames to check out the action! The schedule for upcoming matches can be seen here: http://na.lolesports.com/ This is just brief introduction to the game. Discuss your favorite champions/skins, what you think of the newest champions, and any competitions that are going on. Feel free to post your Summoner’s name and maybe we can get a TFN team started. Also share any rewards or incentives that you hear about! As an example, Riot is rewarding a Victorious Elise skin for anyone in Gold Rank or higher by the end of October. And, as always, never underestimate the power of the Scout's Code!