If you're new to DraftBuff or fantasy League of Legends, have no fear! We're here to help and we're detailing everything you need to know so you'll be an expert for draft day.
We break down this intro lesson into the following categories:
- League of Legends 101
- Scoring System
- Season Details
League of Legends 101
If you've never played LOL or you're still stuck on Iron rank, you might want to read this section. If you're Challenger rank, you can probably skip on down to the next section.
Alright, this is going to be a doozy so buckle up. League of Legends is a mobile online battle arena (MOBA) game where two teams of five face off to destroy the enemy's base (Nexus). Every game is played on the same map, Summoner's Rift, detailed below.
Each player plays as a different champion which has certain abilities and characteristics. We're giving you the most watered down version of LOL right now but there's some amazing resources online that you can read if you want to dive into it. Here's one guide.
In LOL regular season matches, matches are best of one so you're playing a single game of Summoner's Rift and that's it.
As we mentioned above, there are five players on a team. Your five players aren’t all doing the same thing though. Each person is playing a different position, categorized as:
Top - If you look at the map below, the top laner is the one that plays the top lane. They're typically going to play Champions that are difficult to kill and tend to be a bit isolated from the rest of the team.
Mid - The mid laner plays the middle lane and is often considered the star of the team. They are in the middle of everything so they can move around the map to assist their teammates. They're one of the team's main damage dealers.
Jungle - The jungle is the space between the lanes and is filled with monsters. The jungler's main role is ganking: when an allied champion comes into another lane to help out a teammate, usually to try and kill their opponent.
Bottom - Or AD Carry (ADC for short). ADC plays in the bottom lane and also is one of the team's main damage dealers.
Support - The support also plays in the bottom lane with the ADC and helps them them move forward.
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Default fantasy team rosters consist of 1 TOP, 1 MID, 1 SUP, 1 JNG, and 1 ADC. You additionally get 1 bench player for a total roster size of 6 players.
We track four key statistics for LOL: Kills, Deaths, Assists, and Creep Score. Below is our default fantasy scoring system for LOL. Commissioners can modify it as they wish but this is our default:
Note: LOL scores are summed over the weekend.
We currently support three different seasons: LCS, LEC, and a combined LCS+LEC.
For LCS, matches are played Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
For LEC, matches are played Friday and Saturday.
That means for the combined season, matches are going on Friday to Monday.
If waivers are enabled for your league, we will lock all free agents at the time of the first scheduled match (Friday for LEC and LCS+LEC combined and Saturday for LCS). We don't process waivers during match play so any waivers that would be processed are moved to the first day after matches are done.
For LEC, this is Monday.
For LCS, this is Tuesday.
For LCS+LEC, this is Tuesday.