Top 5 Android Apps for Sports Fans

If you are searching “sports” in the market, I bet you will find plenty of android apps that especially designed for sports. For instance, if you are interested in football and try to find one that used for keeping up with football in the market, you will get many search results. So this article aims to give you some help before you choose one among so many apps. Generally speaking, first I will try some free apps as it won’t cost me a fortune if I don’t like it after the usage. So the following sports apps that I am writing about are 100% free.

NBA Time

It is NBA time! If you are a big NBA fan, you definitely should download this one to your phone. It contains all the needed info you may concern, including the latest team stats, up-to-minute scores and schedules, standings. Plus, you may view playoffs in color-coded chart. It is a must for NBA fans!

UEFA Europa League

I think maybe those apps that relate to football are the most. It is the first one that I want to say something about. It is a tool that easily and quickly shows the latest news about Europa League, including fixtures, results, standings, top scorers and top assists. Top scorers and top assists’ names and which teams they belong to also displayed.

Premier League (Epl)

Here we come to the second football app called Premie League (Epl). Actually this one and the one I talked before are in the same series. It also provides you with the latest news about Barclays Premier League, including schedules, results, top scorers and top assists.More apps in the same series are Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, etc. You can choose one you are interested in and following closely on the games that you concern.

NHL TIME

It is a must for NHL fans. This is a handy tool for you to search the schedules and results by date. Besides, you can also read RSS news about ice hockey matches. So please don’t put too much hope on it, which only a simple tool that give you some useful info about NHL.

FIBA 2010 Championship

It is the last sport app that I want to talk about. It clearly lists schedules, team stats, and scores.

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Trentino BetClic

The team Trentino is another classic team and a knockout qualified for the final four teams in 2010. This Italian team has got many go getters who are aggressive and this gives the team an advantage over its counterparts. Trentino Betclic outclasses dinamo Moscow. During the first two seasons, the team fought strenuously for the first position, but it always achieved the tenth, and the ninth position at the end of the regular season. Each season the company makes investments that is turned into one of the most important team of Italian volleyball landscape. Prominent personalities have contributed to the growth dell’Itas Diatec: the most famous are Lorenzo Bernardi, awarded the best player of the twentieth century, Andrea Sartoretti, another member of the “Italian generation of phenomena”, up to the Olympic champion in Sydney 2000, the serbian Nikola Grbić.

With the stars arrival in 2007, the team made substantial purchases and endorsed for few sporting advertisements. Their strategy involves focusing on the young team and its players. On may 7th the team beat Piacenza in front of 4200 spectators and won the title of ‘Champions of Italy”.

Their debut in the champions’ league happened on November 4th with 3 successes against the Slovenian’s ACH Volley bled. On Sunday November 8th the Trentino Betcliscc won the final challenge with the result of 3 against their rivals and graduated to the world’s champion club. It also won the Italian cup and the second champion’s league with a three against Dynamo Moscow.

In 2009, November 4th, they gained victory against the Zenit Kazan in Doha, Qatar – Trentino BetClic of Italy came from a set behind for clinching an incredible three to two (24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11, 25-19) victory against Russia’s Zenit Karan in 2nd day of the Pool A at ‘FIVB 2009s Men’s Club World Championship’ at ‘Aspire Zone Indoor Hall’ at Qatar during Wednesday. The victorious gain gave Trentino a semi-final ticket in the Pool A to leave Zamalek and Zenit Kazan of Egypt for competing for 2nd ticket while meeting them on Thursday. After which, an Italian team piloted by Leandro Vissotto-the Brazilian star and Matey Kaziyski-a Bulgarian played an exciting match with these foreign stars topping the match scores with twenty-four points each when Alexey Cheremisin became top-most scorer for Russian side earning twenty-two points. This in fact was an exciting beginning as both these teams were taking its place and studying strategy of others, thus the set went point.

It is the most powerful team of Trentino. They changed their name in the national competitions to Itas Diatec Trentino and in international events they keep their name as Trentino Betclic. The debut in the Champions League took place on November 4 2008 with a 3-0 success against the Slovenian’s ACH Volley Bled. The qualification to the next round of cup was centered with two days advance on the completion of the meetings of Group E, that then finished unbeaten.

Trentino volley is a joint stock company with its president being Diego Mosna. During the first two seasons, the team fought strenuously for the first position, but it always achieved the tenth, and the ninth position at the end of the regular season. Each season the company makes investments that turned it into one of the most important team of Italian volleyball landscape. Prominent personalities have contributed to the growth.

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Simple Theory for Soccer Betting

Why is soccer betting popular?

If we were to compare other sports with soccer, soccer has the highest occurrences for weak team to beat a strong team down especially in English Premier League. Let’s turn back the clock; can any of you recall the UEFA Championship final?? Clashed between Man.Utd and Bayern Munich in 1999 where Man.Utd successfully won Bayern Munich by 2 goals during 2 minutes injury time. For those who bet on Bayern Munich, how hard for punters to accept this, unfortunately this is the FACT. Well, as you can see, this is the most interesting part in soccer betting. There is a saying, “a football is round, therefore it might have unpredictable ending”.

What is the simple theory in betting world?

Everything in the world is sharing the same natural concept and also follows the same trend. There is no exception for soccer betting. The theory is simple. When a graph makes an incline, of course the line will keep climbing and stop at a stage. No matter how high it reaches or how low it drops, there is always a stop to it. I would confidently say that only in minor cases, the graph will move up and down continuously within a short period of time. As example, you could notice that most market share will always have gradual incline and then follow by long dropping line repeatedly. You could also notice that the rich gets richer and poor gets poorer. In sports betting, I believe some of you did experience before winning streaks which you kept winning non-stop even though you simply put your bet. In contrast when encounter down period, even if you work hard to make analysis or follow the bet of your lucky friends but finally lose too. Why? The only answer is natural concept and trend. We must agree and follow the trend.

How betting trend works in soccer betting?

The rule of thumb is do not be stubborn to confidently place bets on teams that continuously lost and have the thinking that they would make a come back. This is totally wrong. Maybe you will win at the end by follow this type of betting strategy but how much capital you need to have and how much you need to lose before you can win the bet. Based on the trend concept, if a team is keep losing, the graph for them is dropping, we should bet against them until the graph reach a pit stop. In contrast, if a team turnover from lose to win, we should start chase the team to win until stop stage. How simple is it? Win keeps winning and lose keeps losing.

Which team to bet from among of uncountable matches?

When using the trend concept in soccer betting, it is safer if we use it to bet on strong team and only focus on climbing graph. Meanwhile, we put our bet only on strong team when they are in win stage. The reason to choose strong team is they need points to secure their position at the top of the league table. In addition, strong team with higher strength could easily win if victory is a must.

The last but not the least, I am sure you will have doubts on my simple theory – trend. I could tell you that my theory has been proven. I have been using the betting strategy for 2 consecutive years and it really works for me. From my bet statistics, it hits more than 75% accuracy.

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Sports Handicapping

Sports handicapping online services are made up of many professional handicappers online. Internet Handicappers are persons that make a living selling their picks to online sports bettors. But what are the sports betting picks? Sports Betting Picks are predictions of the results of future sports games like: NBA basketball, MLB baseball, soccer (MLS, World Cup or The UEFA Champions League), NHL hockey, rugby, NCAA basketball, NCAA football and much more; made out of deep analysis of many factors.

Many online sports bettors have choose to pay for sports handicapping. Internet bettors will do it because handicappers can provide well studied information for them to have a professional opinion in respect of a game. Some offshore sportsbook betting bettors will bet exactly as the online handicappers say and other bettors will take the advice and make up their own decisions.

It has been noticed that there are two types of handicappers on the internet: the honest online handicapper and the scamdicapper or moneycapper.

The legitimate online handicapper will be truthful and professional while making his betting sports picks. He will not trick his readers just make a profit out of it and will try to provide the best sports betting picks online he can while competing against other sports handicapping betting services.

A online scamdicapper is someone that makes picks in a way that will only benefit him and doesn’t care if his readers will receive a professional and honest pick, they will manage the factors and prediction just to suit his economic interests.

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Why England Keeps Failing At Major Tournaments: Premier League And UEFA Champions League Greed

The premier league is the most competitive and exciting football league in the world. This league has been marked so well that the many soccer fans automatically expect England to do well at major tournaments but they continue suffering from the same heartbreak.

The reasons for England's failure at the international level are very many but the most outstanding one is the premier league. This league has been properly branded to maximize revenue for the football clubs in England.

Because of the huge amounts of money generated by the televised league games, the clubs involved have lured the best players in the world so that they can come and play in England. Many football stadia have been improved so that they can accommodate the large number of fans.

Some clubs like Arsenal FC have built brand new stadia using borrowed money to meet the growing demand for match tickets. Many clubs in England have developed this habit of spending more money than they earn because they expect to recover such money spent in the near future. Some clubs buy players that they think can improve on their chances of premier league survival. This is mainly because playing in the lower leagues is not as lucrative as the premier league.

Charlton Athletic, Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Bradford City have all suffered from premiership relegation but a close look at Leeds United will clarify why English clubs will do anything to stay in the premier league. In 2001, Leeds United reached UEFA Champions League semi-final where they were knocked out by Valencia. Three years later, they were relegated from the premier league. They have continued to struggle mainly due to some bad financial decisions made under chairman Peter Ridsdale; this forced them to sale the majority of their squad, the training facilities and even their ground. And to date they have never recovered from their premiership demotion that occurred in 2004.

While bottom clubs spend to avoid relegation, the top clubs spend to improve their chances of qualifying for the champions league that offers better money rewards compared to the premiership. These two scenarios create the demand for instant success by English clubs at both ends of the table. As a result, most clubs will buy foreign players that are proven and tested at the expense of developing young and talented English players. This will mean the local English players coming through the ranks will get very few opportunities if any to prove theirs worth. In the long run, the FA will have very few players available for selection at the national team level because they are not given enough opportunities by very greedy club owners to learn their trade.

As if this is greed is not enough, clubs jealously guard their players to extent of respecting international games as an inconvenience because they fear that their players will come back injured, tired or demoralized in case they loose while on international duty.

The physical nature of the premiership is good and entertaining but it does not properly prepare English players for International football where you meet opponents that have superior technical skills. UEFA Champions League experience is highly valued because it gives players opportunities of testing their football skills against technically superior teams like Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The problem for England here is that very few English players ply their trade in Europe's top clubs that frequently participate in UEFA Champions League.

The experience of winning a domestic league title would be good for English players too but a look at the newly crowned premier league champions sums up England's problems. Manchester City has only one recognized English player in Joe Hart, the rest are Internationals from countries like Argentina, Italy and France.

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Fantasy Soccer 2009 – Champions League Review

The UEFA Champions League tournament is regarded by some as being the biggest and best tournament in the world from any sport. Providing major excitement it might be more entertaining than the World Cup. The Champions League has almost ran its course for the ’08/’09 year and is about to crown its champion.

For those of us that have played Fantasy Champions League this season or plan on playing next season, here are a few tips and player recaps to keep in mind as we move ahead.

Keys to Success

Depending on where you play or what format you are in these tips may vary or be void altogether, however their core ideas remain the same.

– More successful the team the more successful the player –

A few places make you pick one specific roster and use it throughout the duration of the tournament. From a pure numbers standpoint, using this format greatly rewards those who make it deeper and end up playing the most games. If this is the situation you find yourself in, it may be more important to draft who is on the team you think will win rather than the best player on a lackluster team.

– Pay attention to ALL stats –

One fantasy killer in the soccer world is fouls. Fouls, yellow cards and the devious red cards can destroy your total points for a tournament. Some of the best offensive players are also the biggest committers of fouls which nullifies their positive stats. Drafting a weaker offensive player that commits fewer fouls may work out in your advantage when all is said and done. For example, Daniel Alves of Barcelona is a major threat from defense but take him with a grain of alt for he was second in fouls committed in the Champions League tournament with 26. That is a lot of negative points.

– The hidden star –

Fantasy tournaments can be won and lost by finding the gem that goes overlooked by most. Odds are, mostly everyone had Lionel Messi this tournament which nullified the 8 goals he has scored thus far. However, the managers that picked Miroslav Klose who netted 7 and Lisandro of Porto who scored 6 probably are amongst the leaders of their leagues. Find out who excels in tournament games and take a risk or two.

Recap

The Champions League is nearing an end but here is what has happened to some of the bigger names thus far.

– Lionel Messi (Barcelona) –

As mentioned before, he has scored 8 and had an extremely productive Champions League tournament. Barca has marched through their opponents and Messi has been a big factor as to why. He is a constant fantasy contributor and is worth the large price tag. No disappointments here.

– Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) –

Coming into the year Ronaldo was widely considered the best player in the world, however this view likely will switch to Messi following the results of the Champions League tournament. Ronaldo has not lived up to his enormous expectations and has only scored 2 with the tournament nearing an end. He leads all the competition with 26 shots on target, which has been a big fantasy contribution, yet the rarely heard of Lisandro of Porto has a second best 23 shots on target but also 6 goal tallies by his name. Ronaldo has not been his best and his numbers reflect it.

Looking Ahead

This season’s fantasy winner likely will have a roster of Barca players with a few of the hidden gems tossed in. Looking ahead to next year, the transfer of players will once again be an integral point to where a fantasy player’s value is at the start of the next tournament. One thing should be certain: Lionel Messi and Ronaldo will be the most sought players and rightfully so. However, it is the players like this season’s Klose and Lisandro that win it for fantasy managers.

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UEFA Champions League – All the Action From This Week’s Champions League Fixtures

UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday saw some of Europe’s most famous clubs progress into the knock-out stages of the competition, which is begin in February next year.

It was week 5 of the Group Stages and over in Spain, it has to be said that Manchester United and Villarreal, even though they were two of the teams to progress, produced a pretty boring and uneventful goalless draw. The only good moments came in the first half when a shot by the Portuguese striker Ronaldo produced a great save from Diego Lopez, the Villareal goalkeeper. Lopez deflected the ball onto the bar. Later the Utd’s and England star forward Wayne Rooney produced a cross that was deflected towards the danger area but it came to nothing as the Villareal player Capdevila managed to clear the ball to safety.

The same player, Capdevilla, was also involved in the evening’s most unsavory incident. With just 6 minutes of the game remaining he lunged and produced a rather ugly tackle on another of Man Utd’s star players, Ronaldo. Cadevilla was, quite rightly, given a red card by the referee and he was off to take an early shower.

Unfortunately, it was the end of the road for Glasgow Celtic and Gordon Strachan. Celtic, in the same Group E as Manchester Utd, must have thought they could have gone to Aalborg and got a good result. A win was the only chance Celtic had of staying alive in the competition. However, there will be no more European nights at Celtic’s Park Head stadium this season. There will not even be the consolation of playing in Europe’s second string competition, the UEFA Cup. Celtic will finish last in Group E thanks to a 2 – 1 defeat against the hugely unfancied AaB Aalborg. Not too many people would have put too much money on Celtic finishing last in this group when the draw was first made way back in the summer.

However, the game did start well for Celtic, as they led 1 – 0. But tragedy struck with just minutes remaining as the Celtic player Gary Caldwell could only turn the ball into his own net after a goal mouth scramble. Tears of sadness in the east end of Glasgow, whilst no doubt tears of joy in the city’s west end!

Over to Group F where Lyon, the perennial leaders of their domestic French league, beat the Italians of Fiorentina. Lyon therefore also progress to the last 16 of the competition. Not surprisingly, Lyon will be joined by Bayern Munich in the final stages after they overcame the Romanians of Steau Bucharest at the Allianz Arena. All the big teams are certainly lining line for battle when the Champions League reaches the sudden death stages.

The qualifaction situation is no different in Group G as both Arsenal, losing finalists in 2006 to Barcelona in Paris, and FC Porto, winners in 2004 when their manager was Jose Mourinho before he arrived in the west end of London to manage Chelsea, both made in through to the last 16 with wins over Dynamo Kiev and Fenerbache respectively.

However Arsenal did leave it a little late against Kiev with the winner coming only 3 minutes from the end of the game, scored by Bendtner. That must have come as a huge relief to Arsene Wenger and all connected with Arsenal. Since their excellent win in the Premier League against Man Utd as few weeks ago, which at the time silenced a few critics, it has been nothing but bad news and bad press for Arsenal with more defeats and the William Gallas affair, which resulted in being striped of the captaincy.

Finally on Tuesday evening, two more of Europe’s “Big Guns” made it safely through with the final week of the Group Stages to spare. Both Real Madrid, 9 times winners, and Juventus of Italy confirmed their places in the knock-out stages after Real beat BATE Borisov and Juventus drew 0 – 0 away to Zenit St Petersburg, the current UEFA Cup holders. Unfortunately, the result knocked Zenit out and it now look likely that they will be able to defend the crown they won last season in Manchester against Glasgow Rangers. Although that probably will not be too much of a consolation to them.

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Italian Teams Vs English Teams in the UEFA Champions League – Clash of Titans

The drawing for the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League has decided that two Italian teams will meet two English teams. Those teams are Chelsea vs Inter Milan and Manchester United vs AC Milan. It is interesting to see the games because all four teams have a long tradition and great reputation in the UEFA Champions League. They are all considered giants in their respective countries. It is quite difficult to say which teams are going to win, but I think the English teams will be able to overcome their Italian oppositions. There are at least two reasons why I come up with that opinion.

First, The statistics in the last two years prove it. Let’s look back at the game between Inter Milan vs Liverpool in 2007 – 2008 at the first knockout round. At that time, Liverpool won the games 2 – 0 at Anfield and 1 – 0 at Giusseppe Meazza stadium. Another example is the games in the same round between Arsenal vs AC Milan. Arsenal were held 0 – 0 at the Emirates but they beat AC Milan 2 – 0 at Giusseppe Meazza. Last year’s Champions League result also told us the same story when Manchester United won 2 – 0 on aggregate over Inter Milan.

Next, English teams rely very much on stamina, speed and power. In other words, they are very physical teams. They always keep running and pass the ball quickly. In contrast, Italian teams tend to play a bit slower in building up an attack and focus more on accurate passing. So, when English teams speed up the tempo, Italian teams just cannot keep up with the pace of the game. It may keep them under pressure in the entire game. Consequently, it is more likely that English teams create more chances to score goals and win the game.

In brief, I believe that the English teams will be able to overcome their Italian oppositions in the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League. However, anything can still happen since the games haven’t been played and the result is always unpredictable. So, everything still remains to be seen.

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Poker News April 2007

The earlybird supposedly gets the worm and BetUS.com already is angling for wagers on which players will make the main event final table at the 2007 World Series of Poker.

By this time next month, offshore betting sites are expected to be awash with odds-to-win on poker’s most prestigious event, as officials at sponsoring Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., are set to launch this year’s WSOP June 1, with the $10,000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em Championship slated to run July 6-17.

Last year’s WSOP attracted 8,773 attendees, but many observers predict this season’s tournament may draw only one-fourth as many entrants because Harrah’s has severed ties with offshore books that aren’t official co-sponsors.

Las Vegas pro Phil Ivey, often referred to as the Tiger Woods of poker, leads BetUs.com’s final table roster at plus $14.00, with Canadian native Daniel Negreanu the second choice at plus $18.00.

Multi-gold bracelet winner and 1989 champion Phil Hellmuth, 2000 winner Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and Allen Cunningham, fourth place finisher in 2006, are plus $25.00.

“Great Dane” Gus Hansen and 1987-88 winner Johnny Chan check in at plus $30.00 and are followed by a group at plus $40.00 that includes 1998 champ Scotty Nguyen, 1995 winner Dan Harrington, Erik Seidel, Howard Lederer, Dave “Devilfish” Ulliott, John Juanda, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari.

Among a group posted at plus $50.00 are former champions Carlos “The Matador” Mortonson and Greg “Fossilman” Raymer.

The highly popular World Poker Tour has yet to produce a female champion and BetUS.com’s opening WSOP list includes just three women: longtime poker pros Annie Duke (plus $65.00) and Jennifer Harman (plus $80.00), along with actress and former Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilley, who won a gold bracelet in the 2005 ladies event.

Jamie Gold, the Hollywood talent agent who dominated last year’s main-event action, is plus $65.00, along with a lengthy list of others that includes former champions Huck Seed and Chris Moneymaker, veteran T.J. Cloutier, WPT TV host and 2006 Tournament of Champions winner Mike Sexton, Josh Arieh, David Williams, Chip Reese and Barry Greenstein.

Joe Hachem, the 2005 champion, and poker legend Doyle Brunson are both plus $80.00.

Movie stars and poker aficianados Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who won Academy Awards for their “Good Will Hunting” screenwriting efforts, opened at plus $150.00.

Longest shots of the more than six dozen listed players are Tim Zalac, Chris Fuller and Grant Robinson at plus $1000.00.

The Rio Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas again will host the event.

Former host Binion’s Horseshoe at one time offered WSOP odds, but Nevada gamers nixed the practice.

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A million bucks doesn’t buy what it once did, so BoDog.com founder Calvin Ayre is offering a record-breaking $2 million grand prize to the winner of his Wild Card Poker II.

Response to Ayre’s submitted video casting call has been so overwhelming that BoDog.com has extended the call to May 6 and expanded ways users can enter.

By visiting http://www.bodog.tv/audition, potential contestants can choose between submitting an online audition video or a photo to earn a shot at the grand prize.

Eleven of the 12 spots are available to users submitting audition videos and photos online, which means competition to appear on the show is fierce.

Eleven lucky online contestants will be whisked away on an all expenses paid trip to beautiful British Columbia, Canada, where they will join the rest of the crew for a 30-day video shoot.

Filming for Wild Card Poker II begins this summer and will air on a major television network in the fall.

“Season II is already shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before,” said Ayre, the show’s host and creator.

“The new direction we’re taking with the second season of the show — integrating the social networking and user generated content world by casting 11 of the contestants online — is guaranteed to have an interesting effect on the dynamics.

“One thing is for sure, with a $2 million grand prize up for grabs, the competition is going to be intense.”

Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker II is a reality TV lifestyle show combining aspects of Texas Hold’em poker with everyday life.

Season II pits 12 contestants against one another in a number of poker infused lifestyle challenges.

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Poker’s leading players will gather April 21-27 at Bellagio in Las Vegas for the Season V-ending $25,000 buy-in WPT Championship.

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League of Legends Detailed Review and Advices for Beginners

Hi community!

Today I would like to introduce to you one of the most successful free to play – games: the double Golden Joystick – winner “League of Legends” by Riot Games!

League of Legends is a MOBA-Game (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), which is oriented towards the famous Warcraft 3 – Map “Defense of the Ancients”.

For those who never played DotA (are there any?) and who don’t know the game concept I will explain it in detail:

The beginning

League of Legends doesn’t put high requirements on your PCs. You need at least:

– processor with 2 GHz – 1 GB RAM, – DirectX 9.0 capable video card, – 750 MB free hard disk space, – DSL or similar

Create an account either on the server EU West, EU Nordic/East or US, depending on where you live. You can also create an account on US while living in Europe but you will experience higher pings then. I give you a link to create an account in my author’s bio. Choose a name (always the hardest part) and a nice picture and off you go!

The Champions

There are 2 teams 5 players (there are more game modes, but they are not important in the beginning because as a newbie you should start with 5vs5 to learn the gameplay). Before every match you all choose a “champion” who is the character you want to use in battle. Dependant on your personal preferendes it can be e.g. an undead mage, a giant granite golem, a little boy riding on a Yeti, a brave knight and many more.All in all there are more than 80 (!) different champions and every second week one is added.

Every champions has 4 different abilities (3 normal and one extra strong, the “Ultimate”) and a passive, which he has since the beginning. You learn the abilities by leveling up ingame and your max champion level is 18 which means that you have 5 points in every normal ability and 3 in your ultimate.

You receive experience for levelling up by:

1. Being near when enemy minions or neutral monsters are killed by your troops (it’s not necessary to kill them yourself!)

2. killing or assisting to kill enemy champions

In the beginning you generally play whatever you like, later it’s useful to communicate with your teammembers before the match begins so that you have a balanced setup and not 5 champions of the same kind.

The different kinds of champions are roughly:

1. Mages (“AP Carries”: AP means ability power, they mainly deal magical damage with their abilities)

2. Fighters (“AD Carries”: AD means Attack Damage, they mainly deal physical damage with their autoattacks)

3. Tanks (They are hard to kill and protect their own carries, for example by stunning or taunting the enemies)

4. Supports (They have either buffs or heals to support their carries and keep them alive)

5. Junglers (They don’t start in the lane but in the jungle and support their teammates by ganking and ambushing the enemies)

The interesting point is: Depending on the items you equip on your champions they are often able to fulfill different roles!

In the beginning you don’t have own champions, but every week there are 10 free ones which everyone can use. After some matches you can buy more champions with influence points (IP) in the shop. I will come to this later.

The map

The map has 3 different lanes, which lead from your own to the enemy base. On these lanes there are several Towers which you must destroy before you can attack the base itself. As a support your main building (“Nexus”) spawns minion waves in short intervals which help you in fights. Between the lanes there is the “jungle”, where neutral monsters are located. If you kill those you receive gold and/or temporary buffs.

As soon as the match begins everyone has about a minute to spend his starting capital on items in the shop.

This doesn’t take long since you don’t have much gold in the beginning. There are different ways to earn gold in the game:

1. Everyone receives gold over time

2. Killing enemy minions or neutral monsters (here it is important to give them the final blow, the so called “lasthitting”)

3. Killing or assisting to kill enemy champions

4. Destroying enemy buildings (towers and inhibitors -> destroying them makes your minions stronger)

5. There are several items which grant you additional income (the so called gold/5 items -> they give you 1 gold every 5 seconds)

The goal

If you destroy the enemy main building (Nexus) your team wins. For being able to attack the Nexus, however, you have to destroy all 3 towers and the inhibitor on at least one lane and the two towers which protect the Nexus. So it’s not the best idea to hunt the enemy champions 24/7 if you don’t push the lanes at the same time. An average match takes 30-45 minutes, rarely more than an hour. As soon as the match reaches minute 20 it is also possible to surrender.

More game modes are a 3vs3 and a pretty new domination map (“Dominion”) where you have to capture and defend certain points. In addition there are ranked modes for players with summoner level 30 (explanation follows) in which you receive an Elo count depending on your wins and losses. For beginners I highly recommend the normal 5vs5 map!

The summoners

League of Legends also has an RPG part. You do not only choose a name and a picture for yourself (you are a so called “summoner”, don’t mix it up with the “champions”) but you are also able to level up yourself and buy small buffs with Influence Points (IP).

Every match you receive Experience Points (XP) and Influence Points (IP), the amount is depending on how long the match lasted, if you won or lost and if you had an active IP/XP boost. As soon as you have enough XP you level up and receive a mastery point and an additional rune space. With IP you can buy new runes and champions in the shop.

You start at level 1, the maximum summoner level is 30. Every level up you receive a mastery point which is used for buffing your champion ingame (like additional attack damage or armor). Furthermore you can buy runes with IP which have a similar effect. In one match you can use up to 30 runes (at level 30) but you can also change the runes after the match if you want to play another champion.

The last way how you as summoner have influence on your champion are the 2 summoner spells everyone chooses before the match. Those are abilities which are not connected to the champion you play and can be used at any time, for example a teleport or a heal.

To clarify this issue: Summoner = your account, Champion = the character you choose for the battle

The buffs don’t make that much of a difference but they add up and it would be pretty unfair if a player with level 30, 30 mastery points and runes would play against a beginner with level 1, no runes and 1 mastery point (not to mention the difference concerning gaming skills). That’s the reason why the system puts preferably players of a similar level together in one match. Unfortunately you can’t be sure about that because if a high level player starts a game together with a low level friend the system averages out. In this case it can happen that you have to play versus enemies with a much higher level. That’s uncool but can’t be avoided.

Riot Points (real money) Somehow Riot Games has to make money. Because of that you can buy so called “Riot Points” with real money. Those you can spend in the shop for champions, skins and other fancy stuff. Pretty much the only things you can EXCLUSIVELY buy with Riot Points and not also with Influence Points are skins (alternative looks for your champions). This means that someone who spends money for Riot Points doesn’t have the slightest advantage over someone who plays LoL for free!

To clarify again: Riot Points = bought with real money, can be spent in the shop, Influence Points = gained by playing, can be spent in the shop (not for Skins or IP/XP boosts)

LoL vs. DotA

Now that I have explained the game concept I will point out the differences between LoL and DotA:

1. There is NO “denying” (killing own minions so that the enemy can’t get gold or experience for them). This is a real change but I actually like it because it makes the game less passive (and to be honest how sick do you have to be to kill yur own soldiers?!)

2. Like already mentioned above the player himself (summoner) can also level up and get different buffs for his champions. Nice gimmick.

3. In my opinion cooldowns and manacosts are shorter/cheaper than in DotA which also leads to a more aggressive playstyle, especially in the early phase of the match.

Overall I still like to play DotA now and then because it’s just awesome but I have to say that LoL is a worthy successor, doing several things better. This is no surprise since DotA is limited to the WC 3 engine.

Advices gained in practice

I am no “pro gamer” but I play for nearly 2 years so here are some advices which shall make the start easier for you:

1. There are three tiers of runes. The first one is available right from the start, the seconds one as soon as you reach level 10 and the third one when you reach level 20. It’s pretty much waste to buy tier 1 or 2 runes since you will reach level 20 fast and there is no way to sell runes. So better only play the free champions in the beginning and save your IP for runes. If you have enough IP for buying at least one complete tier 3 rune page you can go on and buy some more champions you would like to play. You should keep in mind that it is not possible to sell champions so it would be better if you tested the champion first (e.g. when he is among the weekly free champions) to avoid disappointments.

2. Since LoL is free to play there are also some annoying fellows around. Fortunately there is a “mute”-function which makes them shut up. So don’t join their flame war if you encounter them – just mute them and go on playing in peace and harmony! The best option is to play with friends but that’s not always possible. /mute saved my life a Thousand times!

3. As long as you are new it is good to buy the recommended items for every champion. Later when you are more experienced and want to test new item builds or tactics you can find very good guides to every champion on MOBAFIRE.COM and LEAGUECRAFT.COM. I always visit them before I try out a new champion. As soon as you feel comfortable and self assured you can also visit the numerous streamers and watch how the pros are playing. I wouldn’t do it before level 30 though.

4. Nowadays many experienced players have smurf accounts. This means that you often meet enemies at your level who are far more experienced than you and kill you with ease. That is very annoying but once you are past level 5 the smurfs become less. And remember: if someone flames you, mute him, don’t give a **** and move along.

5. I strongly suggest playing the tutorial and the battle training to everybody since the basic tactics are explained there pretty well (even DotA veterans should play the battle training).

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