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LoL fan works out how long it takes to unlock all champions for free

Published: 5/Dec/2019 18:40

by Joe O'Brien


A League of Legends fan has calculated how long it would take to unlock all of the game’s champions without spending any real money.

League of Legends is technically a free-to-play game, with no initial purchase or subscription required to play the game. Hypothetically, all gameplay aspects of League of Legends can be unlocked without ever having to spend money.

Not all champions are immediately available to new players, however. There is a free champion rotation of 15 characters, randomly selected each week, that are available to all players, but in order to unlock characters permanently, players must purchase them with either Blue Essence or RP.

RP is Riot’s in-game currency that can be bought with real money, but Blue Essence is earned gradually for free from a variety of sources, from simply playing the game to rewards for leveling up and more.

In theory, a patient enough player could eventually unlock all of the game’s 146 existing champions (although as we’ll see, there would probably be more released during the time it would take to unlock all of those) without ever spending any of their own cash.

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Exactly how long would it take to earn enough Blue Essence to do so, though? Reddit user Lust_For_love has gone to great lengths to arrive at an estimate, taking into account the cost of the champions and the various ways of accruing the currency.

Figuring this out is quite complicated. For the first 30 levels, players get more rewards and this part is a bit easier to calculate. From then on, however, you have to take into account things like the average value and drop rate of discount champion shards, and other means of earning blue essence including win bonuses and the various events and missions Riot release over the course of a year.

Of course, breaking down exactly how long it will take also depends on how many games you play. Averaging one game per day, Lust_For_Love calculates it could take as long as 3424 days – nearly nine and a half years.

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Players can earn extra Blue Essence and discount champion shards from Champion Capsules.

If you can bring that average up, and also earn additional bonuses such as getting the chest for S-rated performances every week, the quickest estimate is at just over a year – although that requires a massive average of 10 games per day. There’s also a degree of diminishing returns for those extra games – although the timeframe might be shorter due to the number played per day, you’re also going to end up playing nearly double the total number of games.

The full breakdown of Lust_For_Life’s calculations on the matter and the exact time-frame under a variety of different circumstances can be found in his original post.

Of course, in reality, most players don’t really need to unlock every single champion – even assuming you want a certain number for each role, there are likely to be many that you’re not so interested in playing. However, for those who are reluctant to spend real money on the game, it does put into perspective the kind of rate you can expect to be able to unlock new characters at.

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T1 & LS respond to League of Legends coach controversy

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:02 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 14:05

by Lauren Bergin


Both Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare and T1 have responded to the mass backlash against the iconic Korean organization seemingly ignoring LoL fan toxicity.

When Korean League of Legends behemoths T1 by mistake leaked that Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare would be the organization’s new coach, T1 fans went wild.

In a story that has gone viral, die-hard T1 fans have been seen giving LS racial and homophobic abuse online, as well as doxxing his grandmother and sending mysterious packages to her address. For many, T1’s lack of substantial response up until this point has been considered as them condoning the abuse, and the controversy has caused many a fan to stray away from the T1 fold.

So while it’s taken some time, both parties have finally spoken out on the situation in an attempt to clarify what has been happening behind the scenes.

One of the most famous pictures from this event is of a T1 fan’s van being parked outside T1’s HQ demanding LS’ removal.

T1 apologizes

A lengthy apology was released via Twitlonger from CEO Joe Marsh regarding the LS situation on November 24. The document is largely an apology towards the T1 fanbase for not speaking out quicker, and in turn, allowing the fans to be slandered and attacked by the press.

Marsh claims that T1 fans and South Koreans, in general, have been made victims of “unfair generalizations about their cultures, moral, and character” due to being “accused of harassing LS.” Additionally, the apology covers the unacceptable abuse towards LS that had been left on the organization’s discord, apologizing to the fans for any upset these may have caused.

T1 player Lee ‘Effort’ Sang-ho also receives T1’s condolences, as T1 did not come to his defense after the LS news was leaked accidentally on his stream.

However, most League of Legends fans were concerned with LS, who only gets mentioned at the end of the Twitlonger in a paragraph that reads as more interested in appeasing the fans than addressing any abuse and doxxing. While Marsh confirms that a “police report” has been filed regarding the package sent to LS’ mother, there seems to be very little apology directed only to LS.

LS’ video response

In a 14-minute long YouTube video, LS addresses the T1 situation and his future with the organization. While he had initially been chosen to join the T1 content creation team, questions were asked whether or not he would like to move up to the role as a coach.

While expressing that it would be a dream come true, LS clarifies that he was happier with the content role.

He expresses his apologies for any previous support of bbq Olivers’ Sebastian ‘Malice’ Edholm’s racist remarks, noting that he had not seen the messages containing the offensive comments before he endorsed the player. As a man living in South Korea who calls it home, it’s clear LS would never knowingly have participated in defending racism despite T1 fans claiming otherwise.

As for the future, LS has chosen to remain in Korea. He states that “for all the years that teams wanted me to leave Korea and go coach elsewhere or join a different org, or join different teams; one thing’s always remained true and that’s that I love Korea and I don’t want to leave here. T1 is going to enable me to be able to do everything I’ve always wanted to do and more.”

So while this may not be the dramatic response that many fans were hoping for, LS seems prepared for a bright future regardless.