Waiting For Cooldowns: Issue 1
Martin Hutchison plays League of Legends, and here’s the first issue of his new series!
In the run up to Season 4 of the worlds biggest video game, League of Legends, I landed a chance to start a LoL column for CalmDownTom. Could I resist? You bet your Rabadon’s I couldn’t! I’ve been playing League of Legends since pre-Season 3, and the chart-topping MOBA from California based Riot Games quickly took over all of my gaming time. My Xbox? Neglected on a shelf. My Wii? Gathering dust, remembering days gone by when it dominated my attention.
To those of you not in the know, League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, or MOBA, relased in October, 2009. Since then, it has become the most played video game in the world, averaging twelve million players a day in the European and American servers alone, with at least five million players at any given time.
The MOBA Genre was born back in the days of the original Starcraft, when a modder known as Aeon64 created a map called Aeon of Strife, where players took control of a single, immensely powerful hero and battled their enemies for dominance of a three-lane map. It became one of the most popular mods for the game and, when Blizzard went on to release Warcraft 3, a similar map and game style appeared. This one was called Defense of the Ancients, and when DotA: All-stars appeared on the scene, it’s creator, Steve “Guinsoo” Feak, had no idea what he had started.
Fast forward ten years to the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, where over Ten Thousand people attended, and approximately four MILLION watched via Twitch, Youtube and various localized streams All to see Korea’s #1 team, SK Telecom T1, take on China’s finest, Royal Club. I was one of the masses who stayed awake all night to watch the finals live as they happened, and was blown away by the level of play from both teams.
After our little stroll down memory lane (would that be Bot lane, or Mid?), I thought I’d start Waiting For Cooldowns by talking about the latest addition to the League; Jinx, the Loose Cannon! As the weeks go on, I’ll be bringing you all the latest news from the Fields of Justice, including upcoming events, new patches and champions, and my ABCs of LoL. I hope you like what I have to say!
Riot got the Marketing and anticipation for Jinx spot on. We first got wind of her existence when the profile page of another Champion from the League – Namely Vi, the Piltover Enforcer- was vandalized bright pink paint. Hurtful, childish words were left all over the page, things like “Fathands!” and “Police Brutality!”. Not long after, Riot released an incredible Music Video featuring the song “Get Jinxed”, which had fans in a frenzy of hype and excitement, all clawing to get their hands on this latest Marksman. Get Jinxed, as you can see below, really captures the spirit of this chaos-loving misfit.
I’ve been playing Jinx since before she came out, via the Public Beta Environment, or PBE, and since her official launch onto the live servers, I’ve been playing her a lot more. As with all new champs, people are still learning her strengths and weaknesses, how to fight her, and what champions are her natural counter. So far, I’ve had an outstanding success rate on Jinx, racking up a kill/death/assist score of 75/22/59 over the course of five games with an average length of 36 minutes, three of which we won. Her natural attack speed steroid, surprisingly useful suite of Crowd Control and global-range execution has proven to be too powerful for any other bot lane to handle so far. Supposedly, Ezreal and Corki are going to be amongst the only viable counters for her, but that remains to be seen. I’ve personally slaughtered both.
I’d like to finish today’s inaugural Waiting for Cooldowns by saying a massive thank you to everybody who reads this, to Thomas Welsh for giving me the chance to start this column and of course to Riot Games for giving us the world’s greatest video game. Join me next week, when we’ll discuss the recent issues plaguing the Europe-West servers, the latest news in the run-up to Pre-Season 4, and I’ll be starting my ABCs of LoL. See ya!
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