League of Legends guide for a beginner: what is a champion?

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Welcome to our new series designed to teach League of Legends to beginner players. If you’re new to League, MOBAs, or even video games in general, we hope these guides will help you better understand the game of League of Legends.

If there’s one fatal flaw of League of Legends, it’s that it doesn’t come with an instruction manual. When you’re a beginner, the only real way to learn this game is to play with a friend who already knows League and have them explain it to you. The hope for this series to explain in simple terms all the aspects of this game that you need to know to play it properly.

League of Legends is a daunting game looking from the outside, and learning it as a beginner can be impossible. Unlike sports games or shooters, there is a lot of knowledge that needs to be mastered, rather than mechanical skill that can be trained. Even the simplest element of the game, like learning how to win a game, can’t be concisely explained to a beginner.

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Therefore, we are going to first explain the first big choice that every beginner needs to make before entering a game: what champion should you choose. While we can’t explain what every single champion in the game does because that would take a massive amount of time, we can explain generally what champions do and how to classify them.

We’ll discuss the things all champions have in common but trying to keep it as simple so a pure beginner can follow along, like abilities and stats, along with how to make your champion stronger, and finally all the different classes of champions in League of Legends. So, what is a champion?