If you’re a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) enthusiast or just want to explore the chaotic and fun world of this game genre, League of legends wild rift is a name that you cannot exclude. League of legends wild rift is a MOBA developed and published by Riot Games for Android and iOS. The game is the modified version of League of Legends PC. Releasing League of Legends on the smartphone platform is originally not in the blueprint of Riot Games. However, Tencent which is now the parent company that mostly owns Riot Games asked Riot Games to release a mobile version of the game. Riot games initially declined the idea since they believe that the game could not be replicated on smartphones due to its sophisticated gameplay and graphics. After this, there are rumors that the decision of Riot Games somehow tainted the relationship between the two firms due to the conflict of their games. Nonetheless, the relationship between Riot Games and Tencent is still strong since Riot Games implied that their company will seek to look at Tencent’s proposal to turn League of legends into a mobile version.
Eventually Riot Games acknowledged the potential of the mobile market for the MOBA genre especially in Asia and SEA and agreed to develop a mobile title for League of Legends. On the other hand, Tencent then temporarily pulled their marketing plans for Arena of Valor and focuses their resources on preparation for League of Legends: Wild Rift.
On Oct 16, 2019, which is the 10th Anniversary of League of Legends. Riot Games officially announced that they will be releasing League of Legends on the mobile platform.
The regional open beta for Southeast Asia began on October 27, 2020.  On December 7, 2020, the beta was expanded to include Vietnam, Oceania, and Taiwan. On December 10, 2020, the open beta was expanded ahead of schedule to include the Commonwealth of Independent States, Europe, the Middle East, and Turkey; the game’s official release date is still unknown.
With all that being said, the game will start confirming if you’re an experienced player who originally plays the PC or not. Even if it is your first time playing league, the Tutorial gives you ample idea of how the game works so make sure to digest the information during the tutorial for you to be fully prepared in the fields of battle. Riot Games took a fresh approach to Wildrift by opting for a dual joystick system that will be efficient with both touchscreens and console controllers. However, switching the mechanics to a joystick system makes some of the abilities in League of Legends PC difficult to pilot, so the Game Development Team took the time to improve the quality of life of certain skills that will fit the mobile version. If you’re not sure about the abilities of a specific champion, I highly recommend checking them out in the Training mode.
Faster paced gameplay
Of course, some changes were implemented for the game to fit the mobile/console demographic regular PC League of Legends. The PC version tends to last 30 to 40 minutes sometimes more and that is simply too long for the majority of mobile gamers. The Game Development Team perfected the game’s mechanics to slim the duration of the game down to 15 to 20 minutes per match. The rune and gold income are big factors that accelerate the game’s progress so anticipate a hard snowball effect whenever your opponents manages to capitalize on kills and objectives across the map.
Some big changes were also been implemented in the buff system, for example, the Evolved Red Bramble Back which spawns 480 seconds into the game provides attack damage or ability power. If you want more in-depth details about the map, please check the “Rift Guide” while you’re in the game.
META [most effective tactics available]
Wild Rift currently offers 50 champions to play upon making this article. Getting used to each champion is easy for those who played League in PC but if this is your first time, it isn’t that hard too. Laning in Wild Rift depends on your team composition but you can always follow the standard 1 Top – 1 Mid – 2 Bot – 1 Jungle. For you to keep up with the latest Meta picks and item builds, it is a best practice that you actively read the patch notes or watch competitive Wildrift.
What are the minimum requirements to play League of Legends: Wild Rift on mobile?
OS – Android 5 and above
Memory – 2 GB RAM
CPU – 1.5 GHz quad-core (32-bit or 64-bit)
GPU – Mali-T860
Having a high refresh rate is a big factor if you are considering purchasing your first gaming smartphone. Various companies have advertised smartphones that feature 90Hz, 120Hz, and even 144Hz refresh rate screens. Other than that, these phones are geared with powerful processors and battery life to support a gamer’s grind in climbing up their rank. Furthermore, we are now at the age of game streaming due to the pandemic lockdown so having a 5G enabled phone is a good idea since 5G-enabled phones permit users to stream games on their device with a low latency connection.
Here are the following smartphones that I highly suggest checking:
– Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
– Oneplus 8
– Motorola One 5G ACE
– The OnePlus Nord N100
– Huawei Y9s
– Xiaomi Mi 9T
The gameplay is smooth and the graphics are top-notch and Riot Games really set the bars for mobile MOBA games too high. I hope this will spark a healthy competition in the market and let’s see what is the next mobile MOBA game that will surpass or will be on par against Wildrift.
I would like to close this review by giving my gratitude to Riot Games for providing us a true mobile version of League of Legends.