League of Legends: Wild Rift, Riot Games’ foray into mobile MOBA battlegrounds, has recently seen its North American and Brazilian servers go live for the open Beta.
If you are like many of the users transferring over from the PC League of Legends side, there are plenty of things for you to get to grips with first in Wild Rifet. Although Wild Rift is a direct descendant of LoL, there are some fundamental changes that you need to be aware of before you just dive right in.
Here is everything that you need to know about League of Legends: Wild Rift and how it differs from the original. Namely, there are considerable differences in the leveling process, itemization, and character abilities.
Understanding how Wild Rift’s game speed changes impact your approach
Unlike League of Legends, which can last upwards of 35 minutes per game, Wild Rift is tailored to a faster gaming experience. Just like with other mobile games, matches can last about ten to 15 minutes at the most, with anything reaching 20 minutes being considered an anomaly. However, this creates changes that are fundamentally different from the PC version.
The first thing to notice is the leveling. Instead of 18 levels, you only need to gain 15 levels to hit maximum growth. This means that you gain access to your ultimate ability at levels five, nine, and 13 instead of at levels six, 11, and 16. Make sure that you keep track of this, as players will have to be careful of an opponent hitting level five and breaking out an ultimate that you thought would only occur at level six.
Global objectives that you may know the timing of have also changed. Dragons come up every four minutes instead of every five or six minutes, Rift herald comes up at six minutes, and Baron comes up at ten minutes. As you can tell, this accelerates the game a great deal, while still providing teams with strong power and temporary strength.
Lastly, you need to be ready for accelerated minion spawning. With minions spawning much faster than just every 30 seconds, more gold and experience are available for you to grab. Make sure to take advantage of this, and be ready to soak up that experience to gain a level advantage over your opponents.
How items and boot enchantments work in Wild Rift
The next difference you need to be ready for is the items. In LoL: Wild Rift, your items, as well as your runes, are preset before you get into the match. However, they may not be the right items for you.
Contrary to the current League of Legends, there isn’t such a thing as Mythics, Legendaries, or minor components in Wild Rift. Instead, you are free to build any combination of items that fit your playstyle directly. You are also able to preset certain items that you want to use as a primary loadout for each match.
To tailor these items to your own tastes, follow these simple steps:
- Select a champion that you want to modify. This can be done from the sword/shield icon in the main menu, which is the third from the left along the bottom of the home screen.
- Select the champion that you own or use, and select ‘Items,’ ‘Runes,’ or ‘Spells.’
- Prepare your preferred items.
- Prepare your preferred runes. You will unlock more rune choices as you play the game and accumulate account levels.
- Select your summoner spells.
Along with the items, it is key to understand that there are definite changes to active items. Item Activations, like those of Zhonya and QuickSilver Sash, have been transferred over to boots. Instead of upgrading boots only once, you now have a third enchantment choice after upgrading from normal boots.
Here are the current enchantments available:
- Stasis: Turn invulnerable for 2.5 seconds (Zhonya)
- Locket: Shield allies and yourself from damage (Locket of the Iron Solari)
- Glorious: Gain increased movement speed for a short period (Righteous Glory)
- Protobelt: Dash forward and deal a small amount of damage (Hextech Protobelt)
- Quicksilver: Dispel Crowd Control effects on your (Quicksilver Sash)
- Gargoyle: Increase health and reduce damage taken for a period of time (Gargoyle’s Stoneplate)
- Redeeming: AOE heal allies (Redemption)
- Shadows: Send out two ghosts to find and slow enemies (Twin Shadows)
- Teleport: Teleport to an ally champion, structure, or ward (Teleport Summoner Spell)
Once these enchantments are upgraded onto your boots, you may not change them out unless you fully sell your boots and start over. So, make sure that you choose the right enchantments for the job.
How the champion abilities differ in Wild Rift
The final step to getting a head start in LoL: Wild Rift is to learn the minute differences in champion abilities: champions in the new mobile game may have abilities that interact differently than they do in League of Legends. These champion ability alterations can be the difference between getting certain kills or potentially dodging away from death.
One such example is Ashe’s ultimate. In League of Legends, Ashe’s ultimate, Crystalized Arrow, flies along a straight trajectory and can only hit an opponent along its original path. However, in Wild Rift, you can redirect the arrow when it’s in flight. This grants you a bit of a margin for error when firing, as you can turn the arrow into an opponent who is trying to run away.
To put yourself heads and shoulders above your opponents, the best thing that you can do is train as your champion of choice in-game. Here’s how to utilize this key area of Wild Rift:
- Press the big ‘Play’ button in the bottom-right corner;
- Enter into a custom training mode in the mode selection page;
- Select the champion that you want to learn more about;
- Test out every ability of the champion to learn what they do and if they are different.
Once you get a good grasp of your champion, take them into a co-op vs. bots game, and practice against computer opponents. This allows you to make mistakes without your team getting upset with you. After you’ve practiced a bit against moving champions, you are set to go against real players.
Understanding the new pace of the game, how to improve on the somewhat inadequate preset items, and the alterations to champion abilities will help to give you an edge in the new arena of Wild Rift.
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