LoL Wild Rift alpha gameplay details, list of champions revealed
Riot Games announced when the League of Legends: Wild Rift Regional Alpha will arrive in Brazil and the Philippines.
From June 6 to June 27, the game will be available for all players with Android phones that registered during the 10-year celebration in October. Riot is hoping to test the gameplay, the game system, and the stability of the servers. The announcement included a deeper look into the game's mechanics.
Wild Rift takes the best from League of Legends
It’s not easy to translate the PC gaming experience to mobile platforms, especially when it comes to MOBAs. Wild Rift uses a dual stick control that somewhat limits what the player can do, with skills, items, and summoner spells mapped to buttons.
Champions in Wild Rift
League of Legends has over 150 champions, but only 36 will be part of Wild Rift in the regional alpha. The champions available at launch are:
- Garen, Fiora, Camille, Nasus, Jax, Malphite
- Master Yi, Vi, Graves, Olaf, Gragas, Shyvana, Tryndamere, Xin Zhao
- Ahri, Annie, Lux, Aurelion Sol, Orianna, Fizz, Twisted Fate, Zed, Yasuo, Ziggs
- Jhin, Ezreal, Miss Fortune, Jinx, Ashe Vayne
- Blitzcrank, Janna, Soraka, Nami, Braum, Alistair
Though most of these champions play the same way they do PC version, Riot modified some of their kits to make them easier to play. The biggest change goes to Shyvana, as the half-dragon now gets stacks from the dragons she kills. Depending on the dragon, Shyvana gets different buffs.
Runes and spells in Wild Rift
Wild Rift includes a simplified version of the rune system used in League of Legends. Players pick one of eight major keystones, such as Conqueror and Electrocute. Additionally, players can opt for three minor keystones. Wild Rift introduces new keystones that work better in this fast-paced version of the game.
Wild Rift uses the same summoner’s spells than the PC version. Junglers can use a new version of Smite that changes once junglers kill four major jungle camps. Teleport won’t be available in Wild Rift.
Map and items in Wild Rift
Players can purchase items only from the fountain. To speed up the process, the game will suggest items to the players for quick buy. Wild Rift will include active items, but players can only buy one at a time. These active items are the third tier of boots, once players complete a pair of boots, they can buy an active item. There are different options for each game state, so players can pick based on their situations.
The map known as Wild Rift follows the same distribution as the Summoner’s Rift with some modifications:
- Wild Rift has fewer turrets, there are no inhibitors or nexus turrets.
- The Nexus now attacks players that are in range.
- Evolved versions of the blue and red buff spawns later in the game.
- Elder Elemental dragons spawn late, but these dragons grant bigger buffs than their regular counterparts.
Ranked and monetization in Wild Rift
Players will be able to play ranked games as soon as the regional alpha launches. This way, Riot will measure how the overall competitive experience feels for players.
Wild Rift is following the business model used by League of Legends. The game will be completely free to play but players need to earn every champion in the game by playing. It won’t be necessary to pay at any point, but players will need to grind extensively in order to have the full experience. The store will also offer skins and other cosmetic items to customize players' profiles.
The minimum specs for the regional alpha are:
- CPU: 8 Core, 1.5 GHz and above, 64-bit processors only
- RAM: 3GB and above
- Resolution: 1280 × 720 and above
Once the game launches, the minimum requirements will go down:
- CPU: 4-core, 1.5 Ghz and above, 32-bit or 64-bit processors
- RAM: 1.5GB and above
- Resolution: 1280 × 720 and above
iOS players will need an iPhone 6 or above.
Wild Rift is available on Brazil and the Philippines on June 6.
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