Fun League of Legends Facts Part 2
There are a lot of things we can enjoy about League of Legends, and playing matches isn’t the only one. As with all games, there is a huge array of funny little facts floating around the gameplay, community and the development process. This series of articles will try to round up those and share it with the in2LOL readers.
Clash of Fates
When League of Legends was first announced by Riot Games, it was called League of Legends: Clash of Fates. It seems that for some reason the subtitle was dropped off before the release. League of Legends was in development since 2006. It was announced for the first time on October 7th, 2008 and was finally launched on October 27th, 2009 with a total roster of 40 champions available to the players to play with. Twisted Fate was one of the first six characters designed, along with Singed, Annie, Sivir, Sion and Lee Sin.
The Blind Monk
We already mentioned Lee Sin as one of the first champions that was designed by the Riot development team, but it took a long time for the blind monk to join the ranks of champions on the Fields of Justice. Lee Sin was initially scrapped by the game developers but was eventually brought back, thanks to the support of the League of Legends community. His name is a homophone of the word “listen”, which fits to his character perfectly. His self-immolation mentioned in the character lore section is a reference to the real life monk, Thich Quang Duc, who publicly set himself on fire as an act of protest against the persecution of Buddhism in South Vietnam. Lee Sin was finally released on April 1st, 2011, and Riot used this opportunity to make a little April-Fool’s joke with his champion spotlight video.
Enter the Ninja!
League of Legends has its own ninja order called Kinkou. So far there have been three champions from the order that have joined the ranks of the League’s champions – Shen, the leader of the order and two members of the shadow warrior triumvirate: Akali and Kennen. All three champions share a specific buff in the game which says “This unit is a flippin’ Ninja!” How cool is that? Recently, we had another ninja added to the game in the form of Zed, Shen’s greatest rival and a former member of the Kinkou clan. He is a flippin’ ninja too!
Rammus, The Strong Silent Type
Our favorite ‘Armordillo’ seems to be the only champion without a joke or a taunt in the English client. The interesting fact is that in the French, German, Spanish and Polish versions of the client Rammus has a whole set of dialogues that you can trigger.
A Miss-fortunate Turn of Events
If you read the character lore for Miss Fortune, you may have noticed that her real name is Sarah Fortune. Riot decided to go with the name Miss Fortune in order to resemble the word “misfortune” as a nod to an old sailor myth that women on ships were bad luck.
Karthus, the Bare-boned
Karthus has a different splash art for the Chinese LoL client. This may have something to do with the strict laws imposed by the Chinese government that ban out anything from the games that may be subversive, scary or culturally inappropriate. Depiction of bare bones seems to be offensive in the eyes of the Chinese authorities, thus Karthus had to receive a make-over in order to suit the needs of that particular market. The Chinese Karthus splash art still looks awesome though…
Nunu, the Yeti Rider
There is a common misconception made by players who address both the boy and the yeti he rides on as ‘Nunu’. The big yeti is actually called Willump. ‘Nunu’ is also the name of one of the dogs owned by a developer that works at Riot games. He also uses that nickname for his wife…ooookay…
And here we conclude this week’s edition of ‘Fun Facts in League of Legends’. Be sure to join us next week for more interesting, less known LoL facts and Easter eggs.