League of Legends 10-Year Anniversary: Revisit the Journey
League of Legends is turning ten years old later this month. With Riot’s special anniversary livestream scheduled for October 15, it’s time to reminisce about all of the moments that have made the growth of League of Legends a special experience over this decade.
October 27, 2009
League of Legends is officially released. Originally, there were only 40 champions and one server, located in North America.
March 30, 2010
Twisted Treeline, a small 3v3 map, launches. TT was the first and longest-standing alternate game mode in League of Legends.
July 7, 2010
Season 1 begins, bringing many competitive focused changes. In addition, the EUW and EUNE servers launch a week later.
June 20, 2011
The Season 1 World Championship comes to a close. Fnatic from Europe are crowned the winners.
September 26, 2011
Dominion is released as the second alternate game mode. The goal is to capture and hold the control points for long enough to reduce the enemy team’s life points to zero.
December 12, 2011
The Korean server is launched, and will shortly give rise to a new generation of top-level professional League of Legends players.
April 27, 2011
Spectator mode is added, allowing for players to spectate others’ games in the client. This feature also streamlines esports broadcasts.
March 21, 2012
OnGameNet (OGN) hosts the first league-format League of Legends esports event: The Champions Spring 2012. The event takes place in Korea, but teams from all over the world are invited to the two-month-long league.
October 1, 2012
The first iteration of the Honor system is added, allowing players to give honorable teammates and enemies commendations after a match.
October 13, 2012
Season 2 Worlds comes to a close, with the Taipei Assassins upsetting the Korean favorites, Azubu Frost.
February 1, 2013
The modern ranked system takes shape, with Challenger Rank added so the best of the best can compete for the top spot on the ladder.
February 7, 2013
The first Riot-run League of Legends esports leagues, the NA and EU LoL Championship Series, begin their inaugural seasons. Teams that have played every season include Team SoloMid, Counter Logic Gaming and Fnatic.
March 16, 2013
The Chinese LoL Pro League starts its inaugural season. Teams that have played every season include Invictus Gaming, Oh My God and Team WE.
April 20, 2013
Howling Abyss, also known as ARAM, is added to League of Legends. This 5v5 single lane mode originated as a community-favorite custom game in which players didn’t go to the other lanes.
October 4, 2013
SK Telecom T1 defeats Royal Club to win the Season 3 World Championship. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok soon becomes a name known by nearly everyone who plays League of Legends.
October 8, 2013
The “Get Jinxed” music video releases to critical acclaim, bringing in a slew of new players. The video currently has over 86 million views. Jinx was the 116th released champion.
June 3, 2014
Riot’s League of Legends-based metallic rock band, Pentakill, releases their debut album, “Smite and Ignite.”
October 19, 2014
Season 4 Worlds comes to a conclusion with Samsung Galaxy White defeating Star Horn Royal Club. Korea becomes the only region to win back-to-back world titles so far.
November 13, 2014
Summoner’s Rift gets a visual update. This iteration is what is still used today.
January 7, 2015
The modern LoL Champions Korea (LCK) is born. The teams that have played every season include SK Telecom T1 and KT Rolster.
May 7, 2015
The first annual Mid-Season Invitational is held. Edward Gaming triumphs over SK Telecom T1 in finals, earning China’s first international title.
October 19, 2015
SK Telecom T1 defeats KOO Tigers in the Season 5 Worlds finals. They are the first multi-time world champions.
November 11, 2015
Rift Herald is added to Summoner’s Rift, creating a top side objective before Baron spawns.
February 22, 2016
Dominion is retired as an alternate game mode. Its map, The Crystal Scar, is still sometimes brought back for the Ascension rotating game mode.
March 15, 2016
The Hextech Crafting system is released, allowing players to earn free champions and skins by just playing the game.
May 4, 2016
Elemental Dragons are added, replacing the old stacking dragon buff. This feature has been tweaked but remains intact today.
October 29, 2016
SK Telecom T1 wins their third World Championship after defeating Samsung Galaxy in a five-game series. This is back-to-back with SKT’s 2015 win.
November 10, 2016
Blast Cones, Honey Fruit, and Scryer’s Blooms are added to the Rift, allowing for many new options in traversing the jungle.
April 24, 2017
The old client is retired in favor of a new, modernized version.
June 1, 2017
The 10-ban system is implemented, allowing every player to ban a champion in ranked. It would be implemented in pro play shortly after.
August 4, 2017
Pentakill releases their second album, “Grasp of the Undying.”
November 4, 2017
Samsung Galaxy wins Season 7 Worlds, stopping SK Telecom from achieving their 3-peat. With this win, Korea has won five World Championships in a row.
November 8, 2017
Runes Reforged introduces a new rune system that implements powerful keystone runes. This was a big step for new player accessibility.
January 20, 2018
The first match of the newly franchised North America LCS takes place. The ten newly permanent member teams were selected during the offseason.
November 3, 2018
Invictus Gaming defeats Fnatic to win Season 8 Worlds. For the first time in five years, a non-Korean team has won Worlds.
November 3, 2018
Riot’s League of Legends based K-POP group, K/DA, releases their first single “POP/STARS.”
November 27, 2018
The gold bounty system is reworked, giving the team that is behind in a game more ways to recover.
January 18, 2019
The newly franchised and rebranded League of Legends European Championship begins its inaugural season.
June 26, 2019
Teamfight Tactics, Riot’s take on the auto battler genre, is released to the public.
July 31, 2019
Riot announces Twisted Treeline’s retirement at the end of Season 9.
October 27, 2019
League of Legends will celebrate its 10-year anniversary!
It has certainly been a long and eventful decade. While there have been both ups and downs, League of Legends is here to stay. The game has changed immensely since its humble start in 2009, but it has adapted and evolved to stay relevant and even lead the way in the gaming industry. The future looks bright for League of Legends. Here’s to the first decade, and hopefully more to come.
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