LoL Tools Series #1

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So as I’ve been playing League of Legends I really started to find the interface lacking as far as stats go (I love stats) as well as functionality – which I’ll get into in future posts.

For the purposes of this post I want to cover a little about streaming.

Streaming a game and spectating I thought was a fascinating idea and one I’m happy that Riot implemented. It’s an extremely cool concept that not many other games have out there right now (outside of a few FPS games and whatnot). It’s good entertainment, a great tool for learning a champ, and even more importantly it’s created a viable eSports market.

This discussion won’t cover real streaming – again, that will come later – but the capturing of a spectator replay.

I just discovered that this can be done and it’s stellar. The end result is the ability to spectate a match that has already been completed. For those that have never spectated a match it is like being in the actual match, except you can rove all over the map and focus on each of the champions and / or hotspots to catch all the action – nice!

The tool I want to talk about that enables this functionality is League Replays. The site offers a client program to download which runs in the background and records every match you play – automatically. You can then use the client to watch the recorded replays – in spectator mode – and also upload them to the League Replays website.

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From the website you can watch other replays, either randomly or by champion. Extremely entertaining and very educational to say the least. Well worth the download, in my opinion…

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Now go get that first blood ;)

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