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You Can Now Play League of Legends On Your Mac

The League of Legends Mac client is now in open beta and available for download.

League of Legends for Mac got off to a rocky start. The original Mac client for the popular MOBA entered beta way back in 2010. It hung around for a little over a year, then was abruptly cancelled. Recently, the client re-emerged as a public beta and now, finally, the open beta is here! Players can download the Mac client from Riot's download page, which does everything that the PC client does, meaning Mac players will get all future features, bug fixes and new content on the same schedule as PC players.

"We want to thank Mac players for waiting so patiently - and a special thanks to the awesome summoners over at iLoL who helped you play on your native OS while the official client was in development. You rock, iLoLers, and we appreciate all the dedication you've shown to your fellow Mac-enthusiasts," said Riot Games in the announcement, assuring Mac gamers that the Cross-Platform team will continue working diligently to smash any bugs that surface during the open beta.

To celebrate the Mac client, Riot has released a promotional video featuring everyone's favorite giant purple doctor, and a shiny new skin for Blitzcrank: iBlitzcrank. The iBlitzcrank skin comes with new sounds and animations, and adheres to the three laws of ro-bot lane:

  1. A robot may not miss a rocket grab, or through inaction, allow a rocket grab opportunity to be missed.
  2. A robot must obey the orders of his summoner, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws or involve using Flash.

A new patch for the game was also released alongside the Mac announcement, which introduces Quinn and Valor, the first ever "carry combo" to enter the fields of justice. Quinn and Valor utilize a unique mechanic where the two characters can "tag" in and out of combat at will, effectively being two champions for the price of one.

Riot Games recently claimed that League of Legends is the most played videogame in the world, with some 32 million players active per month.

Source: League of Legends

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I do find it strange you guys report on almost every big update on TF2 and League of Legends (and this is VERY good IMO, keep doing it), but why not do the same for other big F2P games, like World of Tanks?

Charcharo:
I do find it strange you guys report on almost every big update on TF2 and League of Legends (and this is VERY good IMO, keep doing it), but why not do the same for other big F2P games, like World of Tanks?

Editorial preference and/or those two games are far more "Important" to the community at large than most other F2P games.

That's good news, really!
I was looking for a chance to try out LoL, now's the time I guess! (Yes, I own a mac. Don't judge me.)

These guys make so much money, I'm surprised it took them this long. Now we just need a Linux client and everyone will be happy.

Right now I'm playing it through Wine, and it works perfectly fine so long as I don't want to browse the store.

Aye, just took it for a spin a bit earlier today and I got to say this:

It works.

Then again, it has to be noted that LOL, much like most of anything else, works better on that very same machine when booting into Windows (7). That's just the way it is, methinks.

So, what I took with me today was the certainty that Windows still rocks my boat ('cept 8 /w Metro, that thing stinks) and that an influx of game-hungry Apple cultist makes login broken or delayed. Maybe the latter was not due to technical limitations, but to welcome the Apple folks, they seem to be quite fond of queuing for anything new and shiny.

Then again, in oversimplified terms, moar peeps equals moar money, so that's probably a good thing.

NightHawk21:
About time. Sort of embarrassing when a group of people were doing this for over a year when Riot said it couldn't be done. Really kinda surprised (and slightly shocked) that they didn't give away the Mac Skin for Blitz free.

The way I understand Riot's way of operating and making sure they remain operational is pretty much textbook business practices - if the ROI is only bound to happen randomly, if at all, you plain don't invest lotsamoney and lotsatime into something. Consider this: If the Apple users all pay for their iWhatever, it might actually cover one week's worth of coffee down at Riot HQ. I don't think it could possibly cover server costs.

About time. Sort of embarrassing when a group of people were doing this for over a year when Riot said it couldn't be done. Really kinda surprised (and slightly shocked) that they didn't give away the Mac Skin for Blitz free.

As for the champ, meh looks like another cookie cutter LoL champ.

Triforceformer:

Charcharo:
I do find it strange you guys report on almost every big update on TF2 and League of Legends (and this is VERY good IMO, keep doing it), but why not do the same for other big F2P games, like World of Tanks?

Editorial preference and/or those two games are far more "Important" to the community at large than most other F2P games.

When said so, its probably the 1st :P .

Here's the question though. I can play this now...but do I want to? I hear games like this have steep learning curves and horrible communities.

erttheking:
Here's the question though. I can play this now...but do I want to? I hear games like this have steep learning curves and horrible communities.

I was going to ask the same question. I kinda want to try out this style of game.
I have friends playing who are nice enough to understand that i will be new and suck. if I didn't already have friends playing I don't know if I would try it.

erttheking:
Here's the question though. I can play this now...but do I want to? I hear games like this have steep learning curves and horrible communities.

TorchofThanatos:

erttheking:
Here's the question though. I can play this now...but do I want to? I hear games like this have steep learning curves and horrible communities.

I was going to ask the same question. I kinda want to try out this style of game.
I have friends playing who are nice enough to understand that i will be new and suck. if I didn't already have friends playing I don't know if I would try it.

Honestly it's overexaggerated.

True, there is douchebags and assholes that float around the game, but after playing many games with players 1 - 30. It's not very often. Most games are silent and usually just say GG in the end. Sometimes they yell but it's not often and most of the time it's more hilarious than anything.

Surely better than my first DOTA 2 bot game where everyone just quit. :/

Korten12:

erttheking:
Here's the question though. I can play this now...but do I want to? I hear games like this have steep learning curves and horrible communities.

TorchofThanatos:

erttheking:
Here's the question though. I can play this now...but do I want to? I hear games like this have steep learning curves and horrible communities.

I was going to ask the same question. I kinda want to try out this style of game.
I have friends playing who are nice enough to understand that i will be new and suck. if I didn't already have friends playing I don't know if I would try it.

Honestly it's overexaggerated.

True, there is douchebags and assholes that float around the game, but after playing many games with players 1 - 30. It's not very often. Most games are silent and usually just say GG in the end. Sometimes they yell but it's not often and most of the time it's more hilarious than anything.

Surely better than my first DOTA 2 bot game where everyone just quit. :/

True, the people often talk about COD having a terrible community but most game no one talks. I am currently download the game and I am looking forward to playing it. If only I didn't have so much homework this weekend! Also how does the hero selection work? I heard that there are like 10 hero's that everyone can use but they rotate every week and you can buy hero's with in game cash? I am right?

TorchofThanatos:

Korten12:

erttheking:
Here's the question though. I can play this now...but do I want to? I hear games like this have steep learning curves and horrible communities.

TorchofThanatos:

I was going to ask the same question. I kinda want to try out this style of game.
I have friends playing who are nice enough to understand that i will be new and suck. if I didn't already have friends playing I don't know if I would try it.

Honestly it's overexaggerated.

True, there is douchebags and assholes that float around the game, but after playing many games with players 1 - 30. It's not very often. Most games are silent and usually just say GG in the end. Sometimes they yell but it's not often and most of the time it's more hilarious than anything.

Surely better than my first DOTA 2 bot game where everyone just quit. :/

True, the people often talk about COD having a terrible community but most game no one talks. I am currently download the game and I am looking forward to playing it. If only I didn't have so much homework this weekend! Also how does the hero selection work? I heard that there are like 10 hero's that everyone can use but they rotate every week and you can buy hero's with in game cash? I am right?

Every week there is 10 free champions you can use and then you lose access to when the next 10 are up. As you play you can use IP (ingame money) or RP (Riots Posts, Real cash) to buy any of the champions.

Korten12:

TorchofThanatos:

Korten12:

Honestly it's overexaggerated.

True, there is douchebags and assholes that float around the game, but after playing many games with players 1 - 30. It's not very often. Most games are silent and usually just say GG in the end. Sometimes they yell but it's not often and most of the time it's more hilarious than anything.

Surely better than my first DOTA 2 bot game where everyone just quit. :/

True, the people often talk about COD having a terrible community but most game no one talks. I am currently download the game and I am looking forward to playing it. If only I didn't have so much homework this weekend! Also how does the hero selection work? I heard that there are like 10 hero's that everyone can use but they rotate every week and you can buy hero's with in game cash? I am right?

Every week there is 10 free champions you can use and then you lose access to when the next 10 are up. As you play you can use IP (ingame money) or RP (Riots Posts, Real cash) to buy any of the champions.

Okay thanks for the info, lets try this game out!

actually there has been a Mac client for LoL for some time now. I've been playing on a mac without bootcamp or a Windows emulator for over a year now.

The site Boompje.net had a client for mac users developed by fans.

Well I tried three practice matches against bots. It's official, I suck. It always feels like enemy champions hit harder.

erttheking:
Well I tried three practice matches against bots. It's official, I suck. It always feels like enemy champions hit harder.

That's cause Riot really shafts the player when it comes to starting out. You literally have to unlock everything in the game. Yeah you get a weekly free roster but it is just so unreliable that you can't really master a champion nor would you want to because the game is very much based on champions hard countering other champions via mechanics than anything else.

Also bots scale better because they aren't bound by gold but by time. So say you are in the match for 20 minutes, doesn't matter if you kill them 30 times within that 20 minutes and preventing all CS they will still get the best weapons at that point as a fail safe.

I've been a closed beta player and played that game for like 4 hours a day everyday of the week. Only had about 70% of content unlocked. The grind is freaking ridiculous. Nevermind the creeping tribunal where the community has gotten so strict that in high stress game you can't even use the word retarded or fucker anymore. Yeah it's great that the death threats are gone and you don't see someone use racial language like nigger, chink or cracker but so many good players who have contributed have gotten banned because others are offended by the standard swear words.

Also for the game they really got rid of the mechanics that help a team turn a match around. Like DOTA had double damage, invis and even illusion and regen. LOL's Red lizard buff has been neutered so badly and blue buff is pretty much mandatory on the mid or jungler. It's just so rigid in the format where you don't get to play champions you like but you either own that champion to counter the enemy team or you just fucked your team cause you don't own that one character. You will never see a more rigid game than LOL in terms of forcing players to play a very specific way.

erttheking:
Well I tried three practice matches against bots. It's official, I suck. It always feels like enemy champions hit harder.

You've got a Dark Souls avatar, so I take it you know about practice-makes-perfect and that knowledge is king.

Google "<Hero of your choice> build" or "lol pro" for starters.

Try out the free heroes of the week

Get a cup of tea or coffee, play the tutorial. It's worth it.

Take your free or bought hero of choice, one that feels right to you, and create your own custom game with all bots and you as the only human player. Take your time. Try to get a grasp on things. Try to understand the story of Sisyphos. Understand LOL as a tool to make you a better human being. Use the zen momentum LOL brings with it. In LOL, freedom exists, but it is rare. In LOL, you are but a cog in the mechanism. You are but a bunch of pixels in the bigger image. At first, you'll spend half an hour or more with people you don't know... over and over again. Eventually, you'll have a stock, a collection of a thousand 'friends' or more, only for the purpose of being able to play the game with people you can rely on. I know of people that got fired because they suck at LOL. I find it hard to reason about these things with someone that does not 'get' LOL. I just think it's important to be able to tell that LOL is all about teamwork, a plan to stick to, and the ability to adapt to whatever comes your way during a match.

I prefer playing LOL to assembling LEGO or doing 1500-piece puzzles. Yes, there are assholes. Assholes are everywhere. The longer you play, the more you will be able to exclude assholes from your own, personal experience. Eventually, you'll grow tired of assholes and poor players on the enemy team. You'll learn to either exploit and gank or ignore them.

If you think the enemies hit harder, look at their gear. When you play a while, you'll have free points with which to buy some more heroes, until you find one that really, really suits you. If you've found a play style that suits you, get various toons that allow you to do your thing even though your personal number one hero has been chosen by somebody else. To spice things up, get a variety of heroes you enjoy. Get some tanks. Get some ranged. A holistic approach to LOL is absolutely recommended.

erttheking:
Here's the question though. I can play this now...but do I want to? I hear games like this have steep learning curves and horrible communities.

Meh, it's all an overexaggeration. People just don't have the patience anymore to get better it seems and resort to badmouthing others. I've mostly played DOTA 2 (bots by myself) and I've seen some of the competitive games, and it doesn't seem that bad. The occasional idiot is there, but not many to dissuade me from playing the game.

erttheking:
Well I tried three practice matches against bots. It's official, I suck. It always feels like enemy champions hit harder.

At first. Just practice against bots A LOT, and you'll be able to return the favor. :-)

OT- Where's the Linux client? I'm pretty sure I was promised cookies along with it. Oh well, I guess that I'll have to bug Valve to release DOTA 2 for Linux.

Meanwhile, at Valve...

Tenmar:
-snip-

Just to say QFT on most of it and very informative about stuff I didn't knew (like the bot gold progression). I would love you Tenmar if it wasn't for your avatar man, irks me every time I see it.

On other toughts, I am very glad that LoL and DotA are both around because it is very interesting to see how the games and communities evolve in different directions depending on how the company hadles the game, metagame and stuff related (like teams and torunaments). Social experiment of the decade :D

Headdrivehardscrew:

erttheking:
Well I tried three practice matches against bots. It's official, I suck. It always feels like enemy champions hit harder.

You've got a Dark Souls avatar, so I take it you know about practice-makes-perfect and that knowledge is king.

Google "<Hero of your choice> build" or "lol pro" for starters.

Try out the free heroes of the week

Get a cup of tea or coffee, play the tutorial. It's worth it.

Take your free or bought hero of choice, one that feels right to you, and create your own custom game with all bots and you as the only human player. Take your time. Try to get a grasp on things. Try to understand the story of Sisyphos. Understand LOL as a tool to make you a better human being. Use the zen momentum LOL brings with it. In LOL, freedom exists, but it is rare. In LOL, you are but a cog in the mechanism. You are but a bunch of pixels in the bigger image. At first, you'll spend half an hour or more with people you don't know... over and over again. Eventually, you'll have a stock, a collection of a thousand 'friends' or more, only for the purpose of being able to play the game with people you can rely on. I know of people that got fired because they suck at LOL. I find it hard to reason about these things with someone that does not 'get' LOL. I just think it's important to be able to tell that LOL is all about teamwork, a plan to stick to, and the ability to adapt to whatever comes your way during a match.

I prefer playing LOL to assembling LEGO or doing 1500-piece puzzles. Yes, there are assholes. Assholes are everywhere. The longer you play, the more you will be able to exclude assholes from your own, personal experience. Eventually, you'll grow tired of assholes and poor players on the enemy team. You'll learn to either exploit and gank or ignore them.

If you think the enemies hit harder, look at their gear. When you play a while, you'll have free points with which to buy some more heroes, until you find one that really, really suits you. If you've found a play style that suits you, get various toons that allow you to do your thing even though your personal number one hero has been chosen by somebody else. To spice things up, get a variety of heroes you enjoy. Get some tanks. Get some ranged. A holistic approach to LOL is absolutely recommended.

Practice makes perfect, trust me I know. I just feel like there's something I'm missing. I'll go back and play a few more matches when I get the chance.

Mordekaien:
That's good news, really!
I was looking for a chance to try out LoL, now's the time I guess! (Yes, I own a mac. Don't judge me.)

*hi-five* Same boat friend. I've 500gb+ to burn, why not?

erttheking:
Practice makes perfect, trust me I know. I just feel like there's something I'm missing. I'll go back and play a few more matches when I get the chance.

Well, you are missing:

- Knowlegde: You know jackshit, no idea what champs do, what items do, what creeps do, what neutrals do, what you should do... so far you know how to open the game and click play, not much else.

- Skill (AKA mechanics): Unless you are a pro at SC2, DotA, Warcraft (RTS), Diablo or some other shit where you needed to micro, you should be terrible at getting your toon to do what you want.

Now, I am not trying to be mean, we all started from the very bottom, but it's like watching someone try chessboxing

and then wondering where all the blood came from and why he can't check.

Anyway, this forums are quite friendly, so there should be people able to help you around. Sides that, go and suck for a year or so and maybe you will get somewhere :D

Making a game cross-platform is news-worthy? Must be a slow day for news at The Escapist.

TorchofThanatos:

Korten12:

TorchofThanatos:

True, the people often talk about COD having a terrible community but most game no one talks. I am currently download the game and I am looking forward to playing it. If only I didn't have so much homework this weekend! Also how does the hero selection work? I heard that there are like 10 hero's that everyone can use but they rotate every week and you can buy hero's with in game cash? I am right?

Every week there is 10 free champions you can use and then you lose access to when the next 10 are up. As you play you can use IP (ingame money) or RP (Riots Posts, Real cash) to buy any of the champions.

Okay thanks for the info, lets try this game out!

Off topic, but to help you start off, because yes, the community can suck a lot. I would have quit a long time ago if not for my friends.

Step 1: Farm minions. You get extra gold and exp. Its easy to think, 'kill the other guy' but the minions are where it counts.

It If you're in North America, the general meta is this: (just in case) There are three lanes, top, bottom, and mid. Bot lane generally has a ranged Attack Damage (AD) carry. They are squishy, die easy, but deal a lot of over time damage if your team can keep the team off you. And a support, who lets the ADC have all the farm (Yeah, being support is a thankless job.) Keep the ADC alive/give them kills.
Mid is AP caster. Top is generally bruisers/tanks, and jungle has a lot of variety, AD, AP, tank or damage, but you'll figure it out. Best of luck! (Personal recommendation, Singed is fun, great late game, but his early game is a little weak and may frustrate you beyond repair if the enemies keep killing you.)

On topic: I can see why they waited, and I don't feel they were misplaced in doing so. Loved the video, thanks for posting.

Yeah, I bet the hardcore LOL players are going to take this news swimmingly...

Not G. Ivingname:
Yeah, I bet the hardcore LOL players are going to take this news swimmingly...

My personal favorite is leona, but Taric and Nunu are both cheap and good supports.

Not G. Ivingname:
Yeah, I bet the hardcore LOL players are going to take this news swimmingly...

Basically buy wards and keep your adc alive, you're pretty much a babysitter during the lane phase. Supports also have three different styles. You have poke supports, sustain supports and aggressive supports. Oh and don't expect anyone to ever thank you unless you do really really really well, and be ready for lots of raging if you don't do well or ward enough.

Risingblade:

Not G. Ivingname:
Yeah, I bet the hardcore LOL players are going to take this news swimmingly...

Basically buy wards and keep your adc alive, you're pretty much a babysitter during the lane phase. Supports also have three different styles. You have poke supports, sustain supports and aggressive supports. Oh and don't expect anyone to ever thank you unless you do really really really well, and be ready for lots of raging if you don't do well or ward enough.

Ok, ward a lot, keep carry alive. I main medic in TF2, so I know how it is to never be thanked for anything and only blamed for others mistakes. :P

ADC is the carry in this game right?

Is there anything like "plane pulling" (attack a neutral creep camp to bring into the lane, and get your creep wave to attack it, denying the other team experience?)

Not G. Ivingname:

Risingblade:

Not G. Ivingname:
Yeah, I bet the hardcore LOL players are going to take this news swimmingly...

Basically buy wards and keep your adc alive, you're pretty much a babysitter during the lane phase. Supports also have three different styles. You have poke supports, sustain supports and aggressive supports. Oh and don't expect anyone to ever thank you unless you do really really really well, and be ready for lots of raging if you don't do well or ward enough.

Ok, ward a lot, keep carry alive. I main medic in TF2, so I know how it is to never be thanked for anything and only blamed for others mistakes. :P

ADC is the carry in this game right?

Is there anything like "plane pulling" (attack a neutral creep camp to bring into the lane, and get your creep wave to attack it, denying the other team experience?)

No, your creeps won't attack neutral monsters. Those creeps are for the jungler who farms them and ganks other lanes. As a support you don't kill minions, unless your adc isn't there or you're trying to push the lane. You have to depend on gold from your items,masteries,runes and assists.

Risingblade:

Not G. Ivingname:

Risingblade:

Basically buy wards and keep your adc alive, you're pretty much a babysitter during the lane phase. Supports also have three different styles. You have poke supports, sustain supports and aggressive supports. Oh and don't expect anyone to ever thank you unless you do really really really well, and be ready for lots of raging if you don't do well or ward enough.

Ok, ward a lot, keep carry alive. I main medic in TF2, so I know how it is to never be thanked for anything and only blamed for others mistakes. :P

ADC is the carry in this game right?

Is there anything like "plane pulling" (attack a neutral creep camp to bring into the lane, and get your creep wave to attack it, denying the other team experience?)

No, your creeps won't attack neutral monsters. Those creeps are for the jungler who farms them and ganks other lanes. As a support you don't kill minions, unless your adc isn't there or you're trying to push the lane. You have to depend on gold from your items,masteries,runes and assists.

Leave farm for adc, concentrate on harassment and keeping your adc alive, got it. Anything more I should know about playing support that the game doesn't tell you? Any particular items, is there are corrour in this game?

So the "free" champions aren't characters you get to choose from as a character you get access to long-term, but instead you have to buy a champion before you get long-term access to any of them?

I had planned on waiting till they had a character I was really interested in among the 'free' champions before trying this out, but if it's rotating anyway and I have to buy one before I get them long term, I'm may finally give this game a try sooner rather than later.

Not G. Ivingname:

Risingblade:

Not G. Ivingname:

Ok, ward a lot, keep carry alive. I main medic in TF2, so I know how it is to never be thanked for anything and only blamed for others mistakes. :P

ADC is the carry in this game right?

Is there anything like "plane pulling" (attack a neutral creep camp to bring into the lane, and get your creep wave to attack it, denying the other team experience?)

No, your creeps won't attack neutral monsters. Those creeps are for the jungler who farms them and ganks other lanes. As a support you don't kill minions, unless your adc isn't there or you're trying to push the lane. You have to depend on gold from your items,masteries,runes and assists.

Leave farm for adc, concentrate on harassment and keeping your adc alive, got it. Anything more I should know about playing support that the game doesn't tell you? Any particular items, is there are corrour in this game?

Most supports usually get a philosophers stone for the gold output then turn that Shurelya's reverie. It gives your speed boost which is good for chasing enemies. Ususally you want items that provide an aura effect like Legion of the aegis. Some people build a sightstone it gives you up to free wards at a time. It also varies for some supports, champs like leona and Alistar need to build tankier items because they're job is to fight in the front lines and soak up damage for your team. There are guides online that tell you what to buy but usually it's the same for all supports. Not sure what a corrour is though

Risingblade:

Not G. Ivingname:

Risingblade:

No, your creeps won't attack neutral monsters. Those creeps are for the jungler who farms them and ganks other lanes. As a support you don't kill minions, unless your adc isn't there or you're trying to push the lane. You have to depend on gold from your items,masteries,runes and assists.

Leave farm for adc, concentrate on harassment and keeping your adc alive, got it. Anything more I should know about playing support that the game doesn't tell you? Any particular items, is there are corrour in this game?

Most supports usually get a philosophers stone for the gold output then turn that Shurelya's reverie. It gives your speed boost which is good for chasing enemies. Ususally you want items that provide an aura effect like Legion of the aegis. Some people build a sightstone it gives you up to free wards at a time. It also varies for some supports, champs like leona and Alistar need to build tankier items because they're job is to fight in the front lines and soak up damage for your team. There are guides online that tell you what to buy but usually it's the same for all supports. Not sure what a corrour is though

Thing that carries items from base so people don't have to run all the way back to base to buy stuff.

Not G. Ivingname:

Risingblade:

Not G. Ivingname:

Leave farm for adc, concentrate on harassment and keeping your adc alive, got it. Anything more I should know about playing support that the game doesn't tell you? Any particular items, is there are corrour in this game?

Most supports usually get a philosophers stone for the gold output then turn that Shurelya's reverie. It gives your speed boost which is good for chasing enemies. Ususally you want items that provide an aura effect like Legion of the aegis. Some people build a sightstone it gives you up to free wards at a time. It also varies for some supports, champs like leona and Alistar need to build tankier items because they're job is to fight in the front lines and soak up damage for your team. There are guides online that tell you what to buy but usually it's the same for all supports. Not sure what a corrour is though

Thing that carries items from base so people don't have to run all the way back to base to buy stuff.

Nope you have to recall to base to get your items

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