How About a Hat Trick? Steampunk Sheriff Caitlyn rocks League of Legends Like A Boss!
LoL. No. Not some silly text slang for “laugh out loud,” but short for League of Legends. A Player vs Player based game where up to ten players can choose their champions and take down their opponents Nexus to claim victory! Just to make the story straight, I am a female. All the XY chromosomes in me make sure I live and breathe games. Don’t look so shocked.
League of Legends. There are two styles of play: The Twisted Treeline and Summoner’s Rift. The Twisted Treeline is a 3v3 based game map and Summoner’s Rift is a 5v5 map. The main goal is to farm minions for experience and gold, shop for better items, kill the enemy team, destroy their towers, before finally reaching their base and destroying everything in sight. It’s a free online game, so don’t be afraid to download it and give the game a try. What really gets your money is the special skins Riot makes for their champions.
Champions and runes (which help better your selected champion) are able to be purchased with Influence Points (known as IP). There is also the addition of RP (Riot Points), that can unlock skins, champions, runes, special bundles, and much more. RP is more like a “donation” to LoL, and how much money is spent is based on how great ones willpower is. Champion are what run the game. As a “Summoner,” you choose who you will guide to victory to help you level up and gain more IP.
For me, it all started with a gun, and a purple top hat. I was hooked. I had been playing League of Legends for about a year and a half before Caitlyn, the Sheriff of Piltover was released. A ranged female damage per second character that when played correctly will stomp everyone’s face into the ground without a passing glance. I was never so happy to see a Champion spotlight in my life.
The start of my LoL career began with Annie, The Dark Child. A ranged ability powered champ who summons a giant bear and throws fireballs at everything. I was fine with it. Letting people know they’d been beaten by a girl. Then Caitlyn came out. That’s when all of my money went to Riot Games. She runs around with a sniper rifle that is at least half her length, and is based around a Steampunk style town in the world of LoL.
I was content with not giving Riot any money, and earning my runes and champions the hard way with IP. Caitlyn came out and it all changed. Every fiber of my being told me that I needed to buy this champion and any special skins that would come out for her. Surely enough, I own every Caitlyn skin and play her every time I want a win. Which is all the time, of course.
One of her four abilities is also based around cupcakes. Her Yordle Snap Trap is a bear trap with a cupcake in the middle of it, that when triggered shows the enemy champion and slows them for a certain duration. How can that be any more amazing? Apart from the fact that it’s based around the Yordle race. Those cute little Yordles won’t know what hit them when they go looking for a cupcake.
What I feel makes Caitlyn so broken, is her long range, damage output, and her ultimate. Every champion has an ultimate ability (apart from Karma and Udyr; but that’s another article). Some summon giant fire bears, others turn into dragons, while some heal and restore mana to their entire team. Caitlyn locks onto a target champion (which has an outstanding range, might I add) and deals a large amount of damage to an opponent.
When teamfights break out, not only does Caitlyn just stand there and shoot with amazing speeds, she throws out a lot of damage, and look! You think you can just escape with the last bit of health to keep my team from scoring an Ace? Boom! Headshot! My ult can lock on and reach you as you try to flee for safety. Would you look at that? I got an Ace.
A well rounded champion, she is usually my top choice for a ranged AtkDmg champion when everyone else feels the need to play AP. Not only that, but that British voice they gave her really adds flavor to the character. Caitlyn is an overall easy character to use, and the build for her is pretty basic: stack damage and armor penetration while building attack speed. The enemy team won’t know what hit them by the time the game is over.