Riot will finally be introducing better intro bots to League of Legends.
League of Legends as a game is pretty fun. It has great combat mechanics, solid visuals, and, most importantly, a fun gameplay loop. It is also a game that is notoriously hard to get into. Due to the game’s numerous Champions, Items, and complex mechanics, it is very hard for a new player to pick up the game.
Usually, most games mitigate this issue by having an extensive Tutorial/Training mode built into the game. They also have some sort of “Bot” mode that allows players to experience the game further. But that’s hardly the case for League of Legends.
League of Legends has one of the most notorious Tutorial modes in gaming. Up until 2018, the Tutorial would teach newer players to build the wrong items on champions (Shoutout to Thornmail Ashe).
The game’s Co-Op VS. AI mode isn’t any better, either. It only has a limited amount of champions. Also, these bots don’t use appropriate Runes, Spells or appear in the correct lane positions. In addition, it is impossible to learn the Jungle role by following the Tutorial or playing Co-Op VS. AI.
But all these are about to change, as Riot has announced the introduction of new Intro Bots to the game.
New Intro Bots
In a recent Dev Blog, Riot announced that they would be introducing brand-new Intro Bots to League of Legends. These bots will have updated AI and are expected to have support for all 160+ champions in the game.
In addition, the bots will have some new features added to them. Here are all the features Riot has listed,
Each Co-Op VS. AI will now have a dedicated Jungler that can actually use the Summoner Spell Smite. With this, new players will be able to become accustomed to the Jungle role and learn Jungling from the Bot.
Bots will be able to gank lanes as well. Although Riot did not explain how these ganks would work.
Supporting Each Other
Supporting Each Other could mean that bots will now work together for certain objectives, or it could mean there would be a dedicated Support bot.
Bots will now be assigned one of the five roles. So, no longer will there be two bots sitting in the Top lane.
Lastly, bots will now be capable of taking objectives such as Dragons and Barons.
As for the release date for these new bots, Riot has not specified the date. But they will be hitting the PBE for a two-week trial run in either September or October. So, if you don’t have a PBE account, create one and hop into the PBE to test out the bots.