1 reason to play League of Legends, 9 more that are icing on the cake

Like millions of other gamers out there, I find myself playing League of Legends every night. I just started my placement matches for Season 4 — off to a horrible start because of feeders, obviously — but even with the losses, I can't help but love this game. There's too many reasons to count why I keep coming back to it, day after day after day, but it comes down to one main reason to play it; everything else is icing on the cake.

1. To be part of a worldwide community playing a competitive game that focuses on strategy and teamwork, driven by one of the most creative, passionate and appreciative gaming publishers ever – Riot Games.

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The icing on the cake…

2. It brings friends together with the like-minded goal of teamwork and winning.

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But it tears them apart just as much…

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3. To get to your totally realistic future of being a Challenger-level player that pro teams can't wait to recruit.

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4. To climb solo-queue ranks in the world's biggest e-peen contest.

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5. So that when you watch an LCS/eSports tournament, you aren't clueless as to what's happening – like my wife when I watch them.

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6. Because eSports are real sports that fill that competitive fire.

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7. You get white knight syndrome from standing up to players who troll you and talk trash.

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8. Pentakill!

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9. It's free. The most popular game in the world is free.

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10. To kill Teemo.

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You can follow Senior Editor Lance Liebl on Twitter @Lance_GZ. He likes talking sports, video games, movies, and the stupidity of celebrities. Email at LLiebl@GameZone.com