Defend and Destroy
The gold standard for competitive League of Legends. Action on Summoner's Rift often progresses in unique phases, beginning with small-scale duels between lane opponents before culminating in epic, large-scale team fights. Push your way into the opposing base, destroy the enemy nexus, and achieve victory!
The Battle for the Rift
The largest map in League of Legends, Summoner's Rift is mirrored diagonally and features three lanes into the enemy base. Each lane is defended by three turrets and an inhibitor, while the nexus is protected by a pair of turrets. Both sides of the map boast expansive jungles containing powerful buffs, and the central river is home to two boss monsters and a scuttle crab that provide team-wide benefits.
The mirrored jungle areas on Summoner's Rift each contain several lesser monster camps that grant unique powers when the summoner spell 'Smite' is used on them, along with a pair of more powerful monsters that buff the slaying champion for a longer duration. Managing your jungle buffs is essential to maximizing performance on the battlefield, so be wary of any enemy you spot entering your jungle. If you're not careful, you may find he's stolen your buffs!
Crest of Cinders: Kill the Red Brambleback to receive a buff that heals you over time and causes your basic attacks to slow the enemy while also dealing damage over time
Crest of Insight: Kill the Blue Sentinel to receive a buff that reduces cooldowns and causes your champion to rapidly regenerate mana
Located in the river near bottom lane, this neutral monster is usually best handled as a group. Defeating the dragon grants a permanent stacking "Dragon Slayer" buff, with a massive bonus granted at 5 dragons slain. The dragon also gains bonus damage and takes less damage from opponents who have higher stacks of the Dragon Slayer buff.
Dragon's Might: Gain bonus attack damage and ability power
Dragon's Wrath: Gain bonus damage to turrets and structures
Dragon's Flight: Gain bonus movement speed
Dragon's Dominance: Gain bonus damage to minions and monsters
Aspect of the Dragon: Doubles all previous bonuses and causes your attacks to burn enemies for a high amount of damage over time
This dangerous monster makes his lair in the river near top lane. A hard fight, even for five well-equipped champions, Baron Nashor is the most challenging neutral encounter in League of Legends. Defeating this massive wyrm grants the massively powerful 'Hand of Baron' buff to all living champions.
Hand of Baron: A buff that grants a large amount of attack damage and ability power, while also reducing recall times by a large amount. All nearby minions gain powerful bonuses, like extra range, damage, movement speed, and damage reduction