During my high school days, most of my friends would often play MOBAs (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) after school hours, whether it is at a local internet cafe or at home communicating through Skype. I, however, was a quiet student just chilling at the library, reading books, studying, or even enter a conversation with teachers. Basically, I was dedicated to my studies.

For those that doesn’t know what MOBAs are, it’s a team based game where you and 4 players (strangers or friends) play champions/heroes (for LoL and Dota 2 respectively) to destroy the enemies base while protecting your base from being destroyed. This may be simple at first, but the complexion of the game grows very quickly, from destroying turrets, managing minion waves, gaining experience and gold for your character. And you don’t know what your enemies are doing, unless you have vision of them, which makes the game more intense.

At one point during my final years of high school, I had a go to play what my friends were playing at an internet cafe, and it was very rough for me. It was a game known as League of Legends (LoL), and quite frankly, it is one of the biggest MOBAs right now, gaining popularity as seen from Worlds last year.

Anyways, my first game of LoL was Soraka (a support champion who heals allies and throws bananas at enemies… yes.. that’s right, bananas !!) When every got their ultimate abilities and during a crucial teamfight, my friend would say “ULT ULT ULT SORKA”, and in my mind, I thought “What the heck are they talking about?”.. ultimately lost the teamfight and therefore the game.

Of all the champions that are available, my friends decided to choose this for me….

I was so lost at first, my friends barely taught me the basic mechanics of a MOBA, from last hitting, to objective controls. It was so frustrating that I stopped playing for a few months, and it was the right because HSC (Higher School Certificate – exams that are done at the end of year 12 which determines your overall mark and that is used to determine which university and course you can attend) was close.

Fast forward to post year 12 ->  it was a very long break, about 3 months before university starts, and I decided to go back to LoL because I had the free time in addition to choosing the course and uni I want to go. Back then, there was no server for Australia, so I had to play on the NA server with over 100 ping  (lag!!!), until mid 2013, when Riot Games (creators of LoL), released the server for OCE. Quickly transferred and I enjoyed the game quite a lot.

Was a shame that I didn’t play with my high school peeps because they go off to different universities, but I made a bunch of people during my 1st year, which makes up for that embarrassing start…

SO what’s the tonkatsu doing now in 2015?

  • I have university classes in the afternoon to night time (3-8pm for a Monday and Wednesday) and by the time I come home, I need to catch up on the workload, so not much time to play MOBAs.
  • League of Legends was my first MOBA, so I wanted to branch out and play the other popular MOBA, DOTA 2. It’s definitely hard, but I’m sure that over the few months, I’ll get better.
  • I’m more inclined to watching professional games than playing the game. Mainly because I love spectating the awesome plays that pro players do. So for that, I do look forward to watching the International 2015 for Dota 2, and LoL 2015 World Championship later in the year.

So, have you ever played a MOBA before? What was your first impression? And do you prefer to play the game or watch a professional game ?

BTW: if you want to play with me,then my names for BOTH Dota 2 (through Steam) and League of Legends (if you’re in the OCE server) is tinytonkatsu. 😀


Author: tinytonkatsu

21 Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Economics/Finance/Japanese Majors Quiet Gamer

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