Fantasy Leagues: League of Legends 101

If you’re new to DraftBuff or fantasy League of Legends, have no fear! We’re here to help and we’re detailing everything you need to know so you’ll be an expert for draft day.

We break down this intro lesson into the following categories:

  1. League of Legends 101
  2. Positions
  3. Scoring System
  4. Weekly Heads up
  5. Playoffs
  6. Trades
  7. Free Agents and Waivers

League of Legends 101

If you’ve never played LOL or you’re still stuck on Iron rank, you might want to read this section. If you’re Challenger rank, you can probably skip on down to the next section.

Alright, this is going to be a doozy so buckle up. League of Legends is a mobile online battle arena (MOBA) game where two teams of five face off to destroy the enemy’s base (Nexus). Every game is played on the same map, Summoner’s Rift, detailed below.

Each player plays as a different champion which has certain abilities and characteristics. We’re giving you the most watered down version of LOL right now but there’s some amazing resources online that you can read if you want to dive into it. Here’s one guide.

In LOL regular season matches, matches are best of one so you’re playing a single game of Summoner’s Rift and that’s it.


As we mentioned above, there are five players on a team. Your five players aren’t all doing the same thing though. Each person is playing a different position, categorized as:

Top – If you look at the map below, the top laner is the one that plays the top lane. They’re typically going to play Champions that are difficult to kill and tend to be a bit isolated from the rest of the team.
Mid – The mid laner plays the middle lane and is often considered the star of the team. They are in the middle of everything so they can move around the map to assist their teammates. They’re one of the team’s main damage dealers.
Jungle – The jungle is the space between the lanes and is filled with monsters. The jungler’s main role is ganking: when an allied champion comes into another lane to help out a teammate, usually to try and kill their opponent.
Bottom – Or AD Carry (ADC for short). ADC plays in the bottom lane and also is one of the team’s main damage dealers.
Support – The support also plays in the bottom lane with the ADC and helps them them move forward.

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Default fantasy team rosters consist of 1 TOP, 1 MID, 1 SUP, 1 JNG, and 1 ADC. You additionally get 1 bench player for a total roster size of 6 players.

Points System

We track four key statistics for LOL: Kills, Deaths, Assists, and Creep Score. Below is our default fantasy scoring system for LOL. Comissioners can modify it as they wish but this is our default

Weekly Heads Up

Similar to fantasy football, your league will consist of weekly heads up matches. Let’s say we have a league with 6 people. Each week, you will play one of your 5 opponents. You’ll choose your starting 6 roster and earn fantasy points based on how they did. If your total fantasy score is higher than your opponent, you get the W and your opponent the L. This gets added to your record (now you’re 1-0). You’ll play weekly heads up for the season and top records will advance to the playoffs.


Top 4 fantasy teams will make it to playoffs in a single elimination 4 team bracket. Standings are first determined by wins and losses. Ties will be determined in the following order:
Head to head record
Total fantasy score
Coin Toss


Picked poorly during your draft and you somehow have 3 good ADC’s but no good MID’s? No problem! Make a trade request to one of your league mates and she can accept or reject it.

Free Agents and Waivers

Read more about waivers here.

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