League Of Legends Introducing Enhanced Co-Op Vs AI Bots And They're Coming To Dominion

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Posted January 24, 2012 - By Leah Jackson

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Riot Games has just announced that they're introducing a giant number of new bots to League of Legends in the near future. If you're not sure what a bot is, basically they're a version of the computer that you can play against in LoL. Playing Co-op vs. AI or alone versus the AI reaps tons of benefits, like learning how to play a new character, testing out items, testing out new strategies, the possibilities are almost endless. All of the new bots, and all of the bots that were previously in the game, are being improved upon so much that Riot asked us to come by and test them out ourselves.

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Not only that, but the new bots are also coming to Riot's recently introduced Dominion mode, something that League of Legends players like myself have been waiting for for quite a long time.

According to Riot Games, the majority of LoL's playerbase plays at least one co-op vs. AI match a week. Because the millions of people playing LoL seemed to like the feature so much, the development team wanted to expand on the mode in order to accommodate those trying to take advantage of the system.


In League of Legends right now, the bots can pose a challenge, but most of them do silly things like dive in to towers or they just don't really help in big fights. Riot took notice of this, and in doing so, they made all of the bots, old and new, smarter. Once this update hits the bots will be able to do things like detect enemies, avoid skillshots, be able to push a lane or defend a lane better, and overall they'll have much more logic so that they'll be able to make better, more informed, decisions.

League of Legends Introducing Enhanced Co-Op vs AI Bots And They're Coming To Dominion

When it's all said and done, Riot is hoping to introduce 40 new bots, up from its current 12. They've also gone back to the drawing board and figured out how to tweak the bots at a faster rate, ensuring that they can update bots quickly, without having to wait for huge game updates in order to fix them, and so that they can roll more bots out a constant rate.

I personally got to test out the new bots in a few games on Summoner's Rift and in Dominion mode. On Summoner's Rift the bots were in general a lot smarter, they didn't try to go tower diving and they liked to hide around the map hoping to get off a good kill on me whenever my health got pretty low.

In Dominion, the bots would try to do things like go and capture points that it knew my team of real people weren't defending, or go for the health packs or buffs in the middle of the map when they were dying.

For me it's always been a bit weird playing against bots because I never got the thrill that I get when actually defeating a real person. This time around though, I felt like the bots were a lot different than the ones I had played in the past, and if I did get a kill off I was proud of myself since these bots seemed to have a clue.

League of Legends Introducing Enhanced Co-Op vs AI Bots And They're Coming To Dominion

With the implementation of these enhanced bots, Riot Games has proved once again that they're listening to their beloved community and giving them exactly what they want. Sure, the hardcore competitive LoL players should always be able to out-think a high-level bot, but most of the people who play LoL are casual players who just want to play with their friends. These new bots will allow them to do that on a much higher level and offer them new ways to play the game.

So without further ado, here's the list of all the bots that are going to be "substantially updated with new logic"

  • Annie
  • Ashe
  • Cho’gath
  • Miss Fortune
  • Nunu
  • Renekton
  • Ryze
  • Shen
  • Soraka
  • Taric
  • Trundle
  • Warwick
  • Malphite
  • Sivir
  • Amumu
  • Brand
  • Caitlyn
  • Cassiopeia
  • Fiddlesticks
  • Galio
  • Garen
  • Graves
  • Irelia
  • Jax
  • Karthus
  • Kayle
  • Kog’Maw
  • Leona
  • Lux
  • Malzahar
  • Morgana
  • Rammus
  • Shyvana
  • Sona
  • Swain
  • Tristana
  • Udyr
  • Wukong
  • Xin Zhao
  • Zilean

Are these characters who you want to play against in League of Legends when they come out to play hopefully later this month? If not, which Champions do you hope they add to this list in the future?

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League Of Legends Introducing Enhanced Co-Op Vs AI Bots And They're Coming To Dominion


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