As someone who's just started getting into League of Legends over the last month or two, I think it's fair to say that it's a very complex, intimidating game. I've been watching this year's League of Legends World Championship matches with a lot of interest, but also a lot of confusion.
That's why the video above is so damn useful. In the video, Riot's official eSports reporting arm, LoL Esports, takes a look at one team fight from a game last week. Team fights are some of the most dramatic moments of any game of League of Legends, where all 10 champions (five on both teams), meet up and throw down in one area. The outcome of a team fight often helps determine which team goes on to win the match.
This particular match-up features the Chinese team Edward Gaming against Europe's popular eSports club Fnatic. At first, the video shows the team fight as anyone watching the match live would have seen it, with casters calling the action at a breakneck speed that's hard to follow for a new or casual League player.
But after that is where it gets awesome. The video slowly works back through each moment of the team fight, each individual decision that players made. You're able to get a better sense of how each champion's powers work, and what mistakes the players on the Edward Gaming side made, eventually leading to total team wipe.
As the video points out, this put Fnatic at a 7,000 gold lead, which allowed them to almost immediately win the game. They went on to sweep Edward Gaming three to zero in this best-of-five series.
It's incredible to see the ripple effect that one huge team fight can have, and it's even cooler when it's presented in such a way that you can actually follow each skillful decision and thoughtless mistake, regardless of your knowledge of the game. Good stuff!