With a $1 million prize for the winners of its currently ongoing World tournament and one of the biggest followings in online gaming, League of Legends, like DOTA, belongs to a genre of gaming called MOBAs (massive online battle arena).

With more than 100 different champions to choose from and five players on each team, each battle is all but guaranteed to play out differently and yet over time it seems that the same sort of map-like patterns emerge when you look at it from a bird’s eye view.

Leagu of Legends NYT

The New York Times has a fantastic look at 10 000 individual League of Legends games mapped out showing the movements of the 100 000 players over the course of their games and breaking it down into the different classes and their roles to show how they move through their games building up experience and battling their foes.

It’s a fantastic piece of cartographic and data driven journalism that gives a bit of insight into how specialised each player’s role is in their team.

If you’re interested in learning more about League of Legends then perhaps you should see what the pros look like when they’re doing battle with live streaming of the semi-finals and finals of Worlds taking place online at these times.

[Source – NYT, Image – League of Legends, NYT]