While I slowly contemplate on whether or not I should ditch LoL for Legends of Runeterra when it hits (or just ditch the game in general), I started to look back at what currently keeps me playing or even interested in the world of Runeterra. Not too long after did I realize that one of the biggest factors for me staying is the style of factions the world brings. The architecture, armor and weapons, the designs of champions to represent these regions, all of it just is interesting to me. It's almost why I still keep around a bit longer just to keep up with the new artwork and designs coming out (and the small, nearly-dead hope that the game will eventually get better).
So, that got me wondering. What are everyone else's favorite (or even least favorite) faction(s)?
To me, it comes down to 3 main ones:
**I. LOVE. NOXUS' DESIGN.** Everything about Noxus just draws me to them, more so than ever since their lore rewrite a while back. I think the first time I was really getting into their design was with the Sion rework. Looking at him was just fascinating as to how they took the character and the small snippets of design of city from his previews/monument also drew me more into it. I also feel like it's been becoming more cohesive in overall design lately, with things like the Swain rework and Mordekaiser feeling more intertwined. Plus, I just love the various armor designs they have. That sold me on them.
* **Shadow Isles**
Second overall favorite in terms of general design. I think the Shadows Isles have a neat concept, of something once being holy now is a place of dread, misery and living death. I also have really have come to love a lot of the recent character designs from Legends of Runeterra. It's also a great way to have a celebratory Halloween event, though Riot has seemingly been moving away from that the past few years.
I'm a sucker for themes of vikings/barbarians/people of a frozen land. Now more specifically, I prefer the designs of the Winter's Claw and Frostguard. I just find them a tad more interesting than Avarosan designs because I'm more use to their looks a bit more. I'm a bit of a Warhammer player and if you know that, then you should know about the designs of Norsca and the Warriors of Chaos, not to mention I'm just use to the stereotype of barbarians n' vikings looking more similar to those two in fantasy than the nicer look of the Avarosan's.
And now to briefly go over the factions that I don't really like:
Just...never was drawn to it that much. I think on a whole it's...fine, but when it comes to fantasy I'm more drawn to styles/themes of Western mythology over Eastern. Looking into Eastern mythology, such as Journey to the West with Wukong and Krishna to name some of the bigger ones that I'm recently come to know a bit, it just feels lackluster with insanely powerful and/or flawless characters. In the context of League, though, I just look at it and think "this is literally just all of asian culture turned more anime and cranked to 11." I've also never have been a huge fan of a lot of champs from this region, mainly Yasuo (for obvious reasons), but have one or two exceptions like Jhin. Outside of that, I could care less.
This might be a bit more biased since I haven't really read up on Ixtal and the first champ to represent this region I absolutely despise but I really could care less about Ixtal. Now, I know it's brand new and I should read up on it, since apparently that's were dragons now originated from and malphite is apart of the region (so now he has a proper canon place to be in Runeterra), and give it a chance but as I said, I don't like the champ that was released to show it. Quiana I hate on multiple aspects, from her kit to her looks and personality. It's very important that a champ has something I really like about them to consider trying them out or investing in them in some way, but she doesn't have any of that. There's also the aspect that there isn't that much concept art of the place itself. Mostly it just being art from the stories or of some large palace/cities from a distant, which doesn't excite me.
_Side note: I also feel the name is too close to Magic the Gathering's Ixalan and now was kind of hoping that dinosaurs would be included in there._
* **Bandle City**
There's...nothing. Riot I feel has been dropping the ball on this particular faction for a while now. All we know is that there are magical gates that pop up randomly to the Yordle's home. That's it. We don't get a glimpse at it, we don't know the pattern of it, where or how Yordles came to be, nothing. With LoR, I feel like they're just continuing to forget that Bandle City exists. They have the concept of glamour, yet in a lot of the cards just appear as normal. As these suppose to show how they actually look to others or seeing through their disguised selves? There's a lot of potential here that could be interesting but nothing is done yet.
Finally, a real brief overview on the factions that I don't really place in either category.
* **Demacia** - I think they're rewrite is good from just being the pure "good guys" by adding in some moral and social dilemmas with mages and magic. Like the classic medieval look they have going but isn't that super striking to me.
* **Bilgewater** - Absolutely love the take on pirates in this world, mainly in the port/city itself with the buildings being made out of wrecked ships. Nothing really new with them lately, though to keep that love, along with a limited supply of champs that I like to play from there.
* **Piltover/Zaun** - Definitely an interesting location. I like the idea of both cities striving for the same thing (just going about it in very different ways) and it's also nice to see Riot's take on Steampunk in a magic-ridden world. That said, I'm not super big into Piltover's overall design, Zaun I feel could use some more neutral/good aligned characters like Ekko, and I'm already interested in a few other factions already.
* **Shurima** - Like the idea of a desert/Egyptian themed faction. Sadly, not that many champs to keep me interested.
* **Targon** - Love a lot of the concept art and champs in-game. Not a fan of the Aspects or the Solari.
* **The Void** - HAS AN EXTREMELY GOOD THEME!!! I just can't fully get behind it and I don't know why.
Anyways, I'm done talking about my thoughts on the various factions but what are your favorites (or least favorites)?