What’s Factions?

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The first Factions storyline, Mirrorwater, began as a clash between Ionia, Demacia, Piltover, and Noxus. The Freljord joined the fray partway through the storyline, and was ultimately victorious.

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Faction versus faction matches tied to a dynamic storyline.

Factions is a community-powered League of Legends game mode in which Summoners declare for a faction, such as Noxus or Ionia, and fight matches using faction-specific Champion lists. These small rosters give each faction distinctive strengths and weaknesses — for example, Demacia has a very strong all-in teamfight, while Piltover has excellent poke — and allow players to really delve deeply into these matchups. Members of each faction are encouraged to collaborate on faction strategies that make the best use of their rosters and exploit weaknesses in their opponents’. The rosters also give each faction a cohesive in-game thematic flavor, such as Piltover’s steampunk aesthetic or the spooky vibe that the Shadow Isles emanates.

In addition to creating some novel gameplay and flavorful matches, Factions puts players in the center of the narrative as Summoners whose actions shape the future of Runeterra. Factions gain points from victories and lose points from defeats. In-universe, these point totals represent the influence each faction has with the Council, and determine how the story progresses. We also hold interactive lore events in which Summoners make important decisions for their factions.

A screenshot of the first match of Mirrorwater.

Ionia and Piltover face off. Ionia has excellent mobility, while Piltover has great poke comp potential.

Anyone can start a scored match anytime.

Central to the Factions model is that anyone can start or join a match at any time. Match results are submitted to us online and scored. Matches have a base point value set by the map type, which is then adjusted based on the relative skill levels of the two teams and the relative standings of the two factions. In short, a predictable stomp is worth fewer points, while an upset victory is worth more points.

Although most games are pick-up matches which anyone can start or join anytime, we do also have shoutcasted Featured Matches every Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time (3:30 Eastern) and a few major Tournaments per storyline. Featured Matches and Tournaments decide key plot points and allow factions to expand their Champion rosters.

Each chapter of the Factions story features different playable factions.

Factions is played in a series of storylines. Each storyline features a different set of playable factions, chosen beforehand by poll, and tells a new chapter of the larger story of Runeterra. Each storyline lasts about two or three months, and centers around a dispute in the League of Legends.

Our previous storylines:

For a narrative overview of the saga so far, visit our Storyline Overview page.

The current chapter is Part V: Hextech Revolution.

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Placeholder banner.

We have just begun our fifth storyline, Hextech Revolution. (On that note, please pardon CupcakeTrap’s awful placeholder banner above, and some other parts of the site that still need updating.) In this chapter, explorers have discovered a potent new hextech energy source in the Shurima Desert, which could be harnessed to revolutionize Runeterra with astonishing new technology. Piltover, Bandle City, Zaun, and Demacia have come before the League to determine who will control this power.

Factions has unique strengths as a game mode and lore format.

While we think Factions is a lot of fun as a community mode, one of our goals is to have Riot eventually implement an official Factions game mode, or perhaps a Team Builder-based lore event that would let Summoners queue up for Factions-style matches. We think Factions has a number of strengths as a mode:

  • Community. Factions creates a strong sense of community, especially within a given faction; Summoners have an incentive to work together to devise strategies for using their factions’ rosters to the fullest and to coach each other.
  • Player-driven story. Factions combines story and gameplay in a dynamic way. Match outcomes drive the ongoing storyline, and we also have interactive lore events that put players (Summoners) in the midst of the lore making critical decisions. This gives players a real stake in what happens in-universe.
  • Strategy. The limited rosters give each faction distinctive strengths and weaknesses. For example, Demacia is an all-in teamfight faction, while Noxus focuses on early-game brawls and assassination. Many unorthodox tactics can be viable (and are sometimes necessary) in Factions. The full 100+ Champion pool is so vast that it’s hard for a non-pro player to comprehend even a fraction of the possible matchups; Factions narrows the field and allows ordinary players to really get familiar with how various team comps match up.
  • Cross-Tier play. Factions gives high- and low-Tier Summoners the opportunity to play together in a friendly environment.

If you have questions, please check our FAQ section or just ask in the Factions chat.

The Fields of Justice call to you, Summoner.

Want to get in on the action? Begin here.

Faction declarations are chapter-specific: you can (and indeed must) declare anew for each storyline you want to participate in. You do not have to stick with the same faction in every storyline.

Factions is an unofficial community creation. This site is not operated by Riot Games.
The use of Riot Games artwork is not intended to assert ownership.

14 comments on “What’s Factions?
  1. Blasphemy says:

    I was promised Pasta…..

  2. UnarmedShade says:

    Awesome concept glad I surf the forums during my down time. The execution is great and I love playing these games keep up the Great Work!

  3. xUnicorn69x says:

    well i see Cupcake is here, so i submitted for noxus =) ill be happy to play when i can!

  4. Seargentanus says:

    Are you guys thinking about making a forum for this site? It would make getting out information easier.

    • CupcakeTrap says:

      That’s an interesting idea. We certainly could! That might be especially handy for the FAQ section, as it’d provide a place for Factions members to ask questions and discuss things that would also retain a copy of the discussion.

  5. ArcticWolf2110 says:

    Is this NA only at the moment? I’ve been trying to confirm that I registered but it won’t let me because I’m on EUW.

    • CupcakeTrap says:

      Unfortunately, this is indeed NA only at the moment. I keep hearing from EUW people who want to set up Factions over there, and I’ve offered help, but it seems like it hasn’t gotten rolling yet.

      Although for various reasons I can’t volunteer to actually run EUW Factions right now, if you or anyone else on EUW wants to start Factions there, please let me know. (You can email me at CupcakeTrapLOL using Google’s email service which I will not spell out the address for in order to avoid automated spam.) I would be delighted to assist.

      • vaultdweller94 says:

        I’m itching to try this out. At first I was overjoyed to see this website, but after I was extremely bummed out to see it was only NA. I really hope someone will try to get the ball rolling.

      • CupcakeTrap says:

        I can’t really commit to running Factions anywhere other than NA at the moment, but I would be delighted to help you or anyone else who wants to take the lead on starting Factions on another server. Just let me know.

  6. InsertCleverNicknameHere says:

    This seems awesome! I hope Riot makes this an official gamemode.

  7. Seargentanus says:

    You got the results for the next arc yet cupcake?

  8. When I first saw this website I was overjoyed. This was too good to be true!

    Unfortunately, it kind of was. I’m on EUW…

    I really wish someone would start this on EUW. I’m dying to try this out.

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