What’s Factions?


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.

All skill levels are welcome. You can start or join a scored match anytime.

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.

Anyone can start a scored match anytime.

Play Factions whenever you like, as often or as little as you like. You don’t need any special permission to create a scored match.

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.

A screenshot of the first match of Mirrorwater.

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

Although most Factions matches are casual pick-up matches, we also hold shoutcasted Featured Matches every Saturday and Sunday 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 VII: Lines in the Sand.

Arc VII CCT Banner Draft

Hear ye and be warned! The Council of the League of Legends, final arbiter among nations, shall hear the petition of Azir, Champion of the League, that Shurima be recognized as a sovereign member-state, and that those territorial divisions recognized by the Shuriman Resolution of 1 CLE shall be subject to challenge upon the Fields of Justice.

And furthermore let it be known that the Empire of NOXUS, on its own part and representing the interests of the Teknopolis of Zaun, shall be recognized as a party to this dispute, and that the Municipal Republic of PILTOVER, on its own part and representing the interests of the Amicable Enclave of Bandle City, shall also be so recognized.

But be it known that all other League nations are hereby forbidden to deploy soldiers into Shurima for the duration of this conflict, nor shall any Champion or Summoner not granted entrance into the dispute do violence either temporal or arcane to those within the disputed region. The combatants shall refrain from the use of forbidden rune magics, nor shall this affront to the peace of Runeterra extend beyond the boundaries of Shurima. With solemn contemplation of the horrors of the Rune Wars, the party-disputants are urged to seek peace; but by no means shall this conflict be suffered to endure beyond the 20th day of September, 25 CLE.

Let the word of the League be as law, lest all the nations of Runeterra arrange themselves against ye. There may be no appeal.

The seventh Factions storyline, Lines in the Sand, began on May 16, 2015. (That’s 25 CLE, by Runeterran reckoning.) For thousands of years, Shurima has been carved up, exploited, and used as a battlefield by the great powers of Valoran. Its ancient borders, which had held even in the midst of the world-rending Rune Wars, have dissolved, and its once-sovereign lands have been criss-crossed with countless territorial lines and sub-territorial occupation zones. But now Azir, the last Emperor of Shurima, has raised the great Sun Disc and resurrected his imperial capital. From this position of strength, and with the support of Shuriman mercenaries and nomads led by his world-wise descendent Sivir, Azir has issued an ultimatum to the League of Legends: recognize the sovereignty of Shurima, and make his realm whole once more. The Council, struggling to contain the violence that has erupted around Azir’s resurgent empire, has accepted jurisdiction over this petition for membership, together with the stakeholder petitions of Noxus and Piltover. It now calls for the Champions and Summoners of these nations to make their claims on the Fields of Justice.

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:

First world problems: lately, we’ve been hitting the 200-user limit on the Factions chat pretty often. Try Factions2 instead.

You can also join our forum.

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.

33 comments on “What’s Factions?
  1. Landis963 says:

    How do you take into account official Rito events such as the Shurima event that debuted Azir, and the now-ongoing Burning Tides event centered on Bilgewater?

    • CupcakeTrap says:

      In short: as best as we can. For example, when Udyr was retconned into a hybrid Ionian/Freljordian Champion during Mirrorwater, an arc that involved both Ionia and Freljord, we had a lore event to decide where to place him. We also did Nyroth on another continent (of our own invention) in part because of all the turmoil in the Riot lore, to give Riot more time to clarify what was going on with Shurima and other locales.

      Caveat: part of the idea of Factions is that the storyline does progress. For example, in the offical Riot-verse, Nami has been “venturing into the world of the land-walkers for the first time, in search of a Moonstone” for something like 3 years. The Nami in Factions had the same origin, but then (in part due to the successes of Bilgewater in Nyroth) forged a new moonstone by allying with Diana and the Lunari, and (together with Miss Fortune and others) elevated Bilgewater from “crime-ridden port town” to “crime-ridden port town that’s also the center of an emerging alliance with the Marai and Atlanteans“. So, Burning Tides can probably happen in parallel in the Factions universe. (I’ll be able to say more once I know what’s happening with BT.) But it might spin a little differently in the Factions verse. For comparison, maybe look at the Harrowing. It happened in both universes, but played out somewhat differently (I think?) in the Factions verse. (I say “I think” because I’m not entirely clear on how it resolved in the Riot universe.)

      The only outright rejection of Riot canon so far is The Great Retcon itself. Riot said, “okay, the League universe no longer contains a League, or Summoners, or any of that stuff”, to which I said, “GTFO” and flipped the table. That does cause some secondary variances.

      • Landis963 says:

        I was also archive-binging the Hextech Revolution/Nyroth stuff the other night, and I came across the jailed off-the-deep-end Summoner raving about how the League didn’t exist. (this was during Jarvan’s incarceration and Malzahar’s escape) I immediately thought: ;) I see what you did there…

      • Landis963 says:

        W/r/t/ the Harrowing, I think all we were told was that the “forces” of the Black Mist were “defeated” with a temporary alliance between Gangplank, Miss Fortune, and the forces at their disposal. Not much beyond that.

  2. Resim Yükle says:

    I’ve been trying to confirm that I registered but it won’t.
    Is this NA only at the moment?

    • CupcakeTrap says:

      It is NA only at the moment, but that will change within a week or so. We’re getting everything in place so that we can easily “copy-paste” the necessary admin framework to other regions. As for confirming registration, you should see your name on the Summoner List within a day or so. It’s manually checked and updated.

  3. Kawaii Asuna (Ask Konata) says:

    Apparently, back then. . .

    They didn’t spell out words with the bans. *the horror D:*

  4. Sarah (VG Luna) says:

    Just as a note, I was the TehGuitar who signed up for this. I got a name change, and am now VG Luna. The TehGuitar currently in your sheet is someone else. I ask you to please update your record so I can play, or to add me as a new person :)

  5. Rextreff says:

    The forum is down it’s all Bakarok’s fault

  6. lupusisko says:

    I came here from reddit and I must say I’m amazed by your version of the Journal of Justice. Much props from Poland <3

  7. I just joined in and am loving this. This was a great idea guys.

  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.

  9. Seargentanus says:

    You got the results for the next arc yet cupcake?

  10. InsertCleverNicknameHere says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

    • forums would definately make this easier for new players and i would like to see this

  13. xUnicorn69x says:

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

  14. 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!

  15. Blasphemy says:

    I was promised Pasta…..

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