Mobile Legends still dominates as one of the most played games of all time. With over 10 million players daily, Moonton – the developer of the game – consistently earns a lot of money every day. However, since the launch of League of Legends Wild Rift, there has been a noticeable decline in the player base.
Now, ML’s community is divided because a lot of them have become Wild Rift converts. This act is what League of Legends developer and publisher Riot Games wanted to happen, and it is working. Yet, while it does look similar to ML, its gameplay is arguably more tactical.
Now, the question is, should you stay in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang or give League of Legends: Wild Rift a try? Maybe the latter would suit your taste. Perhaps it will not. In this article, we will talk about how things are different between the two. We’ll also discuss the reasons why you should and should not leave ML if you already invested so much time in it.
Mobile Legends’ demographic consists of players who either do gaming solely on mobile or who are not exactly gamers. This target market includes a huge slice of the pie where people have access to the game in just about everywhere they go because it is playable literally in your hands. Yet, some even go lengths to convert Mobile Legends into a PC port too even if it is not an official release from Moonton.
Take note that Mobile Legends is a huge game in China, Philippines and most parts of SouthEast Asia. It’s not very hot in Europe and America since most people still prefer to play on PC there and they have the budget to run a lot of games smoothly on the desktop. Mobile gaming is not that much a thing in the western part of the world.
But, for Asia, it’s where lots of game developers rake their money from. In the Philippines alone, there are over 5 million players in a day – making it the 2nd most populated server after China. Thanks to the low spec requirements!
Also, with the help of local telecom companies and ISPs, Mobile Legends can be playable by just about anybody in the country with a smartphone or tablet. Since its debut in 2016, it has become the most played game in the Philippines, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia.
The Difference between Wild Rift
If you never played a League of Legends game before, now is a good time to know what it is like – in the portable version. League of Legends Wild Rift is a similar yet different version of its PC counterpart. It has most of the essentials (like clearing lanes, using summoner spells on the appropriate targets and completing objectives) but in a faster environment.
Much like ML, the camera switches in a mirrored perspective if you are in the red team. It has an average of 5 to 15 mins completion per match – similar to how fast you can finish an ML match. Yet, it does many things differently if you are to compare it with Bang Bang. First of all, there is a skill required regarding minions per lane.
Besides, you only get half the gold if a nearby enemy minion dies. But you get the full payment if you last-hit the minion. You also cannot buy items on the fly. If you do need to purchase stuff, you will have to go back to your base and then return to where you started.
There is also complexity regarding the jungle lane because not every champion is suitable for the role. You will have to read through the champion’s skills and specialties to see if they are viable in the jungles. Oh, and let’s not forget about the wards, the bushes and the fruits found inside Wild Rift.
These make the game feel more tactical since champions can camouflage themselves in these bushes to make surprise attacks. Wards are used to light up these bushes and grant more visual advantage on the map. The fruits found in the river and nearby first tower are for replenishing your health and mana.
Take note that many ML players are former League players too. And, when they found out about a portable version of LoL, many came flocking to the latter instead. Those who found ML too monotonous these days have also decided to migrate.
Since the launch of Wild Rift in October, you can feel the lesser population in ML: longer matchmaking and other game modes becoming less populated.
So, should you leave ML? Well, if you want a new experience, Wild Rift is a good try, especially if you want something more tactical. But, if you either spent so much money on ML already or still have friends playing it, it would be nice always to stay. Are you a first time player of the game? See guides on how to play it here for free. Download Mobile Legends: Bang Bang on PC today.