Mobile Legends: Bang Bang was developed by the Chinese company Montoon, and launched in July 2016, adventuring in the market of Mobile Games as the first Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA). This followed the steps of the revolutionary MOBAs DotA and LoL on PC.
After a rocky beginning, facing lawsuits against Tencent (owners of Riot) for the similarities of modes, character and map with League of Legends. A legal issue that cost Montoon 19.4 million yen and a change of name (from Mobile Legends, to Mobile Legends: Bang Bang). Since then, however, the game has caught plenty of steam as a leading mobile game today.
Here's everything you need to know about Mobile Legends: Bang Bang now approaching its 5th anniversary!
Mobile Legends, is a real time PvP game, where battles are fought across 3 lanes with two teams of 5 on each side of the map. The goal of the game is to reach the enemy base and destroy it while defending yours. The path to the opponent's team is defended with three lines of turrets and a constant streams of minions.
Each player can select a character with unique abilities from a pool of 106 heroes separated into 6 main roles. Tank, Assassin, Fighter, Marksman, Mage, and Support.
These heroes have higher Hit Points (HP) and are best for defense. Their main purpose is to absorb damage from the frontlines.
The characters deliver tactical and lethal strikes on their enemies. They have lower HP but they have the highest burst damage output.
These heroes are built more for speed and close combat. They are usually provided with crowd control and counter-attacks abilities.
These types are skill-based hitters that cause damage and spread effects to nearby enemies and buffs teammates, low in defense and durability. They offer the team winning advantages in team battles.
Marksmen are distance hitters that use physical damage. They have faster attacks so they are perfect for the destruction of turrets and sustained damage.
These hero types aid and protect their less durable teammates like the Mage and Marksman. They are specialist in roaming the map.
Read over the full list of Mobile Legends heroes below:
- Popol and Kupa
- Yi Sun-Shin
- Yu Zhong
Starlight Pass July 2021 will introduce Sun's "Simian Curse" skin. Sun's sacred statue. Clint's Badminton Champion painted skin. When you purchase this month's pass you can chose 1 between these 5 skins. Lesley's Lethla Lady, Chang'e Strawberry Parfait, Aldous's The insentient, Hayabusa's Biological Weapon and Sun's "Simian Curse"
On July 5th, Benedetta’s Collector Skin “Death Oath” is set to be released in-game. The release is continued from the previously held Collector Skins Ling’s “Sereme Plume” and Yu Zhong’s “Blood Serpent”. This skin will be made obtainable for players via in-game draws under the “Grand Collection” section of the Shop tab.
The long-awaited Mobile Legends X Star Wars collaboration is set to release on July 10th, with two special skins. Yoda (Cyclops) and Darth Vader (Argus). The dynamics to obtain these skins is still to be announced.
Only July 23rd, Mobile Legends will release the new Marksman Hero called Natan "The Spacetime Walker" Available to players with Battle Points and Diamonds. The new hero has a unique mechanic that allows him to deal magic damage, instead of physical damage while also offering a ton of crowd control effects.
Mobile Legends is a F2P game with in-game purchases available. The in-game currency is called Diamonds.
Diamonds can be used to unlock heroes and buy skins. The prices as as follows:
- 50 diamonds (get five bonus) – $0.99 (£0.99)
- 250 diamonds (get 25 bonus) – $4.99 (£4.99)
- 500 diamonds (get 65 bonus) – $9.99 (£9.99)
- 1000 diamonds (get 155 bonus) – $19.99 (£19.99)
- 1500 diamonds (get 265 bonus) – $28.99 (£28.99)
- 2500 diamonds (get 475 bonus) – $48.99 (£48.99)
- 5000 diamonds (get 1000 bonus) – $99.99 (£99.99)
The same things can be done with Battle Points, which players' earn through winning matches.
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Future of Mobile Legends
Currently in their 21st Season, they are crossing half a decade of history with more than 100 million downloads, a vast pool of heroes, collaborations with major franchises SNK: King Of Fighters, Star Wars, Transformers, and is part of the official disciplines in the SEA games.
Traditionally played in South East Asia, the company behind the game has decided to expand with an aggressive marketing campaign in the American continent. Reserving two spots for squads of the continent in their World Championship and sponsoring professional tournaments in Brazil, Mexico, and the US.
With this in mind, the future of Mobile Legends is looking bright.