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LoL : Blue and Red Teams Have Actual Names

News 05-07-2023 17:30
League of minions
Unsung heroes of the Rift | © Riot Games

The whole concept League of Legends is based on started with the first DotA, and in today's DotA 2 the name of the two sides is well-known, as the Radiant and the Dire, classic good and evil factions respectively.

In League of Legends, the two sides have always been called the Blue and Red side, due to the coloring. However, that is only among the player base. The original intent was a tad different.

What are the Sides in LoL Called?

Quite a lot of current League of Legends players, including us, have been playing the game for around 10 years now. But diving into some game files, and old lore, there is a discovery to be made.

In League of Legends game mode Nexus Blitz, the two sides are called Order and Chaos, while old game files dub the two sides as Team Aqua and Team Magma. The latter is exclusive to said game mode, however, while the former doesn't really hold up, due to the original red side actually being violet in color.

The lore, however, which has since been retconned and changed more times than can be counted, calls the Blue Side the Protectorate and the red side the Magelords.

Protectorate and Magelords - Lore

in the old League of Legends, what we now call the Summoner's Rift, was called the Fields of Justice in lore, and the arenas were an actual physical thing on Runeterra.

They were formed as an alternative to the Rune Wars, which ravaged the planet, so the various factions would have a way to settle their differences without widespread war.

Runeterra Map old
Back when Valoran was the only continent | © Riot Games

The whole system was created by the Institute of War, a cabal of powerful summoners that saw the destruction in Runeterra's future if another Rune War kicked off. But even these Summoners were not infallible.

They separated themselves into two camps, the Protectorate, with the symbol of a stag, who would uphold all rules no matter how draconic they were, and the Magelords, with the symbol of the Owl, the ones who would not mind seeing another Rune War kick-off.

Institute of War concept
The institute went obsolete in both the lore and the overall game | © Riot Games

Nowadays the Summoner's Rift no longer exists as a place on Runeterra, and the old lore has been relegated to an alternate universe of the Warden and Marauder skin lines.

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However, while the current face of Runeterra has no place for Summoner's Rift, the map and the game, in general, take a great influence from the lore and ideas present on Runeterra, as a sort of echo of Runeterra Prime.

So, while the games we play are no longer canon in Runeterra's history, seeing as the champions and factions still exist on Runeterra, it's safe to assume that the Blue side and Red side are still the Protectorate and the Magelords, respectively.

Rijad Kamberovic

Graduating from Sarajevo university in 2020, with a Bachelor's Degree in Islamic Theology, I never believed that my fascination with comparative religions and their myths would mesh so well together with the fantasy genre of the video games I play....