League of Legends Cinematic Collection

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League of Legends Cinematic Collection

League of Legends is a very detailed game full of amazing lore and backstories for many of its champions. To add an extra level of depth to the champions stories and lore, Riot, the developers, have released plenty of League of Legends cinematics over the years.

These cinematics can be anywhere up to 5 minutes long and feature champions, players and even glimpses of upcoming champions! Almost all of the cinematics can be found on the official League of Legends YouTube channel, but with over 600 videos currently listed, it can be hard to find the best videos. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a handy list of all the top League of Legends cinematics you need to watch.

Let’s have a look at the most popular League of Legends cinematics.

League of Legends Cinematics List

Imagine Dragons: Warriors – September 17th, 2014

Coming in at number 1 on our must watch list is the 2014 Worlds official theme song. With over 66.8 million views and counting, this video is by far the most watched League of Legends Cinematic. The theme song and video were made to celebrate the 2014 World Championship tournament which took place around Asia. The American band Imagine Dragons contributed the theme song and performed it live at the grand finals in South Korea.

ANNIE: Origins – February 1st, 2018


Out of all the cinematics on this list, ‘ANNIE: Origins’ is probably the most artistic, and instead of the action-packed fight scenes that are included in most of the videos on this list, it has a much darker, eerier feel.

A big reason for this is the music, the moment you begin watching you’re greeted by a soft lullaby, which is in stark contrast to the scene of destruction as Annie stands amidst a burning forest. The scene then masterfully changes by blending paint and colors.

That’s another thing that makes it stand out from the rest; The amazing art style makes you feel as though you’re staring at a moving oil painting for 7 minutes, and not a cinematic. This, along with the out of place music adds to the sense of unease.

Since Riot is known to have poor lore, it’s surprising that the story should be so good. The main Antagonist is Annie’s stepmother, and even she seems relatable – since her daughter can manipulate fire, is drawing disturbing images, and has harmed her biological daughter.

With all that said, it’s no surprise that when Annie’s stepsister dies, it begins a cataclysm that results in the death of both of Annie’s parents and the destruction of her house.

With so much story packed into less than 10 minutes, it’s certainly worth a watch!

Xayah and Rakan: Wild Magic – April 13TH 2017

Once again, in just 3 minutes you get a real feel for what Xayah and Rakan are like.

Rakan is a happy go lucky, cocky guy, and Xayah is a sassy, no-nonsense kinda gal. The love they have for each other comes across in a way that is not at all cheesy too!

We also get a glimpse of how well the duo work together, it’s cool to see abilities in trailers that are in the actual game, and the combat is exciting to watch, although we have to ask ourselves, what kind of noob Zed dies to a Xayah?

Varus: As We Fall – November 30th, 2017


This cinematic is also about Champions who are lovers…Kind of.

With the release of this music video, the first openly LGBT characters were announced, two warrior lovers who were locked in battle with the Darkin Varus. To escape his shadowy form and become corporeal, he merged with the bodies of the two lovers in Voldemort-esque fashion.

It’s a fairly bittersweet tale, as although the two men are now bound together forever, they’re also trapped in the body of a beast. Naturally, some players argued that the two men were just very good friends, but Riot officially announced that they are in fact lovers.

Besides, they caress and pretty much kiss in the trailer anyway, and I don’t know how many guys out there are going round kissing their friends on a regular basis, but that’s none of my business.

Get Jinxed – October 8th, 2013

Released in October of 2013 to celebrate the release of the new champion Jinx, Get Jinxed is a music video that offers an insight into Jinx’s crazy and twisted mind. The video became a huge success and currently has over 53 million views on YouTube.

A Twist of Fate – May 25th, 2013

At nearly 5 minutes long, this is definitely one of the longest videos on our cinematic list. The cinematic features several champions including, Twisted Fate, Ryze, Katarina, Nocturne and Garen to name a few. The video was released to shed some light upon the individual champions characteristics and how the interact with other champions. With lots of action and awesome visual effects we’re super impressed!

If you want to see a special behind the scenes video that Riot released, then be sure to give that a watch here.

A New Dawn – July 22, 2014

Featuring champions such as Ahri, Leona, Draven, Darius and Zyra the cinematic tells the story of a lost Ahri in the jungle who happen to bump into some enemy champions. In the pursuing chase and fight other teammates come to her aid to battle the other team. With plenty of action and awesome animation there’s no surprise that it reached over 31 million views.

If you want to watch a special behind the scenes video showing the whole process of making the cinematic then be sure to check it out here.

Welcome to League of Legends – July 12th, 2010

Released back in July of 2010, this video was one of the first cinematics ever to be released on the League of Legends YouTube channel. The purpose of the video was to showcase some of the champions available in game which at the time was around 25. The cinematic shows an epic battle between 10 champions in a fight to take control of summoner’s rift. In the end it goes down to a final faceoff.

With 21 million views, this video might be over 6 years old but it’s still a great cinematic and interesting to see how champions and the graphics have changed over the years.

Zedd: Ignite – September 26th, 2016

After the success of the 2014 World Championships Riot produced a new cinematic for the 2016 World Champions. This animated cinematic features plenty of champions, pro players and even and original song.

With over 20 million views on YouTube, it’s not as popular as the Warriors cinematic from 2014, but it’s still a good watch!

Bonus Must Watch League of Legends Cinematics

PROJECT: OVERDRIVE – September 8th, 2015

Launched in 2015, this video was released to celebrate the launch of the new project skins at the time. With over 8.3 million views, you can tell fans loved the release of the new project skins!

Bard: Mountain – March 5th, 2015

Released in conjunction with Bard which was the new champion at the time, the video explores his backstory and how he came to summoner’s rift.

Enter the Freljord – April 30th, 2013

Focusing on the Freljord battle between the Freljordian leaders Ashe, Sejuani and Lissandra, the cinematic is a teaser video to the Battle for Freljord event.

Official Mac Client Trailer – March 1st, 2013

A long time ago, League of Legends was only available on PC and MAC users had to wait a while before they were allowed to play. To celebrate the release of the new MAC client, Riot released a new cinematic showing the development of the client behind the scenes.

Shurima: Rise of the Ascended – September 16th, 2014

The follow up to the first Shurima video, this cinematic tells the story of Azir and and his back story in the Ancient Shurima. With over 3.3 million views it’s definitely worth a mention on our League of Legends cinematics list.

The Harrowing: Tales of the Black Mist – October 24th, 2014

Released to celebrate the Harrowing in 2014, this video tells the tale of the the black mist in an interesting way. Using the traditional CGI all the characters are in the form of puppets which adds a unique twist to the cinematic.

The Light Within Elementalist – November 28th, 2016

Released alongside the launch of the new Elementalist Lux skin, the video focuses on a lone Lux left to save the world from a devastating creature.

Shurima: Descent into the Tomb – September 10th, 2014

Part 1 of the Shurima story, this cinematic focuses on Cassiopeia and her search for the buried power within the ancient Shurima.

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