There’s no gaming company out there doing cinematic videos better than Riot Games and their collection of League of Legends cinematics. With an electrifying mix of moving music, dramatic storytelling, and gorgeous animation, fans have been continuously wowed by these visual epics. Featuring our favourite champions in unforgettable duels, these amazing spectacles never fail to disappoint. So buckle up Summoners, we’re about to dive into five of League of Legends' best cinematics ever made.
1. “Awaken” (2019) - Featuring “Awaken” by Valerie Broussard
As a fan favourite, no list of the best LoL cinematics could ever be complete without this iconic animation. Backed with stunning vocals from Valerie Broussard, “Awaken” follows a thrilling, emotional story that is packed with familiar characters and unique fighting. The video consists of numerous battles, all between champions we know and love. From an intense gladiator fight between Draven and Riven, incredible team play between Kennen, Irelia, Karma, Akali, and Yasuo against a menacing Sion, and an artistic battle between Jhin and Camille, each scene is masterfully animated to replicate the feeling of playing the game. “Awaken” is truly a cinematic masterpiece that properly embodies the thrilling essence of LoL.
2. “Warriors” (2020) - Featuring “Warriors” by 2WEI and Edda Hayes
If you’ve never seen this cinematic wonder, you’ve yet to experience the chills that will run down your back each time you hear the song bellowing, “We are the warriors that built this town.” This beloved LoL cinematic features a remake of the iconic Imagine Dragons’ song “Warriors,” with an emotional spin thanks to 2WEI and Edda Hayes. In this video, we get to follow Ezreal, Kai’Sa, Garen, Lux, Vi, and Caitlyn as they fight in epic battles for the greater good. With such menacing foes, each champion learns to face their fears to emerge even stronger. Carrying such an inspirational message, the cinematic closes with a glorious Lux ult that had fans cheering all over the world. If you’re ever in need of a dose of courage, just give this cinematic a watch.
3. “A New Dawn” (2014)
As one of Riot Games’ earliest cinematics that really helped things kick off, “A New Dawn” is a rather nostalgic video for many. While it’s amazing to see how Riot’s animating skills have developed and gotten stronger over the years, this early cinematic is still no small feat. Although there’s no specific song or artist tied to it, it has an orchestral score that is no less captivating. Focused entirely on action and fun PVP combat, viewers get to enjoy watching a wide cast of champions ranging from Ahri to Darius, battle it out in one of the most adrenaline-pumping fights ever. With such great choreography, fun callbacks to the game for fans, “A New Dawn” is truly an unforgettable cinematic experience.
4. “Rise” (2018) - Featuring “Rise” by the Glitch Mob, Mako, and The Word Alive
“Rise” is so much more than just a cinematic video - it’s an anthem for all LoL players striving to climb the ranks. Created for the 2018 Worlds championship, this cinematic features a solo player fighting against all odds to make it to the top. With awesome appearances by some of the greatest LoL professional players in the world, “Rise” is truly a spectacle to behold. Showcasing some fancy, unique looking animations, the visuals pair perfectly with the heart-pounding, thrilling lyrics of the song. Perfect as a motivation booster, this cinematic will certainly have you feeling unstoppable.
5. “The Call” (2022) - Featuring “The Call” by 2WEI, Louis Leibfried, and Edda Hayes
As another collaboration with 2WEI and Edda Hayes, you already know this cinematic is going to be amazing. And it is! Featuring an all new set of champions such as Sejuani, Taliyah, Kai’sa, Pantheon, and Olaf, fans can once again witness stunning battles filled with cool powers, fun callbacks to the game, and breathtaking visuals. With such an adrenaline pumping song playing through it all, this cinematic beautifully speaks of bravery, triumph, and sacrifice. There’s a surprising amount of emotion displayed in this story, so be prepared to feel moved in a way you didn’t know was possible!
Nailing cinematic after cinematic, it’s amazing how well Riot Games has been able to produce these fantastic videos after all these years. Each one never a disappointment, the addition of these cinematics have provided fans with new levels of excitement and anticipation. The five cinematics chosen on this list are proven fan favourites, but there are so many more out there for you to enjoy. So whether you’re rewatching these videos for the tenth time or enjoying them for the first time, it’s time to witness a true spectacle in storytelling and music.