Five Ways to Improve in LoL.

Quick and Easy tips to raise your elo in League of Legends.

League is an extremely complex game, with hundreds of ways to enjoy it, including different Champions, roles, items, and playstyles. Most MOBA’s are generally broken down into two main components in order to enhance your game style. The first is the certain ‘Mechanical Skill’ you have in that game, this includes aspects such as reaction time, correct ability rotations, and knowing how to fully utilise your Champion's kit. The second major factor that influences your win ratio is your ‘Game Knowledge’; Knowing how to play your Champion sometimes just isn't enough, and you need to understand the kits of most other Champions. Knowing how each other Champion functions increases your outplay potential immensely, due to you knowing what they can do and playing around it. Working on these two factors will have a positive impact on your game in general.
 

These are five main points that you should pay attention to, and try improve upon, each falling into one of the two categories named above. These will make carrying games much easier than before, and you’ll noticeably start to win a lot more games.

 


The Meta.
(Game Knowledge)
 

Meta’s and strategies are forever changing, and in order to win your Solo Queue matches you need to be ahead of it. I’m not saying to play completely new Champions just because they performed well in LCS, but in fact to play around it. Let's say ‘Ability Power Ezreal Mid’ was an extremely popular pick in the LCS, and you’ve suddenly started meeting a lot more of them in your Solo Queue games, if you continue to play one Champion, you’ll most likely get destroyed by this new, sudden evolution of Mid Lane, but if you keep in mind how weak Ezreal's early game is, and pick an assassin to match, you’ll snowball your lane much easier, and through consistent ganks and map control be able to win the game off the early lead you managed to get against a bad early game Champion such as Ezreal. This logic can be applied for any Champion you meet in your Solo Queue games, and if you keep an eye out for the most popular picks you can play around them easier. Keep in mind Champions become Meta for a reason, such as a certain item multiplying their damage output considerably, so don’t automatically assume Meta Champions aren’t any good, but be aware that playing them without any experience beforehand will still put you at a huge handicap, and most players with capitalize that fact, using your inexperience against you.
 

 

Itemization.

(Game Knowledge)
 

Knowing how to build correctly is a game knowledge that players wanting to improve in League of Legends must have. Gaining gold through objective control or even a kill might be wasted if you use it on the wrong items, throwing away the lead you managed to get and not helping you snowball like you should’ve. Item’s are mostly situational, and highly dependant on your own preference. An example would be ‘Morellonomicon’ over ‘Athene's Unholy Grail’ or ‘Ravenous Hydra’ over ‘Blade Of The Ruined King’, these give similar stats, yet are still situational, knowing when to buy which can give you the small added boost needed to win trades. If you’re playing a Mage with early game mana problems, a Doran's Ring might be a good stepping stone for stronger more damage focused items, stacking them while ahead prevents you from being able to buy the items you truly need, thus preventing your power spike. This can be bad in terms of teamfights since you will be behind gold you decided to spend on another scaling item. Meanwhile stacking Doran’s whilst behind can help you survive the laning phase due to the tankiness it provides, and helps you get the farm you need to be the late game beast you were made to be. There are tons of Guides and Build path websites dedicated to helping you learn how to itemize correctly, and even knowing something as small as buying a defense item instead of blindly following a ‘Full Damage’ build can help you climb Solo Queue a lot easier.
 

 


Creep Score.

(Mechanical Skill)
 

Whatever Elo you may be, Last hitting minions is and always will be a fundamental game mechanic, and despite it being severely cliché , improving on hoarding up gold can give you an immense lead over your opponent, and as long as your farm isn’t perfect, this is a game mechanic you can continue on working and improving. Better farm results in a slightly better gold advantage, this can turn the tides of a duel immensely by using the added stats and essentially helping you win the lane and snowballing. Most League of Legend players struggle to consistently trade and farm at the same time, and either do one or the other, but what they have to keep in mind is their opponent is also doing the exact same thing. if you manage to play safer and focus on farming, the enemy will have to overextend in order to get some harass, opening up your Lane for a lot more options than before such as ganks or even a kill.
 

 

How to last hit under tower.

Last hitting under tower is difficult for most players, especially early game due to most Champions having low Attack Damage and limited access to skills.
 

‘Melee’ minions require 2 tower shots, then can be destroyed by most Champions with a simple auto, ‘Ranged’ can only take one tower shot, dying to the next, but they don’t die to most Champions’ auto attacks, requiring 2 or even an ability to finish them off.

 


Map Awareness.

(Game Knowledge)
 

One of the most prioritised Game mechanic is having knowledge of where the enemies are and playing around it, ultimately utilising the mistake and greediness of the other players. An example of this would be getting the Dragon buff when the enemy jungler ganks top, or even something as small as denying the enemy jungler red buff when they gank bot lane early. Every move you make no matter how small should be revolved around what the enemy team are currently doing, and by denying them objectives, no matter how small, you will be able to prevent completely falling behind, or even from giving away a lead you worked hard to get. Keeping an eye on your map before making any major plays can help you know when you’re being collapsed upon, and by backing off you prevent giving away an objective such as a kill or even a tower.

Looking at your mini-map is useless without any Vision Control due to the fog of war, so make sure to always buy wards.

 


Vision Control.

(Game Knowledge)
 

Slightly linked with Map Awareness, Vision control opens up a tremendous amount of options in terms of play potential. There are two different types of wards: Stealth Wards and Vision Wards. Stealth Wards are the main vision tools in League of Legends, providing vision for a total of 180 seconds (120 seconds for the Warding trinket), and you can place a total of 3 on the map at any time. Vision Wards are similar to Stealth Wards, but in addition to normal vision they also provide true sight, these don’t go invisible and take 5 auto’s to be destroyed. You can only place one Vision Ward on the map, so in total each Champion can have a maximum of 4 wards at any given time. You should always have a Vision Ward on the map since it provides unlimited vision for the small price of 100g, they are usually placed at the jungle entrance, to prevent the enemy jungler roaming your jungle or getting any deep wards, denying your jungler any presence. Wards are extremely cheap (only worth about 2 Creeps), so you should buy them whenever you have spare gold. Always leave the base with one or two wards at a time, and never overextend your lead without deep vision, since it might give your opponent a chance to come back. Wards are good for both maintaining an early lead and catching people out for a easy come back.

 

In order to be good in a popular MOBA such as League, you need quite a bit of game knowledge, understanding how the game works gives you a better chance to win it than just simply being good at certain Champions. Whether it’s to outplay your opponent or maintain a early game lead, ‘Game Knowledge’ wins games. By following these five tips, and focusing on improving your mechanical skills, you’ll find yourself winning a lot more games in Solo Queue, and carrying your team much harder than before.

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