Season 4 Approaching: Tips on Solo Queue
Written by Salim.
With season 4 rolling through, we wanted to do our best to give all of our clients tips on being able to improve their skill in solo queue, so that you are more comfortable being able to push through the tides of elo hell on your own. There are many ways of becoming a better player, but unfortunately most people don’t take into consideration what it is exactly that makes you a better player. Some people are confused because they believe ‘if i know how to play this role i’ll certainly win the game’ More often than not, you’re stuck in a situation where you won your lane but lost the game. What we’re going to try to do is walk you through a few steps so that not only do you win your lane, but you carry the game with the knowledge you gain from this article. The thing about solo queue is there are so many factors that can affect a game, summoners have to start understanding exactly what those factors are.
Lets start with a simple factor not many people are aware of, the emotional state of all summoners can easily impact a game from being an easy win, into a disaster. Solo queue isn’t always about grinding, it’s about knowing when to play, so when you’re having a bad day and you’re not in a good mood; chances are you will be on tilt and not play so well in solo queue. So my advice would be to take a break that day, and start off fresh the next day. On a day you are playing ranked, your main goal when getting into champion selection is to make sure everyone is in a good mood. Do your best to make sure everyone knows you’re there to win, and be as cooperative as possible, even if that means giving up your main role (only if you are comfortable with something else). If one of your teammate’s are in a bad mood or get put into a bad mood, chances are their priority won’t be winning because they’ll be somewhat distracted. Now that we have everyone in a good mood, that is one way to change the game into your favor.
Another factor a lot of people lack, is the ability recognize an opponent as being worthy. It doesn’t matter what ranking you are, when you play solo queue you will be matched against people the same ranking as you (maybe a little lower or higher). I, myself, would actually recommend those who devalue anyone at a lower rating to never use things like lolnexus, because then you might get cocky and underestimate your opponent. A lot of misplays occur because someone underestimates their opponent just because ‘championselect said it was an easy matchup’ or ‘this guy is silver 1, i’m gold 4 I’m totally better than him’. Riot tricks us into believing we are these gods just because we play really well with certain champions. I’m diamond, but sometimes when i’m playing a game in gold or platinum, I will lose.. It happens, but it’s not because I underestimate my opponent it’s because you’re not meant to win every game. So the gist of this section is to never underestimate your opponent, always play your lane as if you are playing with someone who is just as good as you are
One huge factor that can change a whole game around and I specifically would like to emphasize every game is leadership. If your team is winning, but the enemy team has a leader, chances are they are more likely to win a game than you are. The problem with solo queue, is that most games lack a leader so when you start to have that advantage after the laning phase everyone is just solo farming and not grouping up. If you notice that there isn’t a shot caller on your team, take the responsibility and start making plays. Statements like ‘hey guys can someone escort the support while he wards/clears wards’ ‘we’re gonna need to group up and push out mid’ ‘We should put pressure on baron/dragon’ ‘focus this champion’. Statements like those can really affect a game, because even though some of this is common sense you have to understand that not everyone has the same thought process as you and you need to make sure to unify everyone as a team. In every pro team there is always a shot caller, and I believe if you can bring a shot caller to solo queue you can drastically improve yourself as a player and probably start winning more games.
With these three simple tips, I hope everyone can improve their solo queue performance. Tune in for our next article on ‘tips for solo queue’.
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