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Whatever game we’re playing, generally we wish we were better and the same is true for League of Legends players of all levels, but particularly noobs. So, we thought we’d share a few pointers with you to help you improve, progress, and have a more enjoyable experience.
1. Learn from your mistakes – an old adage but a good one for LoL or any esport. You can read all the tips and tricks, articles, manuals, and books, and watch as many how-to videos as you can find – but it’s just not the same as when you’re playing a live match. Understand what mistakes you made and how you can avoid them in future. You can always stream or record your games, then you can watch the reruns and examine what plays you made and which ones you can improve.
2. Play plenty of practice games – This one is crucial. Diving into live games against live opponents isn’t the best way to learn – your team mates quickly get frustrated with you – and your game experience isn’t that enjoyable. Make the most of practice or custom matches, where you can test our skills and abilities, and hone new strategies.
3. Don’t be nasty – If everyone followed this simple tip, LoL, all the other MOBAs, and life in general would be much nicer for everyone! But, some people seem to think that because they are communicating via the internet, they can say whatever they like. One person being abusive or aggressive ruins the game for the other nine players. Instead of ridiculing a team member, support them. Remember that in the digital age, people are still easily hurt or offended by our online interactions. So, if someone on your team seems to be struggling, offer a few words of encouragement or a little friendly advice.
4. No man (or woman) left behind – This is an add-on of number 3 really. Never leave a team mate behind. Always drop back and offer them support. Keeping your whole team alive and together is your best chance of winning. The exception to this rule is if your comrade has absolutely no chance of escape and you dropping back to help is futile and has no chance of succeeding. In this case, it does make more sense to leave your comrade and plough on.
5. Watch for continual errors – While we all make the odd mistake, as you progress and get more matches under your belt, you will most likely notice a couple of errors or mistakes you make consistently. Watch your reruns regularly and you’ll soon spot those mistakes you make in almost every game. Then you can figure out what you should be doing instead.
6. Learn how to counter ganking – When you get ambushed (or ganked) make sure you cast as many destructive spells as you can. Many noobs panic when they get taken by surprise and flail around and inevitably die. So, stay calm, always suspect an ambush is right around the corner, and have your spells at the ready.
7. Make sure you’re CSing properly – CSing (Creep Slaying) gives you your Creep Score (also known as CS), and is essentially the number of monsters or minions you kill. But you have to get the last hit on an enemy for your score to improve. You can “steal” CS from your team mates by dashing in and making that last hit. This is poor etiquette – and is one of the quickest ways to alienate yourself from your team. So, be polite – slay as many monsters and minions as possible, but try to avoid stealing kills from your team mates!
8. Predict your opponents’ moves – or try to at least. Try to get into the headspace of your enemies – try to think of their most likely move or strategy. It doesn’t always work of course – people don’t always choose the most sensible or logical course of action.
9. Communicate with your team – this is obvious but essential to success! If you notice the enemy doing something – like one of their champs is somewhere you didn’t expect them to be – warn your team!
10. Find your role – play as lots of different champions in all the different roles and figure out which combination works best for you. This way you’ll find the role and champion you enjoy and are best suited for – which gives you a more enjoyable experience and better performance.
There’s so many tips out there – we could keep this list going forever – but these are a summary of the basic and the best tips. Stay tuned for more in our LoL compendium series!
– Katy Willis
Continuing our series for those lovely noobs who are making their first forays into the wonderful world of esports, we thought we’d compile overviews of some of the best esports games around. And where better to start than with LoL? So, what is League of Legends and who is it suitable for?
In a nutshell:
League of Legends is a competitive online game by Riot Games, where you wage war on other players or bots across a variety of different battle arena maps. It’s hugely popular across the globe, and you can test your battle skills against player from anywhere in the world. In 2014, it is estimated that in excess of 67,000,000 people regularly play LoL, with an average of 27,000,000 people playing daily.
There’s a variety of different game modes to try and, as you improve, you can compete in show matches and tournaments. If you get really good – and market yourself well – you can even take cash prizes! Of course, if you stream your gameplay here on DingIt, you’ll earn as you play with our great partner program and incentive program!
You choose a champion to become your “character”. As of December 2014, there are 123 different champions, each with their own unique appearance, style, and skills. You play as part of a team, fighting to the death against another team, consisting of other real world players or AI players. Although there is an array of game modes, in most, the whole point of the game is to destroy the nexus structure of the opposing team.
Unlike a lot of other games, in League of Legends, all competitors start our fairly weak, regardless of how long they’ve been playing the game. Players and teams gain experience and resources as they progress through the game. Unless you wish to make a custom team, in which you can choose players of any skill or experience level, to ensure a fair and decent battle, LoL uses a matchmaking algorithm to ensure all players in the session have an average skill level. This system makes sure inexperienced players are not pitted against uber LoL master players. New players can also access the tutorial mode and the co-op vs. AI mode, which allows new players to gain experience and skill and hone their strategies.
Who is LoL For?
A word of caution: If you are an anti-social individual who dislikes working with others, League of Legends may not be for you. It is a team game. To be successful, you need to work with the other members of your team. If you simply go off guns blazin’ and do your own thing, you likely won’t get very far. Similarly, if you don’t like strategy games, this one’s probably not for you. Even if you’re brand new to esports or gaming, as long as you’re prepared to work for the good of your team to achieve the win, you can play League of Legends. Complete the tutorials and play bot games while you master the basics and get to grips with the games. Playing against bots is a great way of honing your skills.
This is a super basic overview of League of Legends and barely scratches the surface. Keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be creating further in-depth pieces that discuss where to start, how to play, strategies, and more in the coming days and weeks. Feel free to leave us a comment here, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or suggestions. Get in touch, too, if you’d like to discuss creating your own LoL for Noobs posts here on DingIt to help us build our content library!
– Katy Willis