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[League of Legends] Ziggs Is Out! "Explosions first, questions later."

AriviaArivia Registered User
edited February 2012 in Games and Technology
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News and Such
-Volibear Champ Spotlight
-Volibear Patch Notes
-New masteries coming.
-Patch Preview!
-Fizz!

League of Legends (popularly known as LoL) is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game. With lots of acronyms, in case you couldn't tell.

You play as a summoner that selects a champion to battle with and against other summoners and their respective champs. During games, your champion will level up, get gold for better equipment and hopefully destroy the enemy nexus. Outside of games, your summoner level will rise. This will unlock new runes to enhance champion stats, bestow mastery points for further champion customization and goodies like avatars. At max level you can then compete in ranked matches and/or judge player behavior in what is called the tribunal.

New Player Guide

1. Make an account: NA EU (West) EU (Nordic & East)
It is worth noting that referring new players has perks, so I would ask for a referral link in the thread rather than a vanilla account.

2. Download the client: Right here
The official Mac client has been discontinued.

3. Play the tutorials! New User Guide
The game can be a bit overwhelming, and I highly suggest you play the tutorials OR find someone willing to do a few vs. AI games with you.

4. Play vs. AI games with people.
Preferably people you know or from here. The bots aren't bad, but they have exploitable flaws and won't emulate the "real deal" perfectly. Focus less on the opposition and more on getting a feel for the various champions and the general flow of game.

5. Play vs. People
Do it, damn you. As said above, the AI is not going to give you the legitimate LoL experience. You don't want to hit your 20s solely from bot matches.

6. Get yer free champs.
Subscribe to Riot's Youtube and get a free Alistar skin! Includes the champion! Free Tristana if you're into the Facebook thing. Promo skins always include the champion if you never bought it.

The Dos and Don'ts of LoL

Meta Stuff
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Game Stuff
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Meet the Team

Like any group activity, stuff is usually broken down into roles. It's worth noting that champions don't always fit neatly in categories. A champion's role in the team may depend on what build has been chosen, and sometimes you may fill several roles depending on the group composition. When picking champions, it's a good idea to see what people are doing and fill in any holes.

1. The Carry: If your team is a car, then the carry is the engine. It's what makes the team function. The carry, when doing its job, will be able to easily destroy the whole team. But, just like an engine is useless without any other parts of your car, the carry relies on its team to get the gold necessary to buy the items needed to kill swathes of enemies. Early on, carries tend to be more vulnerable and weaker than other champs. LOTS of people pick carry in random, because it's the star character that generally gets all the kills.

2. The Tank: Following the car metaphor, the tank is your steering. It'll guide the team into battle, and in many cases will be the one starting the fights. Tanks are there to absorb damage and lock down the most dangerous champions on the enemy team so you can position yourselves to win the fight. Some tanks do this with CC, whereas other tanks have some damage and will soften up the enemy team instead. Tanks still tend to need the rest of their team to back them up.

3. The Support: I guess support are your tires or something? Maybe the AC. Either, support help the team out with buffs and generally shields or healing. Healers tend to assist the carry by allowing the carry to stay in the lane longer through said healing or shields. Unlike, well, just about everyone else, Support don't rely so much on gear and thus will purposefully AVOID getting last hits so that their lane partner can farm gold faster. Because of their reduced need of gold, support should also be buying and placing wards when needed. It's worth noting that EVERYONE should generally buy wards, but as a support you can afford to take the financial hit. FEW people pick support in random due to how hard it is to influence games. You have to be very proactive to make up for bad teammates as a carry.

4. The Jungler: Jungling is a more advanced concept, and you won't see it until higher summoner levels. This is due to runes and masteries allowing for more efficient jungling. It is still possible on a few champs, even at Summoner Level 1, but very uncommon. As the name implies, the jungler sits in the jungle and kills neutral creeps. This benefits your team by creating a second solo lane (top lane), resulting in more experience and gold for your team as a whole. Once the jungler hits a certain gear/level point, they look for opportunities to gank enemies. This is generally done via strong CC abilities, such as Warwick's ultimate or Nunu's slow coupled with his speed buff. Skills such as these will enable the jungler's teammate in that lane to easily assist with the kill. When not ganking, the jungler will return to the jungle regularly to keep up in terms of gold and experience. Due to their roaming, the jungler has plenty of opportunities to place wards for its teammates.

This is a very simple guide! There are other roles in teams, but this is a rough outline of the basics. Roles can easily overlap, and a champion can fill more than one role! Experiment and see what works and what doesn't.

Useful Stuff

Websites!
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Stuff You Should Know
-Yes, a promo skin will unlock that champion for free.
-Promo skin codes generally work twice: once in both regions (NA and EU). If you have used a code for yourself, don't toss it out! Make a post here and give it away or swap it for another skin.
-Speaking of promo skins, Free Tristana if you're willing to whore yourself out a bit.
--Subscribe to Riot's Youtube and get a free Alistar skin!
-Never take Revive or Promote, goddamn it.
-Buy Wards
-When in doubt, take Flash

A useful list of terms used in game, courtesy of Cantido.
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Have you scored a penta?
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Previous thread: http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/153275/league-of-legends-super-drunk-new-thread/p1


Space jam:
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  • Custom SpecialCustom Special Registered User regular
    This new thread.
    It's so new.

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  • CutfangCutfang Registered User regular
    Bagels are great eat Bagels everyday.

    Bagel™

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  • CroakerCroaker Registered User regular
    Every time we get a new thread I want to play Fizz more. Fizz erryday.

  • PacificstarPacificstar Registered User regular
    Ahri my new <3

  • TorgaironTorgairon Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Teemo is a strong top simply by virtue of who people tend to put at top.

    on the subject of countering popular top picks, is there any champ I should really be worried about as top kennen (who is my default top since I don't possess a melee rune set at all)? everything tends to crumble to him lately, I used to have trouble with irelia and last night a swain was at least able to stay in the lane with me past level 6 even though I had 1.5x his cs, but otherwise it's just a matter of "did I win the whole game off this lane domination or just the early-game?".

    edit: to round out this post, I have no idea why people don't ban kennen more often

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. Registered User regular
    Kennen is a super strong solo top right now. I do ok against him as GP but its not easy.

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  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    edited January 2012
    i can't think of anyone that outright beats kennen

    in the absolute worst case scenario he just levels Q over W, hangs back at 1050 range, and last hits everything anyway

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  • TorgaironTorgairon Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    it's really just disgusting, I tend towards overaggression with most champs and in turn have problems with jungle ganks but kennen gives not a fuck about anyone except shaco who is a perma-ban. rammus a'rollin in? DASH. skarner doing whatever skarner does before 6? DASH.

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  • SerykSeryk Registered User
    Why we gotta Fizz erry thread?

  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    Seryk wrote:
    Why we gotta Fizz erry thread?

    Because it's Fizz! I thought about Blade Mistress Morg instead but she is not as adorable.

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. Registered User regular
    How quickly Fizz got relegated to garbage tier amuses me.

    Not saying he deserves it of course.

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  • BethrynBethryn Registered User regular
    Kennen, Yorick, Rumble, GP, Irelia, Cho'Gath.

    Shitbags of the top lane.

  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. Registered User regular
    Yorick is the one that pisses me off. Bruisers should have that kind of constant range.

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  • interrobanginterrobang kawaii as  hellRegistered User regular
    edited January 2012
    fizz is still a killing machine but his laning phase is rough

    e: yorick gives me fits. i can handle laning against literally any other solo top (even bruiser nidalee, who infuriates me) but laning vs. solo top yorick makes me want to never play this game again

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  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    Couldn't Riven have countered Yorick's ghouls after 3 or so?

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  • TalithTalith 変態という名の紳士 Miami, FLRegistered User regular
    Ahri my new <3

    Well look who is late to the Fox-chan Waifu party. You would think the boomerang skill-shot alone would have charmed you.

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. Registered User regular
    fizz is still a killing machine but his laning phase is rough

    e: yorick gives me fits. i can handle laning against literally any other solo top (even bruiser nidalee, who infuriates me) but laning vs. solo top yorick makes me want to never play this game again
    They never decided if they wanted him to be a summoner or a melee bruiser so they made him both.

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  • BethrynBethryn Registered User regular
    They made him a melee bruiser with personal sustain on par with Vladimir and Cho'Gath, coupled with a form of harassment that is totally fire-and-forget and zones enemies who can't handle it for a good duration.

    And then to add insult to injury they gave him an ult that can steroid a carry to amazing heights.

  • TorgaironTorgairon Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I desperately want to sympathize with the yorick hate but I've only ever played with/against one yorick since his release. I couldn't even quote you his moveset without googling.

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  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    ghouls/ghouls/ghouls/call of the grave.

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. Registered User regular
    Torgairon wrote:
    I desperately want to sympathize with the yorick hate but I've only ever played with/against one yorick since his release. I couldn't even quote you his moveset without googling.

    He comes from the Irelia school of make champions do everything.

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  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    Eh, Irelia doesn't do everything. Just stuns/slows, gap closer, and shoots out little ineffectual swords.

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  • ElementalorElementalor Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    You forgot lifesteal and true damage.

    Oh and CC reduction.

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  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    Irelia doesn't do lifesteal, just a pile of self-healing.

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  • TalithTalith 変態という名の紳士 Miami, FLRegistered User regular
    Irelia is the swiss army knife of LoL.

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Arivia wrote:
    Irelia doesn't do lifesteal, just a pile of self-healing.

    Those are some mighty fine hairs to split.

    Irelia dashes, heals, stuns/slows, does true damage, has really high base damage, is nearly immune to CC and farms like a mother fucker.

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  • JarsJars Registered User regular
    63% isn't near immune. it's slight above half and shared with a few other champions

  • EspantaPajaroEspantaPajaro Registered User regular
    Yorick also NEEDS to win his late or else he is worthless. So it makes sense for him to have strong laning.

  • TIFunkaliciousTIFunkalicious Kicking back in NebraskaRegistered User regular
    what's winning for yorick though? dude is a lazy unmoving blob

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  • Dark_SideDark_Side Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Torgairon wrote:
    I desperately want to sympathize with the yorick hate but I've only ever played with/against one yorick since his release. I couldn't even quote you his moveset without googling.

    He comes from the Irelia school of make champions do everything.

    I don't know, really Yorick is a lot like Morde, beefy damage soak with easy lane harass skills, very hard to kill in lane. I've noticed he's rather vulnerable to coordinated CC ganks and his ult is only good if your ranged AD carry gets fed. And honestly...his ult is about his only real utility past the lane phase. But he's not like Irelia's kit, which seems like it was designed specifically to deal with the tanky dps that was all the rage back then.

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  • EspantaPajaroEspantaPajaro Registered User regular
    His winning is repeatably pushing the enemy out of his lane and making sure he will be weak come endgame.

  • SaldonasSaldonas Sin CityRegistered User regular
    So who are some of the more fun champions lately? I haven't kept up with this game for at least six months. I picked up Lee Sin when he was on sale and I'm hoping that Wu Kong goes on sale, since you know...he's a monkey king.

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  • ElementalorElementalor Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Arivia wrote:
    Irelia doesn't do lifesteal, just a pile of self-healing.

    Pretty much the same thing, since both require hits to proc.
    ...Actually, Irelia's is probably better, since I think W healing counts for structures.

    So let's change that to "she doesn't just lifesteal, she heals off everything."

    Edit: My point being, there's no reason to downplay Irel, she's a very good champ.

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  • FrosteeyFrosteey 1521-2945-8940Registered User regular
    Riven skin on sale yaaay

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  • BethrynBethryn Registered User regular
    Dark_Side wrote:
    his ult is only good if your ranged AD carry gets fed.
    Nope.

    It's a 45-75% improvement to basic damage output. So when you've got a carry like Graves, Cait or Trist, built primarily for AD, they don't even need to "get fed". Even if they go equal with their opponent, at 25+ minutes, they've got a 50%+ damage boost for 10-20 secs that the opposing team simply doesn't get. And as you tend towards lategame, not only is Yorick tankier, but the effect of the AD carry on the game is even more heavily amplified.

  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    Frosteey wrote:
    Riven skin on sale yaaay

    Oh good which one?

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  • Custom SpecialCustom Special Registered User regular
    Arivia wrote:
    Frosteey wrote:
    Riven skin on sale yaaay

    Oh good which one?

    Redeemed? Or whatever it's called.

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  • JarsJars Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    redeemed

    which is good crimson elite looks like she has a waxed ass

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  • AriviaArivia Registered User
    Excellent. I was like 7 rp off from getting that sooner.

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  • TIFunkaliciousTIFunkalicious Kicking back in NebraskaRegistered User regular
    i spent my christmas rp on jarvan :(

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