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[League of Legends] That's SOOOO Draven!

Hargaad of OmnarHargaad of Omnar Registered User regular
edited June 2012 in Games and Technology
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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.

It is made by Riot games and brought to you by sexy lagomorphs.
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You play as a summoner that selects a Rammus to battle with and against other summoners and their respective non-armordillo champions. 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. Join the "Penny Arcade" Chat Channel to find helpful people and people to escape solo queue with! Click the little double speech bubble looking thing at the bottom right of your screen. Click the + speech bubble right above it. Type in "Penny Arcade" and introduce yourself. Not everyone you see in the thread will be there, as not everyone plays on the same server. You can ask these people how to play champions, we pretty much have someone who plays each kind of Riven, whether it be bunny girl (broken tier), crimson elite (garbage tier) and every kind in between.
(Hargaad felt this should be more stressed because of players like Arivia...who CHOOSES to solo queue, which is a terribad idea in the first place. <3 )

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. One of the reasons Caitlyn is so great is that she can carry a team since her AS ratios are amazing and she can easily carry and dominate fools.

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. Rammus is probably the most boss at doing all of this, and with zazz.

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. Veigar commonly supports the enemy team to their graves.

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. Riven can do this and she's amazing. Only, Rammus can do it faster, and still have plenty of juice left in his zazz-tank.

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.

Thursday Night Painhouse!

Wanna play with other PA people in a cutthroat (but still fun and casual) FIGHT TO THE DEATH? Every thursday night at 8 est. we draft up players for Promptu (the opposite of impromptu) Inhouses that are known as PAINHOUSES. Please put your info down so we know why we should invite you!

Summoner info form.

Summoner info table.


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 once on each region. 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.
-Buy Wards
-Buy Wards
-When in doubt, take Promote/Flash

A useful list of terms used in game, courtesy of Cantido.
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Previous thread: http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/159381/league-of-legends-its-something-to-do-when-diablo-3-is-down#Item_3987

And because we're a group of failures and spent a good 10 minutes looking for the fucking link:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al8wcjKN9tZLdDNkTWdheE4xazFyZ21pMWxwWW0zUkE#gid=2
(@schuss - give more privileges or be here Thurs!)

Next post for PENTAS!

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Yelling at butts will never NOT be funny. Thanks, Psy!
Also, Abby is awesome. Keep up with TLH because it's the tits!

I love League of Legends, but seriously...fuck you, Teemo.
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  • zerg rushzerg rush Registered User regular
    Hitting the sauce I see, Hargaad.

    You know what that means, you gotta play ranked.

  • Hargaad of OmnarHargaad of Omnar Registered User regular
    edited June 2012
    Have you scored a penta?
    Spoiler:

    Hargaad of Omnar on
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    Yelling at butts will never NOT be funny. Thanks, Psy!
    Also, Abby is awesome. Keep up with TLH because it's the tits!

    I love League of Legends, but seriously...fuck you, Teemo.
  • Grunt's GhostsGrunt's Ghosts All I Want Issssssssssssss A HugRegistered User regular
    Don't worry, Hargaad, I can't play Diablo 3 either. Which leaves me with my backlog of Fallout New Vegas.

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  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    So, I would like to know how to play a dickish midlaner. I can kinda play Akali, but I prefer her top for those delicious bushjukes.

    Kassadin and Talon seem neat, and one is usually available. Fizz, too. Any tips for these champs?

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  • eeSanGeeSanG Registered User regular
    The truest dickish midlaner is Galio.

    But for assassin types like those just play aggressive. No scare, no die.

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  • Styrofoam SammichStyrofoam Sammich WANT. Registered User regular
    Kay wrote: »
    So, I would like to know how to play a dickish midlaner. I can kinda play Akali, but I prefer her top for those delicious bushjukes.

    Kassadin and Talon seem neat, and one is usually available. Fizz, too. Any tips for these champs?

    Galio, Yorick and Teemo can dick with the best of them

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  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    Ah, well. I play a bunch of Galio as is. Tend to go for tanky AP stuff, as well Randuins and depending on the support, Shurelias.

    But I only use Randuins AFTER my ult. That's how you do it right, yeah?

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  • KayKay What we need... Is a little bit of PANIC.Registered User regular
    And you didn't even tell us you were about to put on your robes and wizard hat. :(

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  • zerg rushzerg rush Registered User regular
    You're a wizard harry potter!

  • BlueBlueBlueBlue Registered User regular
    An inhouse happens today right

    Is it gonna be random again or ranged jungles/melee lanes or what's going on

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  • LuianeLuiane Registered User regular
    Kay wrote: »
    And you didn't even tell us you were about to put on your robes and wizard hat. :(

    He probably already had them on!

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  • VaregaVarega Registered User regular
    BlueBlue wrote: »
    An inhouse happens today right

    Is it gonna be random again or ranged jungles/melee lanes or what's going on
    It'll be random, that's generally the easiest way to balance the game. I dont know if we'll get enough to actually run an inhouse though, with D3 taking everyone and their mother.

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  • Smaug6Smaug6 Registered User regular
    I am still playing, grimly going alone into games with PA people. GIVE ME BACK A FULL CHAT ROOM DIABLO 3!

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    So, any interest in Painhouses tonight? I can't play, as I have to pack for a biz trip, but I can organize and coordinate.

  • DraygoDraygo Registered User regular
    Varega wrote: »
    BlueBlue wrote: »
    An inhouse happens today right

    Is it gonna be random again or ranged jungles/melee lanes or what's going on
    It'll be random, that's generally the easiest way to unbalance the game. I dont know if we'll get enough to actually run an inhouse though, with D3 taking everyone and their mother.

    Fixed that for you. Random is rarely ever balanced. Draft pick gets you closer to balanced.

    Random games are however very crazy.

  • sportzboytjwsportzboytjw squeeeeeezzeeee some more tax breaks outRegistered User regular
    I might enjoy an inhouse if I'm on when you guys do it.

    Been on a nuts run with carries, and I just bought Vayne... First game, 20/5/doubledigits

    It was pretty fun! I don't think AD carries should have stuns but that's just me!

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    Note - if we do a painhouse tonight, it will be ranged jungle/melee lanes unless basically everyone is against it.

  • sportzboytjwsportzboytjw squeeeeeezzeeee some more tax breaks outRegistered User regular
    My padawan, I will run Vayne in the jungle errday.

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  • Hargaad of OmnarHargaad of Omnar Registered User regular
    Thank you, Echo!
    Maybe I'll fix some of the out-dated info in the OP...maybe.

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    Yelling at butts will never NOT be funny. Thanks, Psy!
    Also, Abby is awesome. Keep up with TLH because it's the tits!

    I love League of Legends, but seriously...fuck you, Teemo.
  • sportzboytjwsportzboytjw squeeeeeezzeeee some more tax breaks outRegistered User regular
    So what are the rules of Ranged Jungle/Melee Lanes? Can junglers still take Smite? Is Fizz Allowed in "melee lanes"? Who breaks the format? This seems very interesting to me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter!

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  • PMAversPMAvers You wouldn't have heard of it, anyway...Registered User regular
    You could always screw with Hat and swap out the Riven for a Rammus.

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  • BlueBlueBlueBlue Registered User regular
    I figure the rules are if your auto attack shoots things then you're not laning and if you have a melee attack then you aren't the jungler

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  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    So what are the rules of Ranged Jungle/Melee Lanes? Can junglers still take Smite? Is Fizz Allowed in "melee lanes"? Who breaks the format? This seems very interesting to me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter!

    Yes, smite is allowed. Fizz is Melee. Blue has it right.
    Key melees:
    Kassadin
    Kayle
    Pantheon

  • shalmeloshalmelo sees no evil Registered User regular
    I wish y'all didn't painhouse at stupid times for us best coasters. Because I would totally show up and get my jungle Karthus on.

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  • sportzboytjwsportzboytjw squeeeeeezzeeee some more tax breaks outRegistered User regular
    schuss wrote: »
    So what are the rules of Ranged Jungle/Melee Lanes? Can junglers still take Smite? Is Fizz Allowed in "melee lanes"? Who breaks the format? This seems very interesting to me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter!

    Yes, smite is allowed. Fizz is Melee. Blue has it right.
    Key melees:
    Kassadin
    Kayle
    Pantheon

    Seems like Riven/Shen/Lee Sin would be important? Blitz too? Anyone with a filthly gapcloser basically?

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  • Hargaad of OmnarHargaad of Omnar Registered User regular
    Working on editing the OP, but I agree with shalmelo. I won't be available tonight, simply because I'm (a) out of town, and (2) visiting a friend this afternoon around 4:30pm.
    But, next week, I shall be back home, and ready to kick some ass for next Thursday's PAinhouse.
    Also, if possible, I still think assigning 1 caster to each team would be ideal. Then the casters aren't always doing the same commentary with the same people. I wanna see you guys not only improve on your gaming skills from playing, but your speech skills in alternate commentating. Then again, I love Rivington, and think he's the best commentator, so what do I know.
    Oh, I remember where I was going with that.
    When I come back home and watch all the replays, it's a pain in the ass to figure out which casters jumped around to which games. I know it's SOOOOO much trouble for them to end recording, and start a new session, but it really would help to organize for anybody wanting to go back and see what they did wrong without having to jump through 3 hours of 1 recorded session. Just saying. If I can put up with shitty internet and still go 3-0 one week as champion, I think you guys can put a little more effort into streaming. /rant

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    Also, Abby is awesome. Keep up with TLH because it's the tits!

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  • The EnderThe Ender Registered User regular
    So, I would like to know how to play a dickish midlaner. I can kinda play Akali, but I prefer her top for those delicious bushjukes.

    Kassadin and Talon seem neat, and one is usually available. Fizz, too. Any tips for these champs?

    Fizz: Open with Q, disengage with Playful/Trickster when harassing. Only open with P/T if you intend to commit to a kill (P/T -> Ignite -> Q -> R)

    His gameplay is pretty fun & simple; I'm a little torn on his best lv 1 arsenal, though. Boots + 3 is good, Doran's Shield is good & Blue Cystal + 2, changing Blue into Catalyst as soon as you have the gold, is also good. I tend to go the Catalyst route with the intent of finishing a reasonably early RoA.

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  • BlueBlueBlueBlue Registered User regular
    Also I would like for the matches to be recorded

    I really can't understate my disappointment at not being able to watch any of my matches

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  • JookieJookie Registered User regular
    Is it anyone ranged jungling or just ranged AD carry? Because if anyone ranged then we'd have a lot of Karthus jungles.

  • BlueBlueBlueBlue Registered User regular
    Anyone ranged

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    Just got my first Penta

    as Pantheon of all people.

    wish i would have recorded it :(

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  • NeadenNeaden Registered User regular
    Just got my first Penta

    as Pantheon of all people.

    wish i would have recorded it :(
    Post a screenshot of it/of the score screen if you can so you can get up on the OP.

  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    Neaden wrote: »
    Just got my first Penta

    as Pantheon of all people.

    wish i would have recorded it :(
    Post a screenshot of it/of the score screen if you can so you can get up on the OP.

    I didn't press print screen in time. I was too worried about getting away from turret fire.

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  • zerg rushzerg rush Registered User regular
    Neaden wrote: »
    Just got my first Penta

    as Pantheon of all people.

    wish i would have recorded it :(
    Post a screenshot of it/of the score screen if you can so you can get up on the OP.

    I didn't press print screen in time. I was too worried about getting away from turret fire.

    You, uh, can scroll up the chat window after you return to base.

  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    schuss wrote: »
    So what are the rules of Ranged Jungle/Melee Lanes? Can junglers still take Smite? Is Fizz Allowed in "melee lanes"? Who breaks the format? This seems very interesting to me and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter!

    Yes, smite is allowed. Fizz is Melee. Blue has it right.
    Key melees:
    Kassadin
    Kayle
    Pantheon

    Seems like Riven/Shen/Lee Sin would be important? Blitz too? Anyone with a filthly gapcloser basically?

    They're all powerful melees, but standard for other melees to play against. Kayle can be an AD carry, kass is normally vs. AP casters and Pants has ranged harass.

    Re: Timing - I'm not opposed to moving the times (I'm WC as well), but then we'll completely lose the euros. As the games don't normally start until 6, if you really want to play and can make it for then but not draft-time, we can throw your name in (as I think we did with Arikado last week).

  • NeadenNeaden Registered User regular
    zerg rush wrote: »
    Neaden wrote: »
    Just got my first Penta

    as Pantheon of all people.

    wish i would have recorded it :(
    Post a screenshot of it/of the score screen if you can so you can get up on the OP.

    I didn't press print screen in time. I was too worried about getting away from turret fire.

    You, uh, can scroll up the chat window after you return to base.
    Was it a ranked game so you can go to your stats and see the largest multikill on that champ?

  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    zerg rush wrote: »
    Neaden wrote: »
    Just got my first Penta

    as Pantheon of all people.

    wish i would have recorded it :(
    Post a screenshot of it/of the score screen if you can so you can get up on the OP.

    I didn't press print screen in time. I was too worried about getting away from turret fire.

    You, uh, can scroll up the chat window after you return to base.

    Oh wow. I wasn't even thinking about that. I just wanted the big ol' announcement on the screen. Oh well. I'll just have to get another one

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  • JookieJookie Registered User regular
    Match history
    Find match
    Largest multikill: 5

  • sportzboytjwsportzboytjw squeeeeeezzeeee some more tax breaks outRegistered User regular
    Roughly what time are you painhousing? If I can, I'll play tonight, but Harg is typically just a case in when I'm going to bed so..

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