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League of Legends (popularly known as LOL) is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game created by Riot Games.[/center]

You play as a summoner that controls a champion and looks forward to replays for half a decade. During games, your champion will level up, get gold for better equipment and hopefully destroy the enemy nexus. Outside of games, you will wait several months for new champions and your summoner level will rise. This will unlock Champion Shards for the in-game currency as well as the occasional icon, emote, or other thing in a capsule. At level 30, you can compete in ranked matches.
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Thread Layout
OP - The Basics - General LoL Tips and Tricks
2nd - PENTAKILL! (and spillover because OP is now op in length)
3rd through page 100 - Nice people talking about a rad game

The Basics
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New Player Guide. For those who want some tips to start out.
1. Make an account: NA, EU(West), EU(Nordic & East), Oceania, etc. - wherever you are located in the world!

There is no longer any kind of referral system, so don't worry about getting a link from your besties - just get hyped and fire it up!

2. Download the client: Right here.

There exists a Mac client - we are gaming in the future! Go play!

3. Play the tutorials and read the 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. Post here to find helpful people and people to escape solo queue with!

Put your summoner name and server if you want to make friends here. There are always at least a few of us around who can help you out; you might even be able to join the PA club if you're on NA.

5. Play vs. People

Do it, damn you. The AI is not going to give you the legitimate LoL experience. You don't want to hit your 20s solely from bot matches. If you do use bot games, focus on practicing basic mechanics such as getting the last hit on minions for sweet, sweet gold.

Want some more help? Watch the series of videos below! (some are playlists) And don't be afraid to ask questions in thread! Most of us have been playing for a long time, so we may skim over some stuff we consider basics. This is not to make you feel bad! Its just that we forget what its like to be all new at this game
This is a sort of course on how to play, it's worth revisiting again after you have some experience:


These Team Fight Breakdown videos can give you an idea of positioning in team fights. In them someone who works for Riot goes over teamfights from pro games.

In this playlist are videos of the 2016 World Finals best of 5 matches, with commentators speaking specifically for new viewers.

The Do's and Don'ts of LoL
1. Don't buy champions randomly!

LoL has two currencies in the store: Riot Points (RP), which are bought with real money, and Blue Essence (BE), which are earned solely by playing games disenchanting champion shards and winning your first game of the day. Champions can be bought with both, but every week there will be fourteen free champions to play with. Play these champs instead. Get a feel for each type of champion and see which you find more fun. It's far better to do this as opposed to buying a champ randomly and ultimately being unhappy with it. You can also get three refund opportunities for both BE and RP purchases.

Also, if you unlock cosmetic content with Hextech Chests you can "disenchant" cosmetics for Orange Essence (OE), which can then upgrade your cosmetic unlocks.

2. Consider your rune pages based on role.

With the move to a combined rune / mastery system, you can fairly easily customize a rune page before games based on a desired capstone / playstyle. Generally, Domination is for burst damage, Precision for sustained damage, Resolve for defensiveness, and Sorcery for ability damage. These roughly correspond to Assassins, Carries, Tanks, and Mages, respectively, but it often just depends on your needs. Inspiration is kind of "weird" and works with more unusual champions. Ask in thread if you are unsure what to choose.

3. Do queue with friends.

Playing with randoms is a crapshoot, and playing with a friend or two can put the odds in your favor. Play complementary champs and request feedback on how you did in each game (even if you won). Likewise, you can offer advice to others you saw having trouble in a polite manner.

4. Do learn the champions.

When a new rotation occurs, it is wise to play a few games with each champ. Knowing what each champ is capable of will be useful even if you hate how they play and never intend on using them. For example, Karthus has a skill that does damage to every enemy champion, regardless of location! If you know this, then you can be a jerk and take Soraka (who has a skill that heals all allied champions).

5. Do read guides.

There are multiple ways to play a champion. This combination of skills, runes, masteries and items is called a "build" and are the general strategies for any champion. The recommended items in the game store are not always ideal, and the order you level skills can have a big impact on how the early stages of the game play out. Sites like lolking and probuilds.net offer builds for just about every champion. It's cookie-cutter, but a great foundation for new players. Once you learn the ins and outs, you can tweak a build to better suit your playstyle or as a reaction to enemy or ally players.

6. Do be polite and do report.

Sometimes people will suck or do shit wrong. It's a game, so try to keep that in mind when things get a little unhinged. If you insult or yell at people, even if they did do something wrong, you're likely going to get that person defensive and things will very quickly begin to break down. Instead of focusing on the game, you focus on hurling insults at each other. Stay calm, and politely offer advice when needed.

Sometimes, even with this in mind, people will still be jerks. It happens! Simply /mute them and quietly report them after the game. Taking their bait is probably what they want you to do. Do not give them the satisfaction! Keep your cool.

7. Buy skins. /s

Having a skin for a character is a great way to say "Hey I'm fucking awesome with this champion so get the fuck out of my way." If your team is using more skins than your enemy team, you basically have already won.

Game Stuff
1. Do not be aggressive.

There will be a serious urge to want to kill enemy champs. Resist! Death is an all-around loss: your opponents get more cash and experience, you miss out on experience and your lane risks getting pushed. If you set-up a kill and fail, do not continue chasing. In many cases, you will just die to a tower or get ganked. While later on you will learn when to take risks, early in your career it's best to be less aggressive and just let the other guy get away.

2. Do not focus too much on KDA.

Your kill-death-assist ratio is not the end-all of your value. It is possible to lose despite having a serious kill advantage over the enemy team! Certain champions, once getting the right items, can be unstoppable murder machines. Even if you do kill them a lot, if they reach this threshold, it's possible for a dramatic reversal to occur. It is far more important to support your team's objectives: push towers, protect your own towers from being pushed and keep your team informed of enemy activity. It is far better to have a modest KDA and win, than be the team killer and lose.

3. Do watch the minimap and your enemy.

Enemy locations are important! In your low-level games you will likely have two champs tops lane, one mid and two bottom (in later level games, one from top will be off "jungling," so top will have just one champ). If a player in YOUR lane is missing, let the team know. The player might just be heading back to base to buy items, or they could be trying to jump your friend in another lane. And mention when they came back to your lane! But this doesn't mean you should rely wholly on team recon. Watch the minimap yourself for enemy locations in other lanes whenever you can. People aren't perfect, and sometimes that warning comes a bit too late. Another set of eyes is always useful.

4. Do use wards.

Wards are items that grant you vision of an area for a little while. You spawn with a warding totem trinket (default button 4) that lets you place a ward. Back in the good old days when we walked uphill both ways in the snow to get to lane, we had to BUY them. That's right we paid for them, and you young millenials just get em for FREE! They are, without a doubt, one of the best things you can use. You can plop them along the river and have advance warning of ganks. They'll grant you vision of the brush. They'll alert you of enemy attempts on big-reward neutral monsters like the dragon or baron. If you attack them in the middle of something like that, you could mob up their entire team. Or maybe you are aware of a gank attempt on you. You could alert a nearby friend, bait the ganker in and turn the tables. Use wards. USE. WARDS.

5. Do use wards.

Wards are items that grant you vision of an area for a little while. You spawn with a warding totem trinket (default button 4) that lets you place a ward. Back in the good old days when we walked uphill both ways in the snow to get to lane, we had to BUY them. That's right we paid for them, and you young millenials just get em for FREE! They are, without a doubt, one of the best things you can use. You can plop them along the river and have advance warning of ganks. They'll grant you vision of the brush. They'll alert you of enemy attempts on big-reward neutral monsters like the dragon or baron. If you attack them in the middle of something like that, you could mob up their entire team. Or maybe you are aware of a gank attempt on you. You could alert a nearby friend, bait the ganker in and turn the tables. Use wards. USE. WARDS.

And BUY control wards. We had to spend 125 gold on pink wards, and now you can get a control ward for 40% off! Such a good deal!

Hm, did I just have déjà vu for a moment?

6. Do something.

So you just wiped the enemy team out. Hooray! But...what are you doing now? Did you just go back to your respective lanes and farm? Incorrect! You now have precious map control, and should be taking advantage of it. Gather up as a team and take out a tower. Head to the dragon and get a clean kill. Steal enemy creeps (especially their blue and red buffs). You can always check the status of both teams by pressing tab. If multiple enemies are waiting on respawn, then you need to press that advantage.

7. Don't just wait around all day when you're in a position to win.
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8. Do use wards.

Seriously, kids. If Hargaad can do it, so can you. I know you have 75 gold just laying around sometimes. Don't feed us with your bullshit of, "But I need to save for x item!" No! If you don't use wards, and you die a lot, nobody on your team is going to be able to save you from a beefed up (whatever) lane. Upgrading your yellow trinket can help too, but there is no substitution for vision. Use and buy wards!

9. Learn to speak ping.

All you really need to communicate effectively in this game is to be able to use the pings it provides.

To use these pings, hold down the Alt, Ctrl, G, or V keys while clicking to show the ping overlay. Then, move your mouse in the direction of the ping you want to issue, and release. You can perform this action either on the terrain or the minimap for precision pinging. You can also hold alt and click virtually anything in the interface to communicate that information quickly to your team - for example you can hold alt and left click your health bar to have the game say "Awesome New Player - Lee Sin - 5% Health" to let your teammates know you're running away because you're low health, not because you're chicken.

It is unacceptable to blame players that aren't typing at all, or players that are not speaking in English.:

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 Marksman:
Examples include Caitlyn, Ezreal, Ashe and Vayne.

If your team is a car, then the marksman is the engine. It's what makes the team function. The marksman, 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 marksman relies on its team to get the gold necessary to buy the items needed to kill swathes of enemies. Early on, however, marksmen tend to be more vulnerable and weaker than other champs.

2. The Tank:
Examples include Leona, Sejuani, Zac and Nautilus.

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:
Examples include Soraka, Sona, Nami and Janna.

I guess support are your tires or something? Maybe the AC. Either way, supports help the team out with buffs and generally shields or healing. Supports tend to assist the marksman by allowing the marksman to stay in the lane longer. Unlike, well, just about everyone else, supports 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.

4. The Assassin:
Examples include Kha'zix, Talon, Zed and Evelynn.

If we're sticking with the car metaphor, the assassin is like your car having a button you can press which will make that other car's engine implode. Assassins generally specialise in high single-target damage and mobility, allowing them to quickly eliminate enemy marksmen and mages with ease. If you're playing as a squishy and vulnerable target, these guys are going to be your biggest threat - ask your team to try and keep them from harming you. Assassins also generally need to get kills early in order to stay competitive into the later stages of the game.

5. The Mage:
Examples include Brand, Syndra, Lux and Annie.

Mages are a broad category, with their defining feature being that they primarily deal damage at range through their abilities and not auto-attacks. Some, like Lissandra, focus less on dealing damage and more on being able to control the enemy team's movement. Others, like Brand or Ziggs, have relatively less utility and are instead capable of putting out high amounts of damage. Mages benefit strongly from their role's innate flexibility, and can have a huge impact on team fights.

6. The Fighter:
Examples include Garen, Renekton, Trundle and Vi.

Fighters are melee attackers with a mix of offensive and defensive capabilities. They're not as hard to kill as a tank, and not able to throw out as much damage as an assassin, but they can still prove to be fearsome opponents - especially if they stay alive and are allowed to deal their damage over time. Like mages, the fighter role is incredibly versatile, with each fighter having a different mixture of damage and utility.

7. The Jungler:
Examples include Warwick, Udyr, Xin Zhao and Jarvan IV.

Although not a label Riot applies to their champions, the jungler is an important map role. As the name implies, the jungler moves through the jungle (the parts of the map in between lanes) and kills neutral creeps (or "monsters"). 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 snowball. 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, and is only a rough outline of the basics! Roles can easily overlap, and a champion can fill more than one role! Ezreal is a marksman/mage, for instance, and Taric is a support/tank.

What's this I hear about different maps?
There are four three two different maps in League of Legends, both of which have a different style of gameplay. In some cases, different items will be available on each of them, and champions might be altered slightly.

1. Summoner's Rift.

This is the most well-known map, and what you'll probably be spending most of your time on. Featuring five players on each team, the goal is to destroy the enemy's team base (known as a Nexus). Waves of friendly NPCs ("minions") will attempt to help you reach your objective, although standing in their way are increasingly strong sets of turrets (alongside the enemy team and their minions). In between the lanes down which your minions will travel are neutral monsters that you can destroy for more gold. As you get more experienced with the game, one player on each team will generally specialize in clearing these monsters, a position known as "jungling." There are also three very large monsters--the dragon, Shelley the Rift Herald, and Baron Nashor--which can require your entire team attacking them to be taken down, but the rewards for doing so are great.

2. The Howling Abyss.

The simplest map, this is essentially a single lane version of Summoner's Rift. Five players on each team control a randomly chosen character, and aim to destroy the enemy team's nexus first. Things are made more complicated by the players being unable to buy items, unless it's the start of the game or they've recently died. This map also has creatures called Poros roaming it. Try feeding them with your Biscuit trinket and see what happens.

3. The Crystal Scar.

This is the only map for the game mode known as "Dominion". Again a 5v5 mode, the novelty here is that the map features control points that players must "capture" and hold onto in order to win. There are five control points, and the team that holds less of them slowly lose health from their nexus - until it reaches zero, and they lose. Dotted around the map are speed boosts and health packs. The basic strategy for Dominion involves sending four players to the top point, and one strong duelist or pusher to the bottom lane of the map. Tip; take Revive.


Dominion was never going to receive a ranked mode. It was also the best. You will be missed.

4. The Twisted Treeline.

The 3v3 gametype known as Twisted Treeline was fully launched in March 2010, but it was relaunched with an entirely new map in October 2012 because of some serious design flaws in the original map that Riot decided were unfixable. While still fundamentally the same gameplay, there are some key differences from Summoner's Rift to keep in mind - the lack of wards and altered objectives being the most important.


After receiving little more attention than the Crystal Scar, Riot finally announced in Season 9 they would kill it at the end of the season. Its ghost lives on in our hearts, or something suitably creepy.

5. Rotating Game Modes

In the old days we prayed to the gods and made many sacrifices, and occasionally they let us play strange new game modes like Doom Bots of Doom or URF for short periods of time. These may return one day? Hard to say.

6. Teamfight Tactics

This isn't League of Legends. Next!

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  • IvelliusIvellius Registered User regular
    edited January 2018
    Other useful LoL related websites!
    http://www.surrenderat20.net/ - For all the latest LoL news and a sneak peak at any upcoming content on the Public Beta Environment.
    http://www.solomid.net/ - A more advanced and polished version of Mobafire. Solomid offers intricate guides on champs that've been tried and tested by the community. Best for more advanced players of lvl 20+
    http://www.lolking.net/ - A site useful for looking at skins, as their splash art can be quite different from their in-game appearance. It's also good for looking up summoners, statistics about the game, and guides for champions.
    http://www.leagueoflegends.com - The standard LoL website! Info on the game can be found here.
    http://www.probuilds.net/ - Wonder what the Pros build on your favorite champ? Check here! Just remember that these guys are pros and you should always try to find whatever build works best for you!
    http://champion.gg/ - Wonder how other top players (Plat and higher in ranked) build their champs? Check here!
    http://na.op.gg/ - A site that can help you break down a game by the numbers. Just plug in your summoner name and reap delicious match history.

    What's this crafting nonsense I hear about?
    To sum it up: play games to get keys and boxes. Once you earn a box on a champion, regardless of how you earned it, you cannot earn another on that champ. After games, you have a chance to get key shards. 3 shards = 1 key with which you can open 1 box. Boxes contain shards for champions or cosmetics (champ and ward skins, icons) that you can make permanent on your account by spending essence. Earn essence by breaking down shards for things you don't want.

    Basically, play games, receive loot. Hope its loot that you actually care about. Repeat.

    Dunks?

    How do you kill Zilean?

    Stuff You Should Know
    - Yes, a promo skin will unlock that champion for free.
    - Some promo codes will work on multiple servers. Some will not. Yes, this is confusing.
    - Map vision wins games - USE WARDS.
    - It is a team wide effort, everyone uses wards.
    - When in doubt, take Ignite/Flash.

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    PENTAKILLS
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  • JookieJookie Registered User regular
    The best part about opening a chest is getting a champ shard out of it.

    butts
  • IvelliusIvellius Registered User regular
    edited January 2018
    Jookie wrote: »
    The best part about opening a chest is getting a champ shard an emote out of it.

    I find this version more insulting.

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  • credeikicredeiki Registered User regular
    A few edits needed to the OP at this point, but I think the main one is to remove #2: don't leave your rune pages empty from the "dos and don'ts of LoL" section

    Also lolnexus.com is a really good website to look at on the loading screen if you're playing flex and are wondering what lane the enemy team's elo ended up in. It shows all 10 players and their ranks--it's not working quite right at the moment, I think, probably some sort of API problem--but it does easily link to every player's op.gg so you can go click on them to retrieve the info if lolnexus is failing and just showing them as unranked.

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  • Sir LandsharkSir Landshark resting shark face Registered User regular
    edited January 2018
    Jookie wrote: »
    The best part about opening a chest is getting a champ shard out of it.

    All I've gotten so far are 450 IP champs that I already own

    Yay 90 dust or w/e

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  • Sir LandsharkSir Landshark resting shark face Registered User regular
    credeiki wrote: »
    A few edits needed to the OP at this point, but I think the main one is to remove #2: don't leave your rune pages empty from the "dos and don'ts of LoL" section

    Also lolnexus.com is a really good website to look at on the loading screen if you're playing flex and are wondering what lane the enemy team's elo ended up in. It shows all 10 players and their ranks--it's not working quite right at the moment, I think, probably some sort of API problem--but it does easily link to every player's op.gg so you can go click on them to retrieve the info if lolnexus is failing and just showing them as unranked.

    Flex is kind of a joke though. My last game had a support Zoe. I'm pretty sure they were trolling :D:D:D

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  • TcheldorTcheldor Registered User regular
    They were definitely trolling. I think they were in your next game too but we won that one.

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  • credeikicredeiki Registered User regular
    Tcheldor wrote: »
    They were definitely trolling. I think they were in your next game too but we won that one.

    I can't muster the situational awareness/in the moment cool-headedness to not attack a sleeping enemy while you're trying to run away from the enemy, even though I know that is necessary. I like...can't process it......enemy has debuff; I must attack enemy!

    (I mean, maybe now that I've done it twice I will stop? But I highly doubt it...)

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  • TcheldorTcheldor Registered User regular
    S'all good. Practice makes perfect is the league slogan to live by. I've plenty to improve top so imtnot in those situations.

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  • IvelliusIvellius Registered User regular
    edited January 2018
    credeiki wrote: »
    A few edits needed to the OP at this point, but I think the main one is to remove #2: don't leave your rune pages empty from the "dos and don'ts of LoL" section

    Also lolnexus.com is a really good website to look at on the loading screen if you're playing flex and are wondering what lane the enemy team's elo ended up in. It shows all 10 players and their ranks--it's not working quite right at the moment, I think, probably some sort of API problem--but it does easily link to every player's op.gg so you can go click on them to retrieve the info if lolnexus is failing and just showing them as unranked.

    I agree, but I don't have a Pastebin account and didn't really want to make the changes just in the post so that they don't carry forward easily. I technically already made a few very small edits that no one will probably notice.

    In unrelated news, Orianna feels clunky as junk to me right now. I don't think I've played her since they changed how she can buffer abilities, but playing her last night it felt like the ball didn't respond hardly at all like it should to my commands.

    (Somehow we still won, and a premade got an S- so I've cleared my boxes for the season.)

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  • JookieJookie Registered User regular
    Ivellius wrote: »
    Jookie wrote: »
    The best part about opening a chest is getting a champ shard an emote out of it.

    I find this version more insulting.
    Emotes are stupid but they're never going away (and once there's enough they will use those as chest fodder and remove champs probably, possibly alongside chromas showing up). I would rather have an emote than a champ shard since they set up a system to throw a bunch at you for playing.

    butts
  • IvelliusIvellius Registered User regular
    Jookie wrote: »
    Emotes are stupid but they're never going away (and once there's enough they will use those as chest fodder and remove champs probably, possibly alongside chromas showing up). I would rather have an emote than a champ shard since they set up a system to throw a bunch at you for playing.

    Fair enough, I guess, but I value emotes even less than I do Blue Essence. At least I can transform Blue Essence into mastery.

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  • Sir LandsharkSir Landshark resting shark face Registered User regular
    Ivellius wrote: »
    credeiki wrote: »
    A few edits needed to the OP at this point, but I think the main one is to remove #2: don't leave your rune pages empty from the "dos and don'ts of LoL" section

    Also lolnexus.com is a really good website to look at on the loading screen if you're playing flex and are wondering what lane the enemy team's elo ended up in. It shows all 10 players and their ranks--it's not working quite right at the moment, I think, probably some sort of API problem--but it does easily link to every player's op.gg so you can go click on them to retrieve the info if lolnexus is failing and just showing them as unranked.

    I agree, but I don't have a Pastebin account and didn't really want to make the changes just in the post so that they don't carry forward easily. I technically already made a few very small edits that no one will probably notice.

    In unrelated news, Orianna feels clunky as junk to me right now. I don't think I've played her since they changed how she can buffer abilities, but playing her last night it felt like the ball didn't respond hardly at all like it should to my commands.

    (Somehow we still won, and a premade got an S- so I've cleared my boxes for the season.)

    My whole game feels clunky now. I had to turn on the "wait for vertical sync" option to keep my game from flickering uncontrollably, but it still doesn't feel as responsive as it used to.

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  • MarthMarth Registered User regular
    @Ivellius the season starts on the 16th, fyi. Just wanted the title to be correct :)

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  • IvelliusIvellius Registered User regular
    @Marth So it does. I thought it was on a Wednesday to conform more with the "normal" release schedule (as it's a typical patch day), but it is in fact Monday. This has been fixed.

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  • credeikicredeiki Registered User regular
    edited January 2018
    All right, Gold 3 on SoloQ and Flex, >70% winrate on 3 of my 4 most played champs. I may be literally the only person in NA tryharding during preseason but it feels awesome to no longer be hardstuck Gold 5 after FOUR YEARS. Hooray!

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  • TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    Recent experimentation proves that Akali puts the fear of God into just about everyone. I like her, I'm surprised I like her, and I'm goddamn enjoying it.

  • SpectrumSpectrum Archer of Inferno Chaldea Rec RoomRegistered User regular
    Yes bot lane, when I get fully BEHIND the enemy lane and they have no vision while pinging on the way 3 times, it's clearly my fault when you just sit around CSing and let them hard run away and 2v1 me, then 2v2 and kill all three of us.

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    I just had one of the magical games as Singed where the -entire- other team fucking hates me by the end of the game.

    oh man it was glorious. I pretty sure I can open a salt mine now.

  • Grunt's GhostsGrunt's Ghosts Registered User regular
    So, I played a game today, and it was a defeat but I got no XP out of it. Is that normal?

  • TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    edited January 2018
    wrong thread

    anyways yeah. I'm saving up for Zoe now, she seems like she'll give people nightmares.

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  • IvelliusIvellius Registered User regular
    Trace wrote: »
    wrong thread

    anyways yeah. I'm saving up for Zoe now, she seems like she'll give people nightmares.

    She does. Almost no reason to buy her if you play draft, considering how often she's banned.

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  • TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    Ivellius wrote: »
    Trace wrote: »
    wrong thread

    anyways yeah. I'm saving up for Zoe now, she seems like she'll give people nightmares.

    She does. Almost no reason to buy her if you play draft, considering how often she's banned.

    Ha, I'm just getting back into LoL.

    that said i expect she'll eventually get nerfed enough that she doesn't get banned so often but her general ability set just looks to be about the most annoying thing to have to deal with.

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    also I kind of want Talon now

  • Red RaevynRed Raevyn because I only take Bubble Baths Registered User regular
    So, I played a game today, and it was a defeat but I got no XP out of it. Is that normal?
    No, you should always get some XP - though I have had what I think is a display glitch where it doesn't show what I got in match history. The exception I can think of is a custom game without enough people.

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    36 kills: 7 deaths

    Akali is a monster.

  • Dyvim TvarDyvim Tvar I will see ALL of you in hell but not you, I'll see you in Connecticut! Registered User regular
    edited January 2018
    My sporadic adventures in League continue
    The "Dyvim is definitely going to learn League" experiment had stalled since I haven't actually played a single game vs real people in months and that was only the last round of ARURF before the one that just finished. However today I was like "Yo I should just ARAM" so I did.
    Got Caitlyn and Kog, went 15/6/26 with Cait and 22/5/25 with Kog, which was nice.

    Game one had a Silver ranked Eve player giving me fits until I hit upon the cunning plan of "trapstrapstrapstrapstraps" and then it settled down a bit, also I think they gave up a bit because of their team, but between them, Yorrick, Warwick and Ahri it was a fucking minefield at some points and I really had to keep my head on a swivel and work that QSS.
    Game two started really strong with champ select seeing almost everybody on the team state they had no idea what to do with their champs and then when the game started the Nunu just went strolling right into the enemy team to start feeding like a soup kitchen. He reigned that back in when we the other team for the second time and I don't know if he was ever useful again but he stopped being a liability so I'm proud of him.

    I definitely think I've improved in the last year or however long. In the first game I was really sad at pulling Caitlyn because ADC I feel like carries a lot of responsibility, but I think I handled my positioning mostly well (with 10 exceptions that I can think of, only half of which I was actually punished for so I guess it's fine) but I definitely need to practice skill shots and I don't auto attack enough.
    Auto attacking wasn't as big an issue in game two, however not having enough game knowledge absolutely was since I had more of an idea of what the Karthus on my team and the Shyvanna on the enemy team were doing wrong than I had of what I should be doing with Kog. Took me an embarassingly long time to figure out that I wasn't using a pretty important skill of his properly, also I didn't use his ult properly. Positioning was better but still not good enough, have to stop standing in melee range with things even when I'm sure I'll win the fight.
    Also generally I have no idea what I'm doing with this new rune system and good build orders still elude me really, I was pretty lucky that I sort of know "ADC? Go attack speed and maybe crit?" or today probably would've been a wash.

    Killed the Nexus both times and had the highest CS in both games though so I'm probably going to be the best ever when I finally figure out what I'm doing :bzz:

    I know ARAM games are meaningless and everybody is just bumming around, but I still had fun and it's nice to see the improvement from the first few ARAM games I had. So I guess my next stop is normal games instead of slumming it in custom bot games, provided I can shelve the weird "I'm not ready to play vs real people in anything but gimmick games" anxiety that I've got. Also provided I can get over the other big barrier to playing that is the LCS starting up again soon and why play when I can just watch other people play?

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  • Lord_AsmodeusLord_Asmodeus goeticSobriquet: Here is your magical cryptic riddle-tumour: I AM A TIME MACHINERegistered User regular
    I haven't played in like

    A year. Like last time I played was around the time they reworked Warwick.

    Is this a good time to get back in?

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  • TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    I haven't played in like

    A year. Like last time I played was around the time they reworked Warwick.

    Is this a good time to get back in?

    I'm enjoying it and I've been gone for longer than a year.

  • Red RaevynRed Raevyn because I only take Bubble Baths Registered User regular
    Sounds like good times, Dyvim!

    New cinematic out for season start, it's pretty cool:


    I think so Asmodeus, the new runes don't take too long to figure out and once you do they're a much better system than the old runes/masteries.

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  • Dyvim TvarDyvim Tvar I will see ALL of you in hell but not you, I'll see you in Connecticut! Registered User regular
    Well that video just makes me want a LoL Musou game.

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  • Grunt's GhostsGrunt's Ghosts Registered User regular
    I've been having a hard time with Caitlyn. Like, just when 4/3/3 with her because I keep getting by myself against two bulky guys. I feel like I just can't deal enough damage fast enough to really do anything but harassing.

  • TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    I've been having a hard time with Caitlyn. Like, just when 4/3/3 with her because I keep getting by myself against two bulky guys. I feel like I just can't deal enough damage fast enough to really do anything but harassing.

    Top lane?

  • IvelliusIvellius Registered User regular
    I've been having a hard time with Caitlyn. Like, just when 4/3/3 with her because I keep getting by myself against two bulky guys. I feel like I just can't deal enough damage fast enough to really do anything but harassing.

    To be fair, that's kind of where you're going to be in that situation until late game. ADCs have great scaling (AS, AD, crit, and ArPen) but until you get most of your build down you're going to struggle. Like for Caitlyn you probably need Runaan's / Stattik Shiv, Infinity Edge, and one of the Last Whisper upgrades before you'll feel like your'e doing much to those kind of characters.

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  • TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    Ivellius wrote: »
    I've been having a hard time with Caitlyn. Like, just when 4/3/3 with her because I keep getting by myself against two bulky guys. I feel like I just can't deal enough damage fast enough to really do anything but harassing.

    To be fair, that's kind of where you're going to be in that situation until late game. ADCs have great scaling (AS, AD, crit, and ArPen) but until you get most of your build down you're going to struggle. Like for Caitlyn you probably need Runaan's / Stattik Shiv, Infinity Edge, and one of the Last Whisper upgrades before you'll feel like your'e doing much to those kind of characters.

    Akali is like that too. I can handle lanes early with her cause of the vanishing act you can pull with her (works great with teamfights too cause no one wants to run into that) but early on she's basically a squishy melee character. Honestly the best thing you could do in those situations is kill as many minions as possible and buy items to counter those bulky boys. Or call for ganks.

  • Grunt's GhostsGrunt's Ghosts Registered User regular
    Trace wrote: »
    I've been having a hard time with Caitlyn. Like, just when 4/3/3 with her because I keep getting by myself against two bulky guys. I feel like I just can't deal enough damage fast enough to really do anything but harassing.

    Top lane?

    It was because I basically got pushed out of bottom by an Morrigan and Sakura who were doing this thing of jumping from the enemy's jungle and catching people between the two towers and taking most of the minions before I got a chance. I really didn't appreciate that but that's what I expected from playing with people.

  • TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    hm

    should I purchase Malzahar?

  • credeikicredeiki Registered User regular
    Trace wrote: »
    hm

    should I purchase Malzahar?

    Maybe? He's a safe pick without any real hard counters, he can still be super useful when behind (people were playing him as support for a bit what with his ult), and he has good waveclear.

    That said, he has a kind of unique skillset, and he feels pretty different than a lot of waveclear mages. I don't personally enjoy playing him, for some reason. Try him first maybe and see if you like his farm pattern.

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  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    Trace wrote: »
    hm

    should I purchase Malzahar?

    only if you're a huge jerk

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  • TraceTrace GNU Terry Pratchett; GNU Gus; GNU Carrie Fisher; GNU Adam We Registered User regular
    credeiki wrote: »
    Trace wrote: »
    hm

    should I purchase Malzahar?

    Maybe? He's a safe pick without any real hard counters, he can still be super useful when behind (people were playing him as support for a bit what with his ult), and he has good waveclear.

    That said, he has a kind of unique skillset, and he feels pretty different than a lot of waveclear mages. I don't personally enjoy playing him, for some reason. Try him first maybe and see if you like his farm pattern.

    I mean I've been maining Akali with Singed and Zilean as backs up so I think I have a pretty good handle on "not the average bear" heroes but I'm sort of souring on Zilean in general because he's sort of worthless unless you have a team that understands what he does and can take advantage of him. (I have had those teams before, and it's awesome when it happens. But I've also had teams that seemed to think bombs would hurt -them- too)

    Really the first thought that passed through my mind when researching malzahar was his passive. Mid-laning against him as Akali was a nightmare cause he could take off that first bit of damage from her and he's one of the heroes that can shut her down from snowballing -hard- if you're not building your items specifically to focus on him, which isn't so bad if the entire enemy team is a bunch of squishy mages.

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