A Starter’s Guide to League of Legends

League of Legends is easily one of the most difficult esports titles out there. It’s a game that requires a lot of theory crafting and if you don’t know what you are doing, you will be in trouble.

Well, League of Legends is a game that you will need to play to gain experience and learn, even so, we’re here to help wherever we can. So today, we will be writing a beginner guide to help newer players settle into the game better, just so they don’t get severely punished by veterans.

Let’s begin!

Picking The Correct Champions

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In most cases, a lot of new players tend to fall into the trap of picking their main Champion based on design.

We get that players might have their preference in this, but at the end of the day, if your mechanical skills aren’t good enough, you won’t be able to bring out the best of your favourite Champion.

The best way to go about this is to pick Champions that are suitable for beginners. For Support, Champions like Soraka, Yuumi and Janna are good. Beginner Carries include Vladimir and Jax. New Mid-laners can also try out Annie, Lux and Malzahar.

Trying out Champions with low-skill ceilings can help you grasp the game’s mechanics easier as you’ll have fewer things to worry about during matches.

Disables Are Your Best Friends

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It’s as simple as it gets. The more lockdowns you have, the higher chance you have of winning matches, at least for lower-rank games.

Champions like Galio and Amumu are always decent choices due to their control-based skills. They are great for setting up kills and sometimes come in handy for escaping. It’s never wrong to have too many stunners.

On the flip side, teams that don’t have reliable disables would find themselves always in a pickle. Usually, they’ll let kills slip by and in the long run, this could harm the team a lot because you are constantly losing control of the game.

Filling the Role that is Needed

Choosing Champions
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We understand that many of us would want to play the Carry or the Mid-Lane role. They are the ones that score the highest kills and are often the main source of damage.

Problem is, without competent Supports, they will never be able to accomplish these feats. When needed, always provide that form of versatility where you can fulfil any role.

If your team lacks a Support, pick one that best complements your team. This is the same for other roles, when your team lack cores, pick one so that you don’t suffer during the late game.

Know Your Timings

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Honestly, this tip might be a little bit advanced but knowing your Champions’ peak can allow you to snowball out of control.

This is especially true for Core roles where once they get a certain item, they can take over the game by themselves. However, most beginners would not capitalise on this and fail to apply the pressure on the enemy with a key item.

Each Champion will have its own item and level timings. Know them to establish tempo and if done correctly, you can quite easily create an unstoppable lead.

Do Not Create More Enemies

Dont make enemies LOL
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Sometimes it is your allies’ mistake that they squandered a killing opportunity and yet sometimes it’s yours.

That said, it is important to skip the pettiness and focus on moving forward and working on winning the game. Any animosity will lead to a chain effect that can easily cause discord among your teammates.

Mistakes happen. There’s no point in playing the blame game and going that route will make your teammates and your gameplay worse.

Switching Lanes

Switching Lanes LOL
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There will be times when the enemy picks and lane choices blindside you. And what you have will be an unfavourable match-up that can cost you an early game.

Counter this by switching things up. Communicate with your team members that you are at a lane disadvantage and you might need to switch lanes with them. Pulling this off can lift a huge weight off your shoulders, relieving you from insane lane pressure.

It is Very Normal to Lose

Losing is normal LOL
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Yes, League of Legends is a tough game. Mastering it will take hours and hours of playtime. Along the way, there will be a noticeable amount of losses and all of them will contribute to your learning experience.

Take these losses on the chin and once you overcome the fear of losing, you’ll get better. Better how? You’ll learn that despite losing, you’ll gain something new. Perhaps how certain Champion match-up works and what different item builds you can use to make the best out of a losing situation.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations! You’ve managed to make it to the end. That said, this guide is not the means to an end to learning League of Legends. This is a game that will require an unsurmountable number of hours to get good at. Play along and always be open to learning from your mistakes and you’ll do just fine.
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