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Bloodba7h 09-29-2009 07:05 PM

[Quick Tips] For New Players
 
Here are some quick tips for new players or players that can't quite grasp the concept of a Massive Online Battle Arena game. I will try to keep this as short and to the point as possible. The lingo of the game can be learned somewhere else, but I will try to make this readable for the average newbie.
(Note: Newbie is not meant as an insulting term. Merely as a way of identifying the players who are new and/or need help with the game)



1. Teamplay > Individual Efforts
If you learn one thing, learn that all members on your team have to work as a team and communicate their motives. Work as a unit and things will come much easier. The most skilled players can lose if their team doesn't coordinate, and the least skilled players can win if their team coordinates. Ping the minimap when you want to gank (kill) someone, when you see one of the enemy champions alone and ready to kill, when you want to get somebody's attention about an empty lane


2. Know Your Champion's Role
There are different types of champions in this game: Support, Assassin/Ganker, Carry, and Pusher. How they achieve these things differs from one champion to the next, but these are the most fundamental archetypes that all the champions fit into (in varying degrees, of course), with some being better at one thing than another or some fitting into multiple roles. Learn these roles and play to them. Generally you'll want to have at least one of each in your team, but it isn't impossible to win otherwise.

Ganker/Assassin - You'll spend most of your time hunting and killing enemy champions.
Carry - You'll generally be weaker in the early game, but late game your champion shines with the right item choices.
Pusher - You have skills that make it easier for you to either take down towers or kill many minions at once.
Support - You support other heroes by healing them, giving them passive auras, or helping them achieve their class roles in one way or another.


3. ALWAYS Watch The Minimap
The worst thing you can do for your team is die. It gives the opposing team money and experience that can quickly snowball into a serious advantage for them. Thus, by default the worst thing that you can do is to let enemy champions out of your sight because they will pop up somewhere and quickly overrun your single champion and killing them. When you notice that the enemy champion in the lane you were in is missing, call out "missing <champion name>" or something similar so that other people are also aware of the situation. This goes back to working as a team and communicating relevant information.


4. Don't Stop Leveling
Another mistake new players make is not taking advantage of empty lanes full of juicy minions (EXP and GOLD!). I've seen many games in League of Legends won simply because of one or two champions that were allowed to farm minions in a lane without any competition or threat. This is a big mistake that can be remedied by not allowing any lanes to remain empty for very long (sometimes it's necessary so that you can gank, kill neutral minions like the dragon or Baron, or go back to base to heal and buy items). Don't have your team all go into the same lane because experience from minions is shared. A tip that ties into this one is to always go for last hits on minions so that you earn as much gold as possible (another reason the neutral creeps are good!).
Don't stop leveling and earning gold!


5. Focus On Your Champion's Strengths
If you're playing as Ryze, you know that his strength is in his nukes and his root and he has the archetype of ganker. You'll know that something like lifesteal, armor, or hit points aren't exactly his forté. You should stack his ability power to make his nukes stronger so that you can gank other champs much easier. If you build him with armor and attack speed, for example, you'll just be an average nuker with a fast attack speed. Not very scary. That isn't to say that you should ignore other item stats completely, but that you should definitely focus on one or two things that play to your champion's strengths. Learn your champion's strengths, focus them, and own some face!


6. Know Your Items
As Drastone said below, it is important to know which items are good for the situation that you find yourself in. Going against a team composed of close-range physical damage? Try a Sunfire Cape. Lots of mages? How about Wit's End, or Banshee's Veil? Also something that doesn't get across to many people is that an item property with "UNIQUE: <item> does X" means that you don't get any additional benefit from stacking that item. Generally speaking, don't ever take two of the same items with UNIQUE.
Know your items. This comes with practice, more than anything, but the League of Legends website was recently updated with a slick item list that you can browse at any time. If you notice someone absolutely dominating the game, sometimes a good idea is to look at the items they're using and learn from them, also.



If anyone has any other suggestions for newbie tips, please do post them. Keep things concise and relevant, if you can, so that newbies can look at these tips and absorb them quickly. Nobody wants to read a f!@#ing encyclopedia. :)


Drastone 09-30-2009 04:17 AM

Can I make a suggestion for your list?
Know your items.
This may seem small but there are some items that are better suited for different times. Banshees veil in particular is a good example. Enemy ryze got you down? Get one of these and you might find the fight alot easier.

Bloodba7h 10-08-2009 09:49 AM

Added a bunch of links and Drastone's suggestion.

Added [GUIDE] How To Not Suck. <--read this.

SmecssRaege 10-08-2009 11:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Drastone (Hozzászólás 157203)
Can I make a suggestion for your list?
Know your items.
This may seem small but there are some items that are better suited for different times. Banshees veil in particular is a good example. Enemy ryze got you down? Get one of these and you might find the fight alot easier.

This.

Your list is pretty accurate otherwise, covers most the major points.

Bloodba7h 10-08-2009 02:25 PM

It's in the list, already!

I love How to Not Suck, though. Seriously, new players should read that as well as this.

SmecssRaege 10-08-2009 02:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bloodba7h (Hozzászólás 178616)
It's in the list, already!

I love How to Not Suck, though. Seriously, new players should read that as well as this.

Woops, guess i missed it, i kinda like JUST woke up when i read it >.<;;

i usually only skim over these just to see if anything new pops up :P

Insanitys Edge 12-19-2009 02:12 AM

So I play as Katarina frequently and I can remember a couple times in game that I went in bushes from beginning and got ganked for my stupidity. This DOES NOT make you a bad player. I ended up with 12/2/13 stats in the game I did this in a few days ago. If someone had quit under a silly notion on one mistake then I would not have had a chance to redeem myself. Good guide though. I think these tips are all useful to remember and can help a team win by not hurting the team.

Canis 12-19-2009 02:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hunter C (Hozzászólás 420858)
So I play as Katarina frequently and I can remember a couple times in game that I went in bushes from beginning and got ganked for my stupidity.

Normally if you are a squishy champion you should wait for your partner to push into the grass unless you want to teleport down fast and claim the grass for yourself but in a 2v1 scenario you will most likely get crushed.

Eviant 01-13-2010 10:19 AM

I'd suggest pointing out the Grass.
Use it, and more importantly, Check it.
For an Experienced player, Those patches of Grass make for a great place
To jump out and gank someone.
And all too many times, I've sat in the grass, laughing as people walk right past me,
Allowing me to choose my time and place for the kill.

Crapinator114 07-15-2010 11:42 AM

I also have to point out something VERY important which was left out. Since I am a veteran DoTA player, I know that last-hitting creeps are VERY important.
So always last hit creeps! This gives you both bonus gold and exp. Also, if you auto attack too much, you will push too fast and last hitting will be much harder when you are near their tower or when they have the chance to easily gank you.

if any new players decide to sign up, please do me a favor and use this link so that I can get the referral points at least :)
https://signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=4c3a6b1f06e1d


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