Beginner's Guide to Ranked Games
NOTE: I have begun Part 2! Check it out here: http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/...1#post28408491
Part 2 contains gameplay tips on how to actually prepare for ranked games. Includes info on the meta, runes, masteries, etc.
Pre-season 4 has arrived so these guides (part 1 and 2) will be updated accordingly.
Greetings. I've noticed League of Legends is rather lacking on information when it comes to their game modes. There is simply a lack of explanation about ranked games, both in the game and online, and up until the introduction of normal draft mode, it was possible to play for a long time without even knowing it existed.
This guide will explain what this game type is, along with various other important information such as requirements and useful tips for players just starting ranked games.
-Updating guide for pre-season 4.
What is a Ranked Game?
Ranked games are essentially the competitive alternative to normal games. As the title implies, players compete for better ranks, as defined by the Elo rating (More on this below).
-Level 30 Summoner level
-Must own a minimum of 16 Champions available to choose from. The reason for this is due to the picks and bans, which could possibly exclude you from choosing up to 15 champions (6 bans + 9 picks). Another reason is to ensure you have a variety of choices to best accommodate your team.
Difference over Normal
-Visible division ranking
-Draft Mode only
The Ladder System (Types of Ranked Games)
There are three ladder systems for ranked games, which means there are 3 types of ranked games.These are: Solo/Duo Queue (5v5), Arranged Team (5v5), and Arranged Team (3v3).The 5v5 games are played on Summoner's Rift, while the 3v3 ladder is played on Twisted Treeline.
As the title implies, solo queue can be played by matchmaking alone. However, you can also play ranked games with another player, which is often called duo queue. Either method of playing (alone or with a partner) contributes to the same Solo/Duo queue ladder.
Unlike other modes, Ranked Solo/Duo Queue only allows owned champions to be used, meaning free to play champions are unavailable unless you already own them.
Help me out here. I've been playing ranked for about a month starting out pretty well going like 1250 ELO, then started dropping to 1000 ELO. Now I'm 1100 ELO, and it pisses me off to see my teammates choosing ******ed champions respecting the team composition...
Things like lane Nocturne, and a first pick Katarina, and a first pick Dr. Mundo...
Any suggestions regarding this? (I dodged these ******s).
Well, as mentioned in the guide, you lose a lot of rating for queue dodging. So stop queue dodging even if the picks don't look good. By quitting you have 0% chance of winning, but by not quitting you certainly have >0% chance.
I've already mentioned some tips as well as linked my other guide (http://na.leagueoflegends.com/board/....php?t=1168954) for additional tips. Check them out. In my other guide a lot of the reasons I listed for losing matches are related to players, so it's up to you to try to mitigate these problems by being someone who never freaks out. In addition I have some gameplay reasons there that few think about but can be extremely important.
As for your second question, I think it's best to know how to play as both. Adaptability is more important. But otherwise, I'd prefer a strong laner over a jungler because it's necessary for your towers to live and their towers to go down.
@Etherimp: Not a bad tip, but the problem with that is a lot of people are also doing the same thing. I'd rather adapt to the situation than try to forcefully play a carry just because you do not trust your teammates.
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