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Beginner's Guide to Common New Player Mistakes

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Nisaaa

Junior Member

11-12-2012

As someone who is fairly new to League, I am disappointed by the guides this forum has to offer. While they do teach a new player the basics of the game, I do not think it teaches them the common sense that experienced players have. It is easy for some to pick these habits up as they go, but I have seen players quit the game entirely because of the mocking they've enduring for simply being ignorant. I've written Part One to my own beginner's guide, and now I am sharing it with the rest of you. There will be more to come!

Beginner's Guide to League of Legends

I. Your Role
If you have ever played a game that involves teamwork before, this part should be easy. If you have not, listen up, because this is important. League of Legends is not a single player game. You are part of a team, working toward a mutual goal; that goal is to destroy the enemy's nexus. In a team of five, it is important to choose your champions wisely. Your champion selection should aid the entire team. Do not be selfish and lock in immediately, refusing to communicate with your team to find what is needed most. Discuss with your teammates about who is playing who, and where everyone will be laning. Once your role has been chosen, play that champion accordingly.

II. Your Champion
There is an abundance of guides on the web tailored to each champion and each role. If you are new to a champion, be sure to do your research. You wouldn't try to fix an electrical socket without first learning how, so be wary of choosing champions you do not know how to play. A guide from sites such as solomid.net and mobafire.com will show you all the basics of how to play each champion, including masteries, runes, items, order of ability leveling, and even some tips to doing your best with that champion. Read a couple of guides and practice that champion in bot or Co-op/AI games. If you are still not doing well, try a new champion. There are plenty to choose from! Everyone has something they are good at, and you might have to try a variety of champions before you find you're natural role. Not everyone can excel at everything, so do not feel down about not being spectacular at a champion. If you are truly determined, practice can make perfect. But please do that practicing in a game of bots, or with some friends; friends are more likely to forgive you for mistakes. Strangers are harsh.

III. The Map
In this section, I will not be going into detail about every map, because you are most likely going to play Summoner's Rift, as it is the most common. In Summoner's Rift, there are three lanes and the jungle. Currently, the lane order is one in top, one in the jungle, one in mid, and two in bottom. I do not recommend jungling in a team of new players, because jungling only gives an advantage when the team has coordination and experience. For now, you should be laning 2-1-2. If you are joining a match alone, it is easy to adapt to the team and lane where it is needed. If you are queuing with a friend, you have to accept the fact that you might not be laned together. This is not something to be afraid of. New players often queue with their more experienced friends, and expect to be in the same lane. When this happens, they are usually too stubborn to lane elsewhere, even when it is necessary. If you are that type of player, you are better off leaving the queue and trying again. Locking in immediately and claiming a lane with no concern for the rest of the team is selfish and can easily lead to defeat.

Once you have joined a match and you are willing to do what is best for the team, now is the time to discuss where each player will be laned, as to not lead to confusion and arguing. Pay attention to the pre-game chat, because you might miss something important. Your team will not be pleased about repeating themselves once the game has started. If your team has not discussed where they are going to lane, do not be afraid to be the one to ask. If you are unsure which lane your chosen champion does best in, please refer to section II.

IV. Chatting and Pings
The in-game chat is an excellent way to ensure communication and coordination. Unfortunately, this feature is often abused by both your team and the enemy. Players can be harsh, arrogant, and downright insulting. When it is your own team doing so, do not retaliate. More importantly, do not initiate. Avoiding the enemy's harsh words can be much simpler, by not joining the /all chat. If you don't join, you don't know what they are saying. If you don't know what they are saying, you will more likely play well. To avoid taunting from either teams, you can simply hold TAB and mark the 'ignore' button on the right side of their stats. You can choose to report a player after the game for anything that violates the Code of Conduct, including insults and endless taunting. Be aware, responding to these taunts is not advised by Riot, and can often lead to the Tribunal not punishing that player. In most cases, silence is golden.

The chat feature is not only used for insults and arguing. It was made for positive communication, which creates coordination within your team. Using short terms in chat, such as MIA (missing in action), can save a teammate from an ambush. Pinging the minimap can be effective, but be sure to use the chat in case your team missed the ping. Do not abuse the ping feature by spamming the minimap.

V. Awareness
Each player should be aware of the map at all times. A quick glance at the minimap could save your life. Your team cannot see an area of the map that is not warded or not currently inhabited by a teammate or a team minion, which is what makes chatting and pings so important. While you might have mastered communicating with your team, others likely haven't, and you should always have an eye on the map. If you cannot see an enemy, be on your guard by placing wards, staying with your lane partner, or taking cover by the turret. If you happen to be ambushed by an enemy from another lane, do not yell in chat about the lack of MIA warnings. It was partially your fault for not paying attention. League of Legends is not a game in which you can have tunnel vision.

Having awareness is not only for your own safety. You must use it to avoid a lane getting pushed too far by an enemy. If you see on your minimap that minions or an enemy are pushing a lane and taking a turret, inform your team. As new players without many summoner spells to choose from, teleport can be a game-saving spell for this reason. When nobody watches the minimap or nobody calls out for help, the game is easily lost. When queuing with four other players whom you do not know, it is best to expect they will not be the one with map awareness, and be sure you are. You could be the hero.


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Vestuvius

Senior Member

11-12-2012

Good guide, worth reading if you're new to the game. Or MOBAs in general.


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Nisaaa

Junior Member

11-12-2012

Shameless bump


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