Need help, Can't close games :-(

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ZenDiagram

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01-04-2013

The team I play is pretty casual as we all have careers that demand a decent amount of time. We are pretty noobish but are gradually trying to get a bit better. Lately we've had a lot of trouble closing out games.

This is the scenario. We do pretty well in lane, with one lane being far ahead, usually top or mid, with 3 or 4 kills over the opponent, and the other solo lane usually being slightly ahead. Our bot usually ends up being somewhat behind in farm, let's say by about 200-250 gold. We come out of lane with about a 3k advantage team wide taking at least one dragon and two towers.

Then we stall, can't take additional towers, eventually the enemy team farms up to the point where we are even again, and then mangles us in a team fight somewhere.

Once we take down that first row of towers and have a 3k-4k gold advantage, what targets/objectives should we prioritize?

TLDR: I need to know how to play the mid game.


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Z The Slayer

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01-04-2013

One important thing to remember is that there IS morale in this game. A psyche effect. If you have a lead, you need to keep up that momentum. This can be done even when you're far away by constantly warding the enemy jungle and ganking when they feel safest. You don't even need to succeed on the gank. You just need to make them think that they are in danger even when they go for their own red.

They will be forced to play so cautiously that they will lose on farm, and not even bother attempting to steal buffs/dragon/baron. You've seen it happen many times when a team is on the losing end. But try to CONVINCE the enemy they're losing, and eventually, they will be. And the best way to do that is aggressive ward placement.


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Lord Puppy Fury

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01-04-2013

If one of your solo lanes is ahead, they need to make their presence felt in the other two lanes. Mid can generally walk there. Top should consider running teleport for better map wide presence. If an individual advantage can't be parlayed into a team advantage, it's not worth much.

The easiest way to capitalize on a team gold advantage is aura items. If the jungler rushes the Aegis/Bulwark, they can often get it on sooner than the poorer support. This also gives the support the option of building a different item like a Zeke's or Shurelya's as their first major item. Most assassin mids can put an Abyssal Scepter to good use.

If you're ahead coming out of lane, press the advantage and force fights around Baron, dragon, and towers. Loosely, you force a fight by making it obvious you're going for an objective. Then, you wait for the enemy team but don't engage the objective. Especially if they're a little behind, then enemy team should be extra concerned about securing dragon and Baron. If the enemy team doesn't take the bait, secure the objective and move on the to next one. If you're getting split pushed to death, forcing and winning a team fight will let you turn the momentum back in your favor.

If you're consistently struggling with team fights, look at your composition. Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl0LswRbLbY. How does your team synergize together? How does it stack up versus the enemy team? Can a lone assassin break the front line, kill squishies, and get out? Or does he need a dive buddy like a bruiser or off-tank? Do you squishies have protection? Depending on who your squishies are and what they're against, do your squishies need someone running defense for them? For example, Zyra's a squishy who can generally defend herself and the ADC against all but the most aggressive comps. There are thousands of permutations to consider for both yourself and the enemy team. Looking at your last two ranked matches, I suspect you were unable to break the enemy front line well, considering the enemy Cait and Tristana had extremely long range, a strong wall line, and you weren't able to penetrate deeply enough through the wall to deal with them.

Finally, if your bot lane is consistently behind, well that's a problem. Again looking at your last two games, you had strong early game ADCs while your opponents had ADCs who would hit hypercarry status late game. If your strong early game bot lane is unable to get ahead early, you can never really catch up because you're also falling off. The only way you counter that is by your bot lane improving or running another hyper carry like Jax top or Ryze mid.