Some basic tips for new players

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Eggtart Chow

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05-22-2010

1. Don't auto attack from inside a bush.
It reveals everyone inside the bush and makes the bush unusable for a short period of time. Step outside if you want to attack, then step back in

2. If you attack a player at their turret, you will gain turret aggro.
This goes for any ability that hurts the other player. Mundo's AoE, Malphite's AoE, Cho'Gath's spikes, Sunfire Capes, Teemo's poison, etc. You will also gain agro if your pet attacks another player, however. (ex. Annie's Tibbers)

3. Always buy a potion, if possible, in the beginning.
After you buy your starting item(s) always make sure to spend that extra cash and buy a potion. It helps you stay in lane longer and helps prevent you from dying.

4. If you're low on health, stay out of range from the other players attacks or go back and heal/buy.
Dying sucks, and you can avoid dying by tower hugging, healing, and staying out of range. Just make sure you don't put yourself out of exp range. < (Watch this video on zone control)

5. Understand your character's survivability.
Some characters die eaier than others, meaning you have to learn how much punishment you can take before dying (Amumu can take way more damage than Fiddlesticks, etc.). With some characters it's better to sit back and stay out of damage range to avoid being focused in fights.

6. Try not to feed.
If you've died a few times in the laning phase, all hope is not lost. It may be time for you to sit back at the edge of exp range and avoid damage for a while. Multiple deaths make you underleveled/poor while it gives the enemy more exp/gold. The last thing you want is to be below everyone else. If you've died a few times in the laning phase, the other team has probably targeted you as an easy kill and would love nothing more than to bathe in your blood. Don't let them do this!

7. Know when to go back and buy/heal.
If your laning partner just died and you have a good amount of health, don't go back just yet. This will allow the other team to push your tower, which isn't good. Trust me on that. Go back if you are deathly low or if your partner can hold the lane long enough for you to get back. Make sure to inform your partner you are going back. (If your mid, try not to go back unless you have teleport or your opponent has went back.) Saying that you are blue pilling, or BP, is a good way to say you are going back to the fountain.

8. Boots are essential, don't be afraid to buy them!
Boots should usually be the second item you buy. If you're about to go back for your first item and have a good amount of health left, stay in the lane for that extra 350G and buy some boots as well. You'll find yourself dying to opponents who have them or losing kills due to there speed if you don't purchase them.

9. Don't leave your lane unless it's safe.
Going to help mid get a kill is great, but if you leave lane while the other two opponents are still there, you are starving yourself exp and may be putting your partner in danger. Leave when one or both of them are dead and don't let them see where you are going. Go back and take a scenic route through the jungle to avoid letting them see you. This goes for killing dragon while bottom, as well.

10. Split up your team composition to make laning better.
Usually you'll want to give mid to a ranged character who will benefit more from the level advantage and go melee/ranged if possible in the two lanes. For a team of Nidalee, Blitzcrank, Gangplank, Soraka, and Jax you will probably want to split it up like this: Nidalee mid, she can benefit more from the level advantage to gank, has increased speed in cougar form, and can heal making her able to stay in a lane longer. Soraka and Jax bottom, Soraka is ranged and can harass the other team well while healing Jax, allowing him to harass almost as well, you may want to go bottom because this team can kill dragon better than the other team earlier. Blitzcrank and Gangplank top, Blitzcrank makes the other team afraid to harass because of his pull while Gangplank can harass well with parrrley. If you do not know good lane combos yet, ask your team where you should go.

11. Try to get the last hit on minions.
Doing this let's you get the gold for killing that minion, which is essential if you plan on buying items (always buy when possible). Instead of auto attacking every minion and hoping for the last hit, try attacking multiple minions and keeping an eye out for the one that will score you a last hit. You can get ahead of the other team in gold by doing this. Try it out in a practice game a few times if you feel you aren't very good at it. Don't put yourself in harms way just to get a last hit, though. It's easiest to do with ranged characters.

12. Build smart and be adaptive.
Build accordingly to your character. Don't always build the reccomended items as some of them are outdated and inaccurate. I'm not saying ignore the recommended build, just don't solely rely on it every game. If you are a ranged carry, build damage with some attack speed. For casters, build AP with at least one health item (There are a few that grant AP and health, these are great). Tanks should build a mixture of armor, health, and magic resistance depending on the other teams make-up. If they have a ton of magic damage, build more magic resist than armor and vise versa.

13. Surviving is everything!
If you find you are dying quite often in team fights, try repositioning yourself so they don't focus you and buy a survivability item. There are many to choose from depending on your character. If you are a ranged carry try building a Frozen Mallet (not as good on Ashe as she already has a slow on attack). For a caster try building Rod of Ages in the beginning or grab a Rylai's Crystal Scepter. Guardian Angel is a good item on anyone as it gives magic resist and ressurects you.

14. Be a team player
This is a team game, so make sure you never leave anyone behind. If possible stay with them and help them survive or follow them when they initiate and help get the kill. Don't be mad that you didn't get the kill, either. You get gold for assists and the money goes to your team. If someone is really low and you have a good amount of health but not enough to turn and fight, be a human shield to soak up some potential skill shots and possibly save there life.

15. Do a little research before picking a champ
Many champs have different play styles, some that will fit you and some that won't. Take the time to play as many champs as possible to find which style suites you best. Play a champ before you buy, also, as you may be disappointed with them. It's also good to be able to play at least one champ of every category: tank, nuke, support, ranged carry, melee carry. Play some practice games when trying out a new champ to get a good feel for their abilities.

16. Be wary of the brush!
Don't blindly walk into the brush alone thinking you'll be ok, especially at the beginning of the game. You never know how many people are inside waiting to kill you! Make sure you are always ready and with a partner before checking a common brush spot when everyone is MIA. When you're in a lane, stay away from the brush if your opponent is in it. If they have total brush control, buy a ward and plop it in. This will give you a slight advantage. You can also check the brush with certain abilities (Mundo's cleaver, Kennen's thunder shuriken, Ezreal's mystic shot, etc.). It will make a sound confirming a hit if someone is in the bush. If Shaco or Teemo is on the other team, though, this could just mean theres a shroom/jack in the box waiting for you!

17. Keep a eye on your opponents at all times!
Make sure you watch your enemies movements and attack patterns so that you can try to predict when they will attack. They will also glow orange/yellow when they target you for a spell. If you see this, run back out of range or pop your spell shield (Sivir, Morgana)! Avoiding unnecessary damage is key to winning your lane.

18. Pay attention to the map at all times!
Having map awareness is a huge part in winning games. Never over extend and push a lane alone when the enemy team has missing players. Always call your MIA's, watch your mini map, and place wards in smart spots. Know where your enemies are at, and gank them to victory!

Follow these tips and you'll begin to play better in no time! I'll add more to this list when I think of it.

Here's another guide that covers a multitude of basic things: http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=120993

If you are struggling and would like to play a game with a mentor from LoL University, read this: http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...75#post1433875

Let us all know a bit about yourself so we can get to know you better: http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=312152


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oktabi

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05-26-2010

Solid tips that should help get anyone started on the path to successful games.


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R66Y

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05-26-2010

The last point is probably the most important, and applies to all phases of the game. Survival should be your #1 priority when you start out imho. Most people focus on kills, and the result is they die....a lot. To put it in perspective, it is hard to win a game by yourself (kill the other team) and easy to lose a game by yourself (feed). The kills will come, focus on staying alive so that you can take advantage of when the other guy (who is likely trying to score a kill) screws up.


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Muramas

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05-26-2010

Want to link my guide which is similar to yours but they compliment one other in your post? I will link yours in mine.

http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...d.php?t=120993


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Kymera3

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05-27-2010

Quote:
Originally Posted by Eggtart Chow View Post
6. Try not to feed.
I loled

But yeah anyways very good, i find it very cool that every1 is trying to help new players ^^


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Admonished

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05-27-2010

Advise people to buy wards, they pay for themselves just from avoiding 1 gank. Put em in you opponents jungles and they pay for themselves by letting you gank.


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D2Freak

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05-27-2010

Here's another forum topic which might be helpfull if u have trouble against a certain champ.

http://www.leagueoflegends.com/board...ad.php?t=32828


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Eggtart Chow

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05-27-2010

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Originally Posted by Admonished View Post
Advise people to buy wards, they pay for themselves just from avoiding 1 gank. Put em in you opponents jungles and they pay for themselves by letting you gank.
Wow, I seriously can't believe I left that out. I'm always nagging at people to buy wards haha. Thanks for the reminder!


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R66Y

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05-27-2010

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Originally Posted by Admonished View Post
Advise people to buy wards, they pay for themselves just from avoiding 1 gank. Put em in you opponents jungles and they pay for themselves by letting you gank.
I actually agree with not including wards in a beginners tips guide. Are wards useful? Heck yeah they are, but you can do just fine in low Elo without them. New players have enough from trying to learn just the basics (how to keep proper distance while laning, champions abilities and summoner spells, watching the minimap, etc.) that telling them they have to buy wards adds more confusion for them. in addition, until they have enough feel for the game to know where/when to place the wards, buying them does little good.


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Piscinarii

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06-01-2010

Great write-up. Thanks for sharing.


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