Tips for Ranked Solo queue (Low Elo)

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Xurreal

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10-30-2012

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By no means a pro, but a seasoned veteran, I'm coming at you with a list of tips to help people during the most Critical of critical moments in any game, Pregame and Champion Select. Below are tips, and reasoning behind each action.

  • If you queue up, and one or two summoners decline the match, placing you back in the queue, promptly cancel your queue. Wait 30 seconds to 1 minute, then enter the queue again.

Reasoning: Troll alert. Anytime you go through multiple queues where folks either do not Press the accept button, or instantly decline a match, there is a high likelihood that the reason was because of a troll in the previous queue group the matchmaking system is trying to pair you with. Waiting for some time will allow the system to group you with a different set of summoners.



  • If you've managed to stay in the Draft Pick selection window all the way up to the end of the countdown until someone dodges the match, cancel the queue. Wait 30 seconds to 1 minute, then enter the queue again.

Reasoning: Troll alert. Two-fold reason. Not only is there a high likelihood of a troll existing on the other team, but because of the way matchmaking works, you may get placed on the troll's side of the draft. Also, any 'high-risk' champions that you may have picked last session will also be banned in most cases, forcing you to play something you're not comfortable with. Also, you may not get the same desired position the second time around, so just wait it out. It's better than dodging yourself, and being forced to wait 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • STAY ALERT! Be present for the entire duration of Champion Select. Do not get up and walk away from the computer.

Reasoning: Keeping a close eye on the chat window will not only allow you to view valuable insight as to what is going to go on with your fellow teammates (such as invasion, early ganks, swapping picks, ect.), but it will also allow you to see valuable information on the enemy team via the pick order and the champs selected. It just might tell you if you need to cancel the queue should you get put back into it!


  • Maintain a positive presence in the chatter during Champion Select. Speak when you are spoken to or referred to in chat. Discuss your build if the need arises

Reasoning: Communication is everything in any team oriented game. Discuss your build options, your position or role, and your style of play early game. Do not be afraid to ask teammates what their build is focusing on. Do not be afraid to accept criticism in a positive manner. Respond quickly when asked a question, someone may be relying on your decision, not your indecision. Afterall, it's their Elo, too!


(NOTE: To save time when talking to people, always use the summoner's full name. Use your mouse to highlight the given name in the text area of the chat box, then press CTRL+C to copy the name, and then in the text entry box, press CTRL+V to paste the name to prepare your message. Doing so ensures a quick response.)


  • DO NOT JOKINGLY CALL A ROLE FOR ANY SUMMONER'S SELECTED CHAMPION.

Reasoning: Players take Ranked Draft Mode very seriously. If they see your joke, they may mistakenly take it literally. This could result in a good team being dispersed due to an unnecessary dodge.



  • If you notice a champion that is frequently banned has not been banned, only pick that champion if you have experience with that champion. Do not just pick the champion so that the other team doesn't get them.

Reasoning: Most banned champions being picked do not result in an instant win. There is also a slight possibility that (with the exception of Shen) that champion will not even be picked.


  • If you notice that, in your intended role, you have an enemy to which you are experienced with the enemy's counter, "Counter pick. Counter Pick. Counter Pick!"

Reasoning: Many times, the game is decided on this alone. Being able to shut down an enemy champion entirely ensures that your whole team has yet another advantage over the enemy. In Ranked Draft Mode, you want to exploit every advantage when the situation calls for it. Do not just simply pick who you want, pick what is best for the team.



  • Use common sense: Do not give advantages to your enemy!

Explanation: This is important guys. If you are a very early pick, you should not pick lanes and roles that are very easily countered. 1st or 2nd picking Mid Lane often results in a being countered. The same goes with Top Lane. Take advantage of the Champion Swap mechanic. Communicate with your team, find out if someone below you has the champion you want, vice versa, you have the champion they want. Make the switch when the time comes.


  • Humility > Personal Pride, always!

Explanation: We all have champions that we prefer to play. However, if your desired role has been filled, give up the desired role for another available role. Doing so gains your teams trust (and honor!). Yield to the pick order in grim situations where you may not get your way. REMEMBER: A win with a role you don't like is better than a loss in a role that you want or a very harsh punishment for quitting.


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Xurreal

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Support is an extremely important role. It is perhaps the most important role Early game and Late game. Below are some tips to help you succeed should you ever take on the role of Support.

  • When selecting a Champion for the role of support, try to pick a Champion that compliments your Attack Damage Carry.


Reason: Some champions work well together, while others do not. For instance, Sivir's short range works well with Nunu's slow effects. Soraka's Infuse works well with Ezreal's high mana usage and low armor. Taric's Dazzle works well with Draven's burst damage and Corki's Valkyrie. Try to use combinations that create unique advantages for your ADC.


  • It is worth your gold to buy more than one type of ward at the start of the match.


Reason: Quality is better than Quantity, yet Quantity gives excellent information. Try to use your Sight Wards in locations where they may not be destroyed soon after being placed.


A Vision ward properly placed will pave the way for your Jungler to open an assult on your lane, netting you with possibly more gold than 3 Sight Wards could by themself.


  • Gold Per 5 Second items and runes are your best friend!


Reasoning: As the ADC's support, your job is to NOT farm, but to make farming easier for your ADC. Using one or more GP5 items allows you to make up for the extreme lack of farm your champion loses out on. The best Support champions only last hit when it is absolutely safe and not detrimental to your ADC.


(Note: If you have both GP5 Runes and items, returning to base often will allow you to completely secure bottom lane, and spread wards throughout your half of the jungle.


  • Ward Ward Ward. Ward Blue. Ward Dragon. Ward the Tri-brush. Ward your bottom 2 brushes. Ward Ward Ward. Warding never changes.


Reasoning: Your goal here is to provide as much information to your team as possible. Information such as MIAs and enemies collecting near Dragon, or passing through your jungle, even if only a glimpse, will likely save many lives or alert other lanes of when it is safe to leave lane in pursuit, or push in a mad dash for the enemy tower. It may even prevent the dreaded 'Counter Gank'. Clever warding is natural when you ward everywhere.


(Note: Be careful when you venture off alone to ward. Always take the safest paths possible, but never stray too far from your ADC).


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Selcopa

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10-30-2012

Tip:

Don't dodge games, its stupid, and you wont improve as much because of it. Sure there will be some games you lose because your team announces they are going to troll and they do, but alot of times there are tons of winnable games, especially at low elos, if you can get an early kill or 2, they wont give up immediately, and you can win with alot of troll games.

If you get a toxic player in your pool, play through the game, report him and move on, its not a big deal and you can win those games. If someone else dodges before you, just opt out of the pool for a minute. But seriously, waiting 30 minutes for the next game is just stupid, you are going to lose games, that doesnt mean you cant improve during those games, in fact those are great times to practice come from behind skills.

Also at low elos its so easy to win a 4v5, get an edge grab some stacking items and go crazy.


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Xurreal

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Tip:

Don't dodge games, its stupid, and you wont improve as much because of it. Sure there will be some games you lose because your team announces they are going to troll and they do, but alot of times there are tons of winnable games, especially at low elos, if you can get an early kill or 2, they wont give up immediately, and you can win with alot of troll games.

If you get a toxic player in your pool, play through the game, report him and move on, its not a big deal and you can win those games. If someone else dodges before you, just opt out of the pool for a minute. But seriously, waiting 30 minutes for the next game is just stupid, you are going to lose games, that doesnt mean you cant improve during those games, in fact those are great times to practice come from behind skills.

Also at low elos its so easy to win a 4v5, get an edge grab some stacking items and go crazy.

Reasoning: Dodging games is very toxic to your own personal morale. Dodging a game, or forcing others to dodge a game when it is unnecessary is also hurtful to other people's morale. No one should have to wait 30 minutes to 1 hour if everyone follows the Summoner's Code and try to do what is best for the team.

As Selcopa stated, losing is a natural part of the game. While we all want to win, it is important to know when you have been bested. Accepting the loss with dignity, meeting the loss with humility, and curving your disappointment will allow you to steel your resolve, aiding you in getting better at the game.

Rating isn't about winning every game. Rating is about becoming a better Summoner. It is true that, if you are in Low Elo. You deserve to be there, it is where you belong.

When you follow the Summoner's Code, accept losses with humility, and Play to enjoy the game, you will naturally rise in the Ladder.



"Be Resolute, not Indignant"

“It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” -Julius Caesar


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Xurreal

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10-30-2012

About me:

They say the easiest way to learn something is to teach it.

I'm not a pro-rated summoner. Though i have over 3000 games played, around 1650 games won, I have been teetering around 850 Elo for quite a few games. I've only recently began to grasp what it means to be a Summoner of the League. Just having earned my Honor badge, and not having asked for it. Something in me sparked the need to share my knowledge with my fellow peers.

I hope that anyone reading these will be able to learn at least 1 or 2 valuable lessons 2nd hand.

See you guys out there.


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Nekrocow

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11-05-2012

Very good post, indeed.