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League of Legends. It is hard to believe there is a gamer who has not heard of this title. The most popular, the most played, the most beloved game in the world. Every day, new people start playing this very popular MOBA, and because of that, we created our League of Legends Beginner Strategy. We want to give a head start for every new player on his path into the Summoners Rift. A lot of the things will be the same as in the DotA 2 Beginner Strategy, due to the similar type of both games.
We have not talked much about it in our other beginner strategies, but that is one of the basics for almost every successful eSports player. You must think as a winner and understand your teammates. Teamplay is as important as being a good solo player, maybe even more so. So be nice to other players, cooperate with them, and that will help guarantee pay off.
Usually, most of the games in League of Legends are played at the “Summoner’s Rift”. So before you start to play against other players, you can make some Co-Op games on the rift with the computer. That will help you to get familiar with the map and learn important spots that you can use in your favor. For example, you can flash through some of the walls, but not all of them. So good knowledge of the map will help you move quickly and have better gangs, nukes, etc.
Similar to DotA 2, in League of Legends you control champions, improving their skills over the game. As a beginner, you need to learn all the champions plus their abilities and skills. There are various levels of difficulties when we are speaking about LoL champions so at the beginning it will be good if you pick easier characters to play with. As soon as you are good with the mechanics of the game and improve your skill, you can start testing more difficult champions like Zed, LeBlanc, and so on. The ability to identify the characters and their spells will give you a better chance to counter and neutralize. Of course, it is important to choose the best role, with which you feel comfortable. So let’s move on to the different League of Legends roles.
Right now, this is the standard team composition and layout:
The support player’s role is to make his teammates stronger. In the early/mid game the support is substantiating the Marksman, while in the late game, he helps all of the team members. The best supports are those who have a lot of CC (crowd control) effects like slows, stuns, snares, knock ups, etc. They also have abilities that help their allies like heals, shiels, and boosts.
League of Legends Season 4 was a turning point for the support role. It got a major overhaul in terms of making the role more important for the final outcome of the game. Nowadays, a good Support player can really push his team to victory. As a beginner you just need to note these main aspects of the role:
A Marksman, also called an AD Carry, is a person who deals damage via ranged auto attacks, utilizes life steal for surviving, builds attack speed, and sometimes critical strike chance. The Marksman has a crucial role at the late point of the game. Very often the AD Carry has a key role in winning the whole match in favor of one of the teams. To be good at chasing and hunting down enemy champions, marksmen need a lot of farm to improve their abilities over the game.
Mid Laners are similar to Marksmen but they do most of their damage via their abilities. In the Mid Lane, you will see AP Casters, Mages, or Assassins. For the most part, these champions can deal high amounts of damage in a short time, called bursts. Many mages use all of their abilities in this big burst to do the most damage, and as a result, are left vulnerable due to cooldowns. As we said, you have three types of mid champions:
Top laner is a champion that usually has a lot of health and high defense. His role is to safely initiate in teamfights so the damage dealers can follow up. While he is absorbing the damage and blocking skill shots, hist teammates can attack directly on the opponents carries. In certain situations and depending on the team strategy, you can see a Marksman at the top position, but this is something not very common in the current meta.
A jungler has the trickiest role to define, as far as what champions do best. It is a varied role, because many champions are able to do this. But for the most part, the typical jungler is one who can survive fighting the jungle camps, usually with enough health left over to gank one of the lanes. Regardless, the jungle role is, sometimes, more about the summoner than the champion. This particular role requires an extensive knowledge of the game, including detais about the enemy champions, what time dragon and baron spawn and respawn, as well as knowing where to place the proper wards. Junglers also have the job to help the support in warding, along with clearing the enemy wards.
The situation with the items in League of Legends is similar to DotA 2. The game provides a diverse range of items, suitable for the different champions. Look out for our future articles related to the appropriate use of the particular items. As a beginner, you just need to search for good champion build guides on the internet, which will help you while you are playing your favorite character. Items can really improve your champion in the game, and make him/her incredibly strong.
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