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Well, I started a thread  back in August ( that's seen a lot of activity and actually had quite a few good bits of information for new and old players alike.  I figure it's time to start a new thread and perhaps keep the OP up-to-date with useful information, etc.  Feel free to use this post for any LoL discussion, etc.

Super fast background:  I played a lot of Demigod as pacov/cheesuscrust.  Back in August 2011 or so, I started getting heavily involved in LoL and folks have been kind enough to chime in with tips and links to various sites that have been quite useful to me.  In addition, I've been able to keep up with folks that I've played Demigod with in the past and meet some new folks that play LoL and frequent these message boards. 

Here's some of the things I've learned in the previous thread:

 New Player tips

  • Play the tutorial.
  • Consider picking up the starter bundle.  It's 530 RP (that's about $4).  You get 8 champs unlocked, a 4 win IP boost and a 10 win XP boost.  It's a pretty good deal (used it recently on an alt account).  You can find it in the game store under bundles.
  • Riot gives you 400 RP as soon as you hit level 5.  It's enough to buy some skins, a boost, or a cheap character. 
  • Learn to last hit!  Last hitting is simply landing the last hit on creeps.  If you last hit, you get gold for that kill.  The number of creeps you have killed is tracked in a value called CS.  You can see this number in the top right hand corner of the ui or by pressing tab.  Here's a really simple tutorial re: last hitting if you are brand new -
  • Read some guides on any character you want to try out.  The recommended builds (what you see when you go to a shop) are not optimal.  The guides include item suggestions and skill orders.  These are very useful in learning decent ways to build characters
  • Use the rune combiner to get level 3 runes prior to level 20 if you like.  You will need 375 IP.  Buy any tier 1 rune that costs 15 IP.  You need to purchase 25 of these.  Click on your rune page.  In the bottom right hand corner there is a button called the Rune Combiner.  If you place 5 runes in there, you can get a random rune that is 1 tier higher (eg if you have 5 tier 1 runes, you will get 1 random tier 2 rune.  Anyway, the math works out such that you spend 375 IP ( buy 25 tier 1 15 IP runes) and you get 1 completely random tier 3 rune.  Some of the quintessences are 2k IP, so if you luck out and get one of those, you just won the lottery.  You can always keep the random tier 2 rune if you end up with something good and don't want to trade it out yet.
  • Consider setting aside IP for tier 3 runes (available at level 20 and above).  You can't purchase them with real money - only IP.  Keep that in mind.

Great site I visit every day for LoL related news -

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Here's a guide I made

pacov's Guide to Improving at League of Legends and Moving Up in Elo

k - so I'm just going to put down some of my thoughts.  I'm not amazing at this game, but I do certain things that improve my odds of winning in ranked and so far its panning out just fine (bronze 5 to gold 5 in about a month or so).  We all have varied skill levels, so some of this might be useful and some not.  Caveat complete.

Prerequisite- you need to know how to play every single role.  You don't have to be a god at every single role (more power to you if you are - I'm certainly not).  You need to be able to play at a serviceable level in every single role and excel at least at 1 role (preferably 2).  In my case, I'm good at support and adc.  I'm not great, but have serviceable mids and jungles and so so tops.  Knowing what you are good at and bad at is very important.  If you don't know, I can probably tell you - but you really should know...  Anyway, you need to have enough champs to make solid picks in any role and you need to be able to cover any role if it comes down to it.  I'll talk about how to get better at specific roles in a bit.

Champ select advice - Don't be the "fill" guy unless you really feel like you are awesome in all roles.  Call your preferred role immediately when you hit the lobby.  Say "adc pref."  Do this as soon as you hit the lobby.  Some people believe that if you call a role you magically get it.  This is stupid, but if you call something out, folks will often accomodate your request.  If you are feeling wishy washy for whatever reason, call out multiple roles in order of what you want to play - "adc/mid pref."  In my experience, you generally do not want to call support.  It's a very important role, but you want to be in a position to carry every single game if possible.  If you aren't calling out a role, you are hoping that other players can carry you.  If you are hoping that folks will carry you, you don't deserve to win.  You need to know your best roles and you absolutely should request them.

Solo or duo in ranked? - Well, my 1st thought here is that you should solo.  If you solo, you have to rely on yourself.  IMO - its a much bigger test of skill to play solo and win than to duo.  Do you want someone to carry you or do you really want to know that you are actually good?  That said, provided you have the right duo partner, you can increase your odds of winning quite a bit.  The simple math is that instead of having 4 teammates as unknown quantities, you only have 3.  If you have a good duo teammate, you know what you can expect.  When you duo, you get the most bang for your buck by having complimentary roles.  Support/adc is good; jungle/mid also works.  Even if you don't have direct symmetry in roles, if you are an amazing mid and I'm an amazing adc, our odds go up quite a bit if we both get those roles.  Our odds go way down if we can't get those roles and are forced to play out of positions that we are weaker.  For example, Bryff is a good mid.  If he duo's up with me, the only way he will get to play that role is for me to call mid, take it myself, and then put myself into a position like support where I can't carry out of (I'm always 1st pick, Bryff is always last pick when we duo)... that and I have to show the mid I'm picking at the start which means Bryff gets hard countered.  In short, we can expect that we will be a disadvantage when duo queuing.  Now, if Bryff queued up with someone at a lower elo than himself that was solid, he'd likely be 1st pick and be able to get mid and have a better chance of carrying the game.  Anyway, you need to keep in mind where you end up in pick order when duoing if you aren't looking to go adc/support.  If you want that, you can usually get it. 

How do you get better in roles that you are not good at? - Well, here's what I do.  And this is really what I do on a regular basis.  I think about what I'm good at and what I'm not good at.  For instance, I realized that I don't play any hyper carry ads.  So, I read up on hyper carries like vayne and kog maw.  I look for guides on how to build them (most adcs are the same btw ), I look for vids on how people play them (eg how do I all in with a specific champ - is there a combo - when do I all in - what's the best way for me to burst - how should I behave in lane with this champ).  Then, I fire up a custom game and try out the mechanics of whatever champ vs AI.  Usually I learn a few tricks during that custom on how to position myself, etc.  Then, I'm off to normal games where I'll request the role or character I'm trying out.  Now, people still report your for being awful in normals, but it really is where you need to try out characters to see if you are any good or not as the bots are useless for proving your skill level to yourself.  So, fire up that normal and ask to play a role (again - after you've tried out the champ against bots).  If you don't know anyone you are with and you are quite awful, I suggest muting everyone at the start of the game.  Then, do your best.  Continue with this until you feel like you have a serviceable skill level in whatever role.  And keep in mind what you need to work on.  For me, I noticed I didn't really have alot of mids for ranked, so I started practicing some with gragas against and karth.  That way, I'll be able to get the job done if I need to play mid.  The next thing I need to do is put more time into being better top lane. Again, because while I prefer adc/support, I might need to play top for the team.  So, best to be ready for it.  Put your time in and practice roles. 

One last thought - there are certain things you can generally expect in ranked.  1 - if you are 1st pick, you generally can call whatever you want.  Common knowledge, I'm sure - but I'll add - CALL WHATEVER YOU WANT.  2 - if you duo queue, you generally can lock down both adc and support.  It works best if your adc is 1st pick, ofc.  I've bumped into like 10 random dedicated supports in all of my games of LoL.  People generally aren't going to call support. So, if you are 1st pick and duo'd, just call adc and then your duo partner can almost always get support.


Lol King profiles for ranked tracking

I'm not going to update this regularly, so just consider it a snapshot (I'll add a date when I update them).  Anyway, I enjoy seeing folks progress through ranked and keeping tabs on that sort of thing from time to time. 

Snapshot updated 05/28/2014

 Character guides

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on Nov 29, 2011

I have brought my pesky self over here...


Played a game as Cho'Gath, got a victory, and it's my best game yet! I actually carried my team this time. I got 2 Rabadon's Deathcaps and was dealing out giant globs of damage and then my team ran away and I died!



I tried out Kassadin as he is AP-oriented like Cho'Gath, but he's not nearly as tanky...


And I appreciate assistance from anyone in becoming a better player.

on Nov 29, 2011

Hey, KrdaxDrkrun!

If you want to play with me, add "Darkliath". If we play together a normal match, however you would be matched with better players, so it's your choice if you want this. I could try to teach/help you as much as I can (I am really not good at this game). I am also fine to play against bots, as they are the testing realm of champions you don't play often or just to try some other things.

on Nov 29, 2011

So - competitive team discussion.  We all know that we can create ranked teams now.

What I'd like to do is actually get a team together that is actually playing.  From what I've seen, a few of us have formed teams that don't play as a team.... at all.  And I'm not looking to be hyper picky about it.  What I'd like to do is form a team of folks that are generally available at the same time, are level 30, and are willing to play together as a ranked team.  I don't care if we are rot at  first.  I'm thinking perhaps we'd just try to fit into the stand roles (solo top, support, jungle, ap mid, ad carry) and see if we can come up with something workable.

So, I'd like to get a team together that can commit to at least a ranked game per week anywhere between 6PM EST - 11PM EST. 

We do great at playing pickup games, but I'd enjoy trying to form more of a consistent team (and we can have alternates ofc).  Anyway, my current focus is to find folks that are available during those times and see if we can get 5 of us on and ready to play somewhere during that time window.  I think trying to form a team based on time frame availability is probably the best approach.  Just need some folks that would be willing to commit to and be available and we are all set.

And I appreciate assistance from anyone in becoming a better player.

Happy to help - add pacov.

on Nov 29, 2011

Fancy new thread I see!

KrdaxDrkrun just a tip, keep an eye out for UNIQUE BONUS in item descriptions. Many items including Rabadon's have this. In this case, the 30% AP bonus only applies once so you are far better off to build another high AP item rather than another Rabadons'. It only makes sense to stack a small number of items, for example doran's ring and doran's blade if you can only afford something smaller, but need more dmg/hp. 

Edit: whoa new posts!

I'm available for the team. I haven't played the best in these pickup games we have been doing of late, I think partly because we could use a bit of a leader in game. I mean everyone can help out with leading, but we need to be calling objectives, grouping up and have a clear set of focus targets in teamfights. Maybe teamspeak/vent would help with this?

on Nov 29, 2011

I'm all for getting on vent for some more coordinated games once we form a team.  I'll get on vent even without, but you'll probably have to pester me   I'm pretty sure Karl will be up for participating - we just need 2 more folks that can make themselves available at the same time.  And again, I'm just looking for folks that are available during the times I mentioned and can commit to trying to get games in with us during those times. 

on Nov 29, 2011

If you don't mind someone at Level 19, I could probably join in on a few. I normally play Gragas solo top, or Jungle with Lee Sin or Udyr. I really haven't played any ranked games, due to I haven't hit 30, but I do play some PvP and Customs, when I'm trying a champ out or trying a new strategy.

FYI, you can have multiple teams, Pacov. I was watching some of the streams on Solomid and they had four teams on OddOne.

on Nov 29, 2011

Happy to play some pick ups with you - feel free to add pacov. 

on Nov 29, 2011

ooo - looks like the new patch is out with the updated jungle.  Very curious to see how this plays out.

on Nov 29, 2011

I hope jungling is still fun I am actually very worried that they ruined it, but we will see.

on Nov 29, 2011

So far it seems every camp give a health less drinking pots.

on Nov 29, 2011

So far it seems every camp give a health less drinking pots.

That's about the only difference I've noticed.  Hasn't really impacted my jungle route at all.  Seems like the jungle creeps respawn a little faster, but not that much faster...

edit - there's no difference on the blue/red spawn time.

on Nov 29, 2011

You cant even hit 4 in a Normal route now. I didn't need Health pots for my favorite jungle (shaco) before patch so it is just a waste.

on Nov 29, 2011

My initial impressions of the new jungle:

 Its a substantial nerf to aggressive jungling and a slight buff to passive jungling.  Essentially, jungling has become more of a PvE instead of a PvP experience.

Its harder to get in position for ganks now, and you now lose substantial xp for ganking.  If you arent successfully ganking, you will be substantially behind.  This is unlike before where you could open up windows where even unsuccessful ganks didnt put you behind.

Also, counter jungling is much more tricky.  You have to be taking buffs since taking out wraiths/wolves/double golems isnt a substantial counter to anything and is basically a waste of time.

Passive junglers who just look to farm in jungle and not interact with lanes until level 6 or so will get slightly more xp and gold per time I think. 

on Nov 29, 2011

Also, counter jungling is much more tricky. You have to be taking buffs since taking out wraiths/wolves/double golems isnt a substantial counter to anything and is basically a waste of time.

Yeah... I've been working on counter jungling and this hurts it a bit imo.  Granted you can still sabotage some of their jungle, but its mostly smeh.  Love to see the actual time difference to see how much of a change it is. 

edit - Night folks - thx for the fun games.  I'm still trying to figure out what it will take to get us play ranked games as a team.  Hopefully we sort that soon.  Cya!

on Nov 30, 2011

Wraiths > Wolves > Blue > Wraiths > Red > Golem > Wraiths > Wolves


Is supposedly the fastest jungle rate for gold/exp. 


AoE junglers (Shy, Skarner, Pheonix Udyr) can easily Wolves > Blue (leashed) > Wraiths > Wolves 

Granted you can still sabotage some of their jungle, but its mostly smeh.

The only creeps work taking is the blue wolves - worth over 100 EXP. More than 3/4ths of the entire wraith camp. 

Minigolems hit 2k hp at the 25 minute mark, making it simply too long to kill them time wise. 


Of course, buffs are great to steal. 



Basically, after watching saint and OddOne (top junglers) jungle this afternoon, it's farm farm farm farm... 

The only super nice gank window will be level 4 @3:40 mid (old normal route + wraiths). The problem with that is most probably the "other jungler" also is at mid. 




Personally, I want to try Boots + Ward + Pot for a red invasion/gank. But after watching OddOne (who tried that a few times on nunu), and it not working out... meh. 

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