When I’m teaching new players the various concepts of League of Legends, there are several rules I try to instill. These are basic guidelines to help newer players survive through games and are skills that are transferable across different champions. As you gain more experience, you’ll find that there are exceptions to every rule and you’ll understand the appropriate times to break them.
But for now, let’s focus on the basics.
- Never face check the bushes at the beginning of a match. This is especially true if over a minute has passed. It gives the opposing team champions time to set up their own ambush. I’ve seen many champions get wrecked because they wanted to just explore the bush in the top or bottom lanes. Always assume that there are two champions in there waiting. Once you get in range, they’ll catch you off guard and quite possibly destroy you.
- Your creep score is important. Whenever you kill a creep (or minion), you get around 18-24 gold. If you kill at least 15 minions, that translates to a champion kill (a kill is worth 300 gold). Focus on last hitting as much as possible.
- Never target an enemy champion under an enemy tower in the early game. Unless you can guarantee a kill, it is generally not worth it. Towers will always target minions and creeps first. But the moment you damage a champion, the tower will immediately shift fire to you.
- Ward all the things especially if you’re pushing a lane individually with no support from your team. I like to keep 2-3 wards on me at all times. If I’m going to try to push for a lane and take down a tower, I try to ward the crossroads and bushes where I feel enemy champions will try to come from.
- Hold down the spacebar in team fights to keep track of your own position and health. The spacebar centers the screen to your champion. It gets chaotic in team fights knowing which champions are which. By doing this, you’ll know where you are relation to other champions and if you are being focused.
- Stagger your crowd control by layering them one after the other on an agreed upon target. In pickup games, I list out the top three heroes that our team should prioritize. Tanks are typically at the bottom of that list. Shut down their nukers and carries.
- Get items that cater to strength of your champions. AD carries should always grab items that boost their attack damage. AP characters rely on AP items. If you’re unsure, follow the recommended item builds in the item shop for your champion until you’re comfortable exploring. Please don’t play Ashe and get AP so you can have a souped up ultimate.
- Assume the champions are coming towards you if you can’t see them on your mini map. RTS players are more adept at using their peripheral vision to keep track of champions. If you don’t know where they are, and you’re over extended in a lane, assume they’re coming after you and start running.
- Know your outs and escape routes. If you have to run, know where the nearest towers and nearest champions are.
- Call out missing champions by either pinging the lane repeatedly or typing SS <location>. For example, SS mid means that the champion in the middle lane is missing. SS bottom means that one or both champions are missing. Why say ss instead of mia or miss? It’s far easier to type ss as opposed to mia or miss. Look at the keyboard and see for yourself.
- Keep a positive attitude. In League of Legends, anything can happen. It’s possible to come back from a 4v5 at the start of a match. It’s possible to still win with a 20 kill deficit with proper tower and resource management. Don’t trash talk the opposing team or your teammates. Aside from the possibly of being banned, it ruins the overall morale of the team accelerating the process to losing. Even if a player is new, absolutely terrible or if you’re extremely frustrated, keep the comments to yourself or vent them at your discretion.