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League of Legends Preseason Update: The 3 Big Changes

League of Legends Preseason Update: The 3 Big Changes

If you’ve been completely away from League of Legends the last few months, you most likely missed the preseason update announcement and release. Developer Riot Games released a game-changing update last November 8, a full two months before the 2018 season starts in January 2018. It’s the biggest update in the history of League, dwarfing all the other previous updates and patches and making League feel like a whole new game.

Outsiders have always criticized League for being boring and repetitive, with each Champion not having much of a variety apart from cosmetic differences. The preseason update changes that. Riot Games didn’t just rearrange the furniture to artificially shake things up and make the game look fresh. They gave the gameplay a significant facelift, enough to make veterans and professional gamers rethink their playing styles and strategies.

In this article, we’ll go over the most important changes included in the huge preseason update. Go and grab a pen and paper. Seriously, there’s a lot to take in, so make sure you write down some notes. And get a slice of pizza and a can of soda as well. This is going to be a long read, folks.

League of Legends runes reforged
Pick your path

Introducing Runes Reforged

Runes and masteries have always been a key ingredient in League. Both give Champions bonuses which distinguish them from the same Champions used by other players. However, the metagame isn’t really open to a lot of variations when it comes to setting up runes and masteries. Champions are usually just pigeonholed into a specific setup or two, which prevents them from having any individuality.

Riot Games changed all that with the brand-new system called Runes Reforged. Runes Reforged is a combination of runes and masteries, a streamlined system which is definitely more accessible to new players. In Runes Reforged, you get access to two rune paths. Riot Games introduced five playstyles, namely, Precision, Domination, Sorcery, Resolve, and Inspiration. Each playstyle includes three keystone runes – the most powerful runes – and nine other runes, for a total of 60 new runes.

League of Legends rune system
rune page
League of legends new rune system explained
Runes Reforged

The primary path includes one keystone rune, one greater rune, and two other runes. The secondary path includes some sort of statistical bonus and two more runes. The statistical bonus largely depends on the playstyle you choose for the primary path. The best part about Runes Reforged is that all 60 new runes are available for free right from the start. This gives you the chance to experiment with different combinations without the same restrictions present in the old system.

With Runes Reforged, Champions become more dynamic. They will no longer be strictly pigeonholed into just one or two predefined setups. And the new system changes a lot of existing strategies and tactics. Each and every Champion is affected by the new system brought in. Some Champions benefit from the changes. Others get shafted so hard they turn from powerhouse to pedestrian. New and creative strategies and builds will surely arise when all the changes are fully implemented in the 2018 season. You can count on the League community to spend countless nights crunching numbers and analyzing every possible strategy in order to come up with new standards.

Riot Games also made changes to almost all the existing Champions, marking the first time the developer has implemented changes to over 100 characters with just one update. The changes are meant to better equip each Champion for the sweeping changes in the preseason update. Because as mentioned above, some Champions got the short end of the stick when the huge update arrived. The Champion changes mainly included statistical boost and other enhancements.

With the new Runes Reforged system in place, only one thing is certain: the League landscape will never be the same again come 2018.

Blue Essence Fully Replaces IP

Influence points turns into Blue Essence

Runes and masteries aren’t the only ones that got streamlined and combined into one package. In the preseason update, Riot Games merged IP with Blue Essence (BE), which was first introduced last year. All items which previously used IP will now cost BE, including loot and the champ store. But don’t worry about certain Champions suddenly becoming expensive in the store. The BE requirement for Champions remains the same. For example, Champions which previously cost 6,300 IP still costs 6,300 BE.

If you decide to refund a Champion you bought using IP, you will now be completely refunded in BE. But what if you have tons of BE lying around? What can you do with it? Well, first off, all existing BE prior to the preseason update gets converted into the new BE. Riot Games multiplies the amount by 6.5 and then adds them to the total IP, which, in turn, is converted into the new BE. For those who already have unlocked all the Champions and now have tons of BE lying around, you can exchange BE for cool goodies in the limited-time special BE store.

The low-end items on the special BE store include a mystery icon box (1,500 BE), chromas (2,000 BE), and a “Mystery Mini” icons box (2,500 BE). The most expensive items include the exclusive URFWick skin (150,000 BE), a “Money Bags” emote (75,000 BE), and a “Make it Rain” emote (50,000 BE). Riot Games has teased that the limited-time special BE store might include different and unique items whenever it returns every year, which should excite hardcore players who are looking for more reasons to rack up BE.

Number of hours played

Riot Games also has a couple more goodies for veteran players in the preseason update. The first of which is a sort of recognition in which you get a special emote depending on the number of hours you’ve logged in League. The cutoff is August 31, 2017. Playing approximately 500 hours nets you the “Defender of the League” emote. Having logged about 1,500 hours gets you the “Champion of the League” emote. Grinding for about 2,500 hours rewards you with the “Conqueror of the League” emote, which is no doubt the ultimate proof of one’s dedication to the game.

Veteran Rewards

The second treat for veterans is the rebates on the IP and RP spent on old runes and rune pages before the start of the 2017 season, which are now extinct because of the new Runes Reforged system. You get 100 BE for each tier 3 marks, seals, or glyphs you turn over. You get 300 BE for each tier 3 quints you hand back. You get a whopping 1,500 BE for each rune page you purchased with IP. And finally, you get 1 epic skin for a Champion you own for every four pages of rune pages you bought with RP. For runes bought after the start of the 2017 season and until September 1, 2017, you get the full IP cost, which gets converted into BE.

League of Legends Rare shop

For hardcore players who are no longer eligible to receive epic skins because, amazingly, they already own every skin available for Champions they own, Riot Games has something special for you. Just send them a shout out and “they’ll take care of you.” Sweet. And that’s it for the BE and IP changes in the preseason update. Let’s move on to another huge shake-up of the old system.

Goodbye, Level Cap

Level cap removed

Players like it when they have some sort of number to check to see how they’re doing in a game. It gives them a sense of accomplishment for achieving a high number, most especially in online competitive games. But to the disappointment of many, Riot Games has stubbornly kept the level cap in place in League. In the old system, League had a level 30 cap for all players. Meaning, once you hit that magical number, things suddenly become a bit less interesting. But with the preseason update, everything changes in the leveling system.

With the preseason update, Riot Games has changed the level cap. Guess what the new level cap is. We’ll give you three seconds to guess and—Okay, there’s none. There’s no longer a level cap in League. Like, seriously. Instead of putting a number on the limit such as the typical level 99 like in most RPGs or even level 9,999 like in the grind-fest Disgaea games, Riot Games went for an infinite level cap. There are some changes to the rewards system when leveling up, too.

Most importantly, you no longer receive IP or BE after every match. Every time you level up, you will receive an unlocked chest – or loot boxes, in other words. These loot boxes typically contain champ shards, which can be converted into BE. Reaching specific levels will get you special rewards such as milestone emotes and even gemstones at much higher levels. The great thing about this new rewards system is that you are constantly excited about what kind rewards you will get every time you level up. Most especially once you break past the level 1,000 mark. Good luck with that. And it’s a win-win situation, really. By playing a lot, you get rewards and you get to enhance your gameplay skills at the same time.

With the preseason update, everyone is basically starting from scratch. Even those who have been at level 30 for a very long time already. If you’ve been at level 30 for years now and have no doubt participated in hundreds of games while in that level, you will still start at level 30 in the new system. You don’t get to start at a higher level based on the number of games you’ve played while at level 30. It’s a good decision by Riot Games, to be honest. Players who start at higher levels would suddenly get a bucketful of rewards once the new system kicks in, which defeats the purpose of having something to shoot for. Makes sense, right? No? Just deal with it.

Riot Games also tweaked the leveling system in the preseason update. It will now take a shorter amount of time to grind from level 1 to level 30. This should be good news for impatient newbies who just can’t wait to enter ranked matches and get their asses immediately and mercilessly handed to them. Not only that, you also earn more BE while grinding toward level 30. Since all the new runes are available for free right from the get-go, you will be able to save more BE, which you can spend on Champions. Meaning, by the time you reach level 30, you will have bought more Champions.

The rewards from level 1 to level 30 are also tailored to suit new players. The rewards are designed to make new players comfortable in League, which should encourage them more to continue leveling. For players who are already sitting at level 30, Riot Games has made it clear that you won’t retroactively get all the rewards given when leveling from 1 to 30. The reason is that you already earned IP when you climbed from level 1 to level 30 in the old system, which means you already got your rewards. So why would Riot Games give you double the rewards? That would be unfair. Besides, if you’re already sitting at level 30, you should now be more focused on the other rewards ahead of you.

Champion Capsules

The biggest takeaway from all the changes to the leveling system is that the new system feels a lot more like Overwatch and other games where loot boxes play a huge role (no, not you, Star Wars Battlefront II). But Riot Games has promised that the loot boxes you get after leveling up won’t be too reliant on luck. All the loot boxes are balanced out, so don’t worry too much about being ripped off with absolutely garbage rewards at higher levels. Lastly, like all other games with a leveling system, the higher your level, the longer it will take for you to reach the next level in the new system. We can only hope that Riot Games has excellent rewards for players who reach much higher levels.

That’s it for the three biggest changes in the game-changing, landscape-altering League of Legends preseason update. It’s a lot to take in, we know. Make sure you have a full grasp on all the changes before the 2018 season kicks in.

How to Handle Defeat in League of Legends – The Do’s and Don’ts

How to Handle Defeat in League of Legends – The Do’s and Don’ts

In League of Legends, victory isn’t a sure thing whenever players enter a match. All players are bound to experience defeat at some point. Some players take a defeat with grace, while others don’t take it too well and turn into toxic players that nobody wants to deal with. Here are the do’s and don’ts following a loss in League.

DO’S

Congratulate the enemy team

Be a good sport and drop a short congratulatory remark to the opposing team. It only takes a few seconds to say “great play guys” or something similar. It shows that you have class and can take a loss with grace. You don’t need to go overboard with a lengthy speech or monologue and shower them with praises. Just a few words will do. But make sure the words don’t come out in a mocking or bitter tone, which could paint you as a sore loser instead.

League is already toxic enough as it is. The community is full of rude players who don’t know a single thing about gaming etiquette. You can help it become a better place by taking the time to show respect to other players, which includes congratulating the enemy team after every defeat. If the enemy team answers back with some trash talk or insults you for being on the losing side, then so be it. Leave them be. At least you reached out to them with a good intention. Just move on to the next match.

Thank teammates for fighting until the end

Lots of players give up halfway through the match when things are starting to go downhill. There are also those who resort to fooling around or throwing the match when things are looking grim. Players that valiantly fight until the end despite the odds are sometimes hard to come by in League.

If teammates fought until the very end and gave everything in order to pull off a victory, let them know that you appreciate the effort. Thank them for not giving up even when defeat was already inevitable. Again, no need for a lengthy message. No need to weep and be overly sentimental about how it was an honor fighting alongside them. Just keep it short and concise and on point. You will be a picture of class if you act this way instead of reacting negatively.

Learn from the match

Every match is an opportunity for improvement. Instead of finding faults in teammates, focus on the things you can improve on in order to become a better player in League. Analyze the things you did wrong during the match and think about ways to make improvements. Minion kills too low? Maybe you need to practice more on last-hitting. A non-existent kill-death ratio? Maybe you need to be more aggressive.

Once you have determined the areas that need improvement, work on them until you get it right. Don’t waste time engaging in post-match toxic activity such as blaming teammates for the loss and taking swipes at opposing players in a sore loser kind of way. Just focus on the things that can help you become a better player in League. Take what you can learn from the match, no matter how trivial it is, and then move on to the next match.

DON’TS

Don’t blame teammates for the loss

Teammates on the losing side are prone to pointing fingers and bickering with each other immediately after a loss. Because let’s face it, a lot of players simply can’t handle being on the losing side. Everyone wants to win in League. It’s an ultra-competitive game where players do whatever it takes to win matches, which sometimes includes resorting to cheap tactics such as using Teemo, one of the most hated Champions ever.

It is okay to talk about what the team could have done that might have resulted in a victory instead of a loss. But it should be done in a healthy and respectful discussion where teammates look at things in an objective manner. Blaming teammates won’t change a thing. A loss is a loss. You can trade barbs with teammates for hours and the result will still be the same.

Don’t throw a tantrum and lash out at everyone

This is the absolute worst thing to do following a loss. Lashing out at everyone including opposing players is an immature move. It will only make you look like a spoiled kid who can’t handle things not going his way. Other players will no doubt report you to Riot Games if you behave in such a manner, which could earn you a penalty.

Even if you got partnered with total noob teammates, which played a large part in the loss, throwing a fit is an unacceptable behavior in League. Instead of acting like a whiny brat, simply move on to the next match and forget about the loss. You can’t change the result anyway. League is a mixed bag. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Sometimes you get matched with excellent teammates, sometimes you get partnered with trolls and newbies. So don’t expect smooth sailing every time you enter a match.

Don’t complain to the enemy team about teammates

After a bad loss, many players look for an outlet to vent out frustration. Unfortunately, some players think of the opposing team as an outlet to talk about how they got paired with terrible teammates. This makes them seem like a whiner ratting out teammates, which some see as a form of betrayal. Don’t be like this. You will only look like you’re making up excuses for losing by behaving in this way.

Besides, the opposing team probably isn’t interested in listening how the match went for you. They just got the grand prize. The last thing they need is for someone to dampen the mood by ranting about how his teammates were total letdowns.

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5 Signs League of Legends Might Not Be For You

5 Signs League of Legends Might Not Be For You

Thinking about getting into League of Legends, one of the most popular online games in the world? Be warned: the game is not for everyone. League of Legends might not be for you if:

EVEN MILD INSULTS EASILY GET TO YOU

League is a minefield full of players who wouldn’t think twice about cursing and insulting other players regardless of team affiliation. This is one of the things new players must be fully aware of before diving into League.

In order to survive the toxicity that comes with League, you need to have the right temperament to deal with foul words and obnoxious behavior. You won’t last long in League if curses and insults – even the mildest ones – easily get to you. You need to learn how to shut out and ignore unpleasant players and annoying trolls who make a living out of drawing negative reactions from other players.

If you get hot-blooded easily whenever other players slap you with unpleasant words and spend more time trading barbs instead of actually playing, then it’s a good sign that League isn’t for you. You would be better off playing other games, ideally single-player games where you don’t need to deal with other players. This is why League is best experienced with real-life friends, whom you are less likely to butt heads with.

YOU PLAY SOLO AND REGULARLY IGNORE OBJECTIVES

League is a team-based game where the gameplay encourages players to work with teammates for better chances at winning. However, not everyone is wired to work in a team-based environment.

A lot of players go the lone wolf route, which includes minimal interaction with teammates. This is acceptable as long as the lone wolf still helps out in team affairs such as taking objectives and participating in team clashes. In some instances, a lone wolf playstyle is even necessary. Specifically, when teamed-up with toxic teammates. But there’s a difference between this playstyle and one where a player deliberately ignores teammates and objectives while playing solo.

If you employ the latter playstyle, then the team-based gameplay in League might not be for you. You might as well play with bots and save other players the trouble of having to deal with you. Nobody likes to play with uncooperative teammates who don’t give a crap how the match goes. Guess who else fits this profile? Trolls, who can be extremely frustrating if you don’t know how to deal with them properly.

YOU BARELY HAVE ENOUGH TIME FOR ONE MATCH

On average, a match takes around 30-45 minutes, depending on the pace. One of the unwritten rules in League is that players that commit to a match must see it through to the end, no matter what happens in the match. Going AFK while the match is in full swing is totally unacceptable in League. Except maybe during extremely dire and life threatening circumstances.

If you can’t spare the time to finish even a single match on a regular basis, then it’s a sign that League isn’t for you. Maybe you need play other games where you can afford to just spend short bursts on and can leave anytime without disrupting the experience for other players. Mobile games and casual games come to mind.

If you barely have the time to play video games, even while commuting or during weekends, then maybe it’s time to leave behind video games altogether. Not exactly a happy thought. But it is what it is. You can get back into League and video games in general when you have enough time to spare on the hobby.

Another reason why League might not be for you if you have an always jam-packed schedule is that a lot of time needs to be invested in order to get good at it. Experience is the best teacher in this game. You need to play in dozens of matches over several months to get a full grasp on the gameplay. Imagine how long it would take if you can only afford one or two matches that you can barely see through to the end every week.

YOU GET BORED FAST

The gameplay in League is repetitive: You pick a Champion. You farm for gold and EXP. You take out opposing Champions and destroy turrets. You destroy the enemy base. Rinse and repeat. This is how a MOBA works.

The only things keeping League from going stale are arguably the number of playable characters and the diverse cast of people you play with and against, which turns each match into a unique competitive experience. However, not all players come with the same competitive fire that keeps them from being bored with the repetitive gameplay.

There are players who prefer to have an ultimate and definitive goal – a real ending, in other words – to shoot for in a video game. There are players who simply get bored faster than others when presented with a repetitive gameplay. If you belong to this particular group, then League probably won’t suit you.

Granted, it takes a while to fully grasp the gameplay, which encourages players to enter matches over and over again until they get it right. But if you’re not into that sort of thing and prefer to play more exciting games, then it would be best to stay off League. MOBA isn’t for everyone.

YOU HAVE AN EXTREMELY SLOW INTERNET CONNECTION

Last checked, League requires a constant internet connection, a typical requirement for an online multiplayer game. And not just an internet connection. In order to experience League without running into connection issues, a relatively fast internet connection is recommended. Or at least a stable one.

Having a turtle-slow and unstable internet connection while playing League leaves you prone to lags, which can affect the gameplay. You could be a liability to the team if you frequently experience connection issues, which could hurt the gameplay experience for other players.

Thankfully, League isn’t an overly demanding game when it comes to internet speed. But if you have a ridiculously slow internet speed, it would be best to stay off League until you can upgrade to a better internet connection.

If none of the above-mentioned signs apply to you, then feel free to dive into League. A great way to experience League for the first time is to buy a Smurf League of Legends account, which allows you to immediately get into the thick of things.

6 Pieces of Advice You Can Give to Newbie Friends

One of the best ways to enjoy League of Legends is to play with real-life friends. This makes things a lot easier, especially when it comes to communication. But what if you’re not blessed with friends who play League? Well, you can always entice someone to give it a try. If you do find someone willing to give League a shot, here are 6 pieces of advice that you can give them.

THE PROCESS TAKES TIME”

Though League offers simple and easy to pick up gameplay mechanics, getting a good feel for the game takes a lot of time. Even players who have been playing for a couple of years lack execution when it comes to the basics. The first thing you need to make absolutely clear is that League isn’t a short-term affair, where skills and tactics can be perfectly honed in just a few weeks.

A huge chunk of time must be committed to regularly playing League in order to get a good grasp of the gameplay. There is no other way around this. The best way to learn about League is through first-hand experience, which translates to dozens of matches played. Tell them that in order to really “get” League, they need to spend a lot of time in it. The transition from a total noob to a respectable rookie can take several months.

TAKE IT SLOW”

Many beginners want to immediately get into the middle of things, especially overexcited newbies who can’t wait to go head-to-head with the best of the best in League. This often leads to brutal slaps of reality. There is no shortcut to getting better at League. Newbies must start at the very bottom and then work slowly to the top of the food chain.

Tell them to take it slowly and not rush the process of getting better at League. This includes learning the basic concepts until they can execute them in an effective manner and memorizing the map until they can accurately identify strategic points. If they still can’t last-hit minions consistently, discourage them from diving into more advanced mechanics and tell them to focus on last-hitting first.

Learning League is a step-by-step process. Skipping other steps in order to dive into less boring and more action-packed experiences will only do more harm than good. It is understandable for beginners to feel the itch to forego the lengthy learning process and head straight for the action, especially if they want to quickly prove themselves to friends. But the best way to learn the ropes in League is to take it one step at a time.

FIND A CHAMPION YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH”

League offers over 100 Champions to choose from, which can be overwhelming for players new to the MOBA scene. Especially players used to playing games where playable characters range from one to 10.

For new players, it can be tempting to immediately shoot for the most popular or the most overpowered Champions. No harm in that. People tend to follow the trend and hop on the bandwagon. But for beginners, the best approach is to choose a Champion they are truly comfortable with, someone who matches well with their preferred playstyle. If they prefer to play from the back of the pack, recommend a support or ranged Champion. If they prefer to go nose-to-nose with minions and Champions, recommend a tank. Encourage them to seek out a Champion that suits them well.

Of course, beginners won’t be able to immediately tell which Champion they are better off with. They need to spend time tinkering with a number of Champions in order to come up with a preferred playstyle. The fact that most of the roster is locked away doesn’t help in the process.

In Dota 2, new players have access to the full roster right from the get-go, making it easier to try out different characters. In League, players must identify which Champions to roll with in a timely matter to avoid wasting in-game currency, which can be hard to come by for newbies. This is one of the key differences between the two popular online games.

LEAGUE ISN’T ALL ABOUT CHAMPION KILLS”

Newcomers to the MOBA scene often assume that League, like other online multiplayer games such as Call of Duty and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, is all about killing other Champions. This is why new players usually go after kills in order to improve their kill-death ratios, which is one of the worst ways to approach League as a beginner.

Tell them that League is not all about racking up kills in order to put on a face of supremacy. It is a team-based game where gunning for objectives is more important. Sure, taking out enemy Champions is an effective way to prevent them from earning gold and EXP and to take more control of the lane. But new players should be trained to focus more on objectives instead of Champion-hunting.

Make it clear to them that earning gold by consistently last-hitting minions is more important. If new players regularly ignore minions in order to poke at enemy Champions in hopes of getting a kill, they will fall behind, making it harder for them to survive in the lane.

WATCH VIDEOS OF OTHER PLAYERS”

Another good way to learn more about League is by watching videos of other players. There is no shortage of League gameplay videos on the internet. Both YouTube and Twitch are readily available to sift through. They can start with tutorial videos covering the basics of the game and then gradually move on to more advanced mechanics.

Some players respond better to watching others play than listening to instructions from a veteran player. Not all players are gifted at teaching, especially the impatient ones who want to see immediate results from the student. So if you are having trouble explaining a specific gameplay aspect, point them to a useful video on the internet.

HAVE FUN”

The most important advice to tell rookies is to have fun while playing League. Tell them to play through all the toxicity and just enjoy League as much as possible. New players often get turned off by the toxic baggage that League comes with. It would be wise to enlighten them about the dark side of League, so they can prepare for it.

Advise them to not take anything personally in League, especially when it comes to insults pointed at family members and other obscene remarks. League will never be free of all the toxicity, no matter how hard Riot Games tries to make the community a better place.

If you want a hands-on approach in teaching newbie friends how to play League, we recommend that you buy a League of Legends Smurf account. This will allow you to walk side-by-side with them, which is more effective than simply subjecting them to an endless stream of instructions.

4 Realities Beginners Need to Deal With in League of Legends

Looking to get into League of Legends? Signing up is simple. But before diving into the largest online multiplayer community, consider first these four realities that every beginner has to deal with.

A lot of practice is involved

One of the main draws of League is that it is easy to pick up for beginners. The basic gameplay mechanics are easy to learn, with simple controls and a friendly interface (though the amount of information displayed on the screen is overwhelming at first). Compared to Dota 2 which has a steeper learning curve for newcomers, League is welcoming to first-timers in the MOBA genre.

But don’t be deceived by the friendly basics. It will take a lot of time and dozens of matches in order to really get into the swing of things. You can’t become adept at the gameplay in just a matter of weeks. League has lots of moving parts, which beginners need to adapt to in order to truly learn the game.

New players will really need to commit to playing League regularly to get better at it. Going from “absolutely clueless” to “pretty good” can take several months, depending on how fast a player learns. Heck, some players are still incompetent even after a year of playing. The bottom line is that though League is easy to learn, mastering the system and becoming a good player takes lots of practice. Newbies seeking to trade blows with the best of the best in just a short time will be in for a rude awakening.

Unwritten rules to live by

Aside from official rules and regulations written by Riot Games, beginners also need to get acquainted with all the unwritten rules in League. The good news is that you can pick up these unwritten rules simply by playing. How to tell if you’re breaking a rule or two? Don’t worry, League players will be more than happy to point it out whether you like it or not.

The unwritten rules are basically etiquettes that players need to be aware of in order to be a good member of the community. This includes rules like refraining from deliberately landing a killing blow to an opponent that another teammate singlehandedly brought down to critical health. In order words, don’t steal a kill from a teammate. Another example is to avoid picking off neutral monsters, which is the primary source of gold and EXP for the jungler.

There are also unwritten rules that are simply a matter of preference by the majority. One of the most notable is staying away from using Teemo as much as possible. That little shit is a sin and should have never been created in the first place. We have a detailed article about Teemo, in case you want to learn more about why the mouse-like Champion is hated by many.

Needless to say, new players also need to be really familiar with the current metagame. There are certain rules that all players are expected to be aware of when playing League such as the Support-and-ADC combo, who must always occupy the bottom lane. Due to the number of unwritten rules, it can be overwhelming to keep track of everything initially.

Teamwork is foreign to many players

League is a team-based online multiplayer game. Naturally, new players expect teamwork to be heavily involved in the gameplay. This isn’t always the case, however. Teamwork is a 50-50 affair in League, much to the dismay of many players.

In most matches, it isn’t unusual to be teamed up with at least one player who has no sense of teamwork whatsoever – a lone wolf, if you will. This kind of player typically stays silent throughout the match, minding his or her own business with little regard for other teammates. League is rife with such players, so expect to encounter one in every match.

Many players are also hard to work with, mainly due to ego and pride. Some find it hard to take instructions from other people while others downright suck at following discussed strategies. This is one of the main reasons why playing with real-life friends in League is seen as the best way to enjoy the game. It makes coordination a lot smoother and argument-free as much as possible.

A good way to approach League for new players is to learn how to work with others and how to play alone. Though the latter seems counterintuitive in a team-based game, it is necessary when teammates are simply extremely difficult to deal with, which happens quite a lot in League. For a team-based game, League is alarmingly full of players who have zero interest in teamwork.

Toxicity is always present

League is almost unanimously perceived as a toxic game by both players and outsiders. It is full of annoying trolls, rude and obnoxious players, and players with flaming tempers who spend more time lashing out at others than actually playing. Though Riot Games tries hard to keep the community peaceful, the task is simply too much.

New players need to be prepared to deal with the toxicity in League. This is not optional. It is a necessity in order to survive. You won’t last long if an insult or two easily get to you. And make no mistake, insults, curses, threats, and other hateful words will be thrown at you in League. There is no way to escape the toxicity, so the best way to deal with it is to get used to it and to not let it bother you.

Many new players quit League after just a couple of days or even just after a few matches because of the toxic nature of League. It is also one of the reasons why veterans walk away from the game after investing countless hours in it. The toxicity is that bad. Beginners need to be prepared to deal with it if they really want to play League and plan to stick around for a long time.

Think you can really handle League after considering everything in this article? If yes, we suggest that you get a Smurf account first in order to get a feel for the game without repercussions.

Why is League of Legends Super Popular and Addictive?

Why is League of Legends Super Popular and Addictive?

League of Legends is the most popular game right now. Millions of people play it daily. It is one of the biggest online multiplayer games in the history of gaming. It was first released back in 2009. Since then, it has garnered millions of followers and a number of awards from notable gaming publications and websites.

But what makes League tick? What makes it extremely popular in the gaming industry? What makes it so addictive that players always find the time to squeeze in a game or two in a busy schedule? In this article, we’ll take a look at answers to these questions.

COMPLETELY FREE TO PLAY

League is a very accessible game. Though it follows a so-called premium model with microtransactions, League is totally free. You don’t need to spend a single penny on it in order to play it. Just download it from Riot Games and install it – free of charge.

League isn’t extremely demanding when it comes to system requirements as well. Anyone with an average PC and a decent internet connection can play it. In countries where internet cafes are as common as Starbucks and McDonald’s in the United States, League is typically the go-to game amongst patrons.

REGULAR UPDATES BY RIOT GAMES

How did League manage to stay fresh every year for the past eight years? By getting regular updates from Riot Games, of course. The developer constantly rolls out new updates and patches, which are also free of charge, unlike traditional DLC packs that people need to pay for to access.

Updates come in different forms. It can be new Champions such as the recently released Champion Kayn, a unique character with an in-game transformation ability, and Xayah and Rakan, a pair of characters that work best when fighting side-by-side. It can be new Champion Skins, which are sometimes based on characters from other games. It can be in the form of new gameplay mechanics or options.

The logic behind this is fairly simple: Players support League because the developer, even after already piling loads of cash, still continues to show love for the game. You can look at Team Fortress 2 as another example of this. Valve continues to support the game with regular updates, which is one of the reasons it still has a very active community today.

NO END-GAME SCENARIO

League is an open-ended game. It doesn’t have a single-player campaign that ends with an ending movie followed by rolling credits. League is endless. Players can spend hundreds of hours in it without ending up in an end-game scenario. Unless you count the end of matches as one.

Its open-ended nature gives it lots of replay value. Anyone can pick it up today and dive in without worrying about being too late to the party. For people who can only allow a few hours per day for games, a game like League where matches last around 30-45 minutes is a godsend.

NEW SCENARIOS IN EVERY MATCH

The gameplay in League is similar to other MOBA titles in the market: Select a Champion, farm for gold and experience, take out enemy guard towers and opposing Champions, and, finally, destroy the heart of the enemy base. A good amount of bickering with teammates is also included in the formula.

To other gamers looking in from the outside, League is an extremely repetitive game, one that, in theory, gets boring quickly. So how come millions of players still come out and play it despite its seemingly repetitive nature? The reason is that every League match is different.

There are over 100 Champions to choose from. This means in any given match, you will be fighting with and against nine different characters with different play styles and abilities. Sure, 99 percent of League is played on the same map (Summoner’s Rift). But different characters means different strategies and tactics need to be applied.

Because of this, League feels fresh in every match despite the environment looking the same. The “freshness” is further boosted by the fact that in League, you play with different sets of people in every match. Meaning, you deal with an assortment of personalities every time you play League. Of course, you have the option to play with real-life friends, which is the best way to play League.

MAJOR ESPORTS PRESENCE

The League of Legends esports scene is one of the biggest in the esports industry. Millions of dollars have already been given out to victors in previous League of Legends tournaments. The popularity of League has gotten more boost now that esports is a lucrative industry. This makes it more visible, which translates to even more players joining the fun. With esports continuing to trend upwards not just in popularity, but also in prize pools, League will only benefit from it.

A DEEP RANKING SYSTEM

There are League players who play matches to have fun. Usually with real-life friends. There are League players who mainly play to troll around and cause a ruckus using a hated Champion such as Teemo. And then there are League players who take the game seriously and spend countless hours trying to climb the rank ladder.

League has a ranked mode where matches play a role in improving player ranks. It fans the flames of competitiveness among players. Many players become obsessed and addicted to improving their ranks and become one of the best players in League.

LOTS OF FRIENDS WHO PLAY

This is perhaps one of the chief reasons why many people start playing League: Because they have friends who also play it. It is easy to get hooked into playing League when you have lots of friends who regularly play it. Even if you are not particularly good at MOBA games, you will want to be a part of the fun. As mentioned, playing with buddies is the best way to truly enjoy League.

Whether you like it or not, League of Legends is here to stay for the long haul. It is useless to resist it. There are other reasons why the Riot Games-developed game is extremely popular and amazingly addictive. The reasons listed above are just seven of them. Want to see what the fuss is about? We recommend that you buy a League of Legends Smurf account to get a taste of the action.

How to Deal with Trolls in League of Legends

How to Deal with Trolls in League of Legends

League of Legends is a really fun game. Unfortunately, the community is full of party-poopers commonly known as trolls. This one of the reasons why League is notorious for being toxic. Though Riot Games already have countermeasures in place to deal with trolls, they can’t truly erase them from existence.

You can’t really avoid trolls in League. Same way you can’t sidestep 13-year-olds in Minecraft and South Korean players in Overwatch. In every match, there is always a good chance that at least one player is a troll. It can be on either team. Trolls usually don’t unmask their presence until after the match has started, preventing other players from leaving.

The good news is that there are ways to deal with trolls in League. After all, trolls are just humans who happen to take pleasure in making other players’ lives miserable throughout the match. You can think of them as school bullies. Here are four ways to deal with trolls in League.

REPORT TROLLS

To empower players in fighting against trolls, League has installed a reporting system that allows players to, well, report trolls. It’s like going to a digital police to report a crime. The cool part is that it actually works. The reporting system isn’t simply like dropping a comment in a feedback box where the contents go straight into the trash bin. Riot Games actually looks into and reviews each report sent their way.

Reporting a player is extremely easy. All you need to do is click on an icon, write a comment explaining why you reported the player, and leave it to Riot Games to hand down the justice hammer. Trolls who get reported actually get punished.

Of course, the report system won’t prevent trolls from trolling again the future. Most trolls don’t even care about being reported, which is really alarming. But until Riot Games successfully develops a way to completely erase trolls from League, the report system is our only safeguard against trolls.

One last thing to remember when it comes to reporting trolls: Don’t tell them that you’re going to report them. Some players do that to threaten trolls in hopes of forcing them to play nice. Telling them beforehand that a report is imminent will only rile them up and cause them to troll even more. Just report them without saying a word and leave it to Riot Games to do their thing.

DON’T FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE

The worst way to deal with trolls is to play in their own game. Don’t fall into their trap. Arguing with someone who makes a living out of riling up and arguing with other players won’t produce positive results. In fact, trolls love it when they get under the skin of other players. It makes them feel triumphant that they were able to successfully bait others into emotionally-charged reactions. Trolls are instigators. Keep this in mind.

Another no-no approach is to retaliate by deliberately trying to make things life horrible for a troll teammate. In other words, trolling a troll. Don’t ever succumb into going down that path. Not only will it mess up the entire team, it will actually make the troll happy. You will only add to the toxicity by responding in a negative way. League is already toxic enough as it is, with the toxicity seeping in as early as Champion Selection. It doesn’t need another player to make the community even worse.

MUTE TROLLS

There are different types of trolls in League. There are trolls who deliberately do stupid and irrational actions in-game such as going into other lanes and stealing minion kills or deliberately feeding an opponent. And then there are trolls who just won’t stop talking and throwing insults in every direction. These are the trolls who love baiting other people into useless arguments.

The best way to deal with motor-mouth trolls is to simply mute them. That’s it. No need to give them a warning that you’re going to mute them if they don’t shut up. It won’t have any effect. Just mute them and continue playing the game. Playing the entire match with a troll talking non-stop will only make the experience more stressful. So cut the source of the ruckus and just do your thing.

BE A GOOD TEAMMATE TO TROLLS

Unlike in Dota 2, winning in League with at least one team member missing or handicapped is really difficult. Each and every member of the five-man crew is necessary for better chances of coming out victorious. Sadly, having one troll teammate greatly complicates matters.

Now, you can ignore trolls throughout the match or you can continue to treat them as real, non-troll teammates. The former is the easier path, which is what most players do when dealing with trolls. The latter, however, has the potential to actually produce good results in the end.

By continuing to work with and treat trolls like real teammates, it could result in them turning a corner and actually stop being a troll out of remorse. You can help them out when they’re in trouble, ask them for support, set them up for kills, and generally make them feel like they’re still part of the game.

It will show that their trolling antics never affected you the slightest bit. It will show them that the team is still trying to win with them, instead of completely alienating them. There’s no real guarantee that they will actually turn the corner by playing nice with them. It’s up to them to ultimately decide whether to finish the match as a troll or turn the corner and help the team because teammates continued to treat them well despite their misbehaviors.

CONCLUSION

There will always be trolls in League. You could even say that League won’t be the same experience without all the trolls prowling around, waiting for the next weak-hearted player to feast on. So it’s very important that you know how to deal with them.

What about troll opponents, though? Well, there’s a much simpler solution for that. Just beat the crap out of them and dominate the match. But to do that, you will need lots of practice. For safer practice sessions, we suggest picking up a League of Legends Smurf account.

6 Tips on How to Play from Behind in League of Legends

6 Tips on How to Play from Behind in League of Legends

Like other competitive multiplayer games, League of Legends is a box full of unpredictability. On some days, you will dominate like a professional esports player. But on some days, you will end up with the short end of the stick and get wrecked so hard you might consider quitting League entirely.

It is the latter that tests players. Falling behind in level and gold is one of the most crushing situations in League. Many players give up after being repeatedly cooked early on by their in-lane opponent, an understandable but totally not cool reaction.

However, it is perfectly possible to do a complete 180 after falling behind and still make a significant impact. But one of the reasons why players who fall behind give up is because they don’t really know how to play catch-up. Here are six tips on how to play from behind.

Put aside ego

Sometimes, it is not always about gameplay skills. Having the proper mindset also plays a big part when playing catch-up. The first thing to do is to let go of ego and admit the fact that you are at a disadvantage. It could be because the opposing Champion is a great counter to your Champion. Or it could be because the other player is simply way better than you.

Let’s face it, not all players are equal. There will always be someone better than you no matter how much practice you put in. It is pure arrogance to go into every match and expect to always come out on top. There is always the chance that you will run into a roadblock in the form of a really difficult match-up.

When playing from behind, you need to accept that you are really playing from behind. Don’t go out and deploy the same strategy that got you killed twice already by the same in-lane opponent, hoping that things will be different the third time around. There is a reason why you keep getting overwhelmed by the opponent. Accept and adjust.

Be open to adjusting equipment builds

Many players go with the same builds for every Champion in every match. This is one of the effects of having easy access to websites where optimum builds for each League Champion are listed for everyone to see. Due to the presence of these so-called recommended builds, many players don’t try to experiment with different builds. This hurts their ability to adapt to different situations.

Playing from behind requires adjustment. You will need to make changes when it comes to equipment. If the build you are shooting for is inclined toward offensive tactics but it is very apparent that it is clearly not working, switch to a defense-oriented equipment. Though it won’t immediately turn the tide in your favor, at least it will boost your chances of survival.

Play cautiously and defensively

The absolute worst possible thing to do when playing from behind is continuing to be aggressive. If the opposing in-lane Champion has repeatedly shown that he or she can easily overpower you, don’t force the issue. Stay back and play defensively instead. You are not being a coward by switching to defensive tactics. You are actually making the wise decision.

You can still earn experience by hanging around under a turret. Let the turret do the heavy lifting while you sit and watch from a safe distance. Wait for opportune moments to score a minion kill, which admittedly won’t be that frequent unless the opposing Champion leaves or gets killed courtesy of a well-timed ambush from teammates.

When trying to sneak in a minion kill while the enemy Champion is still around, consider first the trade-off. If last-hitting one minion translates to swallowing lots of damage in return, then it would be best to not go for it. It won’t be worth it. The penalty for dying is a lot bigger than losing out on a number of last-hits. But if you still want to take chances, make sure the hard-hitting abilities of the enemy Champion are still on cooldown.

Avoid trading blows

This is a no-brainer. If the enemy Champion has been dominating, why would you even try to still trade blows? There is no sense in continuing to fight when your every death feeds the enemy even more. All those clichés in action movies where the heroes continue to fight despite the painfully unfavorable odds don’t apply to League. Being stubborn in this game has grim consequences.

Leave it up to more capable teammates to harass the enemy Champion lording over your lane via timely ambushes. Well, actually, you can do your part by acting as a decoy when setting up an ambush. Just make sure you don’t die. You won’t be able to reap the benefits of having a Champion-free lane if you also died while making that happen.

Look to contribute in other means

Just because the enemy Champion has practically incapacitated you doesn’t mean you are a useless teammate. You can still help the team in other ways. You can help make life easier for everyone else by taking care of ward-placing. You can actively help out other lanes when teammates call for it. You can assist in an ambush if your Champion happens to have an ability or two that are great for ambushes.

It is not the end of the world when you get left behind in level and gold. As mentioned above, having the proper mindset goes a long way when placed in an undesirable situation in League. However, it is also important to keep in mind some limits when it comes to doing other stuff to compensate.

One of which is not stealing too much from the jungle. The jungle relies primarily on neutral monsters for experience and gold, so it would be wise not to get in the way too much. Ask for permission from the jungle first before going for neutral monsters.

Don’t be impatient

Playing from behind can be boring since you won’t be able to play aggressively until the situation is more favorable. It can also be extremely frustrating, especially when you just can’t seem to get proper footing despite the adjustments you made. But it is very important that you stay patient when playing from behind.

Let your teammates carry you until you can stand on your own without getting completely wrecked. There is no harm in that. After all, League is a team-based game. Relying on teammates is part of the game. If you want fewer chances of getting dominated, you can get lots of extra practice by using a League of Legends Smurf account.

Meet Kayn, the Newest Champion in League of Legends

Riot Games has officially unveiled the newest Champion in League of Legends. The announcement came shortly after the badass-looking Champion was teased in a gameplay video. Turns out, he is every bit as badass as the teaser video portrayed him to be, one that is set to make a significant impact in the current metagame.

The new Champion is Kayn, The Shadow Reaper. He is an assassin adept at using shadow magic. But instead of wielding a staff or a rod like a stereotypical magic-user, Kayn fights using a large scythe. It’s not just a regular scythe, though. The scythe houses a powerful Darkin named Rhaast, who is constantly seeking full control of his wielder’s body.

Unfazed by the dangers of using the sinister scythe, Kayn hopes to fulfill his destiny of leading the Order of the Shadow into a new era of supremacy. In a sea of Champions, he stands tall as hands down the most unique of them all. Let’s take a closer look at his abilities and characteristics.

ONE-OF-A-KIND CHAMPION

That “most unique of them all” description isn’t an exaggeration – it’s the truth. Kayn has the ability to change classes in the middle of the game, an ability that no other Champion possesses. Fortunately, for his opponents, he can’t switch on-the-go. That would have made him potentially overpowered. He needs to be at the base in order to make the switch.

Switching classes isn’t as straightforward as simply clicking on an icon, either. Kayn must kill opponents for his transformation mechanic to work.

By taking out ranged opponents, he can charge his ability to transform into Shadow Assassin form, which is great for dishing out damage to ranged attackers at the backline. Killing melee opponents charge his ability to transform into Darkin form, which has excellent crowd control.

Both forms are completely separate from each other. They even have different character portraits. In order to fully maximize Kayn in battle, you will need to actively shoot for either form. Staying in his default form for too long will be disadvantageous for the long haul.

This means, you will need to be constantly aggressive out on the field by harassing opponents to fuel the transformation mechanic, which is directly tied to his passive ability, The Darkin Scythe. Due to his need to be aggressive, Kayn is totally not recommended for a League of Legends beginner.

His passive ability also acts differently depending on which form is active. In Shadow Assassin form, Kayn deals extra magic damage to enemy Champions for a few seconds. In Darkin form, Kayn heals himself for a small amount based on all spell damage inflicted on enemy Champions.

ABILITIES BUILT FOR TERROR

Kayn is a Champion built for aggressive playing styles, which is kind of necessary considering his class-changing mechanic depends on killing opponents.

His Q ability is Reaping Slash, a dash-and-slash move that inflicts greater damage to monsters. What’s scary about this ability is that the dash also deals physical damage, not just the slash at the end. This ability makes Kayn dangerous when playing as the jungle.

Obviously, the bonus damage to monsters is a big boost to farming efficiency. The dash movement also acts as a gap-closer, allowing Kayn to quickly pop in other lanes for ganks. In Darkin form, the Reaping Slash ability deals an additional percent-health damage to all non-minion enemies.

His W ability is Blade’s Reach, another ability gift-wrapped specifically for ganking. This ability deals damage in a straight line, slowing down all enemies that it hits. Combined with his Reaping Slash ability, Kayn can easily ambush an enemy Champion using this ability. Blade’s Reach also behaves slightly differently depending on which form is active.

In Shadow Assassin form, the ability causes Kayn to create a living shadow of himself, who then casts the ability in his place. That sounds rather fancy, but the most noteworthy thing about it is that it adds more range to the ability. More range translates to more enemies hit. In Darkin form, the ability simply causes hit enemies to get knocked up into the air briefly.

His E ability is Shadow Step, arguably his most useful ability. Activating Shadow Step grants Kayn a huge boost in movement speed and, more importantly, grants him the ability to walk through goddamn walls. But wait, there’s more! Kayn also heals for a small amount after going through the first wall and the duration of the ability is also significantly extended.

Outrageous, right? Perhaps the only “negative” to Shadow Step is that the duration extension won’t work when Kayn is locked in combat with another Champion. This means Shadow Step won’t be a reliable means of escape all the time if your ass gets constantly handed to you by enemy Champions.

Shadow Step is even more ridiculous when Kayn is in Shadow Assassin form. Using the ability while in his blue form grants him even more movement speed. Plus, he becomes immune to slow. All in all, Shadow Step undoubtedly makes Kayn extremely dangerous because it grants him the ability to freely roam the map to crash the party in other lanes and set up traps in enemy jungles.

Lastly, his ultimate is Umbral Trespass, an ability that works similarly to the Infest ability by N’aix the Lifestealer in Dota 2. This ability allows Kayn to possess any Champion he has recently damaged. Like with Infest, Kayn can’t be targeted while inside the body of another Champion. But only for a few seconds.

You can terminate the ability’s main effect early by reactivating it. Doing that will deal a burst of damage to the now-freed host. Like his other skills, Umbral Trespass has bonus effects that depend on the active form.

In Shadow Assassin form, the ability gains increased range, allowing you to possess enemy Champions from a much safer distance. The bonus magic damage from his passive, The Darkin Scythe, also resets. (In case you forgot already, his passive allows him to deal bonus magic damage for a few seconds upon engaging an enemy Champion.)

In Darkin form, Umbral Trespass deals huge percentage damage based on the target’s total health, which also heals Kayn. Both versions of Umbral Trespass are equally dangerous when used correctly. There’s no real “better option” between the two. It depends on your playing style.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As evidenced by his entire ability set, Kayn is favorably geared toward the jungle role, though he will also work well in the middle lane, especially during mid-game when Champions usually start roaming around the map and jumping into other lanes. If you’re not too comfortable with that playing style, you can practice using a League of Legends Smurf account.

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Tips on How to Be a Good Team Captain in League of Legends

Tips on How to Be a Good Team Captain in League of Legends

A team leader or captain in League of Legends, who is typically chosen during Champion selection, is entirely optional outside of esports. But having one on the team can be a big help, especially since everyone typically plays with total strangers. It’s nice to have someone coordinating the attack and making critical decisions for the team.

But to be a good team leader, you will need more than just an extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of the game. Here are a few tips that can help you out if you fancy being the main shot-caller in League.

Establish good communication early

As in, as soon as you get voted to act as the team leader for the match. Let your teammates know that you have great communication skills. Plan out strategies early and tell your teammates your expectations, quirks, preferences, and other things that need to be mentioned. Players tend to keep silent during early game when everyone’s busy on earning gold and EXP. So it’s important to have an established communication line within the team early on.

Always keep your composure

Don’t ever rage on teammates. Just don’t. No good thing will ever come out of it. Raging on particularly bad teammates won’t magically transform them into South Korean-level players. It will just make the situation even worse. Plus, it makes you look bad. And we all know how anger can easily cloud one’s judgment. As the team leader, it’s important that you don’t get baited into chewing out teammates who are doing poorly in the match.

If one teammate keeps feeding, don’t blast him with an angry message in front of the team. It might discourage him and lower his morale even more. Or worse, it might kick-start a full-on shouting match, which is just a waste of time. Instead, offer suggestions on how he can improve his play and avoid getting massacred every three minutes. Help him get his footing.

Be super-clear with instructions

To avoid misunderstandings and costly mistakes, make sure your instructions are crystal clear when play-calling. League is a game where an entire team can be wiped out in five seconds or less during a team clash. One small mistake can be game-changing, especially during late game. So it’s vital that the entire team is on the same page when it comes to tactics and strategies. Refrain from giving vague instructions that teammates need to clarify more than once to fully understand.

Don’t be bossy

Being the captain doesn’t mean you’re free to order teammates around. Nobody likes it when someone is constantly on his or her ears, giving out non-stop instructions and unwanted commentary on everything, from trading blows with an enemy Champion to last-hitting minions. Keep a balance between letting your teammates actually play their game and offering suggestions to improve their game.

Also: Be courteous and polite when talking to or giving instructions to teammates. Don’t come off as a self-entitled asshole who treats everyone – including new and inexperienced players – with little respect. This is very important if you want teammates to listen to you throughout the match.

Own up to your mistakes

Don’t blame others every time you get killed in the game – especially the support, who often gets a huge chunk of the blame whenever something doesn’t go right. League players who are doing poorly have the tendency to point fingers for their mistakes.

Yes, as acting team captain you have a little bit more voice than others. But that doesn’t mean you can just blindly blame anyone. If you make a mistake, make a quick apology, tell your teammates you’ll do a better job next time, and then move on. No need to stick around and look for ways to save face. (This tip actually applies to all League players, not just team leaders.)

Give compliments to teammates

Don’t be stingy with compliments, man. When teammates get a kill or do something worthy of a praise, like helping another teammate escape an ambush or perfectly setting up a gank, compliment them for a job well done.

You don’t need to be all emotional and compose a lengthy message. Just a simple “Great job!” or “Nice one!” should suffice. It will make them feel good about themselves and strive to continue to play great. The little things count in League, too.

Be decisive when it comes to plays

As team captain, you’re going to make a lot of decisions, big and small, throughout the match. Like giving Teemo the green light to do whatever the hell he wants or allowing lover Champions Rakan and Xayah to keep sticking together despite being rendered ineffective. You don’t have to make the correct call 100 percent of the time. But it’s important that you’re decisive when it comes to it.

Don’t change your mind constantly; otherwise, your teammates might get confused about your instructions. Many players can quickly adjust to changes on-the-fly, which is really a necessity considering League is a fast-paced game where commands happen in real-time. But that doesn’t mean it’s all right to keep changing plays all the time.

It’s also important that you’re confident about the plays you call. Consider the pros and cons of each decision you make and live with the results. Yes, even if things ended up horrendously. Having doubts will affect how you call plays.

Have all of your teammates’ back

Treat all your teammates equally regardless of their skill levels. Don’t give special treatment to teammates who are doing way better than everyone else. If a teammate is constantly screwing up, offer him support by encouraging him and telling him that you have his back no matter what.

You will need all team members if you want to win the match, so it’s no use to alienate one of them. When your teammates are blaming each other over a particularly bad sequence, step in before it becomes a full-on fight. And definitely, don’t pick sides.

Listen to your teammates

Communication is a two-way affair in League. Aside from giving instructions and calling plays, you also need to listen to your teammates’ input. Consider their suggestions and ideas that they think could help the team win. Don’t just flat out ignore them and say your ideas are better. Be prepared to adjust your strategies on-the-fly as well.

Hopefully, these tips can help you become a good team leader in League. But before you dream about leading a team to countless victories, consider getting your skill to a respectable level first. You can practice without damaging your reputation by using a Smurf account. Check out our offers!