Monday, December 17, 2012

What does "Metagame" mean?

What is this "Metagame" - So often talked about and exactly what does it mean ? 
When doing a small google search ending up on wikipedia it says:
"Metagaming is a broad term usually used to define any strategy, action or method used in a game which transcends a prescribed ruleset, uses external factors to affect the game, or goes beyond the supposed limits or environment set by the game. Another definition refers to the game universe outside of the game itself.
In simple terms, it is the use of out-of-game information or resources to affect one's in-game decisions."
So it is a set of strategies that have been found to be effective by the users of the game given:
"it is the use of out-of-game information or resources to affect one's in-game decisions"
This out-of-game information can be all from understanding how the mechanics of the game work, everything from how to calculate speed, spawn timers, ability scaling from different champions, counters ect. All this is information that makes us make in-game decisions, pick a particular champion in champion select, banning champions ect.
So how do you get to know the current meta? - well for once you should play as many games as you can. You will get a lot of basic understanding for the game or you can get it watching other people play a certain way and notice how they success.

So what is the current "Metagame" right now?
when asked this question, many just says something like the current meta is:
"The current lane choices for the meta are: Bruiser top lane, Ability Power Carry mid, Ranged Attack Damage Carry and 0cs Support bottom, and Tank in the jungle."
But as stated above, the metagame is much more than that, it can be that you see the enemy jungler has an amumu who desperately needs blue, so you decide to do early invasion on blue. It can be that you see that the enemy has nunu + vayne botlane, and you decide to switch lane with top, because you else could be outfarmed badly.

Personally I do not fully understand the all aspects of the current metagame, with all of the new items and constant balance that is going on, counters change, matchups change so the only way to know the current metagame for me, is to play more games. Yesterday I was watching Intel Extreme Masters final, where SK was battling Fnatic, read about it here

There I noticed that the supports, which role I main, was going sightstone first, from that I concluded that with Heart of Gold being gone, the extra health from sightstone is vital, also given more gp10 and supports using so much gold on wards, having this sightstone can make you save so much money, that it actually is like having a gp5 item. So that is something I should think about.

Usefull links to expand your thought of what "metagaming" is:
http://www.rtsguru.com/article/3022/Understanding-The-Metagame-What-Is-It-In-LoL-and-Beyond.html
http://www.sk-gaming.com/content/36952-Beginners_Guide_to_Meta_Laning


So what do you think is the current metagame ?

// GrekMaR

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