Thursday, January 24, 2013

New course for the blog !

Hey there !
So it has been a long time since I made my last blog article.
This is caused by me beeing busy with my exams at my education, so I thought it might be better posting some   articles about other things instead of me promising to analyse LoL games when I do not have time to cope with that promise, instead I would like to bring out great articles already written that could lead to you becomming a better player or making some posts that could about the game that could make it better.
All in all - It is after all a blog, and I decide it's content !.


So for my first article of this kind, is going to be a post from leaguecraft.com:
15 Tips for raising your elo

During the past several weeks, I have played ranked queue in various Elos, from 800 to 1600, and I have compiled some thoughts and tips on how to raise one's rating. Although these tips apply to almost any Elo, they will be especially useful for those who are sub-1300.

1. FOCUS ON CS

This is the No. 1 thing you can do to gain Elo. If you can out-CS (Creep Score) everyone during your matches, this greatly increases your chances of being able to dominate and carry. The higher the CS, the more money you will have, giving you better items. It will also enable you to outlevel your opponents early game, making it easier for you to kill the enemy. CS is EXTREMELY important, so try and last-hit every creep you can! (Unless you are playing support of course - let your carry get the minions instead.)

2. WARDING

Don't solely rely on your support to ward the whole map for you. Do not be cheap about pitching in for wards - even a few wards here and there go a long way. If you are top lane, when you go back, buy a ward for your bush so you don't get ganked and can farm easier. Also, ensure the important points are warded properly throughout the game. Dragon, Baron and jungle entrances are good places to keep warded. If you are doing well, consider warding the enemies' blue and red buffs as well.

3. TIMERS

Always remember to type the timers of the Dragon and Baron buffs in chat when your team kills one. Dragon respawns every six minutes, while Baron respawns every seven minutes. Blue and Red buff respawn every 5 minutes, although timing these are not as important as Baron and Dragon. Example - if you kill Dragon at 10 minutes in, type '16' in chat so it is recorded for your team and you will know when the Dragon is due to respawn. This way, your team has an idea of when to group up and return to the Dragon camp to kill it again.

4. DO NOT FACE-CHECK OR OVEREXTEND

It is better to be safe than sorry. Watch your step in situations where you do not have vision. CV an area before you ward, and be aware of where enemy champions are located. For instance, don't just wander over to the opposing side's blue to go ward and get surprised that you end up dying from a gank. Getting caught out of position can set up a game-changing outcome for your team. It can give the enemy team a free Dragon, Baron or tower because you just gave them the advantage of a 4v5 fight.

5. LANES ARE NOT SET IN STONE

If a solo lane is feeding too much, you need to take action. You can either switch lanes with your teammate or solely focus extra ganks for that teammate's lane. Even one successful gank can be enough to help your teammate recover before things get out of hand. Ward their lane for them if you need to as well. If they are falling behind, having them spend the 75g for a ward will only set them back further. Plus, by warding for them, you may prevent them from getting ganked and dying more.

6. GIVE YOUR MID BLUE BUFF

This is especially true if you jungle a champ that does not require mana. I see too many Lee Sin junglers take blue buff, when it would be much better off on the mid-lane AP carry.

7. BUY ITEMS BASED ON THE OTHER TEAM'S COMPOSITION

If the other team is stacking armor, and you are the AD carry, get Last Whisper instead of that third Bloodthirster. Too many times I see people building the same item builds over and over again, game after game, without taking into consideration what the enemy team has. For example, if the enemy team is being carried hard by an AP caster, buy magic resistance.

8. DON'T FORGET TO TRIPLE POT

Late game, when your item build is complete, you can still buy Oracle's Elixir, red, green, and blue pots. You can buy these earlier, and someone on your team should have Oracle's Elixir to kill enemy wards, but always triple pot when your item build is complete.

9. SNOWBALL ITEMS ARE RARELY SEEN IN HIGH ELO

Buying snowball items like Mejai's Soulstealer, for the most part, can be too risky and dependent on you doing well. You will rarely see anyone in higher Elo buy snowball items in a serious game. Stick to the standard builds for more consistency.

10. PLAY A CHAMP YOU ARE GOOD WITH

Don't try to be one of those people who can play any champion. Odds are you will end up being mediocre at all, and a master of none. Pro teams designate roles for just this reason. Learn a few champs in a few different roles, and stick to them in rank. After all, if you want to win, you should be playing your best. Practice new champs in normal games.

11. DON'T RAGE

The only thing that raging at your teammates will accomplish is getting them flustered, and making them do even worse than they already are. You can always report them after the game, but there is no benefit to flaming someone.

12. IF YOU HAVE A BAD PLAYER ON YOUR TEAM, WAIT TO RE-QUEUE

So your game just ended, and you had a 0/15/2 Corki on your team. Wait a good five to six minutes to re-queue. Most people leave their games and instantly re-queue if they are going to play again. You may end up with that Corki on your team if you insta-queue. Wait it out and hope you never see them again!

13. DUO QUEUE

By duo queue-ing with someone you know, you are eliminating the risk of at least one of your teammates being a rager, feeder or a noob.

14. MAKE NEW FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH

If you need someone to duo queue with, try adding people in your Elo that seem to do well. Did you just play a game with a Nasus who carried hard? Check their match history, see if this is a fluke or if they seem to be an overall good player. Shoot them a friend request and see if they want to play with you sometime. During Season 1, I did this and I made a special section on my friend list for these people named "Elo Awesomeness." Several of these people who I met around 1200 Elo are 1500 to 1700+ this season. Play with good people, and it will help make you better! 

15. DON'T FORGET TO CALL MIA'S

If someone in your lane goes missing, call it! Also, if you know where they are heading, ping where they are going on the map.

Best of Luck, and see you on the Rift!
Remember, this is not a ruleset, just a good thing to keep in mind when playing league of legends ranked or unranked ! :)

Cheers
// GrekMaR

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