As a League of Legends player, I consider myself average, at best. Sure, I enjoy the game, and I can pull off some pretty sweet plays here and there ? but I?m not anywhere near ready to try my hand in a ranked queue, nor would I last terribly long in the competitive circuit. Believe it or not, I?ve improved ? I used to be pretty terrible. There were a great many factors I simply didn?t think about ? elements of the game that more or less escaped me altogether.
My roommate is an entirely different story ? and I?ve not a doubt in my mind that living with him and playing league on a regular basis with him has upped my game. I?ve started thinking of all the things I?ve done wrong in the past. I?ve started considering where I?m going wrong, and how I can fix that. I?ve started thinking about how to improve. I hardly consider myself an expert on the subject, but here are a few of the things I?ve discovered go a very long way towards being a better player.
Stop Trash Talking:
I don?t care how terrible your support is. I don?t care how thoroughly top-lane lost, or how much the guy who went mid fed his opponent. Furthermore, there?s a good chance it isn?t the jungler?s fault you died ? it?s probably yours.
Demeaning your teammates is, hands down, one of the worst things you can do in a game of league. As a matter of fact it makes you more likely to lose. Think about it - if somebody?s having a terrible game, and someone acts like a complete jackass to them, it turns into a vicious cycle. They stop caring as much about the game. They get angry, or hurt, or simply shut down. In the worst case, they actively try to get even further under your skin, sealing your defeat. Sure, it?s frustrating ? but how is screaming at them like a baboon going to get you anywhere?
One more thing ? if you?re trashing your teammates, you aren?t playing. You?re distracted. Chances are pretty good the other team is suffering from no such handicap.
Find ?Your? Champion:
Once you?ve found the champion with which you?ve the most synergy, it?s time to start practicing ? but more on that in a moment.
Accept Advice; Think Critically:
Essentially: always be willing to learn. No one knows everything about the game, and no one is perfect at it. Particularly at lower levels, be willing to consider that a strategy or build you find completely idiotic and absurd might actually be viable. More than anything, you should always be looking for a way to improve your own game. Figure out who the major players are in the competitive scene, and find one who plays your champion. Once you?ve done so, watch them ? most of them will have livestreams of their games. Look at what they do, how they build, and how they play. Watch replays of your own games, too. Look at where you went wrong, and consider the areas in which you can improve. Finally, if someone gives advice to you, consider it ?even if you think it?s bad.
Look at Builds (But Make Your Own):
In short, don?t just mindlessly mime builds ? adapt them to suit your particular situation.
Back to Basics:
This guide should get you on the right track. Read it, and remember: practice makes perfect. Teach yourself how to last hit, and actively consider the rest of your team. Your lane isn?t the only one in the game (unless you?re playing an ARAM).
It?s Still Just a Game:
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