by Nicholas Greene, MMO Attack, Posted Feb 8th 2013 2:32PM
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 Talking Trash:
An old adage applies here: If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.
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
This seems to be one of the biggest stumbling points for many players – admitting that maybe they aren’t as good at League as they think, and that they could probably learn a few things from their opponents. I know I had trouble with it, at first.
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):
There are plenty of champion builds around on websites like Mobafire and Leaguecraft. You should be looking at them, but you shouldn’t be following them like they’re gospel. The thing about League of Legends is that it’s an active game. Yes, you should have a few core items on each champion that you’ll want to rush right away, but at the same time, you need to adapt your build to a wide array of things – how well you’re doing, how well your team is doing, the strongest champion on the opposing team, the composition of the opposing team…we’re looping back around to critical thinking.
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).