So, your friend has convinced you to start playing League of Legends, and you’re struggling to keep up. Here are our tips for beginners for those wanting to master the biggest MOBA in the world.
It’s safe to say most new players struggle when they first hop onto Summoner’s Rift. But don’t worry, Gamezo has you covered, use these tips and you’ll be winning your games in no time.
Pick a role
When starting out in League, the huge number of champions can be extremely overwhelming. Not all champs do the same things, however, some are tanks, some are healers while some are ranged damage dealers.
Each playstyle differs, and this is reflected in the five available roles on Summoner’s Rift. Whether you go top to play the ax-wielding Darius, or would rather sit back and heal with Soraka, picking a role will help you learn the game much quicker. It can often be all too tempting to try anything and everything but picking one role to start will help!
Have a small champion pool
On the back of picking a role comes purchasing your main roster of champions using your blue essence in the store. Having a small pool of champions means you have to learn fewer spells, fewer matchups and can instead focus on learning the wider parts of the game.
This does not mean you should ignore other champs, knowing their abilities will actually be key to doing well. But if you want to make your life easier, play a selective number of champs when starting out. An easy way to do this is to look up tier lists produced by in-game statistics like Blitz.GG or by your favorite streamers and professional players.
Use your Wards
To someone who is new to MOBAs, the fog of war mechanic can be a new game feature you’ve never seen before. Walking into the darkness of a jungle with no vision is a sure-fire way to die.
Wards give players vision advantages that allow you to traverse the map much more safely. The game even gives you normal wards for free, so there is no reason not to place them. Use wards in bushes around the river entrances and around crucial objectives to help out your team and see your way to victory.
Fight for objectives
While the river and jungle might seem intimidating to new players, they hide some pretty cool stuff if you take a trip through them. From elemental dragons to the mighty Baron Nashor, the objectives scattered throughout the map will give teams competitive advantages that help them win the game.
Nothing quite beats killing your first Baron and pushing empowered minions down a lane or getting that first execute with the Elder Dragon buff. And don’t worry, the game helps you know where they are and when they spawn – just use your mini-map to locate them, and hold TAB for the timers up top to know when they spawn!
Look at your mini-map
Speaking of the mini-map, this is one of the best pieces of equipment you can use in League of Legends. Located at the bottom left of your screen, the map shows the entirety of Summoner’s Rift, as well as the location of your teammates, and enemies who are in vision.
Get used to regularly checking your mini-map to see where enemies are and track them to avoid dying.
Buy the correct items for your champion
Not only does League of Legends have over 157 champions to learn, but it also has a shop full of items that help your champion throughout the game. Items are extremely important to give your champion damage, utility, and health which can help you carry the game.
Items are specifically designed to work better with certain champions and figure out which is best on which will improve your gameplay a lot. The updated item shop in the game helps a lot, by recommending items to build. Players can also search for champion builds online, which can also help new players get their heads around different builds.
Play with an unlocked screen
While the idea of not having to control the camera and just focusing on your champion sounds good to a new player, it’s easy to not realize how limiting a locked camera is. A locked camera keeps your champion on the center of your screen at all times, which means it’s easy to miss things that are on the edge of your point of view.
An unlocked camera can be hard to get used to at first, but being able to pan the camera to better frame a team fight will help a lot. Try it in the practice tool beforehand to get used to it!
League of Legends can be an overwhelming, toxic, intensive game for new players, but once you master the basics, and begin to learn the game, it sure does become addictive.
As with any hobby, having fun will not only make it more enjoyable but will make you play better! So be sure to enjoy your time on the rift, and go and get those enemy nexuses. Good luck summoner!