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League of Legends: "Help! I can't stop feeding!"
Ever feel like this is you...but on a regular basis?
Om, nom, nom!
Unless you have prior experience with MOBA-style games, League of Legends can be a very hard game to get the hang of. One issue that many newer players struggle with is feeding the enemy team. The game can lose its luster for players who struggle to stay alive long enough to do…well…anything.
This was something I struggled with when I was new to the game. I died all the time, fed my opponents, and made the enemy team darn-near impossible to beat! Many times I frustrated my teammates and ended up getting raged at.
Since then, I’ve learned several helpful strategies for survival! Give them a try!
Did you know?
Getting 12-14 minion kills is the approximate gold equivalent of getting a kill? Getting ahead of your opponent in farm can be a huge advantage!
You don't always have to go for the kill!
One of the biggest temptations for new players is thinking they need to attack their lane opponent ever time they’re nearby! This is what I used to do, and it usually cost me big time!
Just like in real life, you need to know how to pick and choose your battles. Not every fight is worth fighting—especially early on when your champion is weakest!
A far better strategy is to play more passively, leaving it to the enemy to make the first move. Let them be the ones to risk it all! Meanwhile, you should be working to increase your minion farm. Getting a gold advantage over your enemy can be every bit as helpful as killing your enemy!
Whatever you do, don’t engage on your enemy if:
- You are within enemy turret range or taking enemy turret fire. Until you have some significant practice with strategic tower diving, this will almost always get you killed! Fighting while taking enemy turret agro puts you at a huge disadvantage—even if you’re ahead in gold or kills! Know the range of turrets and be sure to steer clear of them!
- You both have about the same amount of health. The general idea of engaging on your opponent is to engage on your enemy with the odds in your favor! When both you and your enemy are about the same health, you’re helping the odds to be more of a fifty-fifty split! “Poking” your enemies to weaken them isn’t a bad plan, but don’t go all-in until the enemy is at a clear disadvantage!
- It’s not even a fair fight. Before you hop into a fight, take note of how many enemies there are. Then, check to see how many of you teammates are able to back you up. Diving into a fight in which you’re outnumbered is like asking to get your butt thumped. Don’t do it!
So when should you go in for the kill?
- Go for it when your enemy has lower health than you! Having more health than your enemy will (most times) put you at an immediate advantage! After poking at him to lower his health, feel free to engage on you opponent!
- When your team can back you up. If you engage now, can your team back you up? Will they be there in plenty of time to assist you? If so, go for it! Make sure that you're still diving into a evenly-matched fight, though!
- When an enemy is poorly positioned, taking turret fire, or wandering around alone. Did your enemy slip up? Sometimes your opponent will be poorly positioned or "stuck" somewhere where is team can help him. Make sure to take advantage of these occasions!
League of Legends isn’t Super Mario Smash Bros! It’s actually a lot more like chess. In chess, you don’t just lob all your pieces at your opponent’s king! You have to be strategic. Sometimes it’s more important to pressure your enemies, control the field, and have better positioning…which brings me to my next point.
Positioning is everything!
Looking back on the games I played when I was new, I can safely say that at least half of my deaths were the direct result of being in a bad place at a bad time. Sometimes, that’s all it takes.
Don't put yourself in high-risk situations. If you just saw some enemy team members wander into the jungle and diappear, don't go in after them! Do you think your lane opponent is hiding in a bush? Then don't stand by it! Did the enemy jungler just start heading toward your lane? Back off and don't push the lane!
Mostly, positioning in lane just boils down to good ol' common sense. But to have proper positioning, you need to be paying attention to where your enemies and allies are.
I can't tell you how many times I've played with a person who dove into an enemy team alone, died instantly, and then asked, "Where were you guys?" when the rest of us were nowhere near him in the first place.
Pay attention! Stay alive!
Vision: you need it to see.
Make that you're using wards! Having vision in your vulnerable areas will help you spot an enemy gank or team ambush before it happens! Some of the areas you should keep warded are:
- Tri-bushes in the jungle
- Objectives (blue and red buff, dragon, Baron Nashor)
- River access points
- Any bush your opponent frequently hides in
Don't ever leap into a situation where you don't have vision of the surrounding area. Did the jungler fall off the grid somewhere near your team's blue buff? Let him. Don't chase enemies if you don't have vision in the area. You could walk right into a trap...or the whole enemy team!
It's better to be safe than sorry. Even if you out-level, out-damage, and out-sustain you opponent. If he has vision in the area and you don't, you're at a major disadvantage. Don't give the enemy the upper hand by charging in blind.
Get to know your champion and his/her build.
There is no absolute "right" way to build any champion. League of Legends has created plenty of items suited for every champion type, so there's plenty of room to experiment!
However, sometimes the order in which you build your items can greatly affect your survivability in lane.Take me for example. When I first started playing this game, I almost always played as an AD carry. Regardless of the champion I was playing, I only ever built attack speed items...and I died all the time!
It wasn't until I started checking out other build strategies that I realized mine was horrible! I may have been attacking at warp nine, but I wasn't doing much of any damage! My enemies could easily pick me off!
Look up different build strategies for your champions--there are tons of them online! I'd strongly recommend using Solomid or LoL Pro. Mobafire is out there too, but I wouldn't recommend it as the builds there aren't as reliable.
Get an idea for what types of items you should be building and when to build them. You don't have to strictly follow an online guide (or even the recommended build in game, for that matter), but getting to know a few build strategies will help you decide what works for you...and what doesn't.
Give it some time (and practice)!
Playing without feeding doesn't happen overnight. The absolute best way to get better is to practice, and practice comes with time! But don't be discouraged!
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Best of luck on the Fields of Justice!
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