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League of Legends How to Win Ranked Games

Updated on April 13, 2016

So you want to win ranked games huh? You want the title and prestige of that high elo so you can brag to all your friends and feel like a real B.A. Well I understand what you mean. The elo system in League of Legends is a complicated beast to conquer. Do not fear the tips are here. I will show you what you need to know to win ranked games and be a carry.

Pick Strong Champions

As much as riot tries to make the game as balanced as possible, there is just the reality that they can never make the game balanced and their will always be overpowered champions. Well instead of fretting and complaining about people playing these champions and losing because of it, play them. Not just play them, spam them. Be the guy who learns all the good champions and gets good with them and carry with them. Champions that are op are op for a reason. It is because they can win trades and have certain skill sets that makes them optimal for winning. Enough for the boring statistical talk lets move on.

Strong champions in ranked games:

  • Anivia
  • Ahri
  • Karthus
  • Katarina
  • Mao Kai
  • Cho Gath
  • Jax
  • Malphite
  • Amumu
  • Graves
  • Corki
  • Ezreal

Win Lane

This seems pretty simple. Well that is because it is. All you really have to do to win games is win your lane and win it hard. If you win your lane hard enough you will have no problem winning the game. There are however some lanes that are more important to win than others. Bottom lane is the key to winning. The success for bot makes or breaks the game in most cases. This is not to say that you can only win if you play ad carry. There are a lot of other roles that have influence of the bottom lane. Supports control if the ad carry on your team or their team gets fed. Mid and jungle influence bottom by their ganks. The truth is that bottom lane has the best scaling into the late game and that is what makes is so important. Although winning top is important, it wont have as much effect on the game as winning bottom unless you completely shut it down. In most case an equally fed top with and equally fed ranged carry will swing in favor of the ranged carry. Winning game starts with winning lane.

  • Play smart and don't get aggressive unless you know you are ahead and have accounted for the enemy jungler.
  • If you are losing lane try your best not to feed and not to lose any harder. Losing lane is fine if you can still provide utility to your team in the later stages of the game.
  • Try to out farm your enemy laner. Make sure you cs is higher and you have an advantage going into late game.

Accept responsibly for your mistakes and aspire to become better

Everyone knows the guy who wont stop blaming his team and telling them every time they make a small mistake. This is often the same guy who is making constant mistakes himself and refusing that it was his fault. If you want to become better at League you have to accept that you are not the best player in the world and aspire to become better. If you were the best player in the world you would be at the top of the leader boards and definitely not reading this guide. League is a game with and infinite amount to learn and you have to accept your mistakes in order to learn them.

  • If you have replay, watch your games after you are done and analyze what you are doing wrong.
  • Have an open mind and try to learn from your mistakes. After each one of your deaths look back and see what you could have done differently.
  • Do not be ignorant. Ignorance is definitely bliss, but it wont get you very far in terms of progress.

Don't Feed

You don't have to carry every game to win games. There is a certain aspect to the game that makes sense in helping you win a lot. One of these aspects is the aspect of not feeding. Seems simple right? Don't die and win game. Its that simple. Even if you are not winning lane if you are not feeding it opens up the opportunity for your other lanes to carry you. There is a certain reciprocity about League of Legends. Sometimes you carry and sometimes you get carried. Not feeding just opens up the door to get carried and win more.

  • The less times you die is the less money and experience you give to the enemy. This is why it is important to play smart and buy wards. Giving the enemy gold is almost never a good thing and if you are dying a lot in games you have to work on staying alive.
  • Know you champion and know your limits. Know when you can escape and when it is a bad idea to go in. League is a lot of judgement calls that make the difference between winning and losing.
  • Don't get caught. If you go to farm a wave late game know where the enemy is or do not farm it. Try to stay with your team and keep as many wards as you can up.

Promote Synergy

The basic concept her is to be nice to your teammates even if they are performing badly. The thing is that the more like a team that you work the more chance you have of winning. A lot of people do not realize that League is a team game and you have to rely on 4 other people to be successful. It takes everyone working together to effective. Just do not take the game too seriously and be a chill guy.

  • Rage can cause people to throw the game and perform poorly. Do not discourage your teammates even if they are doing poorly. Even players that have been feeding can come back and surprise you with big plays later.
  • Attitude is important. If you never give up and always try and win you will have many games where you won what seemed like a loss cause. This is what makes the difference between high elo players and mediocre ones.

Duo Q

Duo with a friend is a great way to win games. We have been over about how important statistics and gaining better odds is in League of Legends is. Well, playing with a friend that you know is good and know does not troll gives you a better chance of winning. Look at it this way. This is just a spot on your team that is guaranteed to not feed and not troll. Pretty good deal.

  • Try to find a friend that is around the same skill level as you and play with them. Work together to try and get to the elo you want to get to and focus on learning the game together. Not only will this be more fun, it will also give you advantage.
  • Do not duo queue with toxic friends and friends that are not serious about learning the game and getting better. Never try and carry someone out of elo hell.

Do not underestimate the power of the dodge

Dodging is a great tool that can save you from troll and toxic players. A lot of people do not take advantage of it because they do not want to wait the extra time. There is an extreme amount of value in using the function. Losing one game can put you really behind or stagnant when you are on the elo grind. My advice is to just always look out for trolls and know when to dodge.


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      GoldenAngel 3 years ago

      You are defently a troll Predyh

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      Predyh 4 years ago

      I know this is old but the dodging part is old,you now lose lp for dodging.Anyways there are barely any chance to win a game just because of yourself,I've been getting a lot of retard players and all I can say is 80% of the community does NOT take this game seriously.Riot should definetly fix this instead of making tons of skins.

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      Caleb 5 years ago from Wichita, KS

      Good article. I used to play the original DOTA user map on WC3. I have been looking to get into LoL and wanted to make sure I didn't do something stupid starting out. Thanks for the article. Rated up, awesome, interested and useful.