ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Games, Toys, and Hobbies»
  • Computer & Video Games

How To Improve Your Rating in League of Legends

Updated on February 3, 2013

Get out of Elo hell

Welcome, summoner! This lens will provide you with my favorite and proven tips and techniques that will help you increase Elo and improve your skills in League of Legends. If you dream of dominating other players consistently and some day reach your goals, I'm confident my advice will be helpful.

It doesn't matter if you're trying to reach silver, gold or platinum rating, more than often your individual skill and behavior can determine the outcome of the game. That's why it's important to realize that no matter how well you think you play, there is always room for improvement.

Below (in no particular order) you can read some of the best advice I can provide after more than 3,000 matches played in League of Legends. I hope you find it useful!

Elo in League of Legends
Elo in League of Legends

What is Elo?

Feel free to skip this if you're familiar with the system

Elo is a rating system devised by a chess played named Arpad Elo over 50 years ago, and today it's used not only for chess but also football and baseball, and of course League of Legends. In the elo rating system every player is assigned a numerical rating, which can either increase or decrease based on the performance against other players. A higher rating basically means a better, more skilled player.

Depending on whether the opponents are considered better or worse, more or less points are gained or lost, but both players lose or gain the same amount. If a lower-rated player defeats a higher rated one, he will gain more points. Over a number of matches if one player wins more than expected his rating will increase.

The point of the Elo system is to eventually get all players to a rating where they will win 50% of matches, or in other words perfectly balance the players. Of course as with all systems it has its flaws, but generally in my opinion in League of Legends it works fairly well.

What Elo are you at?

No judging, just a question. I'm just trying to figure out what Elo rating (tier and division) are a majority of players that end up here so I can improve the content by writing tips that are better aimed at beginner or advanced players.

Completely anonymous of course, so please be honest. It'll help me a lot :)

(note: tiers and divisions are approximate and depend on server/region and other stuff)

What's your Elo rating?

See results
Climbing out of elo hell
Climbing out of elo hell

Does Elo hell really exist?

Ah yes, THE question! Every high(er) rated player will tell you that Elo hell is a myth, and every low rated player will tell you he's stuck in elo hell. So where's the truth?

Personally I like to think that both is true. If you're truly a good player, you will be able to crawl out of Elo hell and achieve your deserved rating, but many players just don't realize how bad they really play and simply blame it on Elo hell. While it is true that you can drop to rating far below your "expected" rating, you really should do your best to objectively assess how well you played and figure out if you deserve to be rated as low as you are.

Once you do drop to lower elo it can be even harder to increase it due to the fact you get lower-rated team mates. However, that also holds true for the opposing team: if you're good enough, you shouldn't have any trouble carrying games and winning.

Regardless of whether you or I think Elo hell exists or not, it's completely irrelevant, and that's the first thing you must learn! If you came here looking for excuses then you came to the wrong place. The point of this page is to help you improve your LoL skill, knowledge, decision making and mechanics, but most importantly your mindset.

Stop making excuses for your low elo and do something about it!

What are your thoughts about elo hell? Does it exist or not? You can just vote in the poll, but also add your opinions below!

Do you believe in Elo hell?

See results

It's YOU That Needs Improving

You can't influence your team mates much in a game, so the best thing you can do is objectively review your own gameplay and try to improve YOURSELF. That's the secret on how we're going to get you out of Elo hell, and that's what this page is all about.

Every match of League of Legends you ever lost has only one thing in common: you. Work on improving your own mechanics and knowledge about the game rather than always blame your teammates.

He might though.
He might though.

You Do Not Know Everything

Really, you don't.

In the thousands of matches I played, there's always some know-it-all telling everyone how they should play and pointing out their mistakes. In a majority of the cases, this doesn't lead to the team doing any better. People don't like smart-asses in real life, and they sure don't like them in League of Legends.

Offering helpful and constructive advice is good, but you need to be able to receive it as well. I don't know everything about this game, and I never will. With over 100 champions, a ton of items, abilities etc. it's impossible to keep track of everything, especially when it gets changed through the frequent patches.

No matter if you have 200, 500 or 2000 matches played, you need to realize LoL is a continuous learning process, and with every single match you'll get better and pick up something new.

Noobz
Noobz

Stay Calm

Playing angry and flaming your team doesn't help.

If a teammate tells you to build item X on champion Y, don't call him a retard. Either consider building it, or explain to them politely why it's not best for your item build or champion. Always be open to new things: just because you saw something in a pro player stream or read a guide for a champion, it doesn't mean your item build is the best.

Try this for a change: if you're doing good but your teammates keep dying and feeding kills, instead of insulting them try telling them to just try to passively farm and wait for team fights. Pointing out how badly they're doing is not going to help them in any way, I'm sure they already know it. And they're just as unhappy about it as you are.

Being impolite to players and calling them names is the best way to ensure a swift defeat. Try reminding your teammate how well everyone else is doing in the match, and that you have a good chance to win if you just farm and group up.

It's also important that you don't play when you're angry and frustrated. We all have those matches that completely throw us off the tracks, and I personally start playing worse and worse with every defeat. Quit ranked for a day and continue tomorrow when you're well rested and fresh.

Remember to Have Fun

League of Legends is supposed to be fun and enjoyable. If you constantly get stressed and frustrated perhaps you should consider sticking with normal games.

Also, there's always bots waiting to be crushed if you really need to get that daily IP bonus.

Do not feed
Do not feed

Don't Feed

And by that I don't mean your goldfish.

I'm not sure who or even if imparted this knowledge to me, but it's how I tend to play all my games. My number one goal in every match is to avoid dying as much as possible, even if it means missing a few kills on your opponent. It doesn't mean you can never make any risky plays, but keep them to a minimum and don't play recklessly.

Think about how many games you lost even though you were fed. Sure it helps to get kills in your lane and dominate your opponent, but if the risk is too great don't go for it. Instead, focus on farming, map objectives and team fights.

That also includes unnecessary chasing, aka greed. By all means, if possible you should always finish off an opponent, but almost never if it means you'll die yourself or lose some other important objective. Don't run after opponents through their own jungle for ages, the other team isn't stupid and will take advantage of you overextending alone. Don't blow your escape abilities to catch someone if you know you can't get out of the situation alive. Don't tower dive if you're not getting out alive.

Every time you force your opponents to waste summoner spells or go back to base and heal, you gained an advantage. You can freely farm and do damage to a turret, and you denied your enemy gold and experience. Even small victories are helpful, and every advantage you can get is helpful, and it all adds up.

Ka(r)ma Sutra Agrees
Ka(r)ma Sutra Agrees

Learn All Roles

Kama Sutra for League.

If you intend to instalock a particular champion regardless of what your team needs, then you might as well not even play ranked matches. You should learn at least 2-3 champions for every role: AD carry, AP carry, jungle, top lane and support. Yes, support! I know everyone hates playing supports, but they are crucial to winning games, for reasons I shouldn't have to explain (but most importantly, wards). More on that below.

As I mentioned, learning more than one champion for each role is absolutely necessary so you can be sure you can pick one you know how to play. If they end up getting banned or picked by the other team, you need to have alternatives. Also, the last thing you want to do is counter-pick yourself and make your laning even harder.

Even if your best role is for example AD carry, you might want to let someone else play it in case they ask. Unfortunately not everyone can play every role, and if someone's forced to play a jungler and they almost never do it, you can't expect them to play well. Next time you're in champion select, try saying "I prefer mid" rather than "I'm mid": communicating with your team and letting them play what they're best at is often the best way to ensure they do well.

A good rule of thumb is to let everyone play what they're best at, and if you're a decent player you'll be able to do well and fill any role your team requires. You can even carry yourself by mainly playing support.

What role is your favorite one: tell the world in this short poll. Please vote, it'll only take a second!

What's Your Preferred Champion Role?

See results
Supports
Supports

Learn To Play Support

You might even like it.

The most underestimated role in any team is undoubtedly the support. While their impact in teamfights can be less crucial compared to other roles, having a skilled and knowledgeable support player can mean all the difference. Best of all, they are in my opinion easiest to play (before you start with the hate, I mainly play support role).

There's two things you need to do as a support player: buy wards, and don't die. Everything else is secondary: obviously you'll help your team with abilities, attacks and items, but those are the most important ones. Don't take CS from your teammates, make sure jungle paths and map objectives are warded properly, and for god sakes don't die in lane. Your job is to help others do their job, and if you can't handle it go back to normal games and either practice or play something random.

Yes, sometimes your AD carry is playing badly and you feel bad about supporting them. Hell, maybe your entire team is feeding kills and you can't do anything about it. But at least you know it's not your fault, right? Well, sometimes it can be, but it's most commonly because of wards. Just remember that map vision is more important than your items. In teamfights, make sure to protect your AD carry primarily whenever possible, don't be afraid to use your spells AND autoattacks, and do your best not to die.

As with any role there's tons of little details and tricks which you pick up by playing them often, but I'll leave that for another time. Supports may be the easiest to play, but it still takes practice to do it properly. Just remember, buy wards and don't die!

Poll: Is Support your least favorite role?

If you can't play your main role and all that remains is support and one other, do you pick support?

Is Support your least favorite role?

See results
He's got no problem with time.
He's got no problem with time.

Learn Timers

There's even an iPhone app for that.

Knowing the respawn timers of buffs and other map objectives is very important if you intend to contest them. Giving your team a heads up can often lead to getting that blue buff or dragon before the other team is in position for it, so make sure you learn the respawn times, whenever possible type them into chat and remind your teammates about them.

- Ancient Golem (blue) and Elder Lizard (red) buffs spawn at 1:55 and respawn 5 minutes after they are killed. If you know or guess where the opposing jungler started, you can contest their buffs at roughly 7:10, or 12:15 on the second or third spawn.

- Dragon respawns every 6 minutes. Unless you have a significant advantage over the other team you don't want to do it before 7 minutes into the game.

- Baron Nashor spawns at 15 minutes, and its respawn timer is 7 minutes. Here's a little trick as well: the baron buff lasts 4 minutes, so if you didn't get the exact time of death it'll spawn 3 minutes after the buff disappears from champions.

She'd love to mark you.
She'd love to mark you.

Ping Targets In Team Fights

Hitting "G" makes it GG.

Marking targets in team fights is a great way to ensure everyone stays focused on a particular target. More than often teamfights can be chaotic with everyone choosing their own target, and later blaming everyone for focusing the wrong ones.

It sounds too simple, but pinging works extremely well. Quite frequently it doesn't even matter who you focus: if the entire team throws their spells at that Skarner trying to initiate the fight he might die before he even gets the chance to use his ulti, or that Maokai who pulled himself in your entire team can often get bursted before the opposing team has a chance to react.

If you see your team focusing the wrong targets, make sure to remind them in chat who the priority is. But also make sure to ping the target during teamfights when he gets too close: it's a great habit to pick up, and you should really try it and see that it works. Why whine to your team afterwards about it, when you could easily do something about it.

Maybe a bit inappropriate but I like it.
Maybe a bit inappropriate but I like it.

Call MIA / SS

Or at least follow them.

A topic of frequent controversy, whether or not you should call your lane MIA (missing in action). In my opinion you definitely should, every single time. In a perfect world everyone would always pay attention to the minimap and have godlike map awareness, but in practice that's obviously not the case.

I'm sure you'll agree with me when I say that EVERYONE sooner or later gets ganked and frustrated when a champion from another lane kills them, even you. If you notice your opponent gone, say it in chat: it takes half a second and it may save your team mates life.

Just think about all the times you were perfectly fine in your lane until someone forgot to call an MIA and you got ganked. A simple "ss" in chat would suffice and you wouldn't go for that kill or tower dive, or maybe you'd just play more defensively. And this goes both ways: you can't expect everyone to have amazing map awareness when you don't have it yourself.

Nobody can nor will ever have perfect focus and attention to the minimap and you can't expect them to. You're trying to win games here, right? Making sure your teammates know when a gank is coming is definitely one way to help them get ahead, or at the very least not fall behind.

I didn't make this.
I didn't make this.

Learn To Farm

13 minion kills is roughly worth 1 player kill.

Carrying yourself out of elo hell doesn't mean you need to dominate your opponent and get fed every single match. You can just as easily out-farm most people, leading to a significant gold advantage, which in turn makes it easier to get those kills.

Every fight you decide to do with your opponent carries a certain risk to it: perhaps the jungler or some other lane is waiting to gank you, or perhaps you'll simply end up dying 1v1 because you misjudged the situation. Whatever the case, farming minions is much safer and it provides an easy and steady gold income.

You should set some reasonable but decent CS (creep score; minion kills) goals for yourself and try to achieve them in every match. You don't need to go all Froggen-like and have 400 minion kills before the 30 minute mark, but reasonable goals can easily be achieved by just about anyone:

- try getting to 75 minion kills at 10 minutes (10:00)

- next, try to have at least 100 cs at 15:00

- and finally 160 minion kills at 20:00

(needless to say anything higher is way better)

These are very realistic but easily achievable goals. Maximum number of minions you can kill at 10:00 is 114, at 15:00 it's 177, and at 20:00 it's 240. Even with my recommended numbers above you still don't have to get a lot of minions, and that doesn't even include potential jungle creeps. Most players below 1500 rating won't have this many CS, so if you decide to go with the numbers above you should have no problem outfarming anyone. If you consistently manage to have that many minion kills, I assure you your elo will increase.

As you can see from the subtitle above, every 13-14 minion kills you have is the gold equivalent of one kill on a champion. If you manage to have say 50 cs more than your opponent in lane by 20 minutes, it's like having 4:0, so you see it's not all about kills.

Here's some simple math for you as well, just in case you still don't fully embrace the concept of farming: at 10 minutes if you have 50 minion kills you gained 1000 gold from them, and if you have 75 you gained 1500. That's an extra Doran's Blade, or something similar, which might be just enough to give you an edge in lane to either kill your opponent or force him to go back and heal, thus making him miss even more minions.

Either way, you never want to fall behind in CS. If you constantly get out-farmed, you're not in elo hell, you just need to practice more. No excuses, remember?

Note: attached image has gold gains from Season 2. In Season 3 the gold gain values have been slightly reduced.

Precision Matters

When trying to last-hit minions or kiting your opponents, every click matters. Having a quality gaming mouse can help you increase your creep scores every match and make sure those skillshots go exactly where you want them to.

Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse
Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse

Razer Deathadder is one of the most popular gaming mice among professional players.

 
Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 with High-Precision 3600 DPI Optical Engine
Logitech Optical Gaming Mouse G400 with High-Precision 3600 DPI Optical Engine

I used to use G400, it was perfect but it broke (after 3 years, mind you) so I went for Razer Mamba.

 
Razer Mamba Rechargable Wireless PC Gaming Mouse
Razer Mamba Rechargable Wireless PC Gaming Mouse

A bit more expensive than your average mouse, but worth every cent in my opinion.

 
Get it?
Get it?

Learn To Freeze Lanes

Proper lane control is essential.

Freezing your lane is one of the basic things you should learn. It's mostly used in top lane, both when you have an advantage over your opponent and when you don't.

Freezing minions/lane basically means you want to keep them just outside your turret range, where you can easily last-hit every minion, and your opponent either has to get into turret range to get CS, or miss out on it. It's especially effective against melee champions without any ranged abilities, as they basically have no way to kill minions then.

The benefits are obvious: you're denying gold to your opponent, while at the same time farming at a safe place, ensuring you're much harder to gank for the opposing jungler. Since the opponent is basically at your turret the entire time, he's also easy pickings for your own jungler to gank.

The downsides of lane freezing exist too. You're not pushing the enemy turret, and the opposing champion can dive you under the tower with the help of mid/jungle if you're not careful. Furthermore, you need to ensure that your opponent doesn't roam the map and get kills or help his team with map objectives. I recommend you still keep the river/tribrush warded at all times to keep track of their jungler and your top lane opponent trying to roam.

Lastly, if you see your enemy went mid or back to base, make sure you "shove" his lane: it's essentially the opposite of freezing. You want to push minions to your opponents tower so they die to it, thus making him lose both gold and experience.

[Video] How to Freeze Your Lanes Tutorial

It's much easier to understand what lane freezing is when you see someone actually doing it, so the following video will show you exactly what it is and how to do it.

Map awareness and vision are imperative, and there's never a good excuse for not buying wards!

Best spots to place wards
Best spots to place wards

Buy Wards

And not only when you're support.

Possibly one of the easiest ways to win a game is to make sure you have map vision. I don't even remember when was the last game I played where I didn't buy any wards, but I sure do still see people every single day that don't.

Knowing where enemies are and when objectives are taken is simply invaluable. Wards help keep you safe from ganks in lane, and when the jungler does come and try you can ensure you waste as much of his time as possible. Additionally, your other lanes are safer knowing the location of the jungler.

Make sure you always ward the most popular ganking paths or routes. It's a 75 gold investment. If you die you'll not only lose more gold than that (and experience), but also give 300 gold to your opponent, and another 150 to the jungler assuming he assists.

Also keep the dragon warded at all times. It's usually the support's job, but if you're in the area do it yourself. You'll be able to contest the dragon if the opposing team tries to kill it, and maybe even get some kills in the meantime. Even if you can't fight for it, at least you'll know the timer, making sure you can be ready for the next spawn. After 20 minutes, Baron Nashor should also be warded at all times.

Even if the enemy team has Oracle's Elixir and keeps destroying your wards, that's no reason to stop buying them! 75 gold is a small investment, and you can often bait someone with wards, catch them alone and turn the game around.

I won't really go into the ins and outs of warding as there are other resources for that, but I'll say this: if you never buy wards, you shouldn't be above 1200 rating in my opinion, simple as that. No excuses.

Get Oracle's Elixir Too

If you're doing well consider investing 400 gold into Oracle's even when you're not support, especially if the opposing team is warding constantly. Think about this: you only need to destroy 4 wards to make it worthwhile (4 wards cost 300g, and you gain 25g per kill). Denying vision is a bonus!

Item builds
Item builds

Learn To Adapt Your Item Builds

Monkey see, monkey do.

You should always buy items depending on your needs. A surprising majority of players always builds the same regardless of their opponents or how the laning phase goes. Item builds for support and AD carry players are generally the same (although consider rushing Shurelia's Reverie or Last Whisper if needed), mid lane doesn't often require specific deviations (perhaps build Athene's Unholy Grail or Abyssal first if you need extra magic resist), and junglers can rarely afford to build something out of the ordinary.

That leaves us with top laners. You should always build according to your opponent and team: if the opposing team is predominantly physical damage, you'll want to skip that second DPS item or Abyssal Scepter and go for some armor. If you're having trouble in lane, either go for sustain, regen or defense.

Also watch out for players on the opposing team who are fed or very farmed, therefore the biggest threat to you. And note your role in teamfights: if your job is to go straight for the AD carry and zone him out, you'll want to have some armor on you.

You should ALWAYS adapt to the match, and in a lot of games your item builds should be different. Guides you read on Solomid or Lolpro are good starting points, but they aren't universally good. Learn to adapt.

Seriously Riot?
Seriously Riot?

Stop Saying Killsteal

This isn't Call of Duty.

Seriously, that just shows how little you know about the game. It's 100% irrelevant who gets the kill, as long as one happens. League of Legends is a team game and your success is tied with your team's success, so whoever gets the gold will help you win anyway.

Despite apparently almost everyone thinking otherwise, even if the support gets a kill it's not the end of the world: they'll invest it into wards or aura items that will help everyone on your team.

Just in case you don't know, the player who gets the kill gets 100% of the gold, and additional 58% is shared among those who assist with the kill. Therefore, it's always better to let someone else assist with the kill in order to maximize your gold gain, even if that means you're not the person to finish a player.

The only thing you should care about is winning the game, and not worry about your score. Even if you finish the game with a 0:10 score, who cares if you won?

Farming minions
Farming minions

Learn To Play Passively

Aggression isn't always the best choice.

You don't always need to get first blood, or destroy the first tower. I've laned against countless players who are constantly overly aggressive for no reason, and end up either dying to jungler ganks, or surprised when my Cho's combo takes them down.

As we already established kills don't necessarily win games. Have you ever lost a game where you were 6-0 in lane? I bet you did. I also bet that you didn't win many where you were 0-6, right? Trading damage with someone and trying to get a kill is always risky. After a few dozen matches with a particular champion and especially against the same champion you get the feel and intuition of what kind of damage you can do, but unless you're like 90% sure you can get a kill it's not worth dying for.

If you get a kill in lane, good job buddy! If you trade 1-for-1 it's rarely worth it (unless your team gets an assist, or for killing spree bonuses). You always need to factor in that your opponent is in most cases not stupid and thinks he can kill you as well: maybe it's his Ignite you forgot about, or perhaps his jungler is just lying in wait for you to make a move.

If you farm minions and keep up in CS with your opponent, you are not falling behind. By doing a risky play and dying because of it, you are not helping anyone but your opponent.

Stay With Your Team

4v5 fights never end well.

For my next 10 matches if I had a team that stayed together all the time and nobody ever got caught for no reason, I bet I'd win every single one of those games. Most games are lost not because of the laning phase, but because people keep getting caught alone or chase endlessly into the enemy jungle with no vision.

Wards help immensely as they give you vision of the opposing team, so if you see movement and think a fight is about to happen, don't go farming those wolves or split-push the bot lane. No matter how strong your team is they will have a hard time in a 4v5 fight. If your team is behind they probably can't 4v5 even under a turret, and if they're ahead why take the risk?

Staying grouped up and catching opponents off-guard or in inferior numbers is the way to win games. If you really, really must go defend a tower from an onslaught of minions or need to go place that ward at baron, make sure you tell your team to be careful in the meantime. My teams always have a knack for starting fights regardless of numbers, or they'll "unexpectedly" get caught by that Skarner ult. But if I'm not there to help them, in a lot of cases it's my fault and not theirs.

If you see the enemy team grouping up, you should group with your team as well.

Note on Split-Pushing

Split-pushing lanes may work in high-level play or when you're confident your team can handle or won't engage 4v5 fights, but in solo queue it's hard to communicate with your team and tell them to be careful. It's best to always stay with your team, and keep pressure and push while grouped.

Baron agrees with me
Baron agrees with me

Take Objectives

More important than kills.

In most cases you should prioritize taking various map objectives rather than kills. That's actually a bit vague as it depends on the situation, but dragon, baron and towers are typically worth more in the long run than a kill or two.

If you're trying to take down a turret, don't dive your opponents for no reason, especially when you're ahead. Far too often teams poke each other and someone just decides to randomly dive the enemy, which is almost always risky no matter how far ahead you are. Learn to take it slow and be patient: extend your advantage by taking towers one by one, taking dragon, enemy jungle and especially buffs, and of course Baron.

When you do get a kill on your opponent in a majority of the cases you should take some kind of additional advantage: in early game you'll want to either take down the turret or at least shove minions. You can also try taking the enemy buffs if you think it's safe and your jungler is around, or you can group up for dragon, especially if the kills happened in bot lane. In later stages of the game you'll almost always want to either take down a turret or baron buff.

The point is when you get a good pick on an opposing player, don't go farming Wolves or Wraiths: if possible get a more significant objective. You win games not by increasing your kill score, but by extending your gold lead over the opposing team and taking down their turrets and inhibitors.

Note on Baron Buff

Considering the stats you gain from having Baron Buff, it's roughly the equivalent of your entire team having an extra 20,000 gold in items. The most important stat Baron's buff gives you however is the regeneration, enabling you to push down turrets. Baron buff does NOT make you invincible.

Don't Give Up

Stop spamming those surrender votes.

Honestly, I tend to give up early sometimes as well, but it's usually not because I think we can't win but rather because I don't want to play that particular match anymore. When I see players making an enormous amount of mistakes over and over in a match it just gets me down and the only thing I want to do is get it over with.

However, a lot of players give up for no reason whatsoever. Just last week I had a match where my team wanted to surrender at the 20 minute mark. All our lanes were getting pushed hard, and our top turret was lost. It felt like we're getting crushed, but a quick look at the scoreboard said otherwise: the kill score was 12:10 for the other team, and we were behind only by 1 turret and 1 dragon.

My bot was farming at the turret constantly, but surprisingly kept up in CS. Mid was more or less even, and despite all appearances I didn't lose top lane: even though my turret was down I was 60 minion kills ahead of my opponent. Whenever the enemy team got a kill it was usually a trade 1-for-1 so we still kept even in gold. When teamfights started, we completely crushed the other team, and three 5v5 fights later we ended up winning the game.

Sometimes you can fall behind that far that there's simply no way to get back into the game. I've had my inhibitors down as early as 12 minutes, it happens. But a lot of games can be won regardless of a small lead the enemy team has at that point. Sometimes your opponents just have a team comp that doesn't work for whatever reason, and despite your disadvantage in gold you win every single teamfight against them. I'm sure you had that happen to you before.

When it looks grim, try grouping up and see if your team does better in a 5v5 fight. It's not the time to be split-pushing alone. And for the love of Teemo, but those wards: they are even more important when you're behind, as they enable you to get easy picks on lone enemy champions in your jungle.

And if your team doesn't want to surrender, you don't have to keep spamming /ff every 2 minutes. Apparently someone thinks you can win so perhaps they'll stop getting caught all the time and try to play safely. And no matter how bad the game is going and what your team is doing, there is NO EXCUSE for AFKing or ragequitting the match. That's the worst kind of scumbaggery.

Perception

Many players have the wrong perception on how far behind in terms of gold or levels they are, if at all. Spectating random games or watching tournament streams may help you see that comebacks are possible even when you're way behind in gold.

If you don't help your jungler with leash or when he gets invaded, why expect his help in your lane?

Help Your Jungler

Leashing and scouting.

I've always had trouble playing jungle. It's not the jungling part that's hard, but I can never seem to gank in the right time or be at the right place when needed. All I have to do is watch TheOddOne or Saintvicious or any other top jungler and I know how much I suck at this game. It takes an enormous amount of practice to learn the champions, routes, builds, counterjungling, and most importantly ganking.

Recently I've seen someone compile statistics after a major tournament that included this little nugget: about 80% of matches where your jungler gets invaded and the opposing team gets a kill results in a victory for the invaders. As a comparison, about 55% of matches are won if the opposing team only gets the buff without a kill. Always protect your jungler at level 1 and make sure you watch out for enemies incoming. What else do you have to do seriously, idle under the turret in your lane?

Additionally make sure you always help your jungler with damage at level 1 as well, and help with damage on other minions (Wolves for example) if necessary. That 100-200 damage less that your jungler will take if you help kill his Blue or Red buff is one less potion he'll have to drink, he won't have to go back to base and may hit a level sooner because of it, resulting in him ganking earlier for you or someone else, or he might survive that Shyvana trying to kill him in the jungle. How many times did you jungler arrive in your lane just one second too late to get a kill or prevent you from dying?

Additionally make sure to always help your jungler if he gets ganked in the jungle post-level 1. Often the enemy team won't go for the first buff, but might be waiting for him at red if he started at blue. Those few minions you'll lose in lane are worth far less than your jungler dying and losing buffs.

Don't blame the jungler
Don't blame the jungler

Don't Blame Your Jungler

Easiest to blame.

It's not your jungler's fault you lost your lane. Admit it, you were careless and probably overextended, and you didn't even have a ward. Honestly, if you need jungler's help not to lose your lane you're doing something wrong. Granted your champion can get countered or perhaps you're getting camped by the enemy jungler, but that's why I mentioned wards and lane freezing earlier. No matter how hard you're countered you should always be able to keep up in farm.

That being said, there are some really bad junglers out there, I'm sure we can all agree on that. I'm really sad when the enemy champion is constantly pushing minions to my tower and overextending without wards, and my jungler just ignores it. Sometimes they'll rather try 5 fail ganks in a row for their duo-queue partner or go for reckless invades rather than help you, but it's all part of the game. Think of jungler ganks as a gift, and don't depend on them.

You also need to understand that your jungler has to help other lanes as well. Any decent player at Elo he deserves should have no trouble laning against other players: of course you can fall behind if you die or perhaps their jungler is applying constant pressure and eventually they push your turret, but you can't also expect your jungler to babysit you all the time.

Think about it this way: if you're a decent player you shouldn't need help in your lane (in at least 80% of your games), and wouldn't you rather have your jungler help other lanes in that case? Now that's just my opinion and most players would probably disagree with me, but junglers job is not necessarily to help you get kills, but to help everyone so they don't fall behind.

Point being, learn to accept responsibility and don't blame others for your mistakes.

Just make sure it's the right one.
Just make sure it's the right one.

Always Go Heal

Well, almost always.

I see this time and time again. You just won a teamfight, downed a turret, got greedy and wanted another one: enemy team just respawned and you got crushed. Maybe you just felt really good about yourself for killing their jungler at red buff and tried to take his wraiths too... and you overstayed your welcome. Or maybe taking dragon after that inhibitor was a bad call, because you were too low to stop enemies from taking baron.

Whatever the case, you should always be mindful of the enemy location and respawn timers. It's definitely good to take objectives after scoring a kill(s), but make sure you go back to base in time, get that health up, finish the item you wanted and be ready to fight again. If the enemy team sees you low they can easily counterpush or go for baron or another objective.

Additionally, and this is really important: if you get a kill in your lane, you are met with several options, and very frequently people choose the wrong ones. In a vast majority of cases it's just best to shove minions to your opponent's tower and go back to base to heal and buy items. Too many players try to push the tower and end up staying long enough for the opponent to get back. Now he's the one shoving minions to your turret, and you're stuck with low health/mana trying to fight him back.

One important thing to be aware of in that case is that despite you getting a kill on your lane opponent, you're not necessarily stronger than him even if your health and mana are full. He just went to base and bought items: a couple of Doran Blades may be more than enough for him to finish you off.

If you gain an advantage in any stage of the game, make sure you keep it. Never give your opponent free objectives or a chance to get back into the game.

It's like trying to sneak up on people while wearing heels
It's like trying to sneak up on people while wearing heels

Don't Use Locked Screen

Why would you?

I read several reddit threads so far about this issue, and I must admit I'm stunned by the number of players who use a locked camera. I have absolutely no clue how you're supposed to hit long-range skillshots or even worse, dodge them. Given that interface takes a bit of screen real estate in the bottom area of your screen, I dare not think how these players play AD carry in bot lane when on purple side.

Seriously, you may think you play better (or at least the same) with a locked screen, but I assure you that's not the case. You simply can't have the same overview, vision and ... oh my, positioning. In teamfights if you're playing an AD carry positioning properly is everything, I get goose bumps just thinking about how you could possibly do that with a locked camera.

If you need to center your screen on your champion (which I often do by the way), use the SPACE bar; you can probably bind it to something else if you must, but I find it very convenient and easy. This all just feels to me like the discussions from a few years back about key binding in World of Warcraft, where people tried to convince me that you can play just as well by clicking spells with your mouse. Dear lord, I hope you don't do that in League of Legends as well...

Perhaps I'm missing something really important here, but I don't see any benefit you could possibly get by playing with a locked camera. If you have a good reason though I'd love to hear it, so shoot your opinions below.

To Lock Or Not To Lock?

I honestly want to know, what is your preferred way to play, and what do you think is better? If you play with a locked camera setting, what are your reasons?

What's better, locked or unlocked camera?

Locked Camera

Locked Camera

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I usually play with locked camera but when i have to watch out i always press "z".(ithink as adc i push "z" more often than i click :D )

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      For me I find it easier and play better with a lock screen, I will admit as pantheon or nocturne you can get yourself into shy situations without looking fi, with really isn't that hard to do. I can briefly go w/o my screen locked, but I just lose track of here I am, and a lot of the time, I end up dying because I wasn't looking at where I was.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      It depends on what champion I play. If it's a melee with long range spells or a short - ranged mage. But if I'm playing Ryze, I seriously go for locked.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      It all depends from different things: what champion I'm playing, what I'm doing in that moment, how much attention to my surroundings I need to have, what champion I'm facing... Say, if Im Garen facing a Riven, I'll probably keep my screen locked, I feel more comfortable with it, but if I'm Thresh facing a Sivir from the purple side... Well I couldn't even play that without unlocking it. Also, since I main jungle, I tend to keep it locked while farming monsters and to unlock it when I go ganking... To me it's just eliminating the action of having to follow your champ while doing less-stressful things, if I have this tool why not use it?

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Lock because i can keep my screen on my guys while he walks and if need click on the map to look ,and then go strait back to looking at my guy

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I use both but the majority of the time it is locked. It helps me to see where I am at better and from where I am using skill shots. I have good vision and I can easily dodge skill shots coming at me. I simply just prefer the locked screen for my play style. Like 'Axerial' said down below; Both is best.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      i never play unlocked, only to watch teamfights if im dead or see if i can go help

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I started with locked camera. I main AD carry. yeah on purple side i struggle a little bit more, but that just leads to better timing for dodging abilities. Placing my self in team fights usually is hide in the back and shoot and don't get hit. Team fighting is just like playing in the bottom land during a squirmish down there

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I personally use locked camera, I started with it and well, i tried to change it but it didn't end up well. Sometimes you push the screen too far resulting in you not able to auto attack OR when you are watching other lanes your lane opponent can sometimes recognize that and take advantage of it

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Unlock camera is hard for me to get used to. It is hard for me to move the camera as im moving to get cs. I am trying it on my smurf since it is too late now on my level 30 account.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      i never tried to unlock camera i was lvl 30 playing rankeds with locked camera so i never played bot lane because i used to lose 90% in the purple side , but i tried to solve that issue by mixing both cameras because i still can't play with unlocked camera only

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Both is the best

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I use locked camera because it keeps me focused on my champion and not others, when using a champion that 'teleport' like kat's e, it is useful to keep it centered on the screen as u don't have to move ur mouse to attack different champions, it can also result as losing ur mouse in a team fight which is a pretty sad idea. I still use a mix of both as it helps me to look around quicker. I know this is pretty off topic but Riot should put a 'rotate camera' option to make it easier for purple team. If u think about it, all the interface is in the bottom side which advantages blue team and disadvantages purple team to have a better view of the map.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I used locked camera mainly, only in some situations (mainly on purple) when the locked vision is not enough to see the enemys I switch for some minutes.

      Why? I prefer seeing my champion centered to know exactly where I am and how the others are positioned around me. Else it may happen, that I see myself at the edge and misinterpret situations, run in too much or back off too far.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Locked. TBH it's a lot easier for me when the screen is centered. As for map awareness it's easy to take a peek at the mini map every so often, and it's not as though you have extra vision by playing unlocked, as you can see only what wards, minions, and ally champions reveal by being present there. When it comes to dodging skill shots, i learn to recognize the sounds enemy champs make when they use those long range attacks, so I know when it's time to figure out its path and GTFO. E-Z P-Z.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Locked camera super hardcore bear!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I play with locked camera while farming but as i move into late game i switch to unlocked to observe my surroundings so Imma choose locked just for getting that early gold advantage

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      locked

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Maybe I'll learn to get used to unlocked one day but unless I'm playing a ranged champion or bot lane, locked camera works just fine. For some reason I just play terribly on unlocked, too much work involved in moving the camera and I always move it too far or too little, and I always seem to forget the use of the space bar so I get confused about where my champion is...so until I learn unlocked, I'm sticking with locked

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      lock cuze i don't need to keep moving my mouse and i can focuz on my target

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Toggling is easy. I only play unlocked when I lane against someone like Nidalee or Blitzcrank. Too many times I have lost my place and gotten down to half health before I can hit the spacebar and psuedo-lock.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i realized that at about lvl 5 when i didnt have any vision during fights. i didnt even thing there are 30 lvl players that use locked camera.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Moving the camera with the mouse is either too quick or too slow... impossible to manage consistently. Without a specialized gaming mouse, I have no way of keeping my fingers close enough to the left-side hotkeys to make them effective as well as maneuvering the camera with the directional keys.

      If I play on locked camera, I can focus far more on lining up my skillshots properly and have a faster reaction time when I'm doing so. If I decide to play Ashe or something that actually has a range outside the set camera distance, I can press Y and click the minimap where I need to aim. As it stands, my Xerath is more than capable of nuking someone even outside my vision as long as I've deciphered their little movement patterns.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I actually has a button binded to switch between visions, but i side with locked camera cause i feel sometime i dont really need it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      USE IT when you getting chased by the tanks when you play ADC.. it helps you to attack move better.

      right click-A/ right click-A..etc

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Because there must be reason for having it at all. Probably for beginners like me. Maybe later I will learn to use it Unlocked. So far I'm fine using it Locked and watching what is happening elsewhere using minimap.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Locked on the count of the camera always follows. If there is a moment when you need more range pressing Y can unlock it easy. If I feel I need to extend my vision I press Y and move the screen. then when I'm back to a neutral state I press Y to lock it back. I have and issue with over extending my mouse when it is unlocked and end up moving my screen during important moments so I started using this to control my camera.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I do use it sometimes, but i switch it off and on since i got it binded to my mouse. Im trying to learn without unlocked.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      you don´t need to move the camera all the time.i think it´s quite annyoing.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i use locked screen

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I play with a locked camera because I don't have a mouse, but a drawing tablet, which is very sensitive and makes it kinda hard to play with an unlocked camera.. (I used to have a mouse and play with an unlocked camera, but since I no longer have one...)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I mainly stay on locked screen through laning phase(unless adc/supp purple team) and go unlocked throughout the rest of the game.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like to use both i mainly use locked, but when i get stuck on purple side on bot lane i try to use unlocked if im pushed so i can last hit and avoid poke damage.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Locked camera because if you try to click on the mini map or something and get near the edge it scrolls over there.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Locked Cuz i have to high sensitivite

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I used lock because my mouse isn't the most reliable. When i get a new one i'm going to try and play with free camera.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      if your computer can't handle it then locked is what you have to have, Also if you're used to it then why change

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      It is much easier to focus on other aspects of the game, and I always lose track and don't have time to move the camera.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Locked. 10 out of 10 times this is the case for me. I have tried unlocked, several times but every single time I end up loosing sight of my champ and dying cuz of some random shit like ..accidentally running under a turret. Ive only played lol for about 6 months and if it weren't for locked camera, I never would've started. But I do see the downside with it, im not blind, so I will keep trying to unlock it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I play with a locked screen and can admit that dodging ranged skill shots can be a bit of trouble for me because I usually play AD fighter and do not have much speed. This has changed my perspective on locked or unlocked screens. THANK YOU!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i play with camera unlocked, however i keep myself pressing spacebar always that i am not looking other lanes or aiming a long range skillshot because it keeps me aware of my positioning

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I started with this when I started playing and it's just a hard habit to get out of. I try to play unlocked, however, I just have a really hard time controlling the screen and I always go too far or pan the screen too slow.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi ! Im Sun.

      Eer , i use locked camera. cuz , so i have more control to my champion.

      i ALWAYS unlock my camera my pressing Y to use long skills shots and watch my friends.

      I Prefer Locked Camera

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I played wiith locked camera til lvl 20, but now when purple team I unlock.. but still locked when blue... and I dont have so much trouble with sniping lux ults and xerath arcanopulses

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Always played with it. It's so hard to play without locked camera. (Pressing spacebar/etc.... njah)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i locked camera sometimes when my champions is so fast so i can't reach him by move the mouse or flashed and my champion is our of the camera

      and i use it a lot in blue side

    Unlocked Camera

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        UNLOCKED OFC !:O can't take the people who believe they can pull off locked screen cause u simply can't play the same way its pretty sad that locked screen is the default setting cause it gives new players a rly bad habit

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        When you get used to play without locked, your eyes will tear blood when you accidentally put lock on. Its much MUCH more better without it. At first I plaid with lock on too but friend said: Just try to get used to it, you will thank me afterwards". Yes, now I am thanking him.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        i never lock camera, but i hold Space almost always but whenever i need i can look at map or something else

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        You can easily browse left and right and see what is going on

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        DO NOT LOCK! in fact for even better control i changed my keys and made WASD my up, down, left and right camera scroll options.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I only use unlocked camera, but use space sometimes to lock at one time I need it.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        unlocked

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        honestly i think that unlocked is better but its so card for me to play without a locked camera

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Unlocked, so you can react to things faster.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I every time play with an unlocked camera and most of the time i think that is the better way of doing it.

        But sometimes I am looking what other lanes are doing and therefore get killed oder loose cs. So you should always watch where you are, either using the SPACE key or the minimap (where you can see visible enemys as well)

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        UNLOCK cause u r freely to move or to find a way when u r being chase by enemy team and to watch other teammates

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        It's better to move ur screen to have a better view of the situazion on the map

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I never locked it, it makes me seasick.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Unlocked is better

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        so. I was playing for a looooong time now. 1 whole year with locked camera because i couldn't control it with my mous and do the cs at once (i was a noob). it sucked, i didn't like it, but soon I discovered the might of the Space bar. when hold, i is used like locked. And i play that way for 3 years now. Adapting to it made me very good

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I dont know how people can play with locked camera,,, how.. how can you dodge skillshots, or if yu want to look at another lane you cant do that fast, you can't play good with locked camera i am sure.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Yah, I have a buddy who uses locked. I recently got him to use a mixture of both, but it just completely baffled me, I feel as though it makes things harder.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I always played with locked screen until my friend suggested I try playing unlock screen because I constantly got hit by those long ranged attacks especially playing from purple side... my main role is support & now I can actually see what is going on etc... MUCH better since I changed & tried locking my screen last night OMW how did I manage that... btw Y locks & unlocks screen too :)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        If you have already seen how other pro players play, It's unlocked screen. You can look around your surroundings. It helps you juke and have more reflexes when you see an enemy champion coming too you.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Locked camera is a crutch new players use.

        I had to ween myself off it when I started playing Varus, otherwise I'd shoot my Q off-screen and not know where it went ha ha

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I'm accustomed on using unlocked camera cause if I use locked camera, I couldn't evade the exact moment Piltover Peacemaker, Wild Card or that darn spear of Nidalee. Unlocked camera has saved my champion's life millions of times already.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        unlocked camera, it helps me juke out skill shot based nukes... xD

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I started with a locked camera, but my game play couldn't progress until I unlocked it. It gave me a totally new perspective on positioning and map awareness.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You have better map awareness and usually lane presence. the last time i lock the screen is when i was lvl 4 and i couldnt figure out how to get it unlocked :3. if you are using a laptop, buy a mouse and play with an unlocked screen. for real

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unlocked becaus you easyli can spectate other lanes if youre save and if you want to farm you always can press enter to have a locked screen.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        unlocked camera for sure, especially when you're against a skillshot champs (i.e Ezreal, Brand)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unlocked because you can pseudo-lock with space bar or whatever it is you bind it to. Plus you can't see your friends baron dance.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Having an unlocked camera is always an advantage . You can see what is going on on the map and use your skillshots better . YOu dont need locked camera . You can do it for concentration but it doesnt help a lot

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        omg unlocked ofc

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Un

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        It's better to unlock so you can take a look at all the other lanes. This is especially important for jungler mains, like me :P

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You can use spacebar when needed... If you play locked there is no convenient way to unlock.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unlocked by far: you can keep your camera locked at all times with spacebar (your thumb isn't gonna do anything anyway) and unlock it when you are going to trade or are sieging a tower.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I personally think it's worth the time, even though I myself don't use it. I need to learrrrrn....

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Locked camera mode may was invented so that beginers know ther potision....there is absolutely NO reason to play with it later than level 2 and i strongly reccomend to get used to it from level 1

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You can easily lock the camera by pressing the spacebar, but if its locked you cant unlock it with it. It would be kind of hybrid

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I think that starting as a new player with a locked camera takes away one extra thing to worry about when you're trying to get a handle on the game, so I can see why you would do that.

        However, that being said, after you DO have a handle for the UI, moving to unlocked allows you to play more freely, especially once you've developed the muscle memory for the space bar.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I started my first pvp match of league of league 6 months ago, and still remember the degree of frustration I experienced against the locked camera view. It was off in moments. There is no logical benefit for using it.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Honestly... why would you play locked.... -_- So many advantages to playing unlocked.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You don't know what is going on outside of your box nearly as well. I had a support blame me for not telling them that the tower was going down because it was outside of his box and he couldn't see it. They tell me that they don't need to know anything but how their AD carry is doing, but I feel like that is wrong and you should learn to play with an unlocked and open camera.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unlocked camera players can do more than locked camera players

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I have my Camera not locked at all, but when i just move around i keep pressing the space button so it easily follows my champ. I stop pressing it when fighting or shooting long range skillshots

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unlocked. DotA helped.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I couldn't imagine playing with a locked cam, especially not playing as/versing people like Ashe, Ez and Draven. Seriously, that just spells death.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I prefer unlocked camera so that I could plan for escapes when necessary, I only hit my Spacebar when I'm casting skills like Yi's Alpha, Akali's Ultimate, etc etc to provide a better vision and bursting enemy, aggresively.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        i use my space to go back to champion only, i never use locked. and there is no reson to do it. except very messy teamfights.. that also is only sometimes.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Never locked screen. Never.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I used to always use locked screen , and was always behind my other team mates and friends , little did I know about this wonderful game style without a locked screen! It takes like 2 days to get use to the new play style but soooooo worth it! UNLOCK PEEPS

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I´m playing mostly ADC or long range poke chars... Well, i can´t play with a locked screen if i want to snipe someone who is out of my screen :D

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I play with both it isnt that hard pressing y when you need to lock and unlock

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unlocked cam, much easier to use.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        My roomate uses locked cam, i cant understand how you would be able to see anything thats going on, the mini map is amazing and useful, but it doesnt show everything thats going on, on the other side of the map.

        In the end though, thoughs of you who do use locked cam, Thank you for making my life easier and yours harder.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        logical

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Never lock cam, never ever do that :D

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        locked? wtf.... come on ^^

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I never use locked camera , NEver

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        How anyone plays with locked is beyond me. I find it reduces my concentration too. Would be tempted to play with locked camera for a short period for one reason only - would probably force you to increase your mini map awareness.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I have to admit, I'm currently trying to adjust to playing with unlocked camera because I know it would be so much better for me as a player. I'm just so used to playing other games where the camera is focused on you, and League is the only game I play with the camera nudging moving the screen, it's super hard to get used to. Any tips?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Prediction and microcontrol. Locked camera won't let you snipe someone that easy or predict their paths.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        winner

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        just like the free vision

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        free camera, for those using locked, and have a good reason for it, i suggest lowering the hud scales and removing hud walls, that will give you a lot more vision :)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        unlocked, more vision and gives you a chance to dodge skillshots as well as hit with yours. When i began with leauge i played with locked, but later i found out i could change that, and it was so much better.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        srsly people talking about computer not handling the game so lock your camera, dont understand the first thing about how games run. This will not help you. unlocked is the only way to go for superior vision, control and awareness of your lane. I played with a 40" screen for a while and even then the I could don't see how I could have taken advantage of a locked screen. I really just wish people would learn. *SPACE BAR*

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I use unlocked, reason: My camera never stays in my vision way... if i need to skillshot, then my mouse simply moves the camera for me, with locked its like playing LoL with no keyboard

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unlocked it takes some getting used to but you will be happy when u get the hang of it.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Of course unlocked is way more better. First, you can look around the map easily, see what your team or opponents are doing. Second, you can always get to locked camera by holding the space bar, so why should you play with locked?

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I play unlocked camera since my very first game in LoL. The only use of locked camera is to look at your champion's boobs until getting to first positioning to leash a buff

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You're certainly not using the thumb for anything else (maybe a "b" to recall?), so there is no excuse for using a locked camera when you can just hold down spacebar most of the time (for those who say they lose sight of champ and run under turrets and such). If you're sliding and losing the screen, press/hold "spacebar" again. This isn't a passive game - if you're too lazy to use the spacebar, you're being too lazy to want to win really bad, and will lose anyway based on that attitude's application to other areas of gameplay.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unlocked and use the space bar. You get the best of both worlds. There are moments where locking the camera allows me to position well. However, hitting a global ult requires an unlocked camera.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        i play unlocked but my thumb is almost always on the space bar. (take it off to change camera obv but. you know

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        i hold space bar like there is not tomorrow but being able to to see how fights are going across the map or to check on minions in a different lane are import to but as a support as long as i see my carry and the opposing carry i'm happy

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You allwayz have ur space.

        As I can see some of u still playing on locked camera.

        Unlock it and start using a space,it is quite easier.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        As said above, hitting space bar is far easier and fun than hitting ground dead because of this ezreal's ultimate. If you feel fine with locked camera, don't count on elo raise. Otherwise, consider tuning off that 'Lock camera' pick

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        never played unlockes since dota, so why ever trying playing lol? Locked camera gives u less vision and movility, about enemy long ranged atacks

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Unlocked is definately much better, especially on purple side since the top lane tower can shoot you without you even being able to see it. I used to hate purple side cause i didnt know how to use unlocked camera properly. But now i love it (when i play top lane) cause you can farm dub golems :D

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Well, I play with an unlocked camera, allowing me to easily know what is happening while walking back to lane etc;however, most of the time actually in lane I have to use spacebar :3

      Joe Miller, my favorite LoL shoutcaster
      Joe Miller, my favorite LoL shoutcaster

      Watch Streams

      Especially big tournament matches.

      Sometimes it feels like I watched more games than played, but I don't think that's even possible given my 3500ish matches. I'd be lying if I said watching streams helps you more than actually playing, but they are incredibly helpful, especially for players who don't have a ton of experience with the game.

      Generally you can find plenty of professional LoL players stream their solo queue matches all day long, but honestly a majority of that is useless to watch except for the entertainment value. If you want to learn something concrete, you should either find streamers who comment on what's happening in their matches, or better yet watch tournaments.

      Some of the casters you'll hear aren't too knowledgeable about the game either, but most major tournaments feature more experienced casters who constantly provide commentary into the decisions the players make in the matches. If you're relatively new to the game or ranked play, their analysis and other commentary will help you understand a lot of the things I tried my best to explain on this page, such as farming, map objectives, item builds, champion picks, etc.

      You might ask yourself why watch someone play the game when you can play it yourself, but some things are more easily learned when you watch others, especially when you see the mistakes they make. Yes, pro players do make mistakes, just not as often as the rest of us mortals do. You can't learn how to CS properly by watching someone else do it, some things you just have to practice yourself. But you can learn how to position yourself in team fights, how to play defensively, why and when take map objectives and more.

      Twitch.tv is the most popular game streaming website, and any League of Legends player you want to watch will be there. I recommend you give it a try.

      Watch Your Own Games

      You might also consider watching your own games, either by recording them with Fraps or some other application or by saving replays of your matches. They may help you analyze your own but also your team's decisions later on and figure out what the best course of action was.

      Yorick walks into a bar. There is no counter.
      Yorick walks into a bar. There is no counter.

      Learn Counters

      No math involved, I promise.

      Years ago when I just started playing LoL, I remember thinking how insanely OP (overpowered) Tryndamere was. I saw him in nearly every single game I played and just didn't know what the hell to do against him. It felt like no amount of armor I built would help against his damage.

      Right now I can't remember the last time I saw Tryndamere in my games, ranked or normal. He's not necessarily a bad champion but he's easily countered by several other champions, and especially crowd control and Exhaust. But you probably know that already. With over 100 champions in the game and a ton of different items and summoner spells, everything has a counter.

      Let's take Kassadin for example. He's a pretty good champion that frequently dominates in normal games and low-elo, but you'll probably never see him above 1400 elo. You simply take someone who can survive his constant harass with sustain, or just trade back equal amount of damage. Also, if you can constantly push minions to his tower you'll force him to waste mana/cooldowns on keeping up with minions kills, as well as prevent him from roaming the map and get kills elsewhere.

      You don't need to know every single champion in the game and what their counter-picks are, but at the very least you'll want to know what counters the champions that you play. Earlier in this already far too long article when we discussed the champions you play and how you need to have more than one pick for every lane, this is one of the reasons.

      For example, say your opponent picks Olaf, a very strong and good pick for top lane. You need to go up against him, and you have only 3 champions to choose from: Warwick, Yorick and Malphite (picked because they are one of the easiest top laners to learn for beginner players). As it happens, Warwick gets beaten by Olaf, and Olaf is also quite a rock solid pick against Malphite (couldn't help myself with the pun...). Yorick is quite good versus Olaf as his sustain can easily keep up with Olaf's constant harass, so that's your preferred pick right there.

      There are several websites out there that can tell you what the counterpicks for every champion are, so if you don't have a lot of knowledge or experience with matchups be sure to utilize those tools: Championselect.net & Lolcounter.com. Why not make your lane easier?

      Top Lane Counters

      Top lane counters
      Top lane counters

      Jayce, Irelia, Jax and Darius are great picks if you're looking to dominate top lane, and every other champion can be countered by one of these four.

      Too many Lee Sins
      Too many Lee Sins

      Learn Your Team's Strengths

      Synergy is helpful, but not mandatory.

      Team comps (compositions) are a bit more advanced area, and are more important for ranked teams as rarely anyone will put any thought about it in solo queue. But you're not supposed to be rarely anyone, so let's go over some basics.

      Some champions are simply put better in laning phase, and might have poor teamfight potential. Some are also better in early game (typically due to higher base stats or ability damage), while some reach their peak at late game (perhaps lower base stats but higher AP ratios for example). As an example, Pantheon is a very strong early game pick that really wrecks a lot of champions in any lane (strong harass), but unless he gets really fed he's near useless in late game fights due to no sustained damage. On the opposite side of the fence is for example Jax, which simply put becomes a beast once he gets a couple of items.

      If Pantheon is your pick for top lane, then my previous advice about no aggression in lane is pretty much useless, as you'll want to get kills early while you have a default advantage over most opponents. I recommend you always take champions which are equally strong in early, mid and late game, who have a strong lane presence but also aren't useless in teamfights. Champion tier lists might actually help you here if you're looking for strong picks that aren't easily countered and fit most team comps.

      As far as teams go, there are thousands of possible combinations you can make with over 100 champions available, so any kind of example would be nearly pointless as you'll probably never see the same comp twice. Generally though some teams are better at AoE (area of effect) damage, some are better at poking (long-range abilities that slowly take your opponents health; think Nidalee spear) and sustain, while some teams are just poker style go-all-in.

      You don't need to have a tank in your team, this guide isn't written for normal games. What you want to have is either good engage (such as Skarner ulti or Blitzcrank hook) or perhaps counter the other team with disengage abilities (Janna Q/R, Gragas ulti). You also always want to have some sort of CC - crowd control. A team without a reliable CC will have trouble locking down targets in team fights, especially against champions with higher mobility or disengage.

      In most cases you'll simply want to counter your lane opponent and play what you're best at, but if you have multiple options than you should also look at the big picture.

      Poking and AoE Comps

      Team comps aimed for poking and AoE don't work that well in solo queue, as they require a lot of coordination and knowing when and how to properly engage the enemy team. Best advice I can give you is to play what you're best at.

      Fun Fact

      There are a total of 108 champions in League of Legends (at the time of writing this). This means there are 111,469,176 possible different ways to set up a 5-man team. And a total of 12,425,377,198,118,976 (yeah that's in the quadrillions) possible different 5v5 matches. The average number of games played per day is 864000. So, it would take 39.4 million years at this rate to go through every combination.

      If all else fails, pick Karthus
      If all else fails, pick Karthus

      Play Well Consistently

      This is THE secret.

      My final piece of advice, and perhaps the most important one. I have a friend who's constantly whining about being in elo hell (he's 1180 at the moment), and in his own opinion he should be 1600. Every time I spectate his matches he plays terribly. He mains AD carry and his positioning and mechanics are terrible, he doesn't know how to trade damage in lane, and half the time he falls behind in CS. Even when he doesn't, he has barely 100 minions at the 20 minute mark, which is far too low.

      Just because your opponents are doing worse than you, doesn't mean you're doing good. Let this sink in, then set yourself reasonable CS goals as mentioned previously in this guide.

      Every once in a while you'll play poorly but your team will do well and carry you, but it will happen very rarely. You can't raise your Elo by playing good one match, then getting frustrated and play badly in the next one. You need to start playing good consistently match after match, and don't expect your team to carry you. I can't stress that enough.

      If you're a good player and stuck below your true elo, you should have no problem playing well in a majority of your matches. Don't blame your team, and don't make needless excuses.

      Final Thoughts

      Nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes in League of Legends, and so do you. Learn to work with your team, train on a smaller pool of champions, practice your mechanics, admit and learn from your mistakes, and be nice. Even if you only take half the advice I wrote here, I'm confident you'll get out of whatever Elo hell you (think you) are in.

      Also, remember that not everyone is cut out for gaming. Some people are just better at gaming than others, so you might need to accept that fact you'll never be a professional player. Unless you're Korean, apparently you already have it in your genes or something.

      But seriously, playing games on a professional level and making a career out of it takes hard work and dedication, but more importantly skill and talent. I know I'll never be able to compete in a tournament, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the game.

      I also know that in Platinum tier I'm in a significant minority of the population. Even though it may not seem like much of an accomplishment to some of you and you might not want to take advice from someone who didn't even reach Diamond, know that I worked hard to reach it just like anyone else. Now scroll up and read the first advice I wrote on this page.

      I just hope you find it helpful.

      Your opinions and experiences matter here! Tell me and everyone else what's your secret or tip for getting out of elo hell?

      What's Your Advice?

        0 of 8192 characters used
        Post Comment

        • profile image

          anonymous 3 years ago

          @anonymous: As a South African, I find you claim to be Calsot quite embarrassing. He's a Spanish player.

        • leenk profile image
          Author

          leenk 3 years ago

          @anonymous: On the other hand I've seen Silver 5 players with 150 CS at 20 minutes, which I consider to be gold-level surely, yet they have no game knowledge whatsoever and it's severely hindering their progress. You can have the best mechanics in the world but it can only get you so far if you continue doing mistakes over and over again. I'm sure you as a Challenger player know it better than I do. Glad to see you liked and agree with my advice, having some higher-rated players contribute their opinions means a lot.

        • leenk profile image
          Author

          leenk 3 years ago

          @anonymous: Thanks for your kind thoughts, I'm glad you found my lens helpful and think it's worthy enough to share. Just seeing how optimistic you are about the tips I wrote makes me think you'll get to whatever rating you want soon. Good luck picking up those S3 rewards :)

        • profile image

          anonymous 3 years ago

          @anonymous: why is it that i don't know of this group? im from south africa and i hit challenger tier not too long ago

        • profile image

          anonymous 3 years ago

          im a challenger tier player and i agree with almost all of what he has said. and i also happen to be from South africa, the ping really doesn't matter. farm and map objectives i can't stress that enough, ive played lower level games on friends accounts where they are bronze or silver and the people want kills over objectives and more often than not they have 40 cs at 20 minutes with a mid laner, DAFUQ

        • profile image

          anonymous 3 years ago

          WOW thank you so much for this & it will definitely help me. Going to post this on our League of Legends in South Africa Facebook group so I can refer back to it often & maybe give someone else the tips I picked up today by reading this. I see that you have put in a lot of effort in this & know that it is appreciated even if it is just silly old me :)

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          Nice info. Thank you! Iam using www.counterpicker.com so right now :) Don't surrender, and don't say KS exactly! :)

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          A very nice guide which should open some ragers' eyes. Playing with this attitude gets you through Silver easily.

        • leenk profile image
          Author

          leenk 4 years ago

          @anonymous: My pleasure, I'm glad you found it helpful.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          Thank you for posting this guide, it was good to refresh things I already knew, as well as learning new things. :D

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          Really good job with the guide. Thank you for sharing this knowledge and letting everyone know not only what it takes to get out of elo hell but to play in a way that will make the game more interesting, challenging and worth trying for.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          This is a great guide! I've been improving through the games quite effectively! I've had some losses but they helped realize some mistakes.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          Nice work dude! thanks

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          Find someone who is as good as you who also wants to get higher elo and do duo queue

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          very true, cs, 5 v 5 in tf and being stable is the most important things :)

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          A really good guide

        • leenk profile image
          Author

          leenk 4 years ago

          @PunkyMedic LM: Sure.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          got a lot of good advice. Quite a bit i have gleaned over the years but there was a lot of different and new strategies and techniques that i need to implement and a lot of things were a lot easier to understand seeing them laid out in picture form and the way you explained them. I definitely know a few people who need to read this guide haha. I'm sure you have enough people that you play with, but I think I could learn a lot from you and I am trying to improve my game so if you ever want to spar/teach let me know

        • PunkyMedic LM profile image

          PunkyMedic LM 4 years ago

          Hello! I also play League of Legends, may I post your lens on mine?

          https://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/leagueoflegends

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          Im a new player with 1300 elo playing for 2months NOw with 220 normal wins and i already knew the majority of the stuff told in this post i can't understand how difficult it is for some (a lot of) People. -dyep1

        • leenk profile image
          Author

          leenk 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Well thank you, I tried. Hope you found the guide useful as well.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          I <3 the pictures

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          True story, in some topics it reminds myself... now i can think twice before taking action(s)

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          One of the best posts if not the best posts on ELO hell I've read. Thanks for putting your time into this list.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          One of the best posts if not the best posts I've read on ELO hell. Thanks for putting your time into this.

        • profile image

          ivan4evr 4 years ago

          I liked and agreed with most advices thanks for the tip i will try to make a good use of them in the future

        • profile image

          gzsaif 4 years ago

          Yep...a lens many search for...i remember being there half a yr ago.So, a good lens.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          Most of them underestimated a supportive role. thank you for this guide specially the warding guide...

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          I just to improve myself. I can play well in every rol, but I'm strong in 1 or 2. The problem is when u're playing for your team, and your team not.

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          that helped me a lot , actually .. i have a friend with kind of bad behavior towards others in the game ( flaming , saying : ks ) things like that

        • profile image

          anonymous 4 years ago

          WIth this im gonna get out of ''elohell'' :3!!! Thank you very much of this guide!

        • leenk profile image
          Author

          leenk 4 years ago

          @ImmatureEntrepr: Thank you, I'm really glad you liked it.

        • ImmatureEntrepr profile image

          ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

          Wow, what an amazing job on this lens! Squid Angel blessings for you.

        Support League of Legends

        Show everyone how much you like this game.

        Razer Naga Hex MOBA PC Gaming Mouse - Red
        Razer Naga Hex MOBA PC Gaming Mouse - Red

        Razer Naga's Godlike precision makes lasthitting minions easier.

         

        I hate...

        If you wan't to make me angry, here's how.

        1. Players who brag in all chat that they see the enemy jungler attempting to gank them. Never ever tip them off: make sure they waste as much time as possible. Even if they are camping you and waiting for 2 minutes, they aren't farming or ganking anyone else during that time.

        2. Whining in all chat. Seriously, the other team doesn't care if you think your team sucks or not. Spend your time doing something more constructive.

        3. GG Easy. Seriously, maybe you just dominated the other team and stomped them in 20 minutes, but you'll probably lose a match the same way in the next few days. Don't be cocky.

        4. Players who keep telling AD carries not to focus tanks. If your ADC is dead he won't be focusing anyone: help get the bruisers and tanks off of him. If you're the ADC, focus whoever is closest and highest threat if you have no other choice, even if they are tanks.

        5. Junglers without smite. Maybe your champion doesn't need it to jungle, but if you don't take Smite you can't secure your own buffs, and more importantly dragon or baron.

        6. Players who get caught alone all the time, or who think they can 3v1.

        7. Ezreals who use their ultimate to farm 3 minions in other lane for no reason, preferably just as we're about to engage a teamfight.

        8. Teemo.

        9. Junglers who fail a gank and proceed to push my lane and take my farm.

        10. Teams that engage fights at our turret half a second after it was destroyed. Just the same, teams who dive the enemy when their turret just needs a couple of hits to drop.

        11. Amumus and Malphites who wait for someone else to initiate a fight.

        12. Players who die without using their ultimates.

        13. Top laners that die multiple times and never buy any wards.

        What do you hate most?

          0 of 8192 characters used
          Post Comment

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            @anonymous: Hey dude look, I played Soraka as a support but have to go mid because our Fizz is currently not connected. My enemy in that lane is Kassadin and I killed Kassadin. How? Harass with the E/Q combo and when low on health, W. Trust me, it worked on me.

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            I really hate summoners who go disconnect at the early game (sometimes it happens to me) and is unable to recover when they reconnect (never happened to me).

            If Teemo is with us and playing excellently (consistently planting mushrooms around) or the enemy team but playing poorly, then I love Teemo. If it is the other way around then I hate the one who uses that Teemo.

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            @anonymous: maybe its because you don't know how to support? If your a decent support even in late game you can make game winning plays happen

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            @anonymous: maybe its because you don't know how to support? If your a decent support even in late game you can make game winning plays happen

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            Hate unkind,no-logic persons(Love Teemo)

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            I stop playing 5v5 because of the support role lol

            just because of the fact that I felt totally useless mid-late game and I could've done more in other positions

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            When you have your opponent under control the whole laning phase because he is a bad player and then he gets feeded by the others and becomes a problem in the game

          • leenk profile image
            Author

            leenk 4 years ago

            @anonymous: I'm a bit late on this reply, sorry. You can separately key bind for self cast and smart cast: if you want to cast an ability on yourself regardless of where your mouse pointer is use self cast.

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            I hate my keyboard. I use Alt+R to ult myself but it ends up being cast on a teammate that my mouse was hovering over.

            I also hate knowing so much about the game and cannot use what I know to perform consistently.

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            myself when i do somenthing stupid and end up died or in reaaally bad situation -,-

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            Xin Zhao

          • leenk profile image
            Author

            leenk 4 years ago

            @anonymous: I'd have to go with both. He's extremely annoying when in the other team, and almost as much when in mine.

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            8- Teemo.

            hahaha ,you hate teemo as a teammate or you hate to play against him?

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            Teemo

          • profile image

            anonymous 4 years ago

            all... its like you're telling my hated things on LoL :q