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Alternative Approach – What other games can teach us about our LoL gameplay

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robstermonahan

Tue 4th Sep 2018 - 9:54pm

 Now League of Legends is a game that takes a fair chunk of time to get good at. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t play other games on the side. I for one have several games, both video and IRL games, that I play to keep me in a good state of mind and body. In this piece I hope to show you that there is always something to be learned from our gameplay, even if it isn’t in our main game, and I hope to give you some examples of this concept.

CS:GO

Now I hear your train of thought. How does a game of precise shots and insane reaction times such as Counter-Strike relate to a MOBA such as LoL? Well, the answer is in one key concept; patience. For those of you not familiar with Counter-Strike, the main scenario of the game is where a group of Terrorists try to plant (and detonate) a bomb at one of two places (or sites) on the map while a group of Counter-Terrorists tries to stop them or defuse the bomb. One strategy the CTs use is to hide behind corners and wait for the Ts in a strategy called lurking. However, a common mistake in this strategy is to be impatient and come out from the hiding spot to early and get picked off or give away the strat. Now why did I tell you this? Well lurking is very similar to hiding in an unwarded bush in LoL and mistake of showing too early applies as well. So, the lesson, here? Be patient and wait in that bush. Patience can net you the kill and maybe even more (free turret, dragon or even Baron Nashor). 

Field Hockey (IRL Team Sports in General)

Now those of you who have read some of my previous pieces know that I have been playing field hockey for a long time and that it has had a huge influence on my LoL gameplay. Now, what is the lesson here? Well in field hockey (and in pretty much every other team sport) every player has a position and role. For example, I am a pushing center-forward which means my job is to press the defense and force them to make a mistake when they have the ball and then draw defenders off my team when they have the ball.

The point? That, in a team-based contest (such as that or a team sport and team-based MOBAs [such as LOL]), every player has a position and a role they need to fulfill to meet their win condition. For example, just say you are 40 minutes into a game as support Nautilus and the other team consists of Shen, Sequani, Lulu, Jinx and Janna. Your position is, as mentioned, support but your role in this scenario is to put that point and click hard CC on the primary carry (Jinx). So what do we learn here? That you have a job in your team and how you read, understand, and then perform it will affect your game’s outcomes in direct correlation.

Understanding when to hold your hand/abilities back and when to go all out can help you make the correct play in League of Legends like we see in this pic where the furthest blue attacker has peeled a defender away from the ball carrier allowing for a shot on goal.
 

Yu-Gi-Oh

Yeah, yeah, this is probably another game which you’ve probably never played but there is still definitely a lesson to be learned when comparing Yu-Gi-Oh and LoL. Now to summarise Yu-Gi-Oh is a trading card game featuring around mythical monsters, spells, and traps being played from a deck or hand onto the battlefield (and then a discard once played or destroyed).

In this comparison, I am looking at the champion abilities and active items like the cards in hand ready to be played and those abilities that are now on cooldown as being in the graveyard. So, the comparison here? Well, a common way for Yu-Gi-Oh players to lose a match is to play their entire hand in the first one to two turns leaving them no plays left should their initial setup fails to win the match leaving them completely vulnerable and open to be punished. Now applying that to LoL. You’ve burned your full spell reel and did not get the kill. Uh oh, am I right? The lesson here is to save something that can save you unless you are sure you can get what you are going for.

Understanding when to hold your hand/abilities back and when to go all out can help you make the correct play in League of Legends. A great example of this would be an ulting Jhin holding back his fourth shot to hit a carry after they burn their escapes to dodge the initial 1-3 shots. 

Conclusion

To conclude there is nothing wrong with playing others game, both video and in real life. In fact, it may be a good thing! Like many things in life, we can learn many things from playing other things and then apply them to League of legends. Whether it be being patient, understanding and executing what you need to do the get that sweet win, understanding when to go all out and when to hold something back, or even other lessons (you can always extrapolate more, not just these three examples). Always remember, no matter what you play, enjoy it! Games are meant to be fun. With that, I once again leave you with the thought of GL, HF, and GG.

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