5 Good Habits to Improve Your Game in League of Legends
Tue 25th Jun 2019 - 7:53pm
Many of us may have all done these things I am about to list, but it does not necessarily mean that we are in the habit of doing them frequently. This article aims to provide you with a list of things that will be very helpful for you to get in the habit of doing! It will take some time to make all of these things habitual, but doing them before, during, and after your games each time will help you to improve at the game! So, without further ado let us get into the list of good habits!
Pay Attention in Champ Select
When does a game of League of Legends truly start? Well, in Champ Select of course! Many people often do other things in Champ Select, whether it being playing other flash games online or doing homework or just something else entirely.
This time could be used to look at the other players on your team and see if some of them might be auto-filled, or maybe hovering a Champion they might not really be good at. It is great to make a habit of paying close attention in Champion Select, and to start looking up the teammates you have right when you see their summoner names!
Try to work with your team to build a good team composition. Avoid getting into arguments with your teammates over Champion picks at this stage. If you start arguing in Champion Select, it's likely that argument will continue during the game and people will tilt, causing your team to maybe even lose the game. Share some constructive feedback and if that doesn't work then focus on your own game and at least make sure that you play your best. Motivate your team by winning your own lane.
Frequently Glance at the Mini-Map
This is something that many players are aware they should be doing, but do not really make an effort to frequently and consistently look at their mini-map. There are ways to teach yourself to look at the mini-map more, but a common and effective strategy is to look at the mini-map after every minion kill.
This is of course only a strategy for laners and will not really help out the Jungle players out there, so for them I recommend that you look at your map in between camps! By looking at the mini-map more frequently you will become a more proactive player rather than a reactive one. This leads us right into our next good habit to form!
Ask Yourself What Your Next Moves Are
It seems as though a large number of players play much more reactively than they do proactively. Make it a habit to always ask yourself what you can do next to either gain a lead, catch up from behind, or secure the lead you already have.
What are the differences between proactive and reactive plays? Well let’s use an example from the Mid Lane. Let’s say you shove your opponent under their Turret and then decide to roam Bottom to assist your team.
The enemy will have to react to this play and follow you (if they are able to fight, that is) and that would be reactive by them and proactive by you. Plays like this are much harder to do if you have not been looking at the map frequently and asking yourself how to use this information that you gathered to make more effective proactive plays.
It is also important to note that sometimes you will have to make reactive plays, usually if you are falling behind. But ask yourself what the best reaction is. Maybe you were the one shoved under tower and cannot fight. Let your team know that your opposing laner was roaming and you cannot follow them because you are behind.
Instead, you can farm up in this situation while the opponent roams and they will be missing some experience points for this while you are slowly catching up to them! If you do not inform your team of the enemy’s position, it becomes easier for the enemy to pick off your teammates and secure their lead.
There are always a few options when it comes to playing both reactively and proactively, it then becomes the question of which is the best option, and this is always the question you should get in the habit of asking yourself.
Sometimes you may think you have made the right decisions throughout the game and may not know how you could have lost the game. It is possible you may have made some significant mistakes without realizing it in the heat of the moment and this leads us to our next important thing to get in the habit of doing.
Learn from Your Mistakes (Watch Replays)
If you are truly unsure of what went wrong in a game, it is better to go back and watch the replay of that game and try to figure out where the crucial mistakes were, rather than to just queue up again. It is important to make a habit of watching your replays to really improve your overall play.
As previously stated, it can be more difficult to see your own mistakes in the heat of the moment. Replays allow you to watch the decisions you made more closely and analyze the outcomes of those decisions more effectively.
I know that I have watched many of my replays and realized that even though some of the decisions, although were not the worst things I could have done, but they were definitely not the best plays I could have made given the position I may have had in those games.
An example of this could have been me splitting top and 1v1ing the enemy Top Laner while a 4v4 fight is starting to break out in the Mid Lane. I made the decision to stay Top and take out the enemy laner and take a Turret, but this cost our team a Turret and 3 deaths on our team.
After reviewing this play, I realized that I could have roamed Mid to help in the fight and then we could have pushed down Mid Lane and taken 2 Turrets, as the enemy Top Laner would not have been able to effectively follow me roaming to that fight without them losing a Top Tower as well.
In hindsight, it makes a lot of sense but during the game, it was more difficult to see the potential outcomes as quickly, and I can now take this information and apply it to my future games. Getting into the habit of watching your replays, especially after losses, is a great way to improve your play and climb the ladder.
However, sometimes experiencing loss after loss can really hurt your mentality for your next games which leads us to our last good habit to form.
Take Breaks (Especially When You Are Tilted)
League of Legends can be a very frustrating game. When you are experience this frustration, it is not a good idea to continue to queue up game after game. Make a habit of taking breaks throughout your playing sessions.
You may not want to when you are on an absolute roll, but if you start to lose that momentum or are beginning to tilt, it is better to take a break. You can take advantage of the previous habit and analyze your replays, but it can also be good to just stop all things League of Legends for a time and just reset your mentality on the game.
It may sound weird to form a habit of not playing the game, but it is to only not play the game when it is angering you more than it is bringing you joy, as you will be more susceptible to toxic players in the game and then you might start being toxic yourself, and then nobody is having fun. Thus, it is better to take a break if you start approaching this level of anger when playing the game.
Hopefully you try to make some of these habitual practices as they can really have an impact and help you to become better players. It is important to keep in mind that improving in a game like League of Legends takes time.
There is no real miracle practice that will just take you from Iron to Challenger. It takes time and patience and practice to truly improve. Keep this in mind and try to apply some of these practices until they become a habit and you will start seeing yourself become a better player! Best of Luck in your coming games Summoners and we hope to see you improving out there on Summoner’s Rift!
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