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League of Legends Build Guide Author Muiz

ELO hell, the true way to escape and general game basics.

Muiz Last updated on April 18, 2012
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I would like to start off by telling you that NOTHING in this guide is sarcastic unless noted with a '*' sign and defined at the bottom of the chapter.
The second thing I would like to inform you with is that I have seen the deepest depths of "ELO hell" And I have "escaped" Even though my ELO once was under 750.
Also would I like to note that this guide is NOT some kind of wonder spell that throws your ELO up 200-300 points every time you use it.

ELO hell, what is it?

ELO hell is considered an imaginary place where your ELO is so low that your games are constantly lost by the faults of your team mates by whom you are dragged deeper and deeper in ELO hell.
Let me use Clairvoyance to show you what's really going on.

People are blind, arrogant and self centric.

And that is the truth. You don't lose because of your team mates you lose because of yourself.
But then? What is ELO hell?

Elo hell is the place where people rage, have low(er) social skills and let arrogance lead the way. That also means that you will be able to find ELO hell even above 2300 ELO. The frequency however, is dependent on your ELO score.

So let's start shall we?

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4/18/2012: Added a new chapter called: "Use OP Champions" And updated the information of my next guide.

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Rate yourself

No seriously rate yourself. Be conclusive.

Look at your own game play and judge for yourself at what ELO you think you belong. Don't throw out some random numbers but actually judge honestly, there is no sense in lying to yourself.

Now once you've got your imaginary ELO you will have to understand that this number can and should change the more often you play.

Eventually this amount will be your goal.

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Learn the sumonners code

I know it seems quite obvious but still I'm observing many many people who just do not know the summoners code. Read it, learn it and use it.

The summoner's code

Support Your Team

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”-Andrew Carnegie

While we all carry a diverse set of individual ambitions and expectations into a game of League of Legends, once we hit the Field we’re a part of a team. For better or worse, our fates are intertwined with that of our teammates. Once the game gets into full swing, you have to make a choice between being a positive force for your team, or contributing to your own demise.

Being a good team player begins at champion select. Be open minded when considering the needs of your team. If you’re the last one to pick, try to fill a niche in your team that hasn’t already been filled. If everyone’s picked and something stands out as a deficiency in your team composition, try asking for another player to fill the gap, or change roles to embrace that responsibility yourself. Remember, that by taking on a role you don’t normally play, you’ll learn more about unfamiliar champions and increase your own skill level.

Once you get in game, try to keep an open line of communication. Warn your teammates if someone is missing from your lane, or if something is placing them in immediate danger. If they’re not paying attention to chat you can always try pinging the map. Just remember that one ping is enough! Also, remember that you have to be there to contribute, so don’t leave the game or go AFK! Encourage players who are having trouble, and congratulate those who are playing well. And most of all, if you’re having a bad game don’t take it out on your team!

Drive Constructive Feedback

“When you confront a problem you begin to solve it.” -Rudy Giuliani

Player feedback is an important force in the decision making process of Riot Games. If you want to make your voice heard, taking the time to let us know how you’re feeling about the game is a good place to start. When you give feedback, make sure you take a holistic approach. If you only give negative feedback, you may find that the changes you influence detract from what you initially enjoyed. Moreover, people are simply more likely to listen if you present yourself in a calm, well thought out manner.

That being said, don’t be afraid to tell us if you feel strongly, and why. Try to be straightforward, specific, and always try to make your feedback direct and concise. For instance, saying something along the lines of:

“I used to love playing Katarina because her skills give her high mobility in lane, but with the latest nerfs to Death Lotus, I no longer feel like I have a strong enough presence in team fights to be viable. I don’t think that I’m going to be playing Kat in the future unless she undergoes some revisions.”

Is a much better way of expressing your dismay at a patch than beginning with an irate tirade, then asking for changes to be reverted or attempting to force an alternate solution. Remember that we’re listening and making changes every couple of weeks, so, with a little patience, you may find that your issues will work themselves out.

Facilitate Civil Discussion

“To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.” -Barry Goldwater

As we mentioned earlier, we want you to give feedback, but being part of the community doesn’t stop there. Whether you’re in chat, in a game, or on the forums, there are plenty of people to meet, and plenty of topics to discuss. Whether you’re discussing game balance and champion viability, trying to form a premade team, or just want to express your affection for the legendary and infamous Gentleman Cho’gath, we encourage you to share your thoughts with other players.

When you choose to participate in a discussion with the rest of the playerbase, always try to be receptive to another player’s point of view. If you keep an open mind, you’d be surprised what valuable information you can glean from your fellow players. Also, be mindful of how you present your point of view. If a player feels strongly on a subject, don’t get caught up trying to have the last word. Just state your side and exit the conversation gracefully rather than give them the opportunity to pick a fight.

Enjoy Yourself, but Not at Anyone Else’s Expense

“Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings.” -Euripides

Making games is our business, so it should come as no surprise that we want you to have a lot of fun. We want you to get excited, to have tension-filled moments, and to celebrate your success. This doesn’t mean that we’re okay with you ruining anybody else’s day.

Remember, taking a jab at your friend in the middle of the game is a lot different than making a glib remark at a complete stranger. Someone who is unfamiliar with what you consider playful may take your comment as an attack and react unfavorably. If two players on a team start fighting, good communication and teamwork become nearly impossible. Once communication breaks down, the likelihood of victory is drastically diminished. It isn’t uncommon for simple, good natured teasing to spiral out of control into a loss, so do yourself a favor and don’t run the risk of sabotaging your own success.

Build Relationships

“No man is an island...” -John Donne

League of Legends is a team game, and, as such, familiarity and rapport with the other competitors with whom you play is going to be a big part of your success. With that in mind, it would behoove you to adopt a cordial demeanor and attempt to make friends. If you have fun playing with another player, make use of the end of game lobby to thank that player for the game and send a friend request. The more friendly players that you have at your disposal, the better your chances are of getting a good, friendly game. Also, if you have friends who you think might be a good fit for the game and community, don’t hesitate to shoot them an invite. Not only will you earn yourself some awesome swag, you’ll have more friends you can call upon when you’re having trouble flying solo.

Use the tools at your disposal to try and build a circle of other players of a similar skill level. If you have a relationship with a group of players that you trust, you are much more likely to get good feedback on how you’re playing, receive support when learning a new champion, and just have a good time overall.

Show Humility in Victory, and Grace in Defeat

“To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals is courtesy, to inferiors is nobility.” -Benjamin Franklin

Having a great game is one of the biggest joys that League of Legends can bring you. But always bear in mind that when you’re relishing that landslide victory there is someone on the receiving end that is probably ripping their hair out. While it’s alright to celebrate, make sure that you keep any gloating (or any other mode of self-indulgence) out of all chat. Instead, thank your opponents for the game. After all, despite their best efforts, they just made you a very happy person.

Moreover, if you’ve just lost, avoid pointing any fingers or deploying excuses. Even if you had a great game, it’s not alright to blame your team. You had five opponents in that game, and - seeing as you just lost - chances are that they had something to do with it. We all know that losing can be frustrating, particularly if it’s a close game or one that’s completely one sided, but nobody likes a sore loser. Instead, thank your opponents for the game, and take a moment at the end of game screen to ask what you could have done better. If you’re polite, you might pick up a few pointers that can help you counter your opponent’s strategy in the future.

Be Resolute, not Indignant

“It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” -Julius Caesar

Intrinsic to the idea of competition is the notion that, when our pride is on the line, emotions tend to run high. Every person that we encounter is going to carry a different set of circumstances with them into the game, and therefore is going to have a different level of tolerance for frustration. If you end up in a game with an abusive player, don’t lower yourself to their level. Instead, politely ask them to calm down.And remember, even if you’re having a bad game, quitting or going AFK just ruins the game for the rest of the players. If someone’s really starting to bother you, the mute and ignore commands are always there to resolve the situation.

And remember, while nobody likes being insulted, it pays to take a moment to consider the circumstances. Remember that this is a competitive game, and, more often than not, the other player is just venting their frustration. Try not to take it personally. Everyone has a breaking point and everyone rages sometimes. At some point you may find yourself in the other person’s shoes.

Leave No Newbie Behind!

“Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We all started somewhere, and if we’re going to do justice to the people who helped us move up the ladder, we have to start by paying homage to our roots. If you see a player having a bad game, or who clearly doesn’t grasp the fundamentals of the genre, try offering some constructive advice. If you do so in a civil and friendly manner, it’s likely that they will be receptive. Oftentimes they’ll be downright grateful that somebody took the time to let them know how to improve instead of yelling at them.

Never get frustrated by an inexperienced player’s performance. At some point, you were just as green as they were, even if it was the day that you downloaded the League of Legends client. Have a little patience, and try and help the player step up to a level where both of you can enjoy the game. At the same time, don’t be discouraged if they aren’t receptive. Some small percentage of players will get hung up on the notion that they don’t need anybody’s help, and, no matter how politely you try to lend a hand, they won’t want to hear it. That’s no reason to give up on the rest of them!

Lead by Example

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.” -Harold S. Geneen

If you’re like us and you share a vision of a game world in which players exercise good sportsmanship, help each other improve, and make friends, you’ve got to start living the dream before anybody everybody else is willing to do so. It’s all well and good to say you’re on board for the revolution, but if you don’t first make yourself a paragon of model behavior, no one is going to be fooled. Nobody’s asking you to be perfect, but we do want you to, whenever possible, strive to uphold the same standards of behavior that you expect everyone else to maintain.

So, remember! Stay positive, remain calm, and keep to the code!

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Do something with the summoner's code

Don't just know it, follow it. Keep in mind that any action in game that does not follow the summoner's code is reportable and can be punished.

Now before you keep reading I want you to get back to the quotes of the summoner's code and think about them. Take at least 5 minutes to try and understand each quote and write down what you think they mean. Maybe even share them in the comment box, I'll add quite a lot of them in this very chapter to show everyone another point on view.


None as of yet.

What points to think about when you're in game

Be a humble servant

In the end you want your team to perform well. That means you should do everything in your power to make it happen. Did you claim Top lane with Nidalee but does the next pick take Renekton? Don't rage! Ask him politely why he picked Renekton and then tell them not to worry, you can also go mid. Now let's assume a worst case scenario; you're first pick and the only option left is to go jungle. ASK your team if someone else could take that role for you, if not try to make the best of it you can. Don't start raging or flaming, don't spam the chat and don't give anybody any reason to be irritated. If that means you'll be playing support 90% of the time then so be it. The game is carryable from every role, including support.

Tell your team how to perform better

If you notice your Ahri is feeding, don't go tell everyone, don't ask someone to report her, don't even think about the fact she is feeding or you might lose the game because of it. What you should do is tell her how to stop feeding. "Ahri, try to keep your lane near your tower. If you could do that I'll be able to pull some ganks off and get you fed."

Nothing is impossible, don't think something is

As long as you are below 1900 elo you will find that even with the most crazy meta's you can win games with ease. For example: Recently I've been playing against an Evelynn and Master Yi combo at bot. Let me tell you, we got totally raped. There was no way to escape their early harassment and tower dives. They just totally outplayed us and it was a thrill playing with them as I had never seen any bot lane get so aggressive, manage to get so many kills and win a bot lane using 2 melee champions. It opened my eyes even more, Everything is possible.


Report anyone who does not follow the summoners code, there is no shame in reporting someone for saying 'BG' or anything like it. Don't however report someone for feeding as feeding IS NOT a reportable offense. It's just and only reportable when it's been done Intentionally, something that happens very rarely.

Follow it!

Don't you EVER break the summoners code. In fact I can tell you that I report anyone who says BG. More about why can be found in the next chapter.

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Learn the game etiquette

The game etiquette is one of the most important things to know. As I'm sure you're aware right now a lot of the game is build on your mindset. The game etiquette sets boundaries to these mindsets and should be followed at all times. You're not gonna go to a 3 star restaurant to eat with your fingers. The lower your ELO is the closer you come to a fast food catering, the higher your ELO is, the closer you come to a 3 star restaurant. Without being able to keep yourself to the game etiquette you DON'T deserve to be anywhere above 1400.

The game etiquette

In game etiquette

In-Game Etiquette is something a lot of players in LoL seem to have forgotten or never learned about. It doesn't hurt to just be plain polite. As a man much wiser than I always said: 'Manners cost nothing'. Now, let's say Renekton is getting beat down by Jax in, let's say for the purposes of simplicity, solo lane. Renekton has 2 deaths and a poor farm at this point and the poor fellow can't get his farm up. The perfectly wrong response for this situation is:


Now I'm not saying that the player was justified in feeding Jax, actually the opposite, there's no reason for someone to be feeding Jax in LoL it's basically suicide. However, my problem is the way that this is conveyed to the player. Obviously not all LoL players speak English in the European realms, so you can't turn around and say:

'Excuse me Renekton but can you play a little more defensively? You seem to be giving Jax kills'
NOTE: Especially in the EUW servers this level of English is generally accepted and understood. The more you use advanced English the more polite and concerned you'll sound. Keep in mind however; typing extensive messages may NEVER influence your gameplay. if it does just be quick and type short messages as shown below.

Although this would be the perfect way to ask someone to play the way they should, not everyone speaks English. (I'll get to that point later) Something simple like:

' Renekton defensive, Jax fed, I gank soon'

This is a short burst of simple words that anyone should be able to understand. You are telling Renekton to back off until you get there for a gank (I'm assuming you're in the role of someone in a position to gank before any of you turn around and go 'LOL WHAT IF I WAS Soraka LOLOL')

Now, we'll reverse the situation. Well, we'll just do a role reversal. You are Renekton and you are in the exact same situation. What do you do? You're obviously not having fun being suppressed so hard by Jax, the junglers have ganked you and you really need help. You do NOT, however, say this:


This is not how you get team-mates to help you in game. LoL isn't a game about trying to cover yourself so you look better. You have fed Jax in your lane and insulting people is not the proper way to go about it. The proper response would be:

' Jax fed, need gank' or if your team speaks proper English AND you've got the time to type it: 'I'm sorry I fed Jax, could someone please gank him so I'll be able to get my lane back again instead of loosing it?' Keep in mind though that usually you do Not have type to type such a message so shorten it to what you do have time for.

There are two key points about this statement. One being the non-insulting manner and the way it has been conveyed, and the other is a key point that almost all players seem to miss.

It is human instinct to make something seem like it's not your fault. However in LoL almost all advantages and ganks happen because someone made a mistake. It can become incredibly frustrating to see a whole team crumble because one person has made a crucial mistake, however League of Legends is not the blame game. If you have made a mistake you should admit it straight away and work to fix it. The statement ' Jax fed' tells everyone that you have made a mistake, but 'need gank' tells everyone that you want to fix it. In LoL massive amounts of time can be wasted on people crying about who's fault it is that Ryze got fed and who didn't ward what, but really it's time that you cannot afford to waste. And to most players that are here just to enjoy themselves playing a video game seeing someone react so negatively is a real put down, it impacts on the mood of the game a lot more than most QQ'ers would think.


I covered a lot of this in the above point, however it's worth going over this again. There is no point in crying over spilled milk, especially in League of Legends. I don't understand where this idea that you need to tell everyone that your team is bad and that Akali is fed and that Tryndamere is op comes from. Sure, fiddlesticks might have died more than he should have, Akali has done really well in the ganks and Tryndamere is Tryndamere, but these are thoughts you should just keep to yourself. For players that are here just to play the game and have fun it really does make us feel bad.

A lovely quote from Nicholias summarises QQ'ing beautifully: 'Y U NO PERFECT AND NOT MAKE MISTAKES?!'

Now, let's say you've said repeatedly in /all that Tryndamere is OP, now what? He's still doing damage, he's still got his ulti and you've become so focused on Tryndamere that you have forgotten about the 9 other players. Now, I'm playing Cho’Gath, having an average game on solo lane and really trying to concentrate on making sure I'm not hit by Gragas' barrels while at the same time checking how everyone else is doing. Do I really need to read an essay about why you hate Tryndamere? Does anyone need this? It's selfish, pointless and really irritating and it's something that needs to stop. The proper response is to do something about it, get a counter item or organize a gank. You should not be QQ'ing about it.

Reacting to a QQ'er

Now we've all been in a situation where someone has been putting the team so damn low with their constant moaning that we have to say something. There are proper ways to react to someone like this, saying the wrong thing could cause them to feed or just go afk, which of course is reportable. The proper way to deal with a QQ'er is to politely ask them to stop, explain that they are ruining the game experience for all of the team and explain a few things people on the team could do to turn the game around. It is important to strike a middle ground with people like that, as most of the time they are QQ'ing for the right reasons, they are just having the wrong reaction. If someone refuses to stop, there is always the ignore button at the end of the game. This will ensure that you will never play with this person again. Other than that there isn't much you can do apart from muting them in game, which is always a really bad idea in a game where communication is key. Meaning you should ONLY do this if he really didn't say anything useful for at LEAST 6 minutes, preferably 10 or more.


This is something that really bugs me about some LoL players, again being the minority, but some players simply won't 'GG'. GG stands for Good Game, it is said at the end of a game. It isn't, however, a literal meaning. It is more of a handshake to the other team to show that you have been beat. It's just plain polite to GG at the end of any competitive game, even if you got completely smashed.

However, it is plain not acceptable to say 'BG'. BG is a phrase which means the opposite, 'bad game', and is just plain rude. It's impolite and impacts not only on the other team but on your team-mates as well. Do you ever see any tennis players going up to the net to moon the other player at the end of a tennis match? Ever see a boxer punch someone in the face after the fight is over because they lost? Ever see Soccer playe- don't answer that one.

My point is that it is plain polite to GG at the end of every game and completely unacceptable to BG. Also keep in mind that GG/BG is NOT a review of the game. There is another phrase however that is. It's called WP and stands for Well Played. It's usually said when your opponent outplayed you and you had a hard time playing against them.

Saying BG is just unacceptable in any game, even if you'd have 4 leavers in your team it is NO reason to say BG.


Now, because I've gone on and on about being polite in game and being pleasant, it doesn't mean that you can't have a bit of banter in the first minute and a half. Most players at the beginning of a game will say: Good old times, almost no one says it anymore, be that one guy who does say it!

'Gl Hf!' or 'Good luck and have fun!'

This is a perfect gesture of sportsmanship, it means good luck and have fun and is pleasant to see, giving a warm atmosphere for people to competitively play video games in. However, some people will say:

'Good lags, have feeders? You too!'

And this is also acceptable, it's a friendly poke in the ribs and a good bit of banter at the start of a game to get competitive juices flowing. This is however in response to GL HF! Do NOT say it without something to relate to as that is not a little friendly banter anymore. I just wanted to clear the air that there's nothing wrong with a little friendly banter, but however plain insulting and crying are not acceptable. A little banter does not include:

'U play Jax!! NOOB CHAR!!'



This is just creating a horrible atmosphere to play in, there's already an air of negativity hanging around that just isn't pleasant to play in and the game hasn't even started! A GLHF will do just fine at the beginning of a game.Though I myself always say the full 'Good luck and Have fun!' Also to unable the opposing team to banter with my statement. Usually you'll get 'U2' or 'Thx U 2' in return, creating a great atmosphere for both teams to play in.

Reporting for feeding

I'm sure this must bug the riot staff something awful, but everyone seems to want to report that one guy with 15 deaths for feeding, and of course he feels the need to tell everyone else to do this too. However, you can't just report someone for dying in a game, you can only report someone for intentionally feeding in a game. This means if, say, Nidalee says:

'NOOB team won't surrender, I feed'

and then dies 20 times, you can report that person. However, if fiddlesticks happens to be having a bad game and dies a silly amount of times that's just not reportable; it's either bad luck or bad play. Again, your time spent telling people to report a feeder could be better used on telling him how not to feed, or giving some advice.


A lot of problems with players in LoL is simply people being impolite or inconsiderate to other people's experience. Manners cost nothing as a wise man once told me and you would be smart to consider the same. I hope this build has been at least an amusing read or provided a link that you can give to a few players that could use the attitude adjustment, I know I could name a few! If there is anything I can add to the build or any points I could consider please leave them in the comments box, I'll be sure to read them. Thank you very much for reading and good luck improving the attitudes of people around you!

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Play and get better

In this chapter I will tell you a little something about how much you should play and teach you how you will become a better player.

Play, A LOT!

It is a proven fact that sooner or later you will reach your true ELO, even if you're stuck in ELO hell. Meaning that the easiest way to escape is simply play a lot. Though that is not why I want you to play a lot. Your skill level increases the more you play, everyone knows that. But did you know that your skill level drops Exponentially each consecutive second you don't play? I've got a nice example: A while ago I was playing around 8 to 10 games a day. Naturally I pumped my ELO up with 200+ points in just 2 days. After playing a week like that I didn't play matches in the weekend. As soon as I started playing again I got in a loosing streak of 3 before I stood any chance at winning again. My skill level just dropped a lot in those 2 days I didn't play.
Now that's why I want you to play at LEAST 1 game a day, preferably 5 games a day of which 3 ranked. The more the better. Also you should always get your first win of the day, even if that means you'll have to play against bots.


Everyone knows him; George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis. He's said quite a few things worth thinking about, both in and out game. One of the things he said is "Every second you don't spend getting Experience and Gold you're lowering your chances of winning." Minions are the ultimate way to get both of them. Generally there are 4 phases in the game. Pre game, Early game, Mid game and Late game.
These 4 phases have their own set of marks.

Pre game

Pre game lasts from champion selection to 1:30. In this time you can get to know your team, your team is composed and strategic positioning begins. Also are things like 'GL HF' called in this phase of the game. Now do note that there CAN be fights between 0:00 and 1:30 however this is usually not the case as people generally aren't too stupid and invading generally starts when the clock hits 1:40 giving 15 seconds to clear the area, the buff should be taken in 5 seconds making the opponent unable to get it back. Anyway, back on topic.
In this time you should try to create a good atmosphere and get ready to help your jungler. There really isn't so much about it.

Early game

Early game generally lasts from 1:30 to 20:00 and in my opinion early game is the phase to master if you want to get out of ELO hell. The reason for this is the massive gold and experience gains in this very phase. Also is this the phase where minions are worth the most and games are made. It's important to expand your knowledge of this part of the game. Your main goal here should be not to die. After all, if you're better than your opponent you will be able to deny them their last hits while you farm up and earn so much more than they do. After all, a game can b perfectly won without killing a single champion. The less you die the more time you're gonna have to raise your CS.
Let's say you're playing Sivir now you can try to go for kills, you will lose some CS and experience but that might be ok if you get the kill. If not you made a false move. Now there will probably be quite some people yelling "Yeah but I need the gold as an AD carry!" Well yes, you do need gold. No it does not have to come from champion kills. To put it in to perspective: If you score a perfect creep score in your lane you can have your The Bloodthirster your Berserker's Greaves and your Doran's Blade while having money spare to buy you some wards and potions. Now I have a hard time believing someone will be able to get ALL Minions and get kills. Without dying.
And there is the second part.

Don't die

No seriously, just don't die.
If you die you allow your opponent to push your lane towards your turret denying you a lot of gold and experience in the time it takes you to get back to lane. That's why you should always have your lane warded. At the point your opponent leaves your lane you should immediately push. Get those minions at their tower and do some damage while you can easily keep up with your CS. If you see a gank coming, just run, don't get caught and while lower players will probably tell you 'Oh wow you've got 6 hits on the tower while you could've been ganked.' the more experienced players will see how you've denied your lane from experience and gold while keeping up with your CS and damaging the tower in the process.
Can you spot the different thinking patterns? An advanced player will focus more on what you did not give your opponent while a lower rated player will focus more on what you've achieved over what you denied your opponent.

Use the timers

Yes people there are timers in the game and though these timers won't save you your life they will definitely increase your performance as well as a team as a solo player. You should know when camps re spawn, when they initially spawn, how long wards take to die, when your opponent places the wards, how long it takes to travel, when will the minions get upgraded, when can you have how much gold etc. Now I will give you some static information about these timers.
  • Wolves, Wraiths and Golems will spawn initially at 1:40.
  • Blue and Red will spawn initially at 1:55.
  • Dragon will initially spawn at 2:30.
  • Baron will initially spawn at 15:00.
  • Wolves, Wraiths and Golems will respawn every 1 minute. This timer can be used to optimize your jungle route, this way you know when you can go and shop or gank without leaving your camps wait. Do not however post these timers in the chat.
  • Blue and Red will respawn every 5 minutes. The buffs are the arguably either the third or the second most important camps in the game. Time these to the second and make sure you (and if you are giving it away, the one you give it away to) are at this buff the moment it respawns. The buffs have certain codes to place in the chat. Always type the time it'll respawn first, after that depending on the buff you took type either OB, OR, TB or TR. These codes mean: Our Blue, Our Red, Their Blue, Their Red. Don't you forget to post these codes as they will help you greatly.
  • Dragon will respawn every 6 minutes. Dragon is arguably either the third or second most important camp in the game. It gives 190 global gold and a good amount of experience for the ones in proximity. You MUST always time this camp. The code for Dragon is [time] + D. Remind people one minute before it spawns.
  • Baron Nashor will respawn every 7 minutes. THE most important camp and minion in the game. It's definitely worth loosing a tower over. If you manage to time this mob, be there with everyone and take it quick (Before the enemy has time to react) you will win most if not all of your games. Therefore you must time Baron at all times on the second. Now it can happen that you lost the timer because there was a team fight going on. With Baron that is not so much of a big deal as long as you've still got it's buff. The buff of Baron takes exactly 4 minutes, meaning that when it's gone it takes exactly 3 minutes for Baron to respawn. The code for Baron is [time] + Baron (or Nashor) The reason for writing the whole word is so you won't confuse it with blue.
Note that these timers are not only meant for the jungler, anyone should time it. As long as the timer is correct. Else put a '~' sign in front of your code, this indicates your timer is not exact but close to the respawn time.

Wards die after 3 minutes. Usually you can see when it's placed by the opponent moving quickly up and back or when you've already got a ward placed. Now keep in mind to NOT ask your jungler for any ganks as long as there's a ward in place as you won't get a successful gank off and with that you're robbing the jungler of his experience.

Minions gold will increase by one every 3 minutes for Melee and Caster minions. Siege minions work a bit different, if asked enough I'll create another guide in which I'll get in to the advanced game knoweledge. I can dedicate a whole chapter to minions but what you should mainly know is they upgrade every 3 minutes (counter starts at 0:00) and the first minion wave gives you a maximum of 114 gold. Unless you've got a Twisted Fate in your team. In that case you can gain 126 from the first wave. Ashe can also earn more depending on her Hawkshot.

Objective Judgement

People often tend to say you should Always try to be in every team fight. Well guess what? They are totally wrong. The basic thinking works, be in every team fight have a higher chance of winning, winning a team fight means lots of recourses. It happens quite often though that there is something else you should do instead of running to a team fight. Because this topic is very advanced I'll only tell you to scan what's going on and make decisions that give your team more. For example: If all 5 of your opponents are at mid, you've got 3 defending and your jungeler walks to help defending and you as being Corki are 12 seconds walk away. But at the same time there's a pretty big minion wave pushing their lane. It could be a better idea to walk to the minion wave and push their lane. If you manage to get one tower it's worth the death if you manage to get a second tower it's worth 3 deaths or a lost teamfight. If you manage to get 3 towers it's worth more than Baron. Now you should always focus on the map because they will come for you. Guess what? WARDS!

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Use OP Champions


There are no OP champions in League of legends in mind. Now everybody can say that but I will explain to you why it is that way.

Every champion is countered by certain factors and can be put down by other champions, thus making it harder for your lane opponent. For example, if you're bot lane playing Vayne and Sona versus Graves And Janna, you're probably gonna lose your lane. You're just countered by the both of them and Graves will seem very OP. However, if you're playing bot with Sivir and Lulu versus Graves And Janna, you will probably win your lane and Sivir would look OP.


Now there is another thing, it's called luck. Or actually it's another illusion. I want all of you to understand that the only thing in LoL that can be defined as 'luck' is if someone of the enemy team randomly disconnects in a team fight. Else it's all calculation and skill making things happen. I've had some times where I managed to get a triple kill in a team fight and run out having just 16 hp left because I managed to anticipate their every move and commanded my team. Now don't take it so close when you're not playing pre-made. When playing solo or duo queue, try to always have an error margin of over 300 HP.

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I've told you quite a lot about the game and I trust that by now it's clear to you that LoL is not a game played by your hand but a game played by your head.
If you're still having problems, read the guide again and feel free to ask anything in the comments or send me a personal message.

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Next guide?

Yes people, if this guide is successful and there are enough people who'd like me to do it, I will make another guide concentrating on the advanced LoL mechanics. Including but not limited by experience gains, movement speeds, formula's, objective judgement and calculation. Including spreadsheets.

Yes people it's a fact. My new guid is in the making. Right now I'm creating the spreadsheets and already doing some small recearch myself for maybe even a third guide. My next guide will be called "Advanced game mechanics (1300-1750 elo)". The spreadsheets is a hell to get through but it's finally getting shape and I'm sure I'll be able to start writing the guide within the next few weeks.


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