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Fundamentals for the New Player: League Beginner Guide

By The All Tomato | Updated on March 9, 2019
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SkyPirateShini | March 3, 2019 9:16am
So glad I found this. I barley been playing a little over a week and can use all the help I can get.
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The All Tomato (19) | March 9, 2019 6:24pm
Welcome to the game! Let me know how your journey goes.
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Blasphemyy | February 20, 2019 5:45pm
Such a complete guide, loved it, thanks! I'm not even a new player yet I learned a lot of things :)
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The All Tomato (19) | March 9, 2019 6:24pm
You're welcome!
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Maintained (172) | January 28, 2019 5:06pm
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All basic attacks deal physical damage


Slightly misleading. Corki's basic attacks do more magical damage than they do physical damage. Colossal Smash also makes Galio's basic attack do 100% magic damage. There's more examples out there.

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Ranged champions fire a homing auto attack projectile

Also slightly misleading. Vel'Koz' auto attacks do not fire a projectile (they cannot be blocked by Wind Wall), and Graves' auto attacks are not homing (they can be dodged).

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Range does not increase with level.

Tristana's range does, although I suppose it doesn't need to be mentioned as it is part of her passive.

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Cooldown Reduction (CDR): Reduces ability cooldowns by a percentage. Caps at 40%.

Cosmic Insight allows you to cap CDR at 45%

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Shields are shown in health bars as grey

I'd say shields are more white/silver than grey. It's important to distinguish as grey bars in health bars mean a completely different thing.



I understand League is a complex game with a lot of information and new mechanics constantly being released, and your guide was made around the time where some of those new contradictory mechanics didn't exist back then, however, if you think its better not to introduce newer players to such mechanics to avoid confusing or overwhelming them, that's okay with me as its your guide and its up to you to do what you decide is best for viewers. I haven't fully read the guide but if you were down to including the more complex and contradictory mechanics in the game I'd be more than happy to help pinpoint them out, other than that, great guide :)
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The All Tomato (19) | March 9, 2019 6:32pm
Hey, thanks for reading and critiquing my guide so thoroughly! I do think it's overwhelming to introduce newbies to all these exceptions, but I do try to compromise by mentioning such details in spoiler boxes. Also, when rules are broken as part of an item or passive, I don't include it my text, rather, I point the player to the in-game tooltips.

I'll make sure to mention Corki, Graves, and Vel'Koz in the spoiler where I mention other auto attackers like Jhin. I agree with you about shield color, and will edit accordingly.

Thanks again!
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JigoKuu (4) | January 26, 2019 9:23am
As a total newbie I searched for LoL Beginner guides all in the internet. Had I known that there is such an extensive and wonderful guide as yours, I wouldn't have "wasted" so much time searching for a reliable and helpful source of information about the game.

This guide is extremely useful, explains every basic aspect of LoL so even a real MOBA noob like me could graps the concept of the gameplay, champs and so on.

Thank you very much for creating this fantastic guide! I am sure it helped/helps to a lot of new summoners. Keep up the good work!
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The All Tomato (19) | January 28, 2019 4:03pm
You are so welcome!

I want to make this guide easier to find. Where/how did you first look for guides, and how did you eventually find mine?
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Swankydik | February 18, 2019 11:55pm
Is there any possible way you could make this a PDF file or just anything in general where i can print this guide? I'm making a binder full of tips guides and such. I would GREATLY appreciate it, as I really like this guide. I'm just more of a paper and pencil kinda guy when it comes to studying :)
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JigoKuu (4) | January 29, 2019 11:01am
Firstly I searched the forums I usually use (they are written in my mother tongue, I am naive to try to find something in my mother tongue first, then I look for English materials), but this time I didn't find any good information.

So I used Google (this time I used the following keywords in different order: LoL/League of Legends beginner guide/tips). Yours were the third page Google suggested. :D The first two wasn't as helpful I wanted them to be. But then I found your guide and everything turned out to be all right. :D I think it was my mistake/bad I wasted so much time trying to search some good guides, your guide was super easy to find!C: So you shouldn't worry about it, I think people who search for an English guide has an easy job to find yours!:D
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KuuHaKu_OtgmZ (53) | January 8, 2019 8:00am
Hey there, I really appreciate your initiative in giving newbies somewhere to look for info and learn how everything works in League of Legends, this guide really seems like something that was supposed to be at LoL's website.

One note, though, you should state that armor doesn't scale linearly, but esponentially. The more armor you have, the less the damage mitigation will grow, otherwise new player might misunderstand how armor's damage reduction works.

Good job, thumbs up for you!
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The All Tomato (19) | January 28, 2019 3:45pm
Thank you! My goal was to provide the resources Riot should provide, but has not. Glad to know I succeeded.

It is a common misconception that armor has diminishing returns, that arises from mistaking the incoming damage formula, which is a hyperbolic function, for an exponential function. The graph for the effective health formula is clearly linear.

Check out the LoL Wiki's super in-depth entry on armor.
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kappachinoman | December 18, 2018 10:07am
Wow thank you so much for this! Really helpfull :D <> "
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kappachinoman | December 18, 2018 10:10am
Wow thank you so much for this! Really helpfull :D <> "

Here nice meme <> :D"
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The All Tomato (19) | January 26, 2019 1:45pm
Thanks! Haha I love the comic!
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KuuHaKu_OtgmZ (53) | November 30, 2018 5:31pm
It's really cool to see a guide dedicated to teach new players how to play the game, as most never actually try to play underestimating their own ability.

Thumbs up for you, the act of helping those who need is a noble action.

Oh, btw, you could switch to the new guide appearance, I think it's new colors would really shine with your guide!
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The All Tomato (19) | January 26, 2019 1:45pm
Thanks! I appreciate the recognition.

I haven't played with the new site and editing features yet, but I'll try to spruce things up!
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BeRT2me | October 22, 2018 9:41pm
There are outdated references to turrets giving global experience.
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The All Tomato (19) | November 30, 2018 4:11pm
Thanks
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Suushmma | September 27, 2018 3:35am
Hi!
I'm doing a "game guide" for a big school project. I'm wondering if I can use this information as a source and even copy phrases, tips and various things that you mentioned in this guide. I would be thankful if you accepted my request, it would mean the world to me!

Sincerely,
suushmma EUW
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The All Tomato (19) | September 27, 2018 6:57pm
I am very flattered you consider my guide for your project. Please do use it as a template and inspiration. Just make sure you properly credit it, and be careful not to cross the line into plagiarism. Put it into your own words and structure as best you can, and write it for your audience, which may be different from the audience I wrote for! Good luck!
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KajiKumihoAkukei (133) | April 12, 2018 6:10am
Really nice work, this can be very useful for new players or players who are stuck in lower elo to really get a better understanding of the game.

One small thing I found: in the part about warding & vision control you have a spoiler.
In the last paragraph you talk about Tracker's Knife and Sightstone. But sadly these don't exist anymore at the moment. Thanks Riot, good job *cough cough*! ^^

Otherwise a really awesome guide, keep up the good work!
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The All Tomato (19) | April 13, 2018 9:50pm
RIP Sightstone! Thanks for the kind words and the heads up!
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jhoijhoi (2021) | April 11, 2018 4:35pm
I've upvoted this in the past, but took the time to read this all the way through this morning. I really enjoyed reading this compendium of essential League information. I truly believe this will help newer players and even those with hundreds of games under their belt. I liked that you took the time every now and then to throw in a joke (lol Udyr), but otherwise your tone was no-nonsense, bare facts, which helps with not only the readability, but gives you authority as the author. An excellent guide and one that should be featured on the front page or somewhere as a go-to resource. Keep it up!
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Smileyman3004 | March 8, 2019 1:16am
jhoijhoi wrote:
I've upvoted this in the past, but took the time to read this all the way through this morning. I really enjoyed reading this compendium of essential League information. I truly believe this will help newer players and even those with hundreds of games under their belt. I liked that you took the time every now and then to throw in a joke (lol Udyr), but otherwise your tone was no-nonsense, bare facts, which helps with not only the readability, but gives you authority as the author. An excellent guide and one that should be featured on the front page or somewhere as a go-to resource. Keep it up!
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The All Tomato (19) | April 13, 2018 10:09pm
Hey jhoijhoi! Thank you so much! It means a lot to me that you took such a thoughtful look at my guide. Much of its excellence can be credited to you. "Making a Guide" was one of my primary resources. I'm glad you enjoyed those little jokes :)

The guide is linked somewhere in the forums here, but I would love to see it get more visibility! Any recommendations on how to do that?
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jhoijhoi (2021) | March 23, 2019 7:01pm
Well, it took nearly a year, but congratulations on your guide being featured on the front page "permanently"! In such a great spot and with so much visual space, I hope more and more visitors are drawn to your up-to-date and well-written wiki.



Wishing you the best for the future :)
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SunsetInParadise (1) | April 11, 2018 3:12am
I have been playing this game for a little while now and im not a pro player. I keep learning stuff en getting better but this game is HUGE and there are so many things to learn.. So I thought... Lets look for some help on the internet and that was the moment that I found MOBAfire. I read a guide for the build of Ashe and my first game (by following that guide) was an S- and (silly) is my best game ever so far. I was super happy and I dived right in to find more threads like that one. Thats when I found this freaking AMAZING quide. It's not just a guide for beginners, it's THE guide to read. I read it 2 times now and im not done just jet. My playstyle has changed en everthing that you have explained here has been and still is really helpfull.

Big fat thumbs up for building this one. It sure is one hell of a great quide and Im learning so much from this.
My English aint that good but I think you understand how happy I am with finding this one (^.^)
Thanks a lot and keep it up ! ;)
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The All Tomato (19) | April 13, 2018 10:12pm
Wow, this is so encouraging and cool to read! I've been playing the game for awhile and I sometimes forget how thrilling it was to learn all this new stuff and put it into action. I'm so happy you're having fun and I'm so glad to be a part of that fun!

P.S. Your English is better than you think!
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