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Fundamentals: League of Legends New Player/Beginner Guide

By The All Tomato | Updated on July 9, 2020
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Spam ice cream (1) | June 23, 2020 11:53am
Wow. I was going to make a guide similar to this but I stumbled across this. It's soo in-depth and I can't imagine making this myself. It seems super helpful to new players and even for players that have been playing for quite a while, including myself. How long did this guide take for you? It's very long and all the work you have put in to it is insane! :O
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The All Tomato (19) | July 7, 2020 2:28am
Thanks! Going from idea to publication took 1-2 months, if I recall correctly. Many hours of incremental improvements have been made over the past 6 years as well.

It's hard to imagine completing a difficult project. Take it one step at a time and don't get discouraged by trying to accomplish everything at once.
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Gabriel Z (1) | December 31, 2019 5:53pm
Massive respect for producing this. The new player experience of LoL itself, using just the content published by Riot, is poor, and leaves it up to the player to get better by trial and error. This is made worse for me because I am in my 50s with job, kids, mortgage, etc, with limited time to experiment and research. This guide does what Riot should have done - and you are doing it as a labour of love. I salute you.
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The All Tomato (19) | March 14, 2020 11:02pm
I'm happy to help! Thanks for the kind words!

It's really cool to know of someone your age getting into League! How'd you get into it? Have you been a gamer for a long time?
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Balorer | October 30, 2019 11:49am
As a returning player after a 2 year break i really appreciate a more down to basics guide, thank you.
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The All Tomato (19) | November 2, 2019 11:26am
Thanks for reading!
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Yuriina | June 21, 2019 6:47am
Excellent Guide. Despite playing league for over a year, I seem to forget some of the basics, this guide has reminded me of some small yet important things 10/10.
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The All Tomato (19) | August 13, 2019 5:24am
Thanks! Happy to help.
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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 (194) | 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 (55) | 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 (55) | 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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