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Team Guide by DriveThruGanks
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By now you must be saying, "DriveThru, get to the point already! How do I gank well?" The elements of a good gank are thus;
Is a teammate nearby to help secure the gank?
Are they close to a friendly turret?
Are they warded/are you ganking from an unwarded position?
Do you have enough health (and possibly the right buffs) to make the gank work?
There are a few other important things - positioning, like if you're ganking a [Vayne] and you put yourself between her and a wall, setting yourself up to be stunned so she can get away - but the most important thing, that many people don't realize, is this:
You or a teammate don't need to get a kill for the gank to be successful.
Did they pop both summoner spells in a panick? Better yet, did their lane partner do so as well? Did you force them to go back and give the laner you were assisting time to free farm? Did neither you or a teammate die?
If the answer to any of these is 'Yes', then your gank was successful. Remember that.