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You have to be level 30 to participate in ranked matches.

Basics:

Blue Team
player 1
player 2
player 3
player 4
player 5
Purple Team
player 1
player 2
player 3
player 4
player 5

At champion select there will be a banning phase where the first player on each team will ban champions. The Blue team's captain is always first ban and first pick. The captains alternate banning for a total of 6 bans. You can tell what team you're on by looking at the team name at the top.

Then the champion selection phase. The team that got the first ban gets the first pick, then teams alternate picking champs. So if Blue Team team picks first, then Purple Team member 1 and 2 pick next. B 2 and 3. P 3 and 4. B 4 and 5. P 5.

Players can switch champions with other players on their team once picking phase is over. There will be a time to do this between when picking is over and the match starts. This is a good strategy if you want to ensure that players lower in picking order get popular champions, or you want to counterpick a lane but the other team hasn't picked for that lane yet.

Picking Strategy:

Banning - Champions that are often banned change a lot depending on nerfs and buffs in the latest patch. A good way to check up on which champs are considered "OP" (overpowered) is to check Elementz tier list, since that's what a lot of people read to keep up on what the pros think of as good / bad champs.

Elementz tier list - http://www.reignofgaming.net/tier-lists

You need to keep in mind that the most popular champs will vary between different ELO brackets, so don't follow the list religiously, just use it as a guideline.

Picking - Top picks will also vary according to recent nerfs / buffs, so I would also use Elementz tier list as a guideline for what popular picks are.

Good first picks are champions that are not countered easily. For instance Morgana is always a good pick for mid, because her abilities protect her from both ganks and other casters, while also letting her farm easily. It doesn't matter if you pick her first or last because she can't really be countered. However, if you pick one of my favorite mages Twisted Fate, who relies on staying at a distance to be successful, he would be easily countered by a mid with a gap closer such as Kassadin.

Another good way to do first picking is securing a very popular champ at the moment. For instance if everyone picks Shen if he's available, make sure to get Shen if you are first pick so the other team doesn't get him. Make sure to ask if anyone on your team will play him first though if you don't want to! ;)

Here's some tips for doing better in Ranked Games / increasing your ELO:
http://www.mobafire.com/league-of-legends/forum/theorycrafting/climbing-the-elo-ladder-3984?page=1

Here's LoL wiki's article on Ranked games, just the basics but maybe explained better than my rambling: http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/Ranked_game
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The old Ranked Matches sticky was very outdated so I unstickied it and made this one. Please discuss your questions / concerns about ranked matches here.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Lugignaf » May 29, 2012 10:07am | Report
Can you remove Elementz Tier List?

While it is a high ELO's opinion on what's good, it's still very biased and everyone can be decent if you play them well.

Also, I see way too many people taking it as law. I don't want any more people complaining about a "low tier" pick when someone plays them perfectly well.
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Mowen wrote:
You need to keep in mind that the most popular champs will vary between different ELO brackets, so don't follow the list religiously, just use it as a guideline.


I feel like that warning is sufficient. I like keeping it up there because then people can quickly guess the fotm champs when they're wanting to figure out who to ban, and that's why I suggested it.
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I didn't see that. I just saw his tier list and mini-raged.

Carry on then. :P
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Majamorra » May 31, 2012 7:08pm | Report
Hey Mowen you can Change "Team A" and "Team B" for:

Blue Team and Purple Team.

Blue Team always first ban and Blue Teamalways 1st pick.

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Majamorra wrote:

Hey Mowen you can Change "Team A" and "Team B" for:

Blue Team and Purple Team.

Blue Team always first ban and Blue Teamalways 1st pick.

On a sub-related note, you can see what team you're going to be on by looking at the team name up top.
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Edited the posts to put in your suggestions, good suggestions both of you. :) Also I finally learned how to use columns! XD
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by jhoijhoi » May 31, 2012 7:58pm | Report
How come we aren't using the wiki for things like this? Just curious.
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Permalink | Quote | PM | +Rep | Commend by Mowen » June 1, 2012 10:40am | Report
If you make a wiki page I will link it at the top, but things like this are good for questions frequently asked in subforums so people can immediately find the answer, and is more encouraging than just a link to a wiki and nothing else.
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