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Would like help on stopping using guides

Creator: BlueNinjaLink February 7, 2013 11:07am
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Ok, so I'm lvl 30 and know know most of what there is to know about actually playing a game. The only problem is I've always used guides which can be very limiting and means that I can't really play ranked games due to my limited knowledge of what items work well with which champions, which runes and masteries I should use and basically how to counter enemies - I've always relied on what the guides say.

I'd very much appreciate it if someone could come and help me with creating builds, rune and mastery pages, etc... based of what the other team are building/what items will work with my role.

Thanks :)
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I should also mention that I have skype and teamspeak but I don't have a mic :/
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The more you know, the less you'll need to read. Eventually, reading guides will be a curiosity to try new stuff or a quick resource on "how do I build this guy again?"

As for how to think for yourself, it's not hard. Here:


Always consider a Warmog's unless you're the support. Exceptions would be if the enemy already has a lot of HP% damage skills/items ( Vayne/ Blade of the Ruined King)


Armor counters AD. Armor also helps fight Armor Pen.
MRes is like armor for AP.

Which means that if you're against an AD in lane, you could consider building one armor based item. If you're not, but there's a high amount of AD-based damage, you can still consider it ( Zhonya's Hourglass on mages, per example).

If CC is shutting you down, you may consider Tenacity or Quicksilver Sash/ Banshee's Veil. AoE is fought with HP , resitances, Heal and disengages like Zhonya.



If you want to counter a lot of stacked resistances, buy penetration. Lategame, %Pen is better ( Void Staff/ Last Whisper). If you want to counter HP, buy %HP-based items ( Liandry's Torment/ Blade of the Ruined King).


There are LOADS of item combinations, just try to think why people get them for this or that champ/read the reasons/ask them. Eventually, you'll start considering items by yourself. Also, always check on what your opponents are building and who is fed so you can think how you can act upon that.


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You build base on three factors: play-style, team necessity, and common sense.

1. Play-style usually falls in with champion pick. If you like assassins and pick an assassin, build like an assassin - squishy, but high burst, barring some weird circumstance or theory craft *cough* tank Katarina *cough*

If you're a solo-top you build like a bruiser if your team follows the current meta. Specifically during the laning phase, if you are winning your lane, you can afford to build more damage to snowball the lane. However, if you are losing, you need to build some health/resistances to survive the laning phase and farm to late-game. Building squishy when you're losing will set you further behind because you can't farm when you're dead in one rotation of enemy burst.

2. Team necessity - basically falls in with the standard meta. People usually know their roles. However, if you have someone like Fiora top who plans to go melee-carry, and you're the jungler, it is risky to pick a carry jungler like Zed or a similar pick unless you know you can outplay the enemy team early on. Otherwise, pick a tankier champion or go a tankier build instead of assassin.

3. Build to situation - if you're getting suppressed frequently, try running Quicksilver Sash or tenacity reduction items like zhephar.

If their team has a lot of true damage dealers like Darius, Irelia and Olaf, build some more health, regardless if you're winning or not as just having resistances is worthless because they'll scale into late-game hard by building tanky and let their true damage do work without actually building damage.

Also, what FalseoGod said :D

Hope it helped.
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Thanks, I just played a game with Gangplank without using a guide and it actually went really well :)

I think the reason I kept using guides was because although I knew which items would work well theres just so many of each type to choose from that it's kind of daunting :P

I'll play a few more games without guides and see how they go :D
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open up the item database on mobafire, or open a custom game against you and a bot, so you can leave with no penitently and just read though all of the items a few times.
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