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League of Legends: Some very important combat tips.

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Hello all,

Today I’d like to talk about a game that I’ve played quite a lot of over the last 6 months or so – League of Legends.

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League of Legends (or LoL) is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game, which is essentially a 5 vs 5 strategy game, with RPG aspects and no base-building elements. The game can be downloaded and played for free, here: http://euw.leagueoflegends.com/ (simply replace “euw” with “na” if you’re from North America – or just Google it)

Anyway, having played my fair share of the game, I have witnessed countless occassions where a teammate (or enemy!) has made the most stupid and downright reckless play – showing no respect to their opponent or their options.

Whilst I may not be the best player on the game, I feel that I’m solid enough to give out some much-needed education, and I will proceed to do so in the form of several easy-to-understand points.

So, without further distraction – here are some things that you NEED to take into account when engaging the enemy:

1. Differences in combat level:

Yes, this is an extremely obvious point. If you’re outmatched on a basic level front, you’re probably not going to win an exchange – unless you are ROUGHLY the same level as your opponent. Obviously there are other factors at work, such as character type vs character type and the fact that many battles involve teammates – but it’s still something that you always need to think about.

2. Differences in Health AND Mana levels:

Again, comparing health levels is also an obvious point and is done naturally by almost every player subconciously – due to it being a stable game mechanic for the last few decades. However, what a lot of players DON’T do is pay attention to their opponent’s (and sometimes even their own!) Mana bar. Quite simply put, if an opponent has little to no mana – they’re nowhere near as much of a threat as they’d normally be, simple right?

3. Checking map for enemy/friendly activity:

Now we’re leaving the more obvious points. Basically, you should always flick your eyes towards the map every few seconds or so. If you cannot see a single enemy’s location, just stay back and play safe as there is a fair chance that they could be just around the corner and waiting to spring a trap on you (otherwise known as being ganked). Naturally, if an enemy is missing from the map – ask your team where they are. Aside from watching for enemy activity, you should keep an eye on friendly activity as one of your team may have decided to assist you for a trap/gank of your own – and these are opportunities that you don’t want to waste!

4. Look at the items the enemy has and compare them to yours:

We’re definitely becoming less obvious here. You’ll want to use the “TAB” key to quickly check what items your enemy of choice currently has in their possession as some items have rather scary abilities when used. It also gives a better understanding of their combat ability.

5. Look at what summoner spells the opponent has:

Once again, by pressing the “TAB” key, you’re able to see what summoner spells the opponent is using. I’ve seen many instances where somebody has been surprised by their opponent quickly using the healing summoner spell and winning the battle. Don’t let this happen to you, always check and always believe that they have it ready to activate – unless of course you’ve seen them use it within the last 2-3 minutes.

6. Beware of the Flash (teleportation) summoner spell:

Almost everybody uses this spell in LoL, and it’s easy to see why – it’s absolutely brilliant for escaping bad situations as well as amazing for starting your attack in order to catch the opponent off-guard. As with the previous point, when going against somebody using this spell, always try to mentally add the range of this spell to whatever abilities or normal range their character has and always presume they have it ready to activate.

7. Don’t be afraid to let an opponent escape with low health:

If they’re back to their turret or covered by teammates that are sure to kill you if you try to finish them off – pull back and don’t risk your life. You’ve beaten them back once, you can probably do it again, just farm for some gold and take advantage of the time in which the enemy is back at base.

8. Don’t be afraid to slowly chip away at the enemy’s health with relative safety:

Sooner or later, they’ll want to retreat – or they’ll foolishly stay around and become an easy kill before long.

9. Always be prepared for what the opponent’s character to can throw at you (and play safe if you don’t know what their character can do):

Whilst this experience will come within time, you’ll need to be ready to eat whatever the opponent’s character is able to throw at you. You will also need to presume that they have every ability ready to unleash on you. Plan your attack around this, try to do what you can to break up their combo. However, some characters are just plain stronger than others in certain matchups. In those cases, just play safe until help arrives. As an extension on this point, try to tailor your items to counter your opponent’s champion/character.

10. If you have 1/4 to 1/3 of your health with no healing items/ability, just return to base:

I’ve seen so many people stick around when they are just going to get themselves killed. Usually the same people don’t expect the opponent to flash up to them for an easy kill. Now, there are times when sticking around can lead to a brilliant turnaround – but these moments are the exception and not the rule.

LoL combat

Two more basic tactics for when you finally decide to attack the enemy:

1. Consider using flash to instantly get close/in range for your abilities, it’s hard for them to react to and ALWAYS lead your attack pattern with a stunning skill (if you have one).

2. Focus on killing the main damage-dealer/carry first. The other guy (in a 2 vs 2 lane) will fall or run once their true source of damage is gone.

There you have it, a bunch of pretty obvious tips that will probably help a whole bunch of people at lower level play if they are followed.

Just make sure you can flick through this mental list quickly during play and you’ll drastically increase your chances.

Naturally there is a whole lot more to this game than straight-up combat (farming effectively, playing the minion game, etc) – but frequently getting yourself killed for no real reason will completely overthrow these factors.

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Written by SteadiestShark

April 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

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