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5 More Big Mistakes That League of Legends Players Make
Whether they are just getting to know the Summoners Rift or a veteran of ranked play, everyone playing League of Legends wants to get better. In my previous feature 5 Big Mistakes That New League of Legends Players Make I outlined five of the biggest mistakes that new players often make. In this second installment I’m going to go through five more common mistakes and how to address and deal with them.
1. Overlooking Objectives
As I said in the last feature, the key to winning your lane isn’t to kill your opponent but to get ahead of them. While farming is generally the best way to do this, making use of the many objectives on the map is another way of getting ahead of your opponents and overlooking them is a big mistake that new players often make.
While a lot of games can hinge on killing the Baron or the Dragon, it’s the smaller oft-overlooked neutral mobs that can help you in the long run. If you push your lane up to the enemy towers, it makes a lot more sense to go into the jungle and farm some of the neutral mobs that populate it rather than stand around and wait for the enemy to push the lane back. Putting the gold and experience aside, being absent from your lane can also put the enemy team on edge and cause them to play defensively.
As mentioned before, smaller objectives like the Golems and Wraiths can help you win your lane but the bigger objectives like the Dragon are definitely still worth pursuing. If your team can capitalize on multiple lanes being pushed up to take the Dragon, the gold rewards it brings to your whole team can quickly shift the tide of battle in your favor. Objectives let you get ahead of the enemy team at crucial points in the game and one of the biggest mistakes new players can make is failing to be on the lookout for them.
2. Fighting Under A Tower
Much like my ‘Use Wards’ tip from last week this one sounds kind of obvious but despite its obviousness, fighting under a tower is still one of the biggest and most common mistakes that new players make – particularly when it comes to the early game.
Even at the later parts of the game, taking on a tower by yourself is an ill-advised endeavor and new players who attempt this herculean task often set themselves back. I think this can partially be attributed to a lack of detailed information within the game itself regarding how towers work and what purpose they serve. To break it down, there are four key things that new players need to know about towers:
Towers are an objective and provide gold to your whole team when killed
Towers target the first thing that steps into their sight
Towers will prioritize champions who deal damage to other champions over their current target
Towers deal more damage with each consecutive hit
I think there are a number of reasons this is such a common mistake for new players. Firstly, new players quickly find that the neutral creeps in the game (whether they reside in the lanes or the jungle) offer little in the way of a threat, this can lead to the expectation that the AI-controlled towers are similarly harmless – an assumption that can be quickly proven wrong.
The second big reason that new players often make the mistake of fighting under towers is that they misunderstand their role in the game. They see the towers simply as corks that hold the tide of neutral minions back for both sides; the more correct role of the towers are of providing a reasonably safe refuge and fall-back point for the champion who is on the back-foot of their lane. Especially when it comes to early game, towers can provide a huge asset in fights – it won’t take long for anyone’s health to get chopped down once a tower locks onto them and new players often make the mistake of forgetting that.
3. Being Afraid To Ask For Help
Playing League of Legends online can be an intimidating experience if competitive online games aren’t your usual jam, but being afraid to ask your team-mates for help is a big mistake that new players often make. While there’s something to be said for holding your own in your lane, League of Legends is ultimately a team-game and team work can often be the quickest and easiest way to get control back over the game and prevent an early game disadvantage from exploding into a late-game disaster.
If you find your lane is constantly being pushed up or harassed by the enemy jungler, ask your own jungler or teammates for some support. Similarly, if one particular champion is giving you trouble asking for help can be crucial to turning things around. While there’s no guarantee that your teammates will oblige your request – there’s no harm in asking. In fact, most of the time I’ve found my teammates to be more than happy to offer helpful advice or support when asked nicely.
League is a team-game and one of the biggest mistakes that new players make is playing it like a solo-game.
4. Not Knowing Your Enemy
In the first part of this feature I talked about how knowing your champion was a crucial part of playing League of Legends well, however knowing the capabilities of enemy champions can be just as important.
Understanding what the enemy in your lane can throw at you and observing where they move is almost as important as watching your own character. If you don’t know how an enemy champion works, you don’t know how to play against them. Whether you quickly Google their skillset online or ask your teammates for advice, refusing to learn about enemy champions you don’t recognize can be a very big mistake for new players.
Even the most infamous abilities in the game – the dreaded Blitzcrank grab – is the kind of thing that knowing your enemy can help you deal with. It sounds a little condescending but put simply: the easiest way to avoid Blitzcrank’s grab is to not stand somewhere where he can grab you. If you know what the enemy champion can throw at you, it makes it that much easier to understand their movements and avoid their attacks.
5. Failing to Learn From Death
When new players die they should think and examine what they could have done to save themselves, be it better positioning, better observation of the enemy or had more health items. A lot of new players fail to improve at the game because they fail to admit that their death could have anything to do with them.
New players often curse their opponent to the end of the earth and claim that their death was the fault of anyone from the jungler to Riot themselves. The truth is that there is always something that you could have done to save yourself, and in order to learn from your deaths you need to understand what that is.
By learning from your deaths, you can prevent yourself from dying to the same plays in the future and eventually learn how to counter them. If you push too far up your lane and get flanked by the enemy jungler think about how you could have avoided being in the position that got you killed and remembering to ward or position yourself accordingly in the future. While you might die at the hands of an enemy champion that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t anything you could have done to save yourself or avert your death.