Core Skills: Anticipation
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 February 2014, 8:39 pm
One of the most fundamental requirements of any game is the ability to anticipate the actions of your opponents. There is no ultra quick way to immediately master this skill because the only way to know what people are likely to do is by experiencing it. There are at least … Continue reading


The Twisted Treeline: Team composition
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 February 2014, 8:35 am
Twisted Treeline is my favorite format and if I could play solo queue ranked on it, I would do it non-stop. The best part of this map is that the team comps are more compact and everybody plays a vital role. There are four dominant team structures on this map: … Continue reading


The five champions you should be playing right now
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2014, 7:20 pm
Pretty much every week, the champions that are hot change. Some champions rotate in and some rotate out. A few have lasted for months or even years. If you want to play ranked today, there are five champions you should probably know how to play, one for each role. There … Continue reading


Era of timers
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 February 2014, 8:26 am
In League of Legends, timers matter. When you first start out, you notice the icon on the minimap telling you that jungle camps respawned. At some point, you learn the value of the different camps and what they do. In Season 4, the scaling value of the dragon and the … Continue reading


Erik’s Tips: Efficient and selfless play
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 February 2014, 8:54 pm
Today I want to cover two teammate traits I value above all others: Efficiency and Selflessness. Efficient teammates do the following: Pick up CS that would be lost to towers without compromising an ally’s lane (see the selflessness section below.) Are always improving the team’s vision and map ownership through … Continue reading


Wave clear and initiation
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2014, 10:18 am
I think that the two things every team comp needs is minion wave clear and an ability to initiate a fight. Often times teams look toward their mid laner or ADC for wave clear. However, if you pick an assassin like Vayne as ADC or Zed in the mid lane, … Continue reading


Hook, line, and sinker
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 February 2014, 9:58 am
One of the first tricky tactics you learn in League of Legends is baiting. The idea is fairly simple: Setup a trap and then dangle something that your enemy really wants in front of them. If they go for it, spring the trap. The first bait you learn to offer … Continue reading


Who to watch on Twitch
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2014, 1:25 pm
If you are looking to learn something while being entertained, there are a few really good choices. I’m a father of two and like to be able to put streams up on the big TV, so I appreciate streamers who keep things PG. Since I’m also a geek, I like … Continue reading


Challenge: 100 CS in 10 minutes
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2014, 11:34 am
Because it is so important to get your CS, I challenge you to the 100 CS in 10 minute challenge. Here is how you do it: Pick a lane champion you play ADC, Mid laner or Top laner that you play often. Make a custom bot game on Summoners rift … Continue reading


Losing in champion select
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2014, 10:25 am
Riot has taken the rock-paper-scissors approach to balancing champions. This means that there is typically a champion that does well against yours. Sometimes a champion has a stronger early game or a stronger late game. You have to know your match ups and know what to expect from it with … Continue reading


The post-tanky-initiator era
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2014, 9:38 pm
Season 2 was all about the tanky initiators and continued through a transition away from them during Season 3 as the different tanky initiators were nerfed past viability. We saw Malphite, Hecarim, Amumu, Shen, and Sejuani all receive downgrades that would render them impractical or ineffective in competitive play. Yes, … Continue reading


How to play “normal” games
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2014, 2:58 pm
As the second part of today’s “how to” discussion, let’s talk about how to play normal games in a way that will improve your skill and prepare you for ranked play. Some people play normal games because they are more laid back and forgiving. That’s totally fine. I highly recommend … Continue reading


How to start playing ranked
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2014, 8:40 am
Follow the Nike rule of ranked: just do it. People have so much anxiety over playing ranked that they can hesitate to do their placement matches and then after they place, then they are disappointed with their placement and worried about playing more. As they don’t play much, when they … Continue reading


What I learned today [2/19/2014]
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2014, 7:41 pm
The fastest way to level up is winning.


Roaming
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2014, 7:49 pm
When you build a strong advantage in your lane, you can help your team by roaming to other lanes to help them get ahead. The best time to roam is after you push your lane to the enemy’s tower so that you miss a minimal amount of gold and xp. … Continue reading


Creating dilemmas
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 February 2014, 8:06 pm
A dilemma is a choice between two options, where neither option is appealing. A dilemma is not creating a choice where one option is good and one is bad, but rather two options that are both bad, yet one is slightly less bad — creating something of a forced situation. … Continue reading


Tells
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2014, 12:15 pm
If you were glued to your TV during World Series of Poker on ’05 and you studied every facial expression, every gesture, and every bet then you are ready for this next tip. A “Tell” is simply an indicator of the other team’s plan. Whether that is a jungler gank … Continue reading


Erik’s Tips: Smash your face into a wall
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 February 2014, 9:59 am
One of the more common intermediate skills that you see failed frequently is flashing or using abilities to get over walls, which brings me to the first rule of wall jumping: Smash your face into the wall. Seriously, it is easy to get antsy when you are at 100 life … Continue reading


Erik’s Tips: Jungler ping
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2014, 7:03 pm
How many times have you ganked bottom lane, only to go in all by yourself? Laners are often so absorbed in the dance and getting their CS that they are often oblivious of you going in. Yes, they should know and be aware, but in low elo, you have to … Continue reading


Overstaying your welcome
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2014, 4:56 pm
So, you just managed a triple kill and took a tower. Good for you! You turned some kills into an objective. Now, you are hurt but that inhibitor tower is calling. Just a few hits on it couldn’t hurt, right? Been there. I like to call it the double-reverse triple … Continue reading


Running down a dream
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2014, 10:18 am
In League of Legends, it is really easy to get caught up in the moment. We’ve all been there, you catch an enemy champion way out of position and you jump on him three verses one. His demise is certain, but he’s a slippery bugger with all the jukes and … Continue reading


Erik’s Tips: Smiting to heal in a fight
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 February 2014, 3:11 pm
Here is a brief Friday tip for you junglers out there. Everybody takes two summoner abilities that are useful in fights. Well, everybody but junglers, it would seem. They always take smite so they can more easily fight in the jungle and take objectives like Baron and dragon. However, a … Continue reading


What I learned today [2/13/2014]
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 February 2014, 10:06 pm
Today, Renekton taught me a valuable lesson. Destruction approaches


Erik’s Tips: Hulk no smash
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 February 2014, 9:32 pm
When fights get hectic, people start smashing keys and frantically clicking. As a brand new level 30, it works because your enemy is playing equally poorly and the outcome of who wins is probably pretty random. Somebody is bound to combo some abilities, if only by accident, and possibly even … Continue reading


Landing skill shots like a pro
Posted by Best League Blog NA [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 February 2014, 6:29 pm
If you’ve ever watched pros play, you’ve seen some of the most amazing max-range Thresh hooks and Lee Sin kicks ever. What you probably didn’t notice is that nearly all the skill shots that didn’t make the highlight reel were from point-blank range. Sure, they don’t make the great entertainment, … Continue reading


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