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Friday, December 2, 2011

Getting bored with League of Legends? Learn a new role, such as a stealth character..

One reason I continue to play League of Legends is because of the game's re-playability. Like other multiplayer games, each LoL game is different because you are playing with and against real players. Unfortunately, even this can become repetitive, particularly if you play one type of character. One way to refreshen LoL is to play a different character type. Most people divide the champions into 3 categories: carry, tank, and support. But I think there is a 4th category that is so unique that only 2 champions exist in it - pure assassin (i.e. Evelynn and Twitch).

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Lessons from sports psychology can help you win more games

Anyone who has played physical sports knows the importance of staying strong mentally. A weak mental game can cause mistakes and meltdowns, resulting in defeat. Similarly, it is important to have a strong mental game in League of Legends because this can reduce stupid deaths and the snowballing effect that some experience when they start playing poorly.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Want to get out of Elo hell? Play League of Legends at different times during the day.

Ever wonder why you see some people play the game like they're brain damaged? Well, it turns out that our brain functions better at certain times.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Riven Guide

I am putting the symbolic "main" tag on Riven. I have been playing her since her release and after reading several guides and experimenting, I feel comfortable enough to write a brief guide on her.

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Using game theory to explain people's poor behavior in League of Legends

As anyone who has played solo queue ranked games has witnessed, many people in League of Legends  have a very weak psyche. The smallest amount of trash talking could create a snowball effect where the whole team falls apart. It may seem odd, then, why so many players talk trash to each other at the smallest mistakes. For example, I was in a game yesterday where my team and I were completely dominating the other team for the first 25 minutes. Then, one teammate makes the mistake of not running to mid and my team loses a 4 v. 5 team fight. This causes one player to call the other one all kinds of names and we eventually lost all momentum and the game.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Will Dominion "trammelize" League of Legends?

With the launch of Dominion, League of Legends has entered into a new era. We will soon see what effect, if any, this new game type will have on Summoner's Rift. I wrote earlier that I think Dominion will be unpopular because it does not require much champion skill but instead rewards map tactics that are unique to Dominion. I still think this is true, but admittedly Dominion will be very popular for the next few months. Because champion skill is unnecessary in Dominion, I am concerned that we will see Dominion dumb down, or "trammelize" the rest of League of Legends

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Riven - the most fun I've had with a champ in a while

Although I have been blogging about League of Legends for a while now, I have not spent too much time discussing individual champions. Today, however, I want to discuss Riven, the newest champion in League of Legends.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dominion Impressions

Riot has started publicly testing Dominion. I had a chance to play a few games yesterday and overall I think Dominion will become like Twisted Treeline - a game mode that some enjoy but is seen as less popular than Summoner's Rift. Also, given the simplicity of Dominion, I can see more players raging at each other than in Summoner's Rift.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

I love the Tribunal in League of Legends

Riot created the Tribunal in League of Legends to help police the community and to ban troublemakers from the game - my writeup on the Tribunal is here. Every so often I see a player come to the official League of Legends forums and cry about being unjustifiably banned. Usually, their argument is "I was banned but I didn't do anything, why didn't Riot give me any explanation?"

Well, below is one such example of where Riot did provide an explanation. Here, the thread's author complains about being banned without any explanation and tries to draw support from the community.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Avoiding tilt in League of Legends - why taking a break after a loss is a good idea

Anybody who gambles, particularly anyone who plays poker, is familiar with the term "tilt." Someone gets on tilt in poker when he loses a hand, becomes frustrated, and proceeds to play the next hand carelessly. This may mean making a big bet when he has a bad hand or calling someone when he would normally fold.

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Must have patience to survive Elo hell in League of Legends

Let me start by saying that when I first started taking screenshots of this game in League of Legends, I thought I would be writing an article similar to the one about Elo hell swinging both ways. I imagined typing a story about how the other team had two junglers, how they were being trolled internally, and how my team won the game in 20 minutes.
Enemy team has 2 junglers...

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Good way to improve concentration and mouse movement in League of Legends

As anyone who plays League of Legends (or any competitive game) knows, it's important to have good concentration and great mouse movement. Below is a link to a flash game that lets you work on these skills. Simply click on the plates as fast as you can - the only catch is that you can't see your cursor.

I found this link on reddit's League of Legends group, which is also a good resource for information regarding the game - /r/leagueoflegends.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Sometimes you just can't win in League of Legends

The common argument as to why there is no "Elo hell" is that your rating reflects your skill. Good players have good ratings and bad players have bad ratings. This is why good players can make new accounts and carry themselves from low Elo to high Elo.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Elo hell swings both ways in League of Legends

If you read any of the popular forums, you'll see people state that Elo hell does not exist and that everyone's Elo rating reflects their skill level. While I think this is partially true - I have no doubt I would lose the majority of games if I played against a 2000 Elo player - at really low Elo the stupidity of some players is borderline scary. Take the following game for example.

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Elo hell tip - escaping trolls in League of Legends

One important quality that every player must have when trying to escape Elo hell is knowing what players will try to screw you over (aka trolls). The earlier you know this, the better chance you will have of trying to resolve the problem. This may mean acting as a mediator, trying to calm the troll and/or your teammates, or playing more aggressively in the beginning to get more kills so the troll will be motivated to help the team win.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

This video is an accurate representation of Elo hell in League of Legends

I found this video on youtube made by videogamedunkey. Although he plays his character well, it's fairly obvious that the other players suck (both his teammates and the opposition). This is how players will behave in low Elo - chasing enemy players when they are at low life, defending a tower when they have less than 100 hp, and even tower diving a character that has taunt (i.e. rammus).

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Escaping Elo hell in League of Legends - clairvoyance a necessity?

Clairvoyance is an often overlooked summoner spell - especially after its recent nerf. Every 70 seconds, you can reveal a portion of the map for 4 seconds. This spell essentially functions like a free mini ward. For example, you can use this spell whenever you or your teammates over extend and want to be sure the enemy team will not gank. In the laning phase, you can use this spell in the bushes to get a skill shot off on the enemy team. Or, if you're particularly creative, you can use this spell to trick the enemy into thinking you're not hiding in a certain bush (i.e. use clairvoyance on a bush where you're hiding and the enemy team will think you're not there because you wouldn't clairvoyance a bush you were in).

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Tribunal

My biggest problem with League of Legends is how many of the players behave. From racist comments to trolling, some players behave very poorly.

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Learning new things everyday - minion health in League of Legends

I recently learned that you can view a minion's health the same way you can see an enemy champion's health (I named this blog noobieLoL for a reason...). Simply click on the minion and you can see its health. This is very helpful when trying to last hit and particularly helpful when using Cho'gath's ultimate.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Gaining Elo via solo queue ranked in League of Legends - jungling

I am in "Elo Hell." I made the mistake of playing ranked games when I wasn't ready for them. As a result, I played several games where I was either average or below average when compared to the rest of my team. I have learned my lesson and only play ranked with champions that allow me to win the game for my team.

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Good to know - maximum cool down reduction is 40%, and it is additive

For the longest time I have wondered what the maximum cool down reduction (cdr) was - I knew it wasn't 100% but I could not find a definitive answer. Today I learned that the maximum cdr is 40% and is additive, which means that if you stack 2 15% cdr items, your total cdr will be 30%. 

While maximizing cdr isn't the best idea for every champion, I think it's useful for champions like Cho'gath that are reliant on abilities with long cooldowns.

Source (confirmed by a Rioter):

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blog about the PC game, League of Legends

This blog is focused on the PC game, League of Legends. For more information about the game, visit Download and play the game for free here.

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