World Power Rankings for League of Legends – June, 2012

Currently there have been a couple ups & downs in the world rankings. The most notable would be Team Solo Mid who seems untouchable after multiple back to back LAN event wins. There is still one team that TSM (solo mid) needs to smash, and that is Moscow 5. Moscow 5 has been semi dormant lately, they are still almost unbeatable in their country, but I think a match really needs to happen between M5 and TSM to determine once and for all who the best in the world really is.

Without further waiting, here is the most up to date League of Legends World Rankings

1. Team Solo Mid
2. Moscow 5
3. Counter Logic Gaming – North America
4. Counter Logic Gaming – EU
5. Team-Dignitas
6. Taipei Assassins
7. Team Dynamic
8. Team Fnatic
9. MiG Blaze
10. World Elite
11. MiG Frost
12. Curse EU
13. Team Solo Mid EVO

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MLG Anaheim Grand Finals – League of Legends – TSM vs CLG.NA

Team Solo Mid, what more to say, obviously a strong fan favorite, and a beast of a team! They have been winning so much lately, but one team to always give them a run for their money is CLG.NA.

If you were unable to tune into the finals of Major League Gaming: Anaheim, then you missed out, but do not fret just yet my nerd bros, I am here to fill you in.

I will say, it was an awesome series, and both CLG.NA & TSM played amazingly well, almost perfect, but TSM took the victory over CLG 5-3 total score.

The first set TSM was in #1 Seed spot, they won first game (SMASHED first game) over CLG. They looked unstoppable, but then, CLG came back and won the set 2-1 with some awesome plays and perfect play.  Since TSM was in first seed, in order for CLG to win they must win the next set, again, 2-1.

Second Set

TSM took game 1

CLG took game 2

Final Game - TSM switched it up, put Reginald top with Karthus, and Dyrus mid with Kayle (Dyrus and Kayle = OP

Here is the final match if you didn’t catch it, Enjoy, BAYLIFE!

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

League of Legends Custom Made Desktop Wallpapers

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Hillarious LoL Tribunal Cases

In League of Legends, there is a community reporting tool that helps the community filter and temporary ban people who aren’t playing the game correctly.  This tool is called the tribunal and can be found at leagueoflegends.com/tribunal.

While taking part in the tribunal you can do up to ten cases a day, and for every case that closes with the correct answer chooses, you receive 5 IP points.   If you do tribunal everyday and don’t miss any cases, you can make 50 extra IP a day!

Here are some hilarious tribunal reports and cases, which conveniently were saved, so enjoy and don’t pity the noobs too bad!

League of Legends Desktop Background Wallpapers

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Sick LoL Janna Wallpaper

 

How to Play Graves as a Ranged AD Carry in LOL

Graves the Outlaw, a character from the online moba game, League of Legends,is one of the strongest ranged attack damage champions currently in the meta(standard) game.
The main play style of most ranged AD carries are about the same, but what makes a person average to awesome with a champion are those tiny differences you learn only by playing the champion a lot.

Are you having issues staying alive in team fights? Try this, stay in the back, wait for everyone to start the team fight, once they initiate dash in and start hitting the closest target.  If you get focused, dash out if it is up, flash out if dash is down, use your imagination.

As a ranged AD carry like graves the outlaw, you have to remember that you aren’t supposed to EVER be getting hit. I 100% believe character control and positioning are key to getting better in league of legends.

In conclusion, here are some TL:DR tips.
1. Learn positioning as a Ranged AD carry – Graves especially because of his ult and his AOE Q, he can dish out serious damage in team fights if unfocused.
2. Use dash situation-ally! Remember that dash can be used offensively or defensively, adapt its use to how the team fights are going.
3. This is kinda the same as above but save flash!  Flash can also be used offensively or defensively, it’s all about just adapting to what the enemy team is going for in team fights.

Hope these shorts tips could improve your AD carry or graves game play slightly! Keep on pwning and remember that AD carry is one of the hardest roles to play perfectly in league of legends.

Graves - Ranged AD Champion

Graves the Outlaw - Ranged AD Champion

How to Play Top Lane in League of Legends

Picking your champion and counterpicking the enemy!

Top lane is the lane that has highest counter-picking potential. You see top laners picked up as the later picks in tournament for a good reason – almost all top laners can get counter picked.

So what makes champion a good top laner? Escape mechanics, sustain and natural tankiness. These are the three most important capabilities a top laner should have. These are also three of the main reasons why the meta-game shifted from ability power champion top. After Riot Games started releasing more and more bruisers, ability power carries would just get out laned by majority of bruisers.

Bruisers generally have more sustain, escape mechanisms and gap closers. Gap closer is one of the best ways to counter an AP champion. You just deal more constant damage as a bruiser to an AP champion if you actually come into melee range with him, and a gap closer does just what you need.

First of all, you need to know what you want to do in your lane and what you are good at. If you are generally good at last hitting and you like causing chaos late game, bruisers you should like are Nasus, Olaf and Cho’Gath. These champions really require some farm to be monsters late game. You are not going to have much presence early game if you pick late game champions obviously, but if you actually get to late game you’ll be far stronger than early game bruisers like Garen, Renekton or Pantheon.

If you prefer having lane dominance over your enemy in returns for weaker late game, you will probably like bruisers like Lee Sin, Renekton, Pantheon and Yorick. If your enemy is a late game champion and you get double the CS he gets, can he really reach the late game? Things like this happen pretty often, if your enemy has twice times less CS than you, he will indeed be weaker late game than you even if he’s considered a late game bruiser.

AP champions top, this is one of the things that people preferred to pick a year back, the meta has shifted a lot since then. One of the last teams to use an AP champion with no real escape top successfully was EU fnatic , by doing that they actually won Dreamhack 2010. Malzahar, who doesn’t have any escape, was one of the most popular picks in top lane for Fnatic.

Even if we have a different meta-game now, there are still some AP champions who can hold their ground in top lane. Vladimir, Nidalee, Kennen are still popular picks even in competitive scene. Having an AP carry usually benefits you late game a lot. Can you see something in common that Nidalee, Kennen and Vlad have? Yes, an escape mechanic and some sustain. Nidalee has her amazing passive that increases movement speed whenever you step into a brush. Kennen has his Lightning Rush, which increases your base movement speed by 230, making enemies unable to catch him. Vladimir has his famous troll pool, not only is it a great escape ability, but also annoys the heck out of the enemy laner and the jungler.

 

Taken from skgaming,com

Team Solo Mid – Back on Top in 2012

Team Solo Mid, Aka, TSM have just won another huge event!

All of the best named teams where there, like EG, Curse, FNATIC, Dignitas, Counter Logic Gaming and many others.

Biggest reason that TSM *COULD* have won is that their new solo top player was playing,

and this is his biggest, and I believe 2nd, t0urnament as an official member.

Who is the new  solo mid top player ?

You don’t know?

Its – ” Dyrus ! Sleepy Dyrus ! Pillow Dyrus ! “

It is up for debate as to why they won as they also recently acquired a ” life coach “.
We will see how they do at the next tournament but I think they did what they needed to do to
silence any haters by winning this most recent league of legends tournament.

How to escape ELO Hell in League of Legends Easily

First off, you have to be somewhat lucky to get out of elo hell. For example, you can’t have a boots of mobility champion with 12 farm after 25 minuets in your team, that champion, be it wukong, or miss fortune, is gotta be in the enemy team cause people like that are not possible to carry.

I have ended up with some many people that trolled and just fed intentionally but now ive finally made it out of elo hell. I have duo ques a lot but it always seem to go bad when me and my friend were playing, we always get the retards on our team and despite the fact that we win our bot lane all the time, we endup loosing the game.

So what i did was that i started playing top lane, as Lee sin mainly. Lee is probably the best champion around lvl 2-3 and you can get first blood really easy, specially when you have ignite. And since theirs facts that when a teams solo top gets first blood the chance of winning is 88%. Lets say you get an early kill or even first blood, you will rule the lane so hard that you can go down and grab dragons, gank lanes, counter jungle and pretty much do whatever you want while snowballing like crazy.

Dragons is a very easy way to win and always remember to time them so you can stand there ready to pick them up again. (6 min cool down on it, Baron is 7 min). If you counter jungle and take their red for example time that one as well (5 mins).

Ofc you don’t have to play lee sin, its just a good choice IMO. But solo top is defiantly the way to carry your team out of elo hell.

Always remember to talk a lot and to stay positive, tell people what to do and remember to be selfish, try taking all the kills you can get cause you never know if your AD carry for example that would have gotten the kill is a complete idiot that cant even use the gold properly and buys a Tiamat or something like that.

Some games you cant win just cause theirs to many trolls, but if you win your top lane grueling you will be able to help the others in the team 80% of the games to actully win. ‘

Loosing your lane will happened sometimes ofc, after you loose, think to think about what made you loose your lane and change the problem.

If you have some other thought about getting out of elo hell please post them to help the poor people trying to get out.

Moscow Five Dominating Big Tournaments in League of Legends

We’re witnessing a huge leading team change in the League of Legends professional play scene. With two beautiful tournament victories – topped by their perfect run to the IEM trophy in Hannover –- Moscow Five has elevated the game to the next level. Beyond their raw skill, solid preparation and crack timing contributed greatly to their dominating win. They arrived in Hannover ten days early to prepare for the match and it showed on the field. Other teams are beginning to realize that they must push themselves further in order to compete with the best.

One of the most heavily affected by this revelation is Team Epik, which has witnessed a recent exodus in members following the Hannover tournament. Epik first emerged shortly before the NA Regionals back in Season One and immediately made an impact. Founder and leader Dan Dinh led his crew Dyrus, Doublelift, Salce, and Westrice to a second-place finish in the Season One Regionals. That earned them a spot in the Season One Championship, where they placed a respectable fourth. While Doublelift left shortly thereafter for Team Curse (replaced by Nhat Nguyen), the remaining players formed a consistent core upon which Epik could build.

Following Moscow Five’s domination at Hannover, that changed. Following a disagreement about practice habits and strategies for improvement, SoloMid member Rainman left the team. SoloMid immediately recruited Epik’s Dyrus to fill in the gap. Dyrus shared a house with members of SoloMid, and both SoloMid and Epik share common roots on AON, so the replacement made sense. It also left Team Epik one man down… which became two men down several days later, when Dinh himself left Team Epik. Both Dinh and Dyrus had been serious League of Legends players – active since beta testing and with a substantial fan following – and created a significant hole in Team Epik’s roster. ClakyDeeee and DontMashMe quickly filled out the roster, but it remains to be seen how quickly the new team can gel. Dinh soon joined up-and-coming team 4Not, which has already seen improved results since adding Dan to the team.

Nor has Team Epik been the only team to feel the shift. After Dyrus joined the team, SoloMid acquired a coach to help them up their game – one who cites Sun Tzu in public postings and states an intention to implement curfews and eating regimens onto the team. If it sounds crazy, remember that SoloMid experienced Moscow Five’s tactics first-hand in Kiev and again in Hannover; they recognize the challenge that faces them… and every other competitive team on the circuit.

The concept of living together in shared accommodations takes on an increased focus in this equation. SoloMid’s new coach shares living space with them, as did Dyrus, whose familiarity with them presumably helped him function more efficiently as a teammate. In Korea, Counter Logic Gaming and FnaticRaidCall received invitations from OnGameNet to practice at their gaming house. The impact of such a move comes hand-in-hand with other factors, but there’s no question that living and playing together in the same quarters demonstrates an increased focus on performance. Much the way a professional baseball or football team lives and trains together in order to increase their effectiveness, League teams now look to work more cohesively as a unit.

The full impact has yet to be seen, but the shifts in these top-ranked teams indicate that many of them have come to the same conclusion. With their dominating play, Moscow Five may have heralded an end to the “casual professional” on the League of Legends circuit. Only serious teams, who devote time and resources to honing their skills, can withstand the heat on the battlefield. Fans can expect to see the action grow even more intense, with top teams executing more complex strategies and honing their timing to lethal levels. It’s a whole new game out there! Expect to feel the impact of Moscow Five’s wins for some time to come.