How to Deny XP and Gold in League of Legends

The biggest factor when comparing Dota to League of Legends is the fact there isn’t a direct deny in LoL as compared to Dota. There are ways to deny xp and gold in lane on league of legends though! This is a more advanced step, so if you just started the game, try to practice this as much as possible as it can lead to huge lane gains.

                How do you deny in league of legends? Well first thing you need is a solid laning composition.  A support/tank and a ranged AD champion bottom is always a solid choice and will make for some dominating lanes.  So, to deny the enemy you keep the minions in the middle of the lane, aka in front of river.  You ONLY last hit, or else the lane will push to the enemy’s turret.  Try to dish out more damage then you take or the enemy laning opponents may just deny you instead.

                So last hit only, have your support or tank, if bottom lane, harass nonstop while you last hit first, and harass second.  This will push the opponents back and if you stand in between the minions and the enemy you will be able to deny them the XP and last hits.

Watch this video on Denying and Zoning and it should help improve your game a lot!

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Team Solo Mid has New Coach: Things to note!

TSM has a new coach by the name of Jonas B Supper. Jonas has a history of playing many games, including the Final Fantasy series and a previous dedication to StarCraft 2. He will be dealing with team management to take some stress off of Reginald.

Currently TSM is dealing with little problems, and Jonas is here to resolve most of these. Some problems include arguing and bickering within the team, Reginald being too busy with maintaining team and TSM website. They didn’t have a solid schedule, which is very important for a successful gaming organization. Eating habits, currently TSM eats out and eats way too much crappy food. A metaphor that was used was like premium gas in a Ferrari compared to 87 octane, put in what you want to get out.

It looks like the new coach of Team Solo Mid will have his work cut out for him, but I think he can do it. It won’t be easy to manage a bunch of gaming nerds, but someone has to do it!

Best top lane combos for double lane in league of legends?

Wondering what some good, maybe almost overpowered lane combo’s are for top lane in league of legends? Look no further!

Here is a list of good match-ups for top lane on summoner’s rift

**This isn't a pro list, just some common combos which can deny the enemy lane decently**

1. Wukong and Riven

2. Shen and Miss Fortune

3. Nunu and Ryze

4. Yorick and Gangplank

5. Yorick and Sona

6. Mordekaiser and Soraka

7. Alistar and Poppy

8. Taric and Garen

9. Blitzcrank and Wukong

10. Blitzcrank and Tryndamere

If you have a strong combo to add, please comment with it and the reasons which make it strong and I will add it to the list

Champion Counter-Picking Guide – League of Legends – 2012 Up to Date

Need to study up on your champions, their counter picks, and why they get counter picked?

Check out this awesome list that has every lol champion and their correct counter picks. 

This list is kept up to date, feel free to comment and start a discussion about LoL best counter picks

Click Here for Counter-Picking Spreadsheet!

League of Legends Jungle Timers FAQ

Here is a little FAQ about Jungle Timers for any Nerdy Junglers!

As a Jungler, it is your job to keep track of the neutral minion spawn timers, like Dragon, Blue, Red and Baron.

You can type out the respawn times in chat however works best for you, but most junglers do something like this.

“Dragon – 15.25~”

TB ~ 18.23 (their blue and it re spawns @ 18.23)

Okay so that is pretty much common knowledge, you just want how long they stay dead for?!

  • Blue Buff – 5 Minute respawn timer
  • Red Buff – 5 Minute respawn timer
  • Dragon – 6 minutes respawn timer
  • Baron – 7 Minute respawn timer
  • Golems / Wolves – 1 Minute respawn timer
  • Wraith – 50 Second respawn timer

Remeber to try to talk as little as possible in chat, to team or enemy team, because it will scroll your respawn time you typed out to far up to notice or remember.  Typing out the times usually doesn’t work so well in solo q but it works wonders when you are on Skype, Vent, Etc with a few good players.

 

How to get better at League of Legends?

How to get better at League of Legends?

 

As many of you obviously know, MOBA (Massive Online Battle Arena) games have gotten huge since the release of the original DOTA (Defense Against the Ancients) on the WC3 custom game client.  The biggest MOBA game currently is League of Legends, followed by DOTA2 and HON.

With the influx of popularity more and more people are trying to better themselves and their skills in lol, hence asking the question ” How to get better at League of Legends?”.   Really, the concept and game are fairly simple as the controls are only left / right mouse and Q W E R skill buttons.  What people don’t realize until later is that the hard part is strategy and teamwork.  You can only carry your team so far unless you are super crazy fed or it is still semi-early/mid game.

Here are my personal tips on how to get better, consistently, at League of Legends.

Map Awareness – I decided to put this point first and foremost because it is what I think many people overlook.

Example:

‘You are bot lane farming against another AD + SUPPORT Meta combo, both lanes seem even, 4 minutes in and still no gank from, or spotting of, the enemy jungler.’

Noobs – Continue to farm even at half health, usually pushing their lane up towards the enemy’s tower and then get ganked shortly after. How to get better at League of Legends? [email protected]

Pros – Would check bush (*IF YOU HAVE 75% HP ATLEAST) with their lane partner, so that they don’t face check the enemy’s jungler and get instakilled.  If health is too low to check bush, then someone, support usually, needs to go back and get a ward and place it into the shrubby bush in river, and maybe even another above bottom tower, this needs to continue to happen all game, or at least until the laning phase is over.

With the wards in place, and map awareness, it is literally almost impossible to die early by a gank.  The ward will spot the gank with plenty of time for you to run back to the tower.

Teamwork and Communication – People need to remember that this is a team game, how many games end for you by the 15 or 20 minute mark? Probably about 5 – 10%, so you can see where the “team fight” part of the game comes into play.  DON’T RAGE AT YOUR OWN TEAM! Suggest something they can improve or try not to let happen again, but don’t belittle them for a clicking in a few wrong spots, you have done the same thing, and I’m sure have been yelled at before.  No excuses, if you want to win, try to win, be a leader, and get the team feeling like a team with friendliness and helpfulness.  You can argue this point all you want, but has anyone yelling at you, or calling you a newbie or troll made you want to play better? That’s what I figured…

Champions – Champions are a fine line between getting better and just getting experience.  The most I can say here is try to counter-pick the enemy team at champion select.  If you are still semi-new and don’t play any ranked yet here is my suggestion.  When you play ranked there are usually the same group of characters picked, at least MOST of the time for the current meta game of Solo top(tanky dps), AP mid, Jungler, and then support and ranged AD bottom.   Most of these characters can be counter by another character.  You need to learn who counters who (or just Google the matchup while waiting, if you know what lane you are in and versus who) and this will help out your laning phase really good.  There is one catch to this, and that is you need to be able to play the character semi-well.  If you are still leveling up, playing a lot of normal games or maybe just trying to find the champions you like and want to call your mains, then you need to learn some good champions now!    Good Champions aren’t “SHACO’S SO OP ZOMG NERF” champions; good champions are ones who bring the most to the synergies of the team composition.  Do a search for “League of Legends Champion Tier List”; learn two or three of each of the top tier champions, of each role

Examples –

Support ChampionsSona, Soraka, Alistar, Janna

Jungle ChampionsMaokia, Gangplank, Lee Sin, Jarvan

Mid ChampionsAhri, Fizz, Morgana

Top ChampionsIrelia, Yorick, Riven, Shen

Ranged AD ChampionsAshe, Miss Fortune, Graves, Caitlyn, Corki

 

Last Hitting – Last hit, don’t push your lane up to the enemy’s tower unless you can’t help it, example being, Mordkeiser.  There are multiple reasons for doing this.  One reason is that your lane is now unable to be ganked, and you are more likely to be ganked, because you have to run twice as far to be in a safety zone, aka your tower.  Another reason is that you are enabling the other team to farm and get experience points.   I will break this down a bit further.  If you are winning your lane and the opponent is unable to last hit without risking death or punishment in the form of harassment, then DO NOT PUSH! If you don’t push you can last hit and keep the minions in the middle of the lane in front of river, and if you stand between their minions and their tower, well you just denied them all the possible last hits, and you also denied them the XP because they are out of range.   This advantage gets huge the longer it goes on.

 

TL:DR Version

  1. Ward your OWN lane early game, unless jungler, then ward what is needed
  2. Pay attention to the map, always have a good idea of where ALL FIVE of the enemy team members are, and think of what their skills will do CC wise if they catch you and if you will survive.
  3. If you are still learning champions, pick good ones to learn, aka top 1/2/3 tier champions.
  4. In champion select, try to out pick the enemy team, if you don’t know what your laning opponent is weak against, then Google… “Best champions to lane %top% against %enemy champion%”.
  5. Act as if your team is next to you at a tournament, be nice and helpful.  You can tell them what they did wrong but do it constructively, or else they will just give up on the game just to make sure you lose because you called them a noob and who knows what else.  If someone called you a noob and raged at you for getting caught 1v2 top against two ranged as a melee, most likely you would laugh to yourself and then troll the rest of the game, or at least not help the rude person once team fights come around, which usually makes for a swift defeat.
  6. Last Hit, don’t push your lanes past river towards the enemy tower.

What is a Good Creep Score in League of Legends?

514 Creep Score at 55 Minutes

514 Creep Score at 55 Minutes

League of Legends is an awesome game, so awesome that most people strive to improve their game play.

What is the best way to get better at LoL? Creep Score / Farming Minions

Items are what make you better than your opponent, and the only way to do that consistently, is to farm creeps consistently.   You can go for a lot of ganks, and sometimes snowball, but other times the gank fails, and you die.

What are the negatives of dying? Well, for one you probably were not in your lane so you missed creeps, you gave the enemy team assist gold and the player who killed you almost a full items worth of gold.  The time you spend at the fountain and dead are all hurting your creep score, hence, putting you even more behind.  You can see how this will add up over a few deaths, and while you might think that the rager on your team is just a rager, usually they are semi-right in what they are saying, but need some communication lessons.

What is a good creep score at 10 minutes? The normal standard is 10 CS every minute.

Okay so that number seems unrealistic in certain game scenarios, but by knowing that number you will know where you stand at every point in the game.

Another good way to tell how you are doing is to hit tab and check your lane opponents creep score.  Are you above your enemy’s cs? Then you are doing fine (as long as you aren’t 0-5 to his 5-0).

That really is all there is to say about creep score in league of legends, please discuss any other points you would like to add!