Who Won the League of Legends Season 2 Championship?

Wondering who won the season two LOL Championship for a million dollars?

After being selected as a huge underdog, the Season 2 World Champions of League of Legends are the Taipai Assassins !

They played amazing well the entire tournament, taking down the likes of Moscow 5, Nanjin Sword, and for the Grand Finals – Azubu Frost

There will be Replays of all of their games posted shortly, so check back often, and if not you can probably find them on youtube shortly also!

Congrats to TPA – THEY JUST WON A MILLION DOLLARS!

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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

Please comment and let us know what you think!

League of Legends Custom Made Desktop Wallpapers

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The Best Free League of Legends Wallpaper and Backgrounds

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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.

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

Who is the Best Ranged AD Champion in League Of Legends?

There are many positions and roles in league of legends, but the most necessary on a good team would be the ranged AD carry.

AD stands for attack damage, AP stands for Ability Power, FYI.

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- Here is a list of ranged AD champions, and my personal, non-pro, opinion on each one, with Pro’s and Con’s –

Ashe

Ashe - League of Legends Ranged AD Champion

Ashe is one of the original release league of legends champions.  She is still considered a very viable ranged AD in the professional scene.  Her strengths would be that she is almost a support with how much she can bring to the table for her entire team.  Her Hawk shot is an amazing ability, able to give vision and is priceless for real games when it matters.  She also has a slow, frost shot,  a nice harassment spell, being volley, and her Ult. can make or break a team fight or stop a fleeing noob with an arrow from behind!

So, what ARE the reason she isn’t played more than she is currently? Well, this can relate to the other ranged champions to an extent, but the reason she isn’t picked first for ranged AD every time is that Ashe has no escape! Well,  she has frost shot, but that really isn’t gonna kite many champions late game when they are fed.

Final Opinion on how well Ashe ranks against the others:

Ashe, like any Ranged AD champion in League of Legends, is dependent upon two major things.

1. Farm – You need gold, lots of it, inability to do this and you fall off late game

2. Positioning (team fights) – I think this is one of the main things ranged AD players overlook starting out. If you go in first and get focused, you do no damage and all your farm is for nothing.  If you let the tanks go in front and initiate, the enemy team has no option but to engage on them or retreat and take unwanted damage, at either option, you engage at this point.

So based on those factors, I would rank Ashe 7.5/10 for ranged AD champions.

Caitlyn

Caitlyn is known for having a strong early game with her poke of Piltover Peacemaker, she can zone out enemies with her Yordle Snap Traps, and can use her 90 Caliber Net to escape, or slow an opponent.  Her ultimate, Ace in the Hole, is lack luster.  I had a season where all I did was play Caitlyn, so I do like her, but for some reason I don’t pick her anymore, at least rarely.

Final Opinion on how well Caitlyn ranks against the others:

Caitlyn relies on early game snowball, why you may ask, well, she dies off a bit late game.  With enemies late game armor, her Piltover doesn’t do much damage and her Ace in the Hole is almost useless versus a competent team since it can just be blocked by another player.  She can only auto attack, which is normal and fine, but she has ZERO area of effect spells.  Her escape is okay, but it really won’t do much late game in team fights either, but it is useful for escaping over small cliffs etc.

I give Caitlyn a 7/10, because of her useless abilities late game.

Corki

I don’t play Corki, and will not explain too much on him since I would be lying or copying from somewhere else.  I see Corki in many high ranked games, the things about Corki is that you use his abilities a little bit more than you would a normal ranged AD champion, so I feel that certain builds could hang with the standard meta build on him.  For example I’ve seen people go sheen early on because of how often he is spamming his abilities.

He has good damage, good AOE abilities, and a good escape.

I will give Corki 8/10

Ezreal

Hmm, Ezreal, this will be a difficult one. I personally love Ezreal, he is a blast to play but some things are lacking.  Here are the pros and cons -

Pros ! – Extremely mobile, with his Arcane Shift you can teleport and kite all over.  His Ult is good for picking off runners and good AOE damage for a grouped up team fights.  I prefer skill shots, so his skill set I enjoy a lot.  He is no doubt fun to play.

Cons! – Lacking damage output.  If you’ve played Ezreal recently his damage output usually can’t go 1v1 with another top ranked ranged AD champions.  He is mobile but in a team fight he just doesn’t pull the weight that is needed for a ranged AD.  He is rarely used anymore as a carry in the professional scene.

Final opinion on Ezreal as ranged AD carry -

He isn’t viable.  He is fun and can work in some situations but I just feel there are better picks and he will not very often see the light of day when money is on the line.

I give Ezreal a 6.75/10

Graves

Graves - The AD Outlaw for League of Legends

Woot! Graves! I personally love Graves, he is a great all around ranged AD Champion, and one of the current best in League of Legends.

Graves is top three for best ranged AD in the ranked games currently.  His abilites can clear lanes super fast, he has a slow, dash with his E, and his ULT is AOE and scales pretty well.

Pros – Mobility, Slow, AOE, Burst

Cons – Squishy like most AD carrys?

Final opinion on Graves as ranged AD carry -

He is great and one of the most picked ranked games champions due to his awesome skill set.  His burst can kill you easily early game and he scales pretty well into late game.

I give Graves 9/10 overall

Kog’Maw

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Kog’Maw is currently one of my favorite ranged AD champions.  He has long range to poke with his W, he scales good early all the way until late game, and he has I believe one of the longest ranges on his ult, in the entire game.  Kog’Maw can be played multiple ways, but I play him built as a ranged AD carry, same as I build almost every other AD carry.

Pros! – Range, Strong early game and mid-late game, his passive is great for team fights as he can do a lot of AOE If focused first.  If you keep getting focused in team fights, you can just stand way back and shoot your ultimate as much as possible to wear them down before engaging up close.

Cons! – Squishy, no good escape, his E skill is semi-decent as a slow but really is rarely used, by me at least.  Flash is a must, as it is pretty much with all ranged AD champions.

Final Opinion on Kog’Maw as Ranged AD Carry –

 He is a great pick, and I don’t think is used enough.  His early game range is amazing, you can just keep poking the enemy in your lane until they can’t sustain their hit points and at that point you just farm and deny XP plus last hits.

 I give Kog’maw a 8.5/10 overall

Miss Fortune

Miss Fortune is my absolute(currently) favorite ranged AD champion.

Why? Well,  I like her damage, her early game pressure, and her skill set.  Her Q shoots, then automatically shoots another shot, so basically you can hit someone for about half health in 2-3 seconds flat.  Autoattack > Q > Q’s extra shot > auto attack.

I play Miss Fortune very aggressively, because I feel she, like most other ranged AD’s fall off late game without champion kills or solid farm for 20 – 30 minutes.   Her passive which increases movement speed is good for chasing down flee’ing enemys and is great for kiting and attack move/attack move, etc.

Currently I will say Miss Fortune is my top pick for ranged AD.  Her W(speed steroid) also cuts healing in half on hit for 4 seconds.  This is AWESOME when 1v1′ing or laning bottom with support, esspeccialy vs Soraka and Sona.

Final Opinion on Miss Fortune as a Ranged AD Carry

Pick her! Play smart and aggressive and remember to Q a minion and hit them enemy behind the minion with the ricochet.  Get fed, pew pew for the win!

I give Miss Fortune a 9/10

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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!