the road to 1700

10Mar11

there are a few things i’ve realized while trying to solo to 1700 (not trying very hard).  a couple of generalities, more specifically, that affect gameplay and the match’s outcome:

  • do not play when you’re tired.  you will react slower and check the minimap less frequently.
  • don’t play when you’re in a bad mood.  you will overextend yourself for kills.  you’ll also be more likely to flame teammates and reduce team synergy.
  • never flame people on your team.  even if they’re bad, you won’t play as well together if your whole team is arguing.
  • try to break up arguments between other members on your team.
  • if your supports aren’t warding, or are only warding the other side of the map, BUY WARDS.  you need to have vision to spot incoming ganks, it’s well worth the 100 gold to provide vision/map control and to save you the cost of dying (which is much much more, considering the lost gold, lost farm time, lost lane control, gold to your opponents).
  • levels are very important.  be mindful not only of your farm but of your exp.
  • don’t play for stats.  don’t overextend for kills, and always be happy to let the carry or your mid ks.
  • always be doing something.  if you’re sitting around, you won’t accomplish anything.
    • carries should be doing one of the following:
      • farming
      • stacking at opportune times (esp if your support isn’t stacking)
      • participating in close, accessible ganks
      • teamfighting
    • supports should be doing one of the following:
      • stacking
      • pulling
      • counterganking
      • harassing
      • denying
      • farming (if the carry is not in the lane)
      • warding
    • gankers/mids should be doing one of the following:
      • farming (although if you’re the mid, don’t sit in a lane and leech gold/exp unless you’re all going to go for the tower)
      • rune control (if mid)
      • warding one or both runes (if supports do not)
      • ganking successfully (if not you will only lose farm/exp and allow the other mid to freefarm)
      • counterganking
  • perhaps most importantly, maintain a positive attitude.
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