In a game of mechanics, skill and knowledge reading and watching won’t get you where you want to be automatically. It takes dedication and practice to become one of the best; this applies to everything, not just League. However, practice doesn’t make perfect – as the cliche phrase usually states – it only makes whatever you’re practicing permanent. Meaning if you practice with a bad habit, that bad habit will stick instead of you getting better.
The question is, what is a bad practicing habit in League? What inhibits progress? It’s clearly not like a physical sport where you could have an obvious form, or other, problem. There are some basic things that will really help you improve your game overall, but that you don’t want to practice incorrectly.
1. Play with an unlocked camera
You can unlock your camera by pressing “Y” and refocus your camera to center on your champion with the spacebar. Playing with an unlocked camera grants you the ability to look around the map and increase your map awareness. However, a bad habit you can fall into is not focusing enough on your lane. Tunnel visioning is a nasty habit, but so is not paying enough attention. Learn to keep a steady balance.
2. Play aggressive… at the right times
A major part of becoming skilled at League is being able to capitalize on mistakes. However, if you play too aggressive in looking for mistakes you’re going to be caught in a bad spot yourself. Watch your positioning!
3. Decision Making
Decision making is arguably one of the hardest things to do in a game. The act of decision making, usually made by one or two people on the team who are called the “shot callers”, is all about about what to do next. Mastering laning phase isn’t even half the battle. Deciding what to do after lane takes a lot (and I mean a lot) of practice. Knowing what does and doesn’t work at certain times in the game can only come with experience. It’s also important in this to learn how to communicate with your team. No one wants to follow someone who’s yelling at them.