Category Archives: Weekly Thoughts

Getting the most out of your Duo Queue

Duo Queue, a term commonly used for people who queue together for a ranked game, can be a great way to grind through all those ranked games without having to do it alone. Communication is such a large part of the game that playing with a partner can give you a great advantage. However, playing certain roles together can be more beneficial than others. Let’s take a look at the 3 best combination positions to help you get the most out of your Duo Queue.

1. ADC/Support
This one is fairly intuitive. In a lane where the two players have to communicate their every move for ultimate success, what better way to know what the other wants to do than pure communication and the added benefit of knowing each other? With the advantage in communication you can agree on dives, warding, trading and when to go back to base.

2. Jungle/Mid
The jungle and mid laner actually work in tandem a lot. Ganking mid lane, and consequently snowballing your mid laner, is not just a moral boost for your team. Fed mid laners can roam and help snowball other lanes as well as making invades scary for the enemy. Additionally, having communication with your mid lane can help you invade the enemy jungle. Having the mid lane on the same page as you when invading can make for successful buff/camp steals and maybe even a clean first blood.

3. Jungle/Top
This goes along with the same principle as jungle/mid. You have more jungle pressure with help from your top lane, and considering top is the easiest lane to gank you can get your top snowballing easily. Top lane can also roam, especially if they have teleport, meaning they can help mid lane and aid at dragon fights while using teleport to get back to their lane without losing a tower or too much cs.

All of these different position combinations can make for a more successful duo queue if you just remember to discuss your plans and talk with your team. That means this all only works if you communicate – keep that in mind no matter who you play with or what you play. Communication is key, and constructive, positive communication can translate to a satisfying victory for you and your team.

Practice Makes Permanent

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.

 

How streams/videos can help you improve

It’s often underrated the amount that watching good streams and videos about league can help you improve. When looking for a streamer to watch or learn from it’s important to remember that just because they’re popular does not mean they’re good teachers. Most of the popular streamers do play well, but they don’t always interact with their viewers and try to answer game related questions. Here’s a few things to look out for when trying to pick a good streamer: 

  • Does your voice get lost in the crowd? 
    This basically means do you feel like you have a chance to be heard by the streamer? Some popular streamers often have so many people typing in the chat box that they may never even see your question, let alone be able to answer it.
  • Does s/he seem like a toxic player?
    Just because they’re good at the game does not mean they’re fit to be a teacher. Players who are toxic to their teammates generally aren’t open to answering a lot of questions (especially if they’re not doing well)
  • Do they seem friendly and knowledgeable? 
    There’s plenty of people who are good. However, not everyone is great at expressing that information. Some people, hate to say it, just have more natural mechanics over others. If they are that type of person then you might want to find someone who can explain in depth topics a little better. 
  • Are they willing to answer questions?
    This one is probably rather obvious. Of course the streamer has to be willing and able to answer the questions of their viewers. Some streamers don’t talk, some comment a lot in their games but not towards the viewers. Find someone with a good balance.

Of course as a University we try to supply you with resources beyond reading! Check out our streams and videos page to find some University approved streamers that are sure to help you improve even more than you thought was possible!

Happy Learning,

~University Dean

Welcome Back to School!

Here at the University of League we want everyone who comes by to be interested in learning more about League of Legends and be able to do so in a friendly environment. However, we also understand the importance of a well rounded education. With the return of many to their primary sources of real life education, I figured, as a Dean myself, it may be useful to talk a little bit about how you can keep a healthy amount of League in your schedule without forgetting your other homework and/or required activities. 

1. It’s okay to relax after school. 

Some people prefer to distress after a long day of classes; others prefer to get all their work and homework done in one big sweep and get it over with. It’s okay if you want to take a small break right after class. Sit down and play for an hour (1-2 games) and afterwards get straight to working on your homework. If you feel stressed about the amount of homework you have, or it just feels like you have a lot to do, consider starting your homework first and then playing a game after your work.

2. Schedule out your work and activities

Many people don’t just do school and school work, many have extracurricular work and other activities they’ll do throughout the day. If you’re someone who does a lot of different activities keep a schedule, either online or a physical copy, that list when you will do certain things. Just because League is a video game does not mean it isn’t a good activity! If you make time for it it can definitely find time for a fun activity to relax you in the day. If you do choose this then you have to remember to follow your schedule – straying from the schedule can mean not getting important things done. 

3. Remember to keep calm and carry (on) 

If you’ve had a bad day of school, work or just in general it’s important to not take it out on your game. Likewise if you have a bad game, don’t take it out on your life. Keep in mind at the end of each game that, unless you plan on going LCS Pro soon, this is just a game. It’s meant to be fun not stressful. Don’t let a bad game ruin your mood. Keeping a cool head is actually a useful skill not just for games, but for real life.

4. Remember the time it takes to play a game

Games are generally 30-45 minutes long. Remember though, that the game isn’t even the whole part of the game. You need to go through lobby, queue-ing, champ select and loading all before even getting to the game. If you’re worried if you have time to play through one last game, you probably don’t have enough time. If it’s between rushing to squeeze in one last game or getting to bed on time just get ready for bed early. Rushing a game can make it more stressful than it actually is. Also if you’re in a situation where other people have some pull over your schedule (i.e parents) then you might be faced with having to abandon the game you’re in. Normals or ranked, no one likes people to AFK in their game.