If you haven’t read Part 1, click here to see it. It shows how to get started in League of Legends after installing the game. Move on to reading this guide after reading part one if extremely new and fresh after the install.
Part 2 of my step by step League of Legends guide will focus on how to be prepared for your first set of PvP 5v5 fights. I go into some detail about lanes, roles, runes, masteries and more.
Step 1: Find the Right Champion
Finding a champion you like and prefer to play is important throughout the whole game. As your skill level increases you should expand you champion pool, but for beginners one favourite champion is fine along side a backup champion, just in case!
You should have explored a couple of champions during your Co-op vs AI from level 1-3. Using a champion you liked playing vs the AI is recommended as you know a little bit about it already, giving you a one-up on your peers.
You can see all of your available champions and their damage, health and more details by going to Profile > Champions. The coloured portraits are the ones available to you.
It isn’t a bad idea to have a back-up champion. Sometimes your favourite may get picked by another team mate before you have the choice.
Note: The free champions you started off with rotate every week, you may not get to play your favoured champions in a few days, so try to purchase them in the store with your IP gained after games.
Step 2: Finding Which Lane and Role to Play
The lane you should play in usually depends on the champion you are picking.
Bottom Lane, Attack Damage Carry (ADC)
Ranged champions that have high attack damage and lower health are known as Marksmen and are usually in the bottom lane as the teams ADC. Examples would be Ashe, Caitlyn, Graves, Corki. An ADC’s job is to kill everyone without dying themselves.
Bottom Lane, Support
An attack damage carry is always assisted with a Support champion in the bottom lane. A support champion can be anyone with good crowd control (slows, stuns, pulls, silences, etc…). They assist the ADC get their kills and saving their ass. Some examples support champions would be Thresh, Sona, Blitzcrank, Alistar.
Middle Lane, Ability Power Carry (APC)
Middle lane champions are usually Ability Power (AP) Carries, usually high AP damage with moderate health. Remember, you can check which champions mainly do which type of damage by clicking on their portrait. Ability powered champions that go into middle lane usually have great burst damage (lots of damage in a very short amount of time). Some good examples of Middle Lane champions would be Annie, Cassiopeia, Fizz, Veigar.
Jungle isn’t a lane but the areas between them. There should always be 1 player on each side that roams the jungles and kills the monsters found in there for gold. You don’t usually see games being played with Junglers until you are around level 10, but lets get into it briefly.
Junglers are usually a mix of good damage and good health and their job is to kill monsters within the jungle and help team mates within the lanes get kills, usually by attacking from the river (ganking) as the enemy players push up onto your half of the lane. A few examples of Jungle champions are Warwick, Fiddlesticks, Master Yi and Lee Sin.
Note: Junglers usually ask for help to kill the large bosses in the jungle at the beginning of each game. If he is close to your selected lane and asks for assistance, help him! Quit helping him/her and return to your lane when the monster reaches 50% health.
Top Lane, Any Role
Top laners can be a range of many different champions although its always recommended that they are tanky champions with high health and armour/magic resistance. Top laners should be able to take lots of damage while dealing some decent damage themselves. Tank focused top laners should try to stop the enemy attacking your APC or ADC, especially in team fights. Some examples would be Renekton, Nasus, Olaf and Garen.
However, its common for top laners to be damage focused with moderate health instead of stacking it. Gnar, Pantheon and Ryze are champions that deal good damage without focusing on their health too much.
Either search online or use the champion tab within your profile to research your favoured and back-up champions, find out which lanes and roles they should play in the game and get ready to fight them against other players.
Step 3: Setting Runes
Runes can be a pain and you really shouldn’t worry too much about your runes until you reach level 20. Runes come in different tiers, Tier 1 (Levels 1-10), Tier 2 (Levels 10-20) and Tier 3 (Levels 20-30).
Runes are expensive if buying them in bulk, instead you should focus on spending your Influence Points (IP) on a couple of your favoured champions before purchasing runes. You slot different runes depending on which role, champion and lane you are playing and it can be expensive at lower levels.
It isn’t too difficult to understand after exploring the rune system, different runes give you different buffs and you can slot things like extra money over time, damage, health, armour, etc. You can choose to buy runes at a lower level but they don’t make a great difference until level 20/Tier 3.
Experiment with them a little but you should focus on purchasing your best champions first, then worry about runes.
Note: Rune slots unlock as you level up, only purchase a small amount of tier 1 and 2 runes. The most powerful runes are available after level 20 and they can replace the older ones.
Also Note: Searching for certain champion guides in the future always give recommended rune settings with an explanation. Guides are always for level 30 players however.
Step 4: Setting Masteries
Masteries are similar to skill trees, except they are all passive, meaning they all work ‘under the hood’ and don’t give you any extra skills. Each time you level up you gain a point to spend in your mastery page(s).
You can create multiple mastery pages and switch between them in pre-game lobbies meaning you can selected different masteries to suit different champions and roles. You can also spend your mastery points on any tree, you are not stuck to one colour. More options in the mastery pages become available as you level up.
There are 3 different trees in masteries: Offensive, Defensive and Utility. The titles sort of explain themselves, but lets go into more detail.
Offensive masteries should be used by the players looking to deal a great amount of damage. There are buffs for both Ability power and attack damage, there are life steal buffs and extra damage buffs against monsters. You can easily explore all the different buffs available by going to Profile > Masteries.
Roles that often use an offense focused mastery page are ADCs or Junglers.
Defence masteries should be used by players that have chosen a tanky champion and role. Some of the buffs on this page include reduced damage taken, health regeneration and bonus armour and magic resist.
Roles that often use the Defense masteries are Junglers and top lane tanks and tanky supports.
Utility masteries are and should be used each page, regardless of role. When you reach higher levels, some masteries on one tree are irrelevant to your champion and role and so spending points on Utility that can give bonus speed, gold and other small buffs than can help out.
If you were an ADC, instead of wasting a mastery point on ability power within the red tree, you should spend it on a buff that helps you in the utility line.
Similar to runes, Masteries are not a tough thing to understand after exploring and experimenting with them. Create different pages with different masteries to suit your play style, champion and role.
Note: You can create different pages of masteries for different champions. You can return all of the points on a page to restart. There are great mastery guides for certain champions if you were to search a guide for a certain champion.
Step 5: Team Builder or Normal?
Now that you have set everything up, its time to get searching for games! There are 2 different options of 5v5 PvP when you hit level 3: Normal Team Builder or Normal Blind Pick.
Team Builder lets you select a champion and role before you search for a game, meaning you can always go where you please without worrying about team mates picking before you. It can take a longer time to find a game with this method.
Blind Pick is usually a faster way of getting into the action however you are not guaranteed your favoured role and champion, team mates may pick them before you.
Blind pick is recommended if you don’t mind what or how you play, you just want to play. If you are very specific and want to play a certain champion and lane you can use Team Builder and be as happy as can be.
Step 6: Time to fight League of Legends players!
If you now know the champion(s) you are most likely to play, which lanes they are most effective in and have different rune and mastery pages set up for those roles, you are more than ready to wreck your enemies.
Most newbies usually go in for it without thinking or knowing much about these things meaning you could have a great advantage over fellow League of Legends beginners that you are playing against.
Please remember that if you are indeed a very new League of Legends player that this guide will not make you a great player. That title comes with experience and general knowledge gained from that experience. This guide is just a helping hand to let you understand the game better and give you slight advantage over those who don’t know a lot yet.
Extra hints and tips for Newbies in League of Legends:
- Try to keep an eye on your map at all times
- Beware of enemy junglers ganking you when you think your safe
- Work with your team, its very team based and its 5v5, not 1v5.
- Don’t go AFK during games
- Mute (hold tab and click mute in game) any hateful players
- Remember not to stress over Runes until level 20
- You can search for detailed guides for specific champions
- There are high levelled players that make new accounts so if you are getting totally destroyed, that can be why.
- Help junglers, don’t take their jungle buffs provided by enemies!
- If you are a jungler, search online for good routes and strategies, it may help.
That is the end of my Guide for Newbies in League of Legends. If this helped you in any way, or you believe it could help a beginner in LoL, please let me know and share it with your fellow newbies to give them a head start.
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