James Busby, January 3, 2017

Our League of Legends New Year's Resolutions

Many of us start the New Year with a goal or a list of things we wish to accomplish. Some of us want to lose weight, stop smoking and drink less, but most of these resolutions are usually broken before February rolls around. It can be difficult to change habits that are ingrained into our everyday lifestyle, but they’re not impossible to achieve. With a little time and consideration, you can cast aside your bad habits and make positive changes permanent. This way of thinking also extends to the virtual world as well.

Whether you’re an experienced League of Legends player or a complete novice there is always something you can work on, either by purchasing more wards to help provide vision or playing support now and then. None of us are perfect and most Summoners are guilty of stealing kills, surrendering too early, and not communicating enough. New Year’s resolutions provide us with excellent opportunities to improve ourselves, so we have prepared a few resolutions that will help you be more successful on the Rift.  

Team Graves
Team Graves

I Won’t Rule out NA at Worlds

It can be hard not to rule out the North American teams, especially when the legendary SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy seemingly dominate the competitive scene. For the second year in a row, Korea's SKT claimed the Summoner's Cup, defeating Samsung Galaxy in a tense 3-2 series at last year’s World Championships. The North American and European teams put up a fight, but they ultimately struggled to fend off their Korean competitors.

However, the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational proved that North America has the potential to reach the finals. Shanghai's MSI showdown saw the Korean champions SKT battle it out against the North American champions Counter Logic Gaming. While CLG lost 3-0 they did become the first NA team ever to make a major Riot final. This was a huge boost to morale for not only the fans, but also for the North American teams as a whole. We don’t know what 2017 has in store for the World Championship, but it’s sure to be an exciting one.

I Won’t Surrender, No Matter the Odds

Just because you have the option to surrender doesn’t always mean you should. You made it through 2016 so why give up now? The amount of throws and game changing team fights can make the surrender button ruin your team’s chances of a possible victory. We understand that it can be hard not to just give up when a game feels completely out of your control, but most games are winnable.

People who get fed in League often become complacent with their new found power and will start making dangerous plays. Wait for your fattened-up opponents to make mistakes and work together to capitalize on them. This will put the enemy team on tilt which leads to further mistakes, so keep your composure and try to turn the tide of the battle. Spending more time in-game (even if just for a loss) gives you further chances to improve and experiment with your champion, ultimately increasing your level of play. Losing in League of Legends needn’t be frustrating, see it as a way of improving yourself and reflecting on areas that need working on.

I Will Buy Wards Instead of Hoping Someone Else Will

Vision and general map awarenes are two of the most important mechanics in League of Legends. Warding can win or lose games, but it always surprises me how often players feel that this job is solely down to the support. Yes, it may cost you a few extra coins to purchase a few wards, but think of it as an investment that will benefit the whole team.

Buying wards and placing them in areas of high enemy movement not only lets you prevent deaths, it also allows you to keep tabs on where the enemy is likely to be and what objectives they are trying to take. Make sure you communicate all movements to your team so you can counter a gank or surprise the enemy team, punishing them for their lack of vision and map awareness. Once you get into the habit of providing vision for your team you will never want to go back to the dark ages.  

I Will Work on my Weaknesses

The best way to improve at anything is to work on your weaknesses. Luckily this is extremely easy to do in League of Legends. One of the best ways to find these weaknesses is to record your matches. By replaying matches you can easily spot glaring mistakes and shortcomings that you would otherwise miss in the heat of the moment. If you find yourself dying to enemy ganks then prioritize your vision, positioning, and overall map awareness. If you keep dying in team fights then look at who you should be targeting in skirmishes to improve your overall survivability.  

Additionally, both new players and experienced players should watch the pro scene as often as possible. The World Championship, LCS and MSI are just of a few of the tournaments that are featured throughout the year, providing us with unique ways to build, play and deal with various champions. Watching the likes of Faker and Bengi outplay and duke their opponents needn’t just be a fun pastime, it can also provide some excellent opportunities for you to improve your game and learn from their success. No matter your Elo, there is always something that can be improved.

Adopting just one of these New Year’s resolutions will not only have a huge impact on your overall performance, but it will also help those around you. If you’re willing to make some positive changes this year your efforts will be greatly rewarded on the Rift. So dust off your summoner spells and be prepared wreak havoc on the Fields of Justice in 2017.

James Busby

Bet your bottom Unikoin that James knows his esports. Hailing from the British Isles, making sense of the scraps on Summoner's Rift is his specialty. Find him on Twitter @JamesBusby64