How to improve in League of Legends? Eight tips to play and win more

Improving in League of Legends can be a daunting task at times. Even playing numerous games, some players are not able to move up in elo and end up stagnating or even regressing in the ranked queues. One option to improve can be to study the MOBA to try to discover your own mistakes and find the best way to improve. To help with this process, check out eight tips to improve your individual game and, consequently, increase your ranked queue wins. Remember that the MOBA from Riot Games is available for free download on PC.

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Focus on a route

To increase your chances of winning, decide your main route and try to keep that focus. League of Legends has five routes, each with its role to help the team. The more you play, the more natural it becomes to understand what your role is. Many players, sometimes frustrated with many defeats, choose to change lanes constantly, which will slow down their evolution and can bring more negative results.

Unfortunately, there will be times when you will need to play a side lane. The ideal, in this case, is to choose a route that has similarities with your main route. For example marksman and support, as they are both bot lane, and top and middle, due to the lonelier nature of both. For the hunter, the support function is interesting as a secondary, as both do not require the last hit, need extra attention to the map, and can help other lanes with ganks.

In the table below, check out a list created by the Mobalytics portal with player characteristics of each lane that can help you decide which lane to focus on. Remember that there may be exceptions in certain cases.

Features of routes in League of Legends

Focus on a route

Have a solid roster of champions

It's tempting to look at that list of 100+ champions and want to play them all. However, for those looking to evolve in the MOBA, playing with multiple characters will make you not reach a decent level with any of them. To change this, choose a single champion, the one you consider your favorite, to focus on as long as you feel comfortable with him in all aspects, such as mechanics and knowledge regarding items to buy in different situations.


When you reach a good level with your main champion, move on to learning another champion. It is interesting to repeat this process with up to four champions. That way, you'll have your main and four more reliable picks in ranked queues, creating a fan that will increase your chances of winning.

Learn champion power spikes

In the process of learning to play with a champion, it is imperative that the player knows what his power spikes are. In short, this expression indicates the peak of a champion's power, such as when he buys one or more essentials or reaches a certain level. Knowing your character's power spikes and also your opponents' characters is important to understand when to attack or retreat. Most champions also have more than one power spike so they can be used at other times in the game.

To understand better, let's talk about two champions with different moments of brightness, one in the early game and the other in the late game. First, Lee Sin is a hunter capable of dictating the pace of the match in the first few minutes due to his high damage and good mobility. Its three main power spikes in this period are at level three, with all three skills already evolved, at level six, thanks to the ultimate, and when it closes the mythical item. Then there are few power spikes in Lee Sin, who only tends to drop production in the mid and late game.


Second, we have Kayle. She has been widely used in competitions, such as the Campeonato Brasileiro de League of Legends ( CBLOL ), and commentators often remember her dreaded level 16, the champion's main power spike. At this point, Kayle reaches the full potential of her passive, Divine Ascension, which empowers her with attack speed, movement speed, range, and waves of fire, making her a tough opponent to deal with in the late game.

Know how to control the waves of minions

One of the aspects that most differentiates a good player from an average player is the control of minions waves. This is a detail ignored by many and that can define victory in the lane phase, especially in the top lane. As is already known, minions are the main source of gold in League of Legends and have a well-defined movement flow, which is the same in both the blue and red bases. Having the waves to farm, it is necessary to be aware of the best choice is to pull them as fast as you can or freeze them in the route. Your own match-up, favorable or not, and the style of both hunters, aggressive or power farm, are elements that influence your behavior with the waves.

waves of minions

In the lane phase, having a sense of this control, you can take advantage of a favorable match-up to deny your opponent's farm, roam, gain vision and help your hunter. It is also possible to lessen the impact of a bad match-up, such as with good decisions to return to base. Already in the mid and late game, it is very important not to let waves of opposing minions pull a route, as this will force an ally to go there and allow opponents to seek more vision, control the map, force a fight and make an objective. It is a complex topic and one that is well worth acquiring knowledge about.

Pay attention to vision

Another very simple attitude that is forgotten by many players. Sentinels are known to be able to avoid hunter ambushes in the lane phase and bring the vision of opponents across the map, especially if they wish to make an objective. In professional matches, one of the main challenges for teams is controlling the vision, as it will provide all the information necessary for the team to respond to the attacks of opponents in advance.


Use stealth ward, psychic alteration, or oracle lens wisely, and don't forget to buy a control ward if there's gold left over at the base exit. Place wards in bushes by the river, in the opposing jungle, usually close to Rubrivira and Azuporã, and always leave vision on neutral objectives. Use that same knowledge to take the edge off your opponents and take advantage of that information.

Jungle tracking

This is a most important trait for a hunter, but other allies can use it as well. The hunter needs to have a well-defined lane, starting with a buff in the bot lane and ending in the top lane, or vice versa, depending on your game reading. However, there are cases of improvisation as well. For example, champion Evelynn usually does what we call full clear in her jungle, as her power spike is at level six, with invisibility. However, if she is up against a bad matchup, like Rengar, it may be necessary to give up certain monster camps and risk a gank early to avoid running into the opponent in the jungle itself and running out of resources for a long time.


Evelynn's opponents are aware of the low probability of a gank before level six, but in the example in question, that might change a bit. Therefore, tracking it, that is, tracking it, becomes a necessary task. If she started with Rubrivira from the blue base and you imagine she won't do the full clear to avoid Rengar, you can imagine that she will be at the bottom of the map and it will be possible to attempt an ambush. If she feels safe to do the full clear, she'll start at the bottom and finish at the top, which should keep the top layer on guard, even if the champion isn't on her power spike.

Knowing these details will make laning play safer, as you'll be able to imagine where the opposing hunter is likely to be. If you're the hunter, paying attention to tracking will give you space to steal your opponent's camps, safely gank, and seek to initiate objectives. The use of wards, an indication of the leash, delay to appear on the map, and the very knowledge of the opposing champion's strengths will already provide relevant information about the path that the hunter takes.

Map Awareness

Watching the minimap is an attitude that many players forget about or simply don't understand its impact. This is the beginning of what we call Map Awareness, the act of constantly looking at the minimap and the map itself in search of information. A player with good Map Awareness is considered to be one who finds this information quickly, in large quantities, and who makes the best decisions based on this acquired knowledge. It is interesting to observe the transmission of a professional player and pay attention to the way he moves the map at all times in search of this information.

Map Awareness

One of the most basic examples of Map Awareness is in the moments before the start of an objective, be it Dragon, Herald, or Baron. If you look at the map and see the routes in your favor, the vision advantage around the objective, and still see a distant opponent (and no teleportation), this acquired information will lead to the decision to make the objective. This and other windows of opportunity will only be found with Map Awareness.

Watch replays and pro players

replays and pro players

Sometimes it is very difficult to identify our own mistakes at the end of a match. League of Legends provides a replay tool so that the player can follow the entire game in detail and with a new perspective on what should and should not have been done. Evolution becomes much simpler when we really learn from our own defeats.

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