The Getting Better Checklist


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Here you will find a list of general advice which will allow you to make long term progress in League of Legends.
Keep in mind that the more you can master, the more you will progress (obviously). Don’t hesitate to use this list as a point of reference while you flesh out your next sticking point and improvement objective.

  • My internet connection is stable and allows me to play League of Legends smoothly.

Once this important first step is take care of, here is a list of bullet points which will help you get better in League of Legends.
Happy Reading!

Objective: Farming

I am able to kill 95% of the maximum number of CS (creeps) in my lane (42 of 44 after 5 minutes of play) when I’m playing alone and am focusing on the exercise, and at least 80% (85/107 after 10 minutes ingame) of my CS when I’m face to face with an enemy player in my lane.
Here is a table of creep spawns and their score (15 seconds here is the spawn of creeps and their numbers (time they take to arrive and the 15 secons of progress exclusing the 6th wave).

Here are a few steps to follow to get there :

    • Step 1 : I can get 95% of creeps playing alone, without enemies, with my runes, my masteries and classical items.
    • Step 2 : I can get at least 95% of creeps when last-hitting only, and I move between each creep.
    • Step 3 : I can get at least 94% of creeps when I’m last hitting and moving, all while alternately freezing or pushing my lane.
    • Step 4 : I can get 95% of creeps with these conditions with an AI player facing me in my lane.
    • Step 5 : I can get 95% of creeps under the same conditions but without any runes, masteries or objects.
    • Step 6 : I can get 95% of creeps under the same conditions all while looking at the mini-map every 5 seconds or after every confirmed last-hit kill.
    • Step 7: I can get 95% of creeps under the same conditions all while having 1 creep of each team die alternately, and so only having one creep die at a time.
      Source – Elyndar’s Farming Guide

What you can add to these steps:

    • I can farm under my turret and lose as little creeps as possible and I understand the techniques allowing me to do so.
    • I can farm under my turret and lose as little creeps as possible all while being pushed by an enemy player.
    • I can use my spells and auto-attacks to wave-clear efficiently around my turret.

Please note that our dear Ribasu grouped a number of similar exercises in his video Learn to Farm like a Challenger, where you will find the same type of exercises (a little rougher ones for the last few) but also many under-turret farming techniques.


Controlling Creep Waves:

I’m capable of controlling creep waves perfectly while monitoring enemy creep waves in order to push or attack properly.


    • I understand the Concepts of  Even and Uneven Creep Waves.
    • I am capable of freezing my lane by using the 3 freezing methods (full video byDong Huap, or in French by Skyyart).
    • I understnad how to reset a lane and how to break a freeze.
    • I am capable of pushing a lane but I also know how to start a slow push or a full on push (shove).
    • I understand when to push one or more lanes in order to keep the pressure on other objectives on the map.


Laning Phase :

I am capable of holding my line and of punishing my direct opponent.

    • I understand how and when to protect my creeps during the laning phase :
      1. Protect each creep. Abandon 1 creep if he’s stopping me from respecting rule number 2.
      2. Attack when I don’t have any creeps to protect. Abandonning 1 creep can let me kill 2 enemy creeps.
    • I know how to attack and trade/duel with my direct opponent in line.
    • I know how to punish the slightest positionning mistakes of my opponents in line when they’re trying to farm creeps.
    • I can anticipate and know how to attack my opponent when he’s about to kill a creep (Attacking an opponent in lane, in English).
    • I know how to punish my in-line opponent when I have the advantage during the laning phase, using any of the lane control methods (in English).
    • I know how and when to go all-in on my opponent.
    • I know when and how to roam the map (in English).
    • I know how to take advantege in my lane and how to  get fed in order to snowball (in English).
    • I understand “how” I can lose my lane. I’m capable of adjusting my playing style when I’m not winning.
    • I can follow my jungler’s ganks on a continuous basis.
    • I know how to end the laning phase, or make it last if necessary.
    • I ping every time my opponent is missing.
    • I’ll even ping a few times if I know where my opponent is and where s/he’s going, if it’s important.
    • I ping every time my team doesn’t have visibility on an enemy lane.
    • I know when I need to teleport to the fountain and I try not to stay too long om the same place on the map (overstay).
    • Unless I’m absolutely certain I’m safe and I know where the enemy jungler is, I don’t stay too long in any one lane (overstay) as for anywhere else.
    • I’m capable of recognising, applying and using the « footsies » in League of Legends : the knowledge of each champion’s attack range and using this to determine and anticipate your enemy’s actions in order to punish him, put him in an uncomfortable position or force him to take risks he would rather not take.


Vision and Map Control :

I know how to ward the map effectively and how to reduce or deny visibility to the enemy team.

Buy a ward, save a life

    • I ward consistently during the laning phase.
    • I ward consistently during the entire game.
    • I buy at least one observation ward in each of my games.
    • I know where to ward every time I want to gain visibility.
    • I know how to maximise the efficiency of each ward I want to place.
    • I always ward berfore pushing my lane.
    • Je sais utiliser la vision offerte par mes/nos wards afin d’en déduire les positions et mouvements de l’équipe adverse, et notamment de leur jungler.
    • I ping if I recognise an important information on the position and movements of the enemy team.
    • I am capable of manipulating the actions of the enemy team via the map controls.
    • I know how to limit the enemy team’s visibility as much as possible.
    • I know when to buy or stash an invisible Warding totem.
    • I know when to buy Sweeping Lens.
    • I know when to buy Farsight Alteration.
    • I always improve or change my trinket when I reach level 9.
    • I know how to avoid facechecking a bush and how to get near a bush with no visibility.
    • I never facecheck in a bush unless I’m absolutely forced to do so.


Map Awareness :

I pay attention to what’s happening on the entire map and I know how to evaluate and use the information to my advantage.


    • I constantly check the mini-map during my laning phase, on a (very) regurlar basis.
    • I constantly check the mini-map after the laning phase, on a (very) regurlar basis.
    • I constantly check the mini-map during the entire game.
    • I check the mini-map every 5 to 10 seconds.
    • I ping if I I notice any piece of important information on the mini-map.
    • I ping if I notice anything important happening around my teammates on the mini-map.
    • If I notice the enemy jungler on the mini-map, I ping him.
    • If I have a valid reason to think the enemy team is doing a Baron/Dragon/Herald in the Rift, I ping it. I will also do it if I have any doubt as to these objectives without being able to verify it.
    • If I know where the enemy jungler is or can deduce his location, I inform my teammates of it (example: “sej bot side”).
    • If I know where an missing enemy who left his lane is going, or the direction the enemy jungler is following, I inform my teammates (example: “lb inc top”).
    • I will ping multiple times if the information I’m passing on is particularly important.
    • That being said, I do not ping constantly and spammingly, this way my teammates will pay attention to my pings when I send them.


Communication :

I know how to communicate pieces of information effectively to my team.

    • I only make comments that can lead us to victory and avoid unnecessary comments. For future reference, I refer to this chart.
    • I let my jungler know if a bush around my lane is warded or not, as well as any teammate approaching my lane.
    • I inform my team whenever someone is using some kind of summoner spell, in particular their flash. I also inform them if my direct oponent has used his ultimate (R). I can also communicate it’s cooldown times.
    • I politely inform my team about decisions I want to take, or strategies I’d like to put in place and as such I avoid risks of misunderstandings.
    • I ping for every decision I take.
    • If a ping allows for clarification on one of my messages, I ping it.
    • I don’t abuse pings for pinging’s sake, and I avoid any unnecessary pings.
    • I am not rude or curt to my teammates.
    • I am respectful and polite to my teammates.
    • I don’t rage, I don’t flame and I don’t insult my teammates.
    • I don’t act in a condescending way and I don’t make rude comments to my team, even if I am frustrated with my teammates.
    • I understand that every player in my team is first and foremost a human being before being a player, and I treat them kindly and courteously.
    • I don’t blame my team.
    • I don’t shout at my team because of repeated mistakes.
    • I offer advice to my teammates, I politely suggest what they could have done better and I kindly teach them what they don’t know in order to foster a healthy and positive atmosphere.
    • If a teammate asks me a serious question, I answer them honestly in the most helpful way possible in order to give them the information they need. I don’t make fun of them. I don’t ignore them.
    • I stay positive towards my teammates and I don’t ever become pessimistic.
    • I inform my team if ever I’m tilting or am going to.
    • If I am upset, angry or tilting, I do not call the shots for the team and I avoid saying anything at all unless it’s absolutely necessary.
    • If one of my teammates is hurt or tilting, I try to soothe his frustrations. If this isn’t an option, I kindly ask him to be quiet.
    • If one of my teammates is making another teammate tilt, I politely ask him to stop.
    • I don’t spam the chat.
    • I understand I don’t have to respond to any provocations or rude comments in the general or team chat.
    • I don’t answer any provocative remarks.
    • I avoid getting into pointless debates or giving pointless excuses or apologies.
    • I know that muting a player is always an option and I don’t hesitate to mute anyone whose messages have a negative impact on my performance.

A few other sharp reminders on communication in LoL :

  • Not everyone was born a great communicator, nor does everyone communicate in the same way: communicate with your team, but don’t try to force them to communicate in return.
  • Don’t get caught up on mistakes made, concentrate on the future.
  • Try not to talk in individual terms (“I”, “you”…), try to give precedence to collective pronouns such as “we”.
  • Don’t seem insistant or bossy, simply offer suggestions.
  • Don’t expose/remind your team of problems, offer solutions.
  • The important element is not what you say, it’s how you say it.


Sound Judgement :


I think about all of my decisions and I consider their consequences: starting from the loading screen, I consider matchups and think of who to gank or who can get ganked first, I think about each one of my actions and I don’t act mechanically or by force of habit.

    • I get equipped logically and I don’t hesitate to switch up my set of items from game to game if necessary.
    • I never stay alone too long and I ping if I’m not alone to save my teammate from having to do it.
    • If I’m part of the defense line in my team, I don’t position myself forwards of the front line. If I’m part of the frontline, I don’t stay back. I know how to position myself effectively.
    • As a general rule, I don’t take any decision that has less than 50% chance of success. If my instinct tells me it’s too risky, then it probably is.
    • I know how to recognise a trap and bait. If I think anything could be a trap, I inform my team of my intuition.
    • I don’t enter a bush without visibility.
    • I think about my actions before taking them.
    • I think about what the enemy team is trying to do, and I try to counter them: by defending the objective, by putting pressure on another point in the map, or by bringing them to me rather than where they decided to go.
    • Even if I disagree with a decision, if the majority of my team decides to take an important decision, I don’t hesitate to follow them: better to have a well executed bad decision, than a good decision executed on your own.
    • I don’t change my mind midway. If I hesitate, I risk losing the window of opportunity of my current course of action.
    • That having been said, I know how to disengage (combat and decisions alike).
    • If the majority of the team asks me to stop what I am doing, I listen to them.
    • If I am the shotcaller, I endeavour to make decisions with the highest possible reward to the lowest possible risk.
    • I only call to kill a Dragon or a Baron if I’m confident we can do it.
    • I pay attention to the respawn time of each player, to the important cooldown times, to the levels of each player and to their spells.
    • Before engaging an enemy player, I first take stock of all the tools they have at their disposal that they could use against us to win the combat.


Team Combat :


I understand all the elements of team combat and I can accomplish them according to my role: General Teamfighting Rules and Teamfighting as an Assassin (videos in English)

    • I understand when and how to engage properly.
    • I never engage in combat or team combat in inferior numbers, unless I have a genuine good reason to do so.
    • If the enemy team has area effect spells, I avoid grouping up or getting too close to my teammates.
    • I don’t wonder away from my team if we were all grouped up.
    • I take on the right position, according to my role in the team.
    • I get into the fray at the right moment, according to my role in the team.
    • I pay attention to the cooldown times of enemies and I know how to use them to my advantage.
    • I pay attention to sets of items enemy heroes are carrying and I adapt my combat strategy to deal with them.
    • I know how to disengage combat.
    • I know who to focus on at every moment during the battle according to my role and my position and those of enemy players.
    • I know who to protect and who I have to peel in my team.
    • I alter my team combat strategy according to the state of the game’s progress.


Mentality :

I maintain a positive mentality and attitude and thus I can react to tilting effectively.


    • My mentality is to play to get better. I understand how to develop such a mentality: it’s human nature to thirst for trophies or victory, but I play for fun above all and I know and realise that there will always be someone better and I know when to take a break…
    • I don’t worry about winning or losing, as long as I’m getting better.
    • I don’t let myself be overwhelmed or influenced by factors such as a string of defeats or the repeated or occasionnal presence of feeders: do not give a fuck (link in English)
    • I understand that to get better over the long term, I need to really honestly try my best (Here’s why you’re not Challenger, in English)
    • I know the competence model and I apply it for my own learning curve.
    • I know the Inchworm concept (link in English) and I know how to apply it to learn better.
    • I can control my frustrations and avoid becoming curt.
    • I can recognise when I’m tilting and I’m capable of taking appropriate countermeasures.
    • I understand that there is no such thing as the ELO Hell and that my teammates aren’t hindering my progress in the rankings.
    • I completely accept that my teammates can judge me based on my performance in a single game and it doesn’t bother me.


Source: Elyndar (and the link to the original article and it’s commentary)



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