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League of Legends For Beginners: The Ultimate Guide to Playing LoL

Guides 06-04-2024 10:00

You're new to the world of Runeterra and looking for a LoL beginner's guide for your first steps in the game? You're not alone. In this article, we provide you with the most important information to quickly become a skilled League of Legends player.

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League of Legends: Use our beginner's guide to get better in LoL! | © Riot Games

If you've only just installed League of Legends and played a few introductory games, you may feel as if you have no clue what is happening and what you're supposed to be doing. Don't worry, it's not you, the fault lies at the feet of the abysmal League of Legends tutorial.

The current League of Legends tutorial doesn't actually teach you anything useful when it comes to playing League of Legends. Especially if you've never played a MOBA game before. Actually, it even teaches some wrong habits that take players some time to shake off. So, we bring you the ultimate beginner's guide to playing LoL, to help you get started on your journey.

League of Legends For Beginners: The Fundamentals

League of Legends falls under the genre of games called MOBA. MOBA is an acronym for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, and as such is a game focused solely on PvP. That doesn't mean that said PvP takes many forms and, killing enemies is actually not the most important thing when playing LoL.

There are two things every MOBA game has in common. That is the main goal of the game, as well as the way to achieve that goal.

The Goal In League of Legends

MOBA games in general, and thus League of Legends as well, follow a simple enough concept. Even though it's a fantasy game, and that may lead you to think of an MMO progression system, every League of Legends match is separate.

When you start a League of Legends match, your champion will start off at level one, regardless of your account's level. By earning experience in-game, as well as gold, you empower your champion by leveling their abilities and buying appropriate items.

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Destroying the Nexus also gives 50 gold, which you never get to spend | © Riot Games

The goal of every League of Legends match is to destroy the enemy Nexus, located on the other side of the map. Now, while your first thoughts may be to just kill the enemy over and over again, until you can safely blast to their Nexus, there is more strategy to it.

Farming minions and taking towers is a far more efficient strategy than chasing kills. After all, all of these give you gold as well. You may consider League of Legends as a very complicated game of chess. It doesn't if the enemy has a lot of figures on the board if you have their king in checkmate.

What Are Minions Used For In LoL?

The thing you will see the most often, are little robed figures fighting each other. They spawn from each Nexus and killing them grants gold. In addition, the jungle, the area between lanes, which are the three roads found on the map, is full of creatures as well, which fulfill a similar purpose.

Minions in LoL: Though they aren't worth a lot of gold, it adds up | © Riot Games

The action of killing enemy minions is called farming and is the core tenant of League of Legends. This is done by waiting for your own minions to lower their health, and then dealing the killing blow to get the gold. This technique is known as "last-hitting", and is the first thing to master when starting to play League. After all, farming is the most reliable way of getting gold and experience to strengthen your champion.

Minions are also used to destroy enemy turrets. These structures are extremely durable and deal a lot of damage to champions. So, when destroying turrets, you need minions to tank turret shots, so you can safely attack it.

League of Legends Champion Fundamentals

Every League of Legends champion is designed to be unique. Most of them share the fact that they have three basic abilities and an ultimate available to them, as well as their normal attacks.

When you're just starting out in League of Legends, you don't have a lot of champion options available to you. You must buy them, with the limited Blue Essence earned from playing games.

There are so many champions though, and all of them look interesting to play at first glance. That is because they are! Not all of them are beginner-friendly though. When choosing your champions, make sure to pick the simplest champions you can find.

Simple doesn't mean weak. It just means that its play style is straightforward, and there aren't some mechanics you must employ that, at a beginner's skill level, are impossible to do.

League of Legends: Annie is the best champion to learn how to farm with, along with other useful mechanics | © Riot Games

Roles in League of Legends

League of Legends is a fantasy game, and every champion has their own class. Most have more than one class though, and roles are the easiest way to categorize champions.

The roles correspond to the lanes the champions are played in, and usually, follow a theme:

  • Top lane role - As the name says, these are the champions played in the top-most lane. They are self-sufficient champions, who fight at the frontline. If any LoL champion can be a radio boss, they are found in the top lane.
  • Jungle role - This is the role that is not played in a lane. Instead, these champions take on the creatures found in the forests between the lanes, and are the main driving force in a team's strategy. their job is to be where the enemy doesn't want them, nor expects them to appear at. It's also the hardest role to learn for a beginner.
  • Mid-lane role - As the name says, these are the champions played in the middle lane. They may vary, but their theme is one of overwhelming damage, that quickly eliminates enemies, either from a distance as a mage or from the shadows as an assassin.
  • Attack Damage Carry role - Also known as the ADC, this is the role played in the bottom lane. These champions are usually marksmen, that keep their distance from the enemy, and continuously pepper them with damage.
  • Support role - The support role plays alongside the ADC, in the bottom lane. They are the force multipliers, that provide their team with buffs, crowd control and general utility. These are the champions that make a good team, a great one.

League of Legends Items and Stats Basics

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Get good at LoL. | © Riot Games

Now that you've picked a lane and a champion to play, and you've learned how to farm to gain gold, you need to know how to spend it. There are four basic League of Legends stats, that all players must know.

Attack Damage vs Armor

If the champion you've picked is focused on dealing damage to your opponents and does so via auto attacks rather than abilities, which is something all marksmen, some assassins, and top lane champions, do, then Attack Damage is your most important stat. It deals physical damage, and does so continuously, as auto attacks have no cooldowns nor mana cost.

If the champion you've picked is meant to take damage and still remain standing, then Armor is the way to go to defend against Attack Damage, also known as AD.

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Navigating the sop in League of Legends is a skill on its own | © Riot Games

Ability Power vs Magic Resistance

The counterpart to Attack Damage is Ability Power, which is used by champions that rely on their skills instead of their auto attacks. These are the mages of League of Legends.

To defend against them, tanks must buy items that grant Magic Resistance, as armor has no effect on magical damage that Ability Power dishes out.

How to Get Good at League of Legends

If you've started playing the game just now, it's likely that you've seen League of Legends get played on a stream, and you want to take part in some high-level gameplay.

The short of it is, there is no way to get good at League of Legends quickly. In essence, when it comes to League of Legends, knowledge is power. There is a lot of content in the game accumulated over the years, and what we've covered can't even be described as the tip of the iceberg.

Mastering these basics, though, will give you a good foundation to start specializing in a certain role or champion. Just stay away from ranked games, even though you have fulfilled the requirements until you have a lot of experience under your belt.

After you've done so, the next step is to master one champion to its fullest. You can either main a champion, meaning you play it most often with some others as an alternative, or become an OTP, meaning you live and breathe that specific champion in League of Legends, and know it better than the people who designed it.

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Graduating from Sarajevo university in 2020, with a Bachelor's Degree in Islamic Theology, I never believed that my fascination with comparative religions and their myths would mesh so well together with the fantasy genre of the video games I play....


I have one challenge where am stuck I see people when everybody who engage in fight and disengage quickly and they dish out ton of dmg but when I try to be a contributor its either am a sitting duck despite having equal resources to my matching teammate I can use an example not effective but it shows the gap when in bot matches as u play in them as beginner how do they end up with 17-30 kills averaging 34k dmg -50kdmg I know they can't do that in pvp or quick match but yet am there using all at my disposal even the shop items but I end up 4/2/7 just an example with 7k dmg am like how is there an extra button tutorial hasn't shown I know ppl will say with experience or putting more hours to it I get it such are understandable if it comes to game mechanics game knowledge and game awareness and to top it all when I am in the same match co-bots vs player I noticed my teammates at lvl 7-10 of their champ they get 107 minion kills when I again use all my abilities at my disposal I get 15-20 minion kills am super new like my account is level 13 as of making this comment and that puts me to knowing at least most of the things in game as it needs practice and perfection will be grateful for the respond this is where am stuck dmg contribution/1v1 fight (even bots get high dmg than me with kills idk how plz help)