MPS Champion: Sona – Maven of the Strings

My personal favorite champion for support role. She has strong harass skill and decent heal, if played correctly you can zone out enemy champion from farming. Main challenge for playing her is you need a lot of practice to know how to use her passive and Q for harassing safely.

I noticed that with Magic Penetration Runes and Mastery, you can do around 100-150 damage from her passive and Q to enemy champion at level 5. Combine it with her ultimate and your AD carry damage, you can get a kill without jungler help.

I think she is a little bit overpowered with correct play style. For more details click here for my guide on solomid.net

Playing with Friends

As League of Legends is a game of cooperation sometimes it is better to play with friends, either you find them in game or bring your real life friends to play together.

Once you played couple of games together, you gonna start to work out how to time and work as a team.

To assist in communication, I do recommend to use skype, teamspeak, steam or other voice chat program.

Other advantage is when you play bad, your friend (hopefully) won’t start bad mouthing you.

Choosing Your Roles or What Champion to Learn

In the current META these are the following roles: Solo Top Lane, AP Mid, AD Carry Ranged, Support and Jungler

By now, you should have your favorite champion or roles. If you do not have any yet, you better pick one and learn the skills.

The following details are a summary from video that I watched over on the internet, mostly are from LAN competition or Go4LoL, where team already arrange their team composition previously. I can’t really comment on Solo/Duo Ranked Team.

Solo Top Lane
Usually the champion pick will be a tank bruiser(Shen, Gangplank, Riven, etc) or an assassin type(Irelia, Talon, Akali, etc). Some team do run double AP lane (Kennen, Rumble, Vladimir, etc) where they build double Will of the Ancients for their AP champions. Most of the time top lane will be left alone and farm all day. Couple of players that you can watch their stream/youtube are TSM Dyrus, CLG HotshotGG, CLG.eu Wickd, Dignitas Voyboy, etc. After watching 4Deman youtube shoutcast, I found this spreadsheet from wickd about top lane match up click here.

Jungler
If you search around the internet or youtube, you will find there’s a lot of option for jungler even some people believe all champions can be a jungler. I believe the basic requirements are ability to clear jungler very quick or strong Crowd Control skills (slow or stun). For safe jungle example, I would recommend TSM TheOddOne guides. If you are interested in aggressive jungler search for IEM on MoscowFive Diamond match or exGBT/MYM Makata(not sure about this one since he use a troll name) video on youtube.

Solo AP Mid Lane
As the title say most of the time this lane belong to Ability Power champion which will carry the game(Karthus, Mordekaiser, etc) or roam around to gank(Le Blanc, Sion, etc). If you are able to farm and get kills when it come to late game you will become a scary monster or unkillable due to your sustain/CC. You do need to be aggressive on this lane and work together with your jungler to get early kills. Note some champions are quite fragile pre level 6 (Swain, Kassadin, etc) and there are 2 non ap champions which commonly play in middle(Talon and Caitlyn). Dignitas Scarra, TSM Reginald, MoscowFive Alex are a good example for super aggressive AP mid.

AD Carry Bot Lane
On a Ranked 5 team or Competition, this role will be filled by AD carry ranged. On Solo/Duo Queue, you never know what the other team gonna do until you see them in lane. As an AD carry you need to farm and deny creeps from enemy AD carry, if you can work together with your support you may get some kills. Your main objective is to outfarm the enemy AD carry, depending on how’s the laning phase go you can go straight to major items such as Infinity Edge or Blood Thirstier. Most common picks are Vayne, Graves, Ashe, Corki and Sivir(unsure about Sivir since the last nerf), some EU teams has pick up Kennen as their AD Carry. Pro players to follow are TSM Chaox, MoscowFive Genja, exGBT/MYM Makala(not sure about this one since he use a troll name)

Support Bot Lane
As support you do need to support your AD carry to farm and get kills whenever possible, in addition to that you also need to ward around to give better map awareness. For this position most of people will expect the standard support champions. The most popular picks are Janna, Sona, Soraka, Taric, Alistar, Lulu and Nunu. However, I have seen couple of other more offensive champion being played as a support, i.e. Nidalee, Maokai, Oriana, etc. Same as jungler it’s if a support has heal or CC ability.To be honest in Solo queue support is underrated, not a lot of players want to pick up this roles. Due to the nature of the gameplay where you need to sit back and not killing minion. For more in depth guide I suggest for you to read TSM Xspecial overview on support role

Note: this is only a basic summary of each roles, there are different possible way or method in playing or what best for each roles. If you want to get better I suggest for you to watch LoL video on youtube(links can be found on my video page on the top) or read some guides that available over on solomid.net or mobafire.

Post Level 30: Solo/Duo Ranked or Team Ranked

Once you reach level 30 there will be extra option called Ranked Solo/Duo and Ranked Team available to you.

Ranked Solo/Duo is basically the same as Normal Draft Pick and you only able to bring 1 friend to the same team as you, however your win/loss will affect your ranking score on League of Legends ladders.

Ranked Team on the other hand need to have 5 people on the same team before you can start a game. Note: Ranked team win/loss will not affect individual score and score will be available once you play at least 5 games.

Once you play enough ranked game, your profile page will show the following details.

Your profile Ranked stats will give more details on the game that you have played on Ranked Solo/Duo.

Pre Level 30: Summoner’s Rift, Dominion and Co-op AI

The following are game modes that available before you reach level 30.

Summoner’s Rift(Classic)

There are 2 choice in the map which are normal-blind pick and normal-draft mode, it is a 5 versus 5 where you need to destroy enemy towers and nexus.

    Blind Pick: you need to pick a champion to play and you can’t see what the enemies are picking as their champion
    Draft Mode: it is a simulation for Ranked game where the player who position at top of the list will ban 3 champions(from both side so total will be 6) and then the champion selection will start with the order(I will create a video for this as it is easier than to write it in word). After everyone pick their champion you can swap the champion with your teammates

Twisted Treeline(Classic)

There’s only Normal and Ranked Team game available for this map and it is a 3 versus 3 with the same objectives as Summoner’s Rift

The Crystal Scar(Dominion)

Dominion was introduced in 2011 as a new game mode. It has the same basic of Normal and Normal Draft game, however the objectives are “capture and hold” capture points and to reduce the enemy points to zero. Basically if you have more capture points it will reduce enemy points per second based on the different of capture points. Usually the game will last around 20 minutes.

Co-op AI

In this game method you can chose to play in summoner’s rift or dominion, the only difference is the opponents are bots. click here for more details (“Rise of the Bots”)

Ip, Rp, Experience and First Win Bonus

Ip (Influence Points)
You will receive an certain amount of influence points after you finish a game and you can you the Ip that you have collected to buy new champions, runes and additional rune page(Other Section in shop)

Experience
If you are still under level 30, you will also receive experience. For both Ip and Experience, if you win you will receive more points.

First Win Bonus
Every 22 hours there will be a First Win Bonus which give 150 Ip extra to your account.


Note: that the grey area of +46 Ip is an Ip Boost which you can buy from shop by using Rp

Riot Points
Unlike Ip, you only can get Rp by buying it via shop. Rp can be used to buy champions or skins(which make your champion looks better than the opponents). You can buy via shop by credit card, sms or paypal. If you don’t have credit card, you can go to you local shop(click here to check League of Legends announcement on availability)

Level, Mastery, Runes and Summoner Spells

In League of Legends, you will start at level 1 when you create a new account and the max level is 30.

Every level will give you a point in Mastery, open up new summoner spells and once you reach level 30, you will be able to play on ranked game (more on ranked game later)

So here is the mastery screen and it showing my solo top Teemo page (taken from solomid.net by TheRainMan)

As you can see there are 3 different mastery trees (Offensive, Defensive and Support), all mastery will affect your in-game stats.

When you gain level you will also gain extra summoner spells. Every player will be able to pick 2 summoner spells to be used in game, majority of players will pick Flash, because of its function.

The first 2 rows are available from level 1, while the rest will become available as you gain level.

Getting Started

Like every other game to get it started you need to sign up and download the game.

Here is the link to sign up:

League of Legends

While you are waiting for the download.

It’s time to think which play style that might suit you the best, is it AD range, AP mage, AD bruiser/tank or support? I wouldn’t recommend for you to start as jungler right away, as you are level 1 and you don’t have any runes (more on level, mastery and runes later).

Also you don’t have any champions unlock yet, so you need to plan who and what you are going to buy. There’s always 10 free champions rotation for you to try every week. However, it’s better for you to have your regular pick available anytime.

Here are some of the cheapest champion(450 ip) that I recommend. Sivir (AD ranged), Annie (AP mage), Ryze (AP mage) and Soraka (Support). Note: you will gain ip(influence points) by playing normal/ai-game.

More on in-game details next.