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  1. League of Learning is here again everyone. This week I want to try something a bit different and by that I mean I want to give each lane their own assignment to focus on. ----Top Lane---- Pushing out lane when jungle is wanting to do herald or get scuttle control. This gives a bit more safety for the jungler in case the enemy show up to counter. ----Jungle---- When invading a buff let your laner know so that they can collapse if things go wrong. Its always safer to have backup. Letting your lanes know what you are planning allows them to react faster when things go wrong. ----Mid Lane---- Ward enemy jungle paths on a regular basis to help prevent ganks and help keep eyes on the enemy jungler. Its much easier to prevent ganks when you can see where the enemy jungler is. ----ADC---- Communicating with your support when to go in / follow up when your support goes in. You are much more effective when you go in together. If you actually talk to each other this happens much more frequently. ----Support---- Get deep vision in the enemy jungle when appropriate / safe. This means not going alone and if you are going alone making sure you probe bushes with abilities and keeping an eye where the enemy is on the mini map. The idea behind these tasks is to focus on a specific aspect of teamwork. Its easy to say, communicate what you are doing, in a general sense but its much easier to do that when you only have one specific thing to keep in mind. This will lead to a bit longer of a lane breakdown at the end of the match but I think that a narrower focus may help drive in the skills being worked on.
  2. Come one, come all! Step up and try your luck in the ring of random League of Legends fun. . . Funday Monday Event is upon us! Bring friends, bring enemies, bring family, bring your in-laws.... well maybe not in-laws >.> Event starts at 9pm EST Monday the 15th. Expect 3 or more games of pure evil fun! Teemo will be there, for better or worse. See you guys there!
  3. This week I want to work on something that I've been working on personally and think its worth going over in League of Learning again. We will be covering "attitude" as well as "better decision making" in game. These topics go hand in hand. If you go into a game with a good attitude and you understand that people will make mistakes, that overcoming these mistakes and turning things around is what makes this game so rewarding to play, that naturally leads to better decisions. This goes the other way as well. If you get in the habit of making decisions that are right for the situation it will lead to a better more relaxed attitude throughout your games. The point of covering these topics is not to remove irritation from the game but to learn how to deal with it and to keep a level head when you approach any situation and make an informed decision as to what should be done. With that being said I'll see you on the rift.
  4. This week we will not have a League of Learning event as it is the 4th of July. Holidays are time for family thus I will be canceling the event for this week. I still plan to be around to run random fun games if people are on. Likely Teamfight Tactics games and crazyness will be had. Have a happy 4th everyone!
  5. The end of the month is upon us and that means we will be going into 5 man normal games to practice what we have gone over. As a recap the topics this month were: Communication and Team Comps / Pick and Ban Phase, Sieging / breaking a siege as well as closing out a game and finally, Ganking as well as Collapsing and Rotating. We have also now had enough time to get a feel for the new format and how it works. I'd like to hear everyones thoughts on the new rotation as we have been sticking with it for a while now. Please let me know what you think of the format, likes / dislikes, any changes you'd like to see, anything at all please post it HERE or feel free to message me directly. See you guys on Thursday night!
  6. This week we will be looking into Ganking as well as Collapsing and Rotating. When you are looking to gank a lane (this is not specific to junglers) think about where wards might be, how long you have been out of lane or not seen and what approach gives you the best chance to get something out of the gank (force a summoner spell or get a kill). Is it more stealthy to go through lane, wait in a side bush for a few seconds through the enemy jungle and behind their turret? Where was the jungler last seen? What is his likely pathing (a bit easier to assume their pathing early on in the game)? Where are the other lanes at? Could they close in on you? And this brings us to our other topic "collapsing and rotating". Usually collapsing after a fight is already under way is too late. Not always though. There are some signs that you can read that will give you clues to if the enemy is looking to gank a specific lane (is dragon/baron/rift up? Does the top lane have TP and playing back a bit while bot is pushing and trading heavily? Has mid lane or support been missing for 30+ seconds?). This and many more hints will give you an idea to your enemies movements. Use this information to setup counter ganks or to get an objective on the other side of the map. I have a couple videos I'd like to share. I know they are more or less jungle specific but there are tricks that can be used for any roaming players to take advantage of.
  7. This week I want to cover Sieging / breaking a siege as well as closing out a game. I feel these go hand in hand as you are going to want to siege the enemy base until you catch someone or you can put enough pressure to take baron to force the push into their base. This brings us to closing out a game. Its not always needed that you take baron and push into the base. It obviously helps but the ever terrifying baron throw is always in the back of ones mind and if you don't need to risk that and can siege effectively you will not have to risk it. Knowing what to do and how to do it effectively are very important skills to have in League of Legends. Sieging and breaking that siege if you are the opposing team to the siege is a major way to get to that end goal. Victory! I hope to see many of you at League of Learning. Bring friends, bring family, bring that person selling puka shell necklaces on the corner for 3 bucks. Just bring as many people as you can and lets have some fun.
  8. A new month is upon us and with that we start back at our in-house 5v5s. This week we will start a little bit more straight forward in focusing on Communication and Team Comps / Pick and Ban Phase. Communication is key to doing anything in this game. You can't do everything yourself so use those pings and speak up in Discord. I also want to focus on team comps especially in pick and ban phase because you will want to pay close attention to what your team is picking and how it will effect your call outs. By this I man if your team is primarily assassins then chances are you wont be looking to call out a team fight. It will be more likely that you are calling for them to rotate to the skirmish to cleanup anyone at low health. Maybe you have mostly ADCs (I'm thinking about Graves jungle and Corki/Ezreal mids). Think about where the enemy is and how fast your team can either rotate to take an objective or push the lane they are in to take one there. If anyone has questions or would like help setting up hotkeys for pings feel free to message me and I will do what I can to help get you situated. See you guys Thursday night!
  9. Greetings everyone! Its the end of the month and the time is upon us. We venture forth into the world together as 5 to take what we have learned into battle to crush our opponents! We will not be focusing on a new topic this week as we are going to be breaking into groups of 5 to go into normals and put into practice what we have been working this month. The topics covered this month are: Roaming, Map Awareness, Attack Move Mechanics / Trading damage effectively, Itemization, Recognizing Win Conditions (for both teams), Team Fights, Decision Making, Objective Control and/or Trading Objectives. This is a lot to keep in mind when you are playing your games so help each other out and work together to win your matches. Many of the previous LoL events have videos associated with the topics. I would suggest watching the videos or at least skimming them as there is a lot of information in them that will help you out. Videos are as follows and there are many more in previous months as well.
  10. This week I want to focus on roaming and map awareness. These things go hand in hand and can make a huge impact on the game. Keep in mind the timing of your opponents backs or when they leave lane so you can match their roam or warn your team where they might be heading. Ever have mid lane show up in bot and claim a double kill or show up in top lane just as you get back in lane? Wouldn't you love to stop this from happening? Work together with your team, let them know where your lane opponent is and match their roam if its appropriate. These are just some of the ways to help prevent these horrible snowballs from happening. No one likes a fed Zed other than the Zed.
  11. This week I want to go over a few things that all go hand in hand. Attack move mechanic / trading damage effectively, itemization for the matchup and knowing your win conditions. While this might look like a lot to keep in mind, a lot of this you do without really realizing you are doing it. The focus tonight will be on improving these skills. You all know that to win fights in lane you should poke your opponent out a bit before you just all in them (most of the time) and you know generally that building MR items against an ADC like Jinx isnt going to do you any good (I hope). What I want to try to focus on with this is to get you to think about what the better item would be when you are getting to your mid to late game situations. Say you are Malphite in top lane and the enemy team has a Yi jungle and a Zed mid. Is it more useful to go with a Randuin's or would it be better to go with a thornmail? Maybe even a frozen heart? A lot of this will depend on who is ahead, who is doing more roaming, where you are compared to your lane opponent. There is no clear cut "always go with this option". This is where you might want to ask your team what they think would better suit the situation (see... Communication is key guys!). Now enter our last focus, Win Conditions. Knowing what the enemy team's win conditions will help you decide who you want to shut down harder. In turn knowing what your own win conditions are will help your team win as well. It does you no good as a Malphite to go full AP and dive bomb their back line when the rest of the enemy team is shredding through your team faster than you can delete 1 member of their team. With all that in mind I hope to see you Thursday!
  12. This week our topic will revolve around Objective Control and Trading Objectives when its appropriate. Something I've run into a lot in games (even in our League of Learning games) is a ping or call out saying/indicating "they are doing dragon" or "they are starting herald/baron" which leads people to scramble to get there just in time to see it die. The purpose of these topics is to hopefully give us some focus on getting there BEFORE the enemy starts it. Ideally we get it before they have a chance to react. There are a lot of contributing factors to being able to take an objective such as a lane being pushed forcing the enemy team to spend more resources on that side of the map to get the wave under control, ganking a lane and getting a kill so that you have less enemies on the map for when you are actually going to group and take something (turret, dragon, herald, baron), hell even warding so you can see the enemy jungler is top lane and getting them to stay around and waste their time is pretty huge. Vision in general will be massive when you want to take objectives. Everyone has been in a game where you are pressing your advantage and pushing a tower but you don't have wards in the jungle so you can't see the flank that is about to wipe your entire team out. Point is when it comes to objectives there are a couple ways to look at them, one is to get vision and make sure you see anyone coming when you start taking an objective or when you know the enemy is taking an objective and you wont be there in time to do anything about it then you get something in return. They take dragon and you can't get there in time but you have your jungler top lane? Push top hard and take the turret. That way you still come away with something and you can look to set something up later with there being no T1 Turret in top (herald take?). I hope to see everyone there Thursday night and we will be continuing with the new format of running groups of 5 in normals.
  13. This week we are going to be covering a few topics at once. We are going to cover pick and ban phase/team comp, Itemization and attitude as these topics all build on each other. Your pick and ban phase determines your teams strengths and weaknesses. Do you want a strong team fight so you can control fights over objectives? Maybe you'd rather have a pick comp so you can have the numbers advantage when you go for the objective (assassin/CC oriented comp)? Maybe your more interested in taking towers with your team around you (siege comp)? Perhaps you don't need your team to be around while you take the tower (split push comp)? All of this is decided in champ select and is something you need to keep in mind when playing the game. This also means that you should be paying attention to what the enemy team is picking. It helps greatly to know what their team is looking to accomplish as well. Then you have Itemization. You will gain nothing by going into the game on Malphite and build Randuin's, Deadman's, Thornmail and Gauntlet when their team is Swain, Zac, Syndra, Corki and Janna. Your armor is no use against all that AP. Look at what your enemy laner builds, hit tab frequently in game to check what the enemy team has built (your lane and other lanes too). Then build on that idea. Does your team need a massive tank that can go in and soak a couple ultimate's while your damage dealers go to town? Maybe you are the main source of peel for your team. It might help to build items that facilitate that (Randuin's for the aoe slow, banshee's for the anti-lockdown). Or you just run at them to disrupt the team. In that case Righteous Glory might be in order. All these things come together with your team when you decide on what you want to accomplish in the match. Before you start the match just take a minute to decide what your team is wanting to go with as a team comp. And last but not least, attitude. You will get nowhere if you don't have the right attitude. If you get behind in lane then ask your team what you should be doing to stay/get back into the game. If this means picking up cs in a side wave as it crashes into your tower instead of dying under tower in mid then swap around. If you need to ask your jungler if you can take a couple camps to get the last bit of gold you need for your item. Communicate that you are not able to fight or if you are sitting there in lane strong make sure your team is aware of that. All that being said here are this weeks videos on the topic. See you on the rift. I really love Locodoco. The dude is funny as hell. I really like the explanations given in this video. Here are a couple other videos that I found helpful as well. They go over some good and bad habits players have or need to break.
  14. Hello everyone. League of Learning is upon us again and this weeks topic we will be covering the importance of trading around cooldowns. This isn't just doing damage to your lane opponent while they are down summoner spells or an ult. This is knowing your opportunities to take objectives while spells are unavailable for the enemy. This could mean something like mid has no flash and no ult because they just tried to kill your mid but failed and dragon is about to spawn in 1 minute. Knowing your enemy has no flash or ult when a big objective is coming up can be a huge advantage going into a situation that is likely to result in a teamfight. The same thing can be said for your team. If you just used flash and ignite on Darius top lane trying to get a kill but failed when rift scuttle / baron vision is being fought over then you might want to make sure your team is aware and then you can decide if its still a fight your team can take around scuttle / baron. Remember than trinket vision is also a huge factor in deciding when to fight/poke/play safe. You don't want to be pushed past river and hitting top tower when you don't have vision in the river and all of a sudden you see scuttle has just been taken and you are overwhelmed with the dread that comes from knowing that you actually have 3+ people about to jump on you and there is nothing you can really do about it. Here are a couple videos on the topic and a couple tangent videos that have been linked in the past that are relivent to the subject at hand. Enjoy everyone and see you at the event!
  15. This week I am wanting to focus on the jungle and how you can influence your lanes with proper ganking. As I am not a jungler this is something I have little first hand knowledge on but thats why Google/YouTube exists. I grabbed some wonderful videos on the topic to help people learn how to gank properly as well as to help prevent a successful gank in your lane. While this is mostly a focus that affects the early to mid game (a.k.a. lane phase) I still think its massively important for people to understand how to handle repeat ganks (camping) and ganks in general. Keep in mind that preventing a gank is far less straight forward but knowing what a jungler is looking to do and how they do it will help you stay one step ahead of the enemy teams jungler. So here are your videos. I hope you learn something from them. I know I did.
  16. This weeks topic is? We surveyed 100 MadCast members and this was the top answer "teamwork"! That's right folks, we are focusing on what I feel is the core of this entire event, teamwork. This doesn't just mean helping each other out, this means working together to play the best you can and accomplish the most in your games. No one role wins games. Its a group effort and that's what we are going to hunker down and look at this week. This means we need to have 1 shot caller per team (not one person calling out whats going on but 1 person who has the final say in decisions. i.e. do we baron or do we take a base turret). We all help with vision. This does NOT mean that you place 1 ward in the river bush and call it a day. You need to use wards effectively so your team knows if there is a jungler top side or taking scuttle crab. Just because you have a strong hunch that the jungler is around doesn't mean he actually is. Vision will guarantee that you know so utilize it. We are all in voice comms to make sure your voice is heard. This does NOT mean that you ignore the use of pings. Pings are crucial for timing things out. In voice you can say that the jungler was just bot side and forced your flash but you also got ignite from the enemy support. This does give information but who is going to remember the time when this happened? PING IT. Its not hard and it helps a great deal when planning ganks and if its worth staying an extra 15 seconds in lane until you get a more favorable in on the enemy team. All in all people I think the event has been going great and I want to make sure we are all getting something out of it so make sure if you have any suggestions for topics that you leave a comment in the Feedback thread HERE. I do have a couple short (and yes, older) videos that are relevant to the subject at hand.
  17. This week we are going to be focusing on how to close out a game. Everyone has had games where they are clearly ahead for most of the game but just can't seem to make that final push to end it. It's especially frustrating when the game gets turned around and you lose after having such a comfortable lead. I have a couple of short videos to help out.
  18. This week we will be taking a break from focusing on mechanics and revisiting the very important topic of mentality during the game. This effects the game in lots of indirect ways as well as some very direct ones. Say your team has one specific person calling out plays, when to rotate, where you need vision, when objectives are spawning, when people were just seen walking over a ward. If that person constantly has people challenging them during the call or constantly after it that person is likely to stop calling things out all together. Maybe you have a team member constantly being dove under tower because the enemy jungler has shown up 2 or 3 times for ganks and got the lane ahead. They are less likely to be vocal about their lane leaving or even putting vision around the jungle to see a potential flank. My point is I want people to understand that this happens to everyone. Instead of beating yourself up or your team up over it try to isolate what you could have done different to prevent the situation. Ask your team what they suggest in a particular situation. Before you get mad at a team member for feeding as yourself would you want to be on the receiving end of that? We have all been there. Don't be a part of the problem and instead look at things from a different perspective. Keep an open mind about receiving advice as well as being tactful when giving advice. Here are a couple videos on the subject at hand (the second one is really long). Enjoy.
  19. Tonight's topic teamfight positioning and target selection (or peel for your damage dealers). As always people, remember to have fun and keep it competitive! Here are some awesome videos on the subject. I suggest taking a peek at them.
  20. Welcome back to League of Learning. This weeks topic we will be building on the last 2 weeks and covering how to trading in lane. This is going to be something that the lower ELO players will benefit from much more than the higher ELO players will but its still something everyone should practice as it has a huge impact on the game. Successful trading in lane gives you pressure and allows you to roam to other lanes or even take objectives safer. Pushing your lane opponent out of lane by trading with them successfully is going to give you a level advantage as well as a gold lead. The less time they can stay in lane means less xp/gold for them and more for you. Some helpful videos for the subject at hand Now the one above still has a lot of great info but there is one thing that has been changed sense this video came out. Abilities now agro minions when they hit an enemy champion in range. Keep this in mind when you go for aggressive trades in minion waves.
  21. League of Learning is once again upon us. This week we will be covering pushing your lead / playing from behind (depending on what end of the game you are on). I have a few videos to link that cover this topic. Some rather in depth some just brush the surface but I think all of them are relevant.
  22. Hi there everyone. Time for League of Learning again. This week will start the first of a 4 week topic where we will start with one topic and build on it from week to week. I want to start with lane positioning when denying CS or favorably trading with your opponent. This, done properly, gives you a great advantage in game. It will allow you to get more favorable backs when you need items, lets you deny CS to your opponent, give you pressure to get deep wards in a bit safer, poking them out of lane and the obvious advantage of maybe allowing an all in to get a kill. All this gives you small leads that you can build up to snowball your lane and hopefully bring that to the other lanes as well. Now for jungling this can mean ganking a lane to get your lane further ahead or invading the enemy jungle to deny XP. This in turn will allow you to take objectives safer and push towers faster. Remember to be there early to get a spot and help us out by getting sorted early.
  23. Thursday is upon us once again everyone. With it comes our League of Learning. I want us to focus on something that we tend to use but don't utilize, summoner spell timings. By this I mean I'd like to focus on pinging the timing of summoner spells or typing them out in chat so we know when spells are on cool down and when they will be back up. I know most of us do this all the time anyways. I get that but this is where I feel we don't utilize this information. Most of us are in the habit of pinging out summoner spells or ults when we know they have been used but we don't do anything with that information or we don't pay attention to when they will actually come back up. This can lead to disastrous results when we think a flash is down before an engage or when we think Cassiopia doesn't have her ult when we tower dive her to push mid. I think it would do us all some good to think about our opponent's summoner spells and ult CDs before gearing up for a teamfight around objectives or when we are sieging towers. With this comes a great deal of team communication so keep that in mind when you are looking to roam, gank, push lane or TP into a fight. Make sure your team has all the information they need to help you take down your enemy. With the new season upon us its important to remember that while these are games with friends we should not stop being competitive and push ourselves to get better.
  24. Hello everyone. Our next topic of review for our wonderful League of Learning this week will be Shot-calling coupled with Team Fighting. I feel these two subjects are very closely tied together. I want everyone to keep this in mind when picking their champions. I'd like to put it out there that while split pushers aren't the best choice in a team fight oriented team comp they can still work. But again I'd like to remind you to keep the spirit of the game mode in mind when picking your champion this week. And remember to keep in mind all the subjects we have already covered. This is no time to be lax on your mechanics.
  25. Greetings everyone! Its time again for our League of Learning. In keeping with the theme of review for this series we will be focusing on Wave Management, Roaming, and with that comes Warding as always. I'm also going to be trying something new this week by creating a temporary League of Learning text channel in Discord. This will be setup the day of the event and be used for people to confirm they will be at the event. I'm also asking you to use it to indicate your Rank and Main Role/Off Role. I want to use this channel in an attempt to try and speed up getting into games, especially the second game.