The 2017 Worlds skin Championship Ashe is officially available for purchase. That’s not all, either. Your Shop also returned today, and Worlds-themed emote bundles made their debut as well.
When Championship Ashe arrived on the PBE last month, we were in awe of the baddassery of the skin. Some players were concerned, though, because between Heartseeker and Project Ashe, it would be hard to choose which of her cool skins to play. That’s not exactly a bad dilemma to have, though.
You could look at Jarvan, Illaoi, Ryze, or any other champion that either has one skin or hasn’t had a new skin in years, and then suddenly, Ashe having too many good skins is a little less depressing.
She costs 1350 RP, and she’s worth every penny.
Your Shop also made its triumphant return today, giving you more excuses to pour your hard-earned cash into the game. Your Shop is the customized list of skin sales tailored to each individual player, and typically it only resurfaces with special events like Lunar Revel. This time, it seems like it’s around to celebrate the arrival of Worlds to Summoner’s Rift, just like Championship Ashe.
As always, Your Shop has a chance to give you a sale on a discontinued or legacy skin. If that happens, you’re able to purchase that discontinued skin for the duration of Your Shop in the client until Oct. 4.
Worlds-themed emote bundles, including emotes and icons for your favorite teams, also arrived in the shop. Pick some up to support your favorite teams, and with the emotes (even if you don’t have a mastery emote on whatever champion you play) you’ll still be able to flex to BM your opponents. At least, until Worlds is over.
Why Gamers Should Care About Their Health
We’ve talked at length before about the importance of setting up a great gaming environment for League of Legends, and it goes beyond peripherals, monitors, and hardware for your computer. There are more gamers in the world than ever before, and as the hobby continues to grow, so will health issues associated with the sedentary lifestyle that accompanies hardcore gaming. If you’re sitting in your chair for more than 2 hours at a time, you’re putting yourself at risk for a variety of different issues. It’s important that you take steps to ensure your health is going to be solid down the road, otherwise, you’re looking at a world of hurt.
Dr. Levi Harrison has a channel on YouTube that caught my attention recently. He goes into detail about what you can do to minimize the impact of your favorite hobby upon your health, and he’s got an active podcast which talks about similar information. We’ve all heard medical doctors and specialists lecture us before, but what makes Dr. Harrison’s perspective different is that it is aimed at office workers and gamers, and he’s put out a lot of videos on the subject of staying healthy while gaming.
If your health declines, you won’t be able to enjoy your hobby in the same way. At worst, you could be shaving tons of years off of your life expectancy by remaining sedentary. It’s good to take a break from the computer, stretch, and walk around for fifteen minutes. Find any reason you can to get up, whether it’s walking down to the corner store to get a coffee or doing chores around the house. If you’ve ever gotten a headache, eye fatigue, neck pain, wrist pain, or any kind of joint discomfort from playing games, you know what I’m talking about when I say it’s important to stay mobile.
Dr. Levi Harrison’s latest video covers neck, posture and alignment. It’s worth watching it on YouTube if you want to learn a little more about finding a comfortable setup at your desk that helps you avoid back pain, discomfort, and long-term joint issues. While this might not be the most interesting topic we’ve ever covered here on the Eloboost blog, it is definitely one of the most important. Almost every top-tier gamer I know puts a lot of thought into ergonomics and into creating a comfortable gaming environment, and you should as well. It may not be the sexiest thing ever, but it’s worth the investment, the research, and the time.
Check out Dr. Harrison’s videos on YouTube to learn more about what you can do to avoid impacting your health negatively as a result of your hobby. If you’re looking for updated information, take a look at his podcast. He’s a great guy, and it’s clear that he really cares about helping gamers in the community. Take five minutes out of your no doubt busy day to take a look at his video and learn ways to minimize discomfort and joint damage.
15 Tips to become a better League of Legends player
If you’re a competitive League of Legends player then you should be continuously looking to up your game and improve. With so many different aspects of League of Legends to consider it can be hard knowing which parts to improve on. Here are some top tips on how you can instantly become a better player in League of Legends.
Buy More Wards
Wards are very important in League of Legends yet their importance is often cast aside by newer players. Why? Mainly because they cost gold and why would you buy a ward when you can save up for your Rabadon’s Deathcap? Unknown to newer players wards give you a great advantage by giving you vision on your enemies. This can help massively during a game as it helps prevent ganks from enemies and also gives you vision on important objectives. This helps your team know when the enemy is trying to take the baron or dragon.
Learn One Champion Inside Out
Let’s face it with over 130 different champions it can be hard to learn every single one of them. If you really want to improve as a player then learning one champion inside out is crucial. By learning a champion inside out it allows you to focus on the potential match ups and item builds for that champion. Having an extremely in depth knowledge of a champion can make you as a player and is better than having an average knowledge of 50 champions.
Now it might find you a while to find a champion you can enjoy playing constantly but after a while you should find the perfect match for you. Whether it’s a top laner, mid laner, ADC, support or jungle champion learn everything there is to know about it.
Play More ARAM
Although ARAM might be a lot more casual than summoner’s rift (as there is no ranked version of it) it shouldn’t be dismissed so fast. There are plenty of benefits of playing ARAM and it can actually make you a better player. How so you may ask? Well for starters the games are much faster and usually last around 20 minutes, 30 minutes can be considered a fairly long game. Compare this to summoner’s rift and the average game time is already much shorter. This is a good thing as it allows you to finish games faster and get onto the next one with new players and new champions to play with. This makes ARAM a great game mode for practising!
The game mode also forces you to play champions you would never necessarily pick, who knows you might end up finding your next main role! The map itself is also a lot smaller as it’s only one lane meaning there is a lot more action and team fights. If you want to practise a champion as well as team fighting then ARAM is definitely the place to do it!
Test Your Ping Before Game
Making sure you’re not lagging before a game is vital before you dive into a ranked match. Have you ever joined a game and then noticed your ping is super high and causing you a lot of trouble? By checking your ping before you decide to join a ranked game you can avoid the terrible situation of lagging, letting your team down and almost certainly losing the game.
Using a website such as Speedtest.net allows you to check your internet connect for any problems before you join a game. If your ping is super high then it’s best to not play a game and investigate the reason why your connection is so laggy. It could be that some program is automatically downloading in the background and causing your internet to be slow.
Practice Your Last Hits
Last hitting is an important skill in League of Legends and can make all the difference when in lane. The best way to learn how to last hit is through practice! If you want to practise your last hitting then the best way is to practise in a bot game. By doing this you can learn the basics on how to improve your last hits such as visualising how much health an auto attack will do to a minion. Once you have a very high CS rate you can start to practise more in normal games against real players to see how well you can perform under pressure.
Don’t Play Ranked games while on Tilt
If you’ve just experienced a streak of losing games then it’s probably best to take a break and play something else for a while. Playing whilst you’re on tilt can be disastrous for your ranking as when you’re in a losing streak it can be hard to break out of it. Swapping to unranked games or playing a different game altogether can be a great way to break out of a losing streak. The thing to do is to continue playing when you’re on a winning streak and to stop immediately after you have continuously lost 3 matches.
Play With Your Friends
A great instant tip to improve your win rate in League of Legends is to play with a friend, or as many friends as possible. By playing with a friend you know that’s instantly one less noob on your team and you’re already likely to do better. How many times have you joined a game and someone is AFK or constantly flaming?
By playing with somebody you know you instantly reduce the chances of this happening. In addition to this if you know the person well then you can communicate with them easier using voice communication. If you can play in the same room then that’s even better! But after all would you rather play with some random strangers or your friends?
Learn The Meta
Meta is an acronym for the “most effective tactic available” and in the gaming world it related to the most common strategy or build used by a player. In League of Legends the meta can change every patch update. An item that was really strong before might have been nerfed and is now weak. So over time these meta’s can change. Learning the meta and keeping up to date with it is important if you want to know how to counter it.
A while ago the meta for summoner spells on ADC’s was Flash and Ignite, but recently the meta has changed to Flash and Heal.
To research the meta for a certain champion or role be sure to check out the following websites:
These websites bring you the latest match results from thousands of players all over the world, including pro players. This website allows you to inspect their item build and summoners spells. If you see a reoccurring build or theme then you’ve probably just noticed a meta.
Read More Guides
If you really want to improve you game in League of Legends then you need to study. There are countless League of Legends guides on the internet written by many professional players that are full of tips and advice. A few good places to find League of Legends guides are:
They contain plenty of general guides as well as specific individual champion guides with some written by professional LoL players! When looking for guides be sure they are upto date as old guides won’t be much help!
Keep up to Date With Updates
League of Legends is a game that continually evolves with updates. Riot is always look to improve the game and in order to do this some changes need to be made. It’s important to keep up to date with the latest updates as some new patches can have really big changes. These changes can be anything from mastery or runes reworks to individual champions getting the makeover treatment.
It’s important to know which champions have been buffed or nerfed after every patch as this can have a big effect on the game’s meta. A good website that keeps up to date with the latest champion changes is Nerf Please. Be sure to check their website after every patch to see which champions have been buffed or nerfed. If a popular champion gets nerfed or reworked then a lot of people might decide to stop playing them in game as they are not seen as strong anymore. This means players will look to swap preferences to a stronger champion.
Learning the meta is important if you want to stay one step ahead of your competition.
Know When to Take Objectives
You need to take objectives in order to win a game. If you don’t take objectives then your only chance of winning is the other team surrendering, which is unlikely to happen during ranked. Deciding when to take a tower and push the lane or recall back to base can be a tough decision. Do you take the tower and get the gold but make yourself more vulnerable to ganks or do you leave the minions to die to the tower and deny them gold while you recall? Obviously we can’t give a solid answer as it depends on your situation in game. Are you winning the lane comfortably or are you losing? Is your jungler doing a good job and communicating or are they nowhere to be seen?
If you’re really winning the lane then it’s probably best to take the tower and start to push. Whereas if you’re losing on CS and kills then it’s probably best to play it safe and keep the tower up as long as possible. Knowing when to take objectives can be a real game changer, telling your team to do baron with the enemy team still alive is not the best idea. Wouldn’t it make more sense to wait until most of them are dead first?
Be Nice to Your Teammates
When someone on your team makes a bad play you should really think twice before you start flaming them. Saying something bad to them can really annoy a lot of players and make them tilt, troll or just generally play worse overall. To stop this from happening in your game, try to only say positive things and stay away from negative criticisms. There’s no point moaning about how somebody missed their skill shot. That’s in the past, move on. Like your mother probably once told you, if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.
Review Your Games
If you really want to improve yourself as a player then reviewing your matches can be an incredibly valuable tool. Not only does reviewing your past games help you understand where you went wrong but can also help you see how you can improve. By reviewing your plays and strategy of every match you can start to work out what needs improvement and what worked well. This might involve reviewing your build, in lane strategy, team composition, masteries and runes to see what you could have done better.
If you keep reviewing your games you’ll start to notice patterns such as which strategy works well against certain champions. You can then use this information in the future to help crush your enemy in lane.
Get Your Win of the Day
Getting your daily win of the day is vital if you want to save up IP to help unlock new champions and buy runes. If you’re not getting your win of the day every day then you’re throwing away value free IP that could help you become a better player!
If you’re really struggling to win a game and happen to be on a terrible losing streak then a good tip is to play a bot game on summoner’s rift. It might sound a bit nooby but it will secure the win of the day for you so the timer can start to reset. Each win of the day gives you 150 bonus IP so if you login every day to get it that’s 1050 free IP a week!
Focus on Yourself
When playing League of Legends it is important to focus on yourself as you really have no control other the rest of your teammates. Your focus should be on yourself only, if your mid laner keeps dying then that’s something you’re just going to have to deal with. You can try to change your gameplay and strategy around helping the mid laner but you can’t control how the mid laner plays.
By focusing on yourself it directs your attention to where it should be. If you play really well you might be able to have an impact on the game and push it in your favour. Instead of flaming, worrying and moaning about other players who you can’t control, focus on the things you can.
We hope these tips have given you an idea of how to improve yourself as a League of Legends player. To find more useful guides about League of Legends be sure to check out the articles on the rest of our blog!