League Of Legends Starter Guide

Tips For League Of Legends

League of Legends is a free to play MOBA, or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena.  If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already found the game.  It is easy to get into, and scales in difficulty so it’s never too easy.  There are a few things that can help you traverse the learning curve quicker though.  Below is my guide to League of Legends for beginners.

Game Modes

There are several different game modes.  As a beginner, you’ll want to try the Co-op vs. AI game with Beginner difficulty bots.  Grasping the game and champions before you try PvP will be a lot easier.

lolcoopmenuClassic is the standard game mode.  Summoner’s Rift is the large 5 lane map that lasts about 30-45 minutes.  Twisted Treeline is a smaller, 2 lane map that lasts about 25-30 minutes. Dominion is a different style of gameplay altogether that is faster paced.  It lasts about 20 minutes.  I recommend playing a few games of 5v5 to avoid being overwhelmed.  Dominion and Twisted Treeline have different layouts and different gear for each map.  Make sure you choose beginner difficulty if you’re just starting.  Once you play a few games and get comfortable, you can kick up the difficulty a notch.

I don’t recommend playing Custom games yet either.  These are maps you can set up any way you want, but you don’t get any XP or rewards from it.

Champion Select

Once you’ve launched your game and taken the queue, you’ll be placed in the Champion Select menu.  This is where you coordinate with your team for composition and balance.  Each team needs a certain makeup to be successful.

  • Tank
  • AD Carry (Marksman)
  • AP Carry (Mage)
  • Support
  • Secondary Top/Jungler (Tank or Jungler)

Top lane will want a Fighter or Tank.  Secondary Top can be anything.  Mid lane will want a Mage.  Bottom lane will want a Marksman and Support.  I have another guide for Jungling, as it’s a bit less straight forward than the other roles.  I suggest mastering two of these other roles before you try to jungle.

Now to tell which of these types a champion is, pick one you are interested from the middle.  On the left, their portrait will show up in your box.  Click on that portrait, and it will bring up the champion information.  There are two places you need to pay attention to:


The Stats look like a bar graph turned sideways.  This tells you what type of champion you have.  A higher blue bar means you have an AP champion.  A higher red bar means you have an AD champion.  A successful team will have at least two of each AD and AP champions.


The Attributes are below the bar graph, and tell you what type of champion you have.  The categories are:

  • Marksman (Ranged AD)
  • Fighter
  • Tank
  • Mage (Ranged AP)
  • Support
  • Assassin

League of Legends Champion Info

Other Team Composition Considerations

In addition to the above, you may want to make sure there are at least two ranged (Mage or Ranged) champions on your team.  It seems like a lot of work to balance your team, but practicing now will save you a lot of headaches later.  If it’s your first game, just pick any champion that looks interesting.  Once you’ve picked what you want, Lock In and you’re ready to play.

Tips For Playing League Of Legends

Now that you’re in game, there are a few easy things you can do that will improve your level of gameplay right off the bat.

Last Hit

This is difficult to master, but important.  You want to learn how to ‘Last Hit’ or be the last to hit a minion.  This allows you to collect the gold from killing it.  If another minion or tower kills it, you get no gold.  This is a necessary skill to master if you want to get good at League of Legends.

When To Go Back

Staying in lane as long as you can is important.  The longer you stay in lane, the more gold and xp you will get.  Occasionally you will need to go back, but going back too often will hurt you and your team.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding to go back.  Sometimes you will see this referred to as “B” or “Going B” by other players.  It means they are going back to base.

Know when to recall.


Generally when you have over 1000 gold, it’s a good time to go back.  If you have to stay in lane for a little while to defend a tower, or finish killing a group of minions, that’s ok.  A thousand gold is not a hard and fast rule, but generally 1000-1500 is when you need to start looking for an exit strategy.


If you’re low in health, you need to go back.  Making it easier for an enemy to kill you will not help you or your team.  You will give your enemy gold, which lets them buy weapons and armor faster than you.

Escape Strategy

Using Recall to escape is yet another occasion.  There may be multiple enemies closing in on you.  Wading through them is not an ideal solution.  There may also be enemies attacking your base while you are pushing forward across the map.  Recalling with B will be faster than walking all the way back.

Communicate With Your Team

Players can get pretty mouthy in chat.  Ignore it if people get ugly.  I’ve seen some of the most hateful, crazy things said in chat.  That said, it’s important to communicate with your team.  There is a ping function you can access by holding down the ALT key and left mouse button.   You can warn players, report missing enemies, tell people where you’re headed, and request assistance.

Now It’s Time To Have Fun

League of Legends is simple to play, easy to learn, and best of all it’s free to play.  You’ve got some tips now to get you started.  Practice these, master them, and then you can move on to PvP.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.  I’ll be updating it as the game progresses.  You can also leave any feedback in the comments below too.  Make sure to bookmark this page, as i’ll be updating it with questions from the comments too.  You can watch my Twitch.tv channel to see the basics in action.

Good luck summoners!  Welcome to League of Legends!

What else can I add to this guide to make it better?  What do you want to know about League of Legends?

Mastered this guide?  Check out my Jungling Guide.

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