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Male, lives in United States

ARAMs are more noob friendly than Summoner's Rift

I have started playing this game around September 2013 and I have to admit, there is a huge learning curve for new players; especially, if you are busy working full time, going to school full time or both. I leveled my first account to level 26 and only played Summoner Rift exclusively but I got unmotivated to play because all of the normal Blind/Draft picks games I plated where full with silver or higher ranked players which made it hard for me to learn some of the basics because of the more experienced players carrying the game on both sides. Also, Summoner's Rift can take a long time to finish playing one game. I felt like it was a waste of time when trying to learn for the first time in PvP situations. As a new player, it took me monthes just to get my camera placement to a conformable point. Also, I had major issues my positioning and seeing through the clutter in team fights because of the smurfs always having a big impact in games and making me irrelevant at times. Few months ago, I was getting tired of not improving in Summoner's Rift and decided to play some ARAMs and discovered that this experience was a lot better to improve my micro strategy than in Summoner's Rift.

As new players, it is important to learn basic micro strategies before learning the macro strategies we see in higher rank play or in the LCS. Also, the Summoner's Rift map can take a long time to play (25-50 minutes) which is too long at times. ARAM games on the other hand only last 15 to 30 minutes and it allows the player to just play team fights which is an important part of the mid and late game in Summoner's Rift. In Summoner's Rift, the games can be so one sided that there are no mid to late game team fights and it makes the experience lackluster at times. ARAMs allow the player to get right into the team action without the 1v1 or 2v2 laning phase.

Some of the down sides to ARAM are that you can form bad habits that spill into Summoner's Rift such as, not focusing on CS farm and not using your mini-map effectively. Also, the ARAM picks are random and if you have a large champion pool with champions you don't like to play with, there is a good chance that they can be picked. Therefore, if this is a problem, create a new account/smurf and only buy champions that you like to play so the chance of you picking a champion you like to play is higher than the weekly rotation champions.

If there are any players that are going through this situation as I have, I would consider making a new account and play ARAM for a while. Summoners Rift can be stressful/intimidating learning experience for the first time especially with experience players on smurfs carrying that game on both sides. Furthermore, the players in ARAM tend to be nicer/friendlier/understanding than in Summoner's Rift.

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League of Legends: My Progression


I thought it would be a good idea to have a section to write about my current progression in LoL. I am currently level 19 grinding my way to level 20 by only doing Coop vs AI games ATM because it gives me the opportunity to play different champions while leveling my summoner without the stress. From level 11 to 16 I was doing Blind Pick PvP only but the matches were getting kinda one sided and boring most of the time because of uneven matches do to disconnecting on both sides, fighting over CS in duo lanes top and bot lanes and only being confident playing 3 champions. I just felt like I needed to improve on my in-game mechanics such as: using attack move properly, early game CS, positioning, and itemization in the early game. My main focus the past 3 levels has been playing as many bot games as possible trying to learn at least 2 champions for each role expect jungler.

When I was PvPing, I only focused on playing Irelia Top lane. I was ok at it for my skill level but top is a popular spot and I was not really good at playing the other roles/champions. I decided to go back into doing bots but I pick the same 10-15 champions so I can have better knowledge of these champions once I go back to Pvp. I plan on learning the jungling role at level 20 once I get my tier 3 runes. I really want to get back into PvP because the games are funner but if I am going to excel at LoL I need to be able to fill every role so I can avoid the fighting with other players over roles. Furthermore, I still need to figure out which role is the best for me :P

This week I should make it to level 20 where I plan to focus on the jungling champions I want to play. From level 21 to 30, I plan on doing PvP only (unless I am learning a brand new champ) because I feel its the best time to take it slow and try to learn from all of my mistakes.

Current Champion I am playing
Top: Irelia, Riven, Shyvana
Mid: Orianna, Nidalee, Lux, Akali
Bot: Caitlyn, Ezreal, Vayne
Sup: Janna, Leona, Soraka
Jungle: (Post level 20) Shyvana, Evelynn, Warwick (if I really suck)

Alys wrote

The Norn female with the Holographic Dragon Wings is my Guardian rooting Indo before he was downed :D

Indo's Bounty
Indo doesn't drop a legendary!
Alys wrote

Footage of playing the Ranger in WvW (May 2013). More Surfing the Zerg with some Roaming. New patch with new builds soon! So exciting :)

GW 2 Ranger WvW Montage
Guild Wars 2 Ranger WvW Montage Tier 1 NA Builds can be found here: I don't …
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