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Sep 23, 2011

How do I Know if I'm Ready for Ranked? - Preparation Checklist

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Are you ready to parlay with me?

Ding! Level 30 accomplished! Congratulations Sir or Madame you have successfully reached the max summoner level in League of Legends, giving you a brand new Quintessence slot and that last marvelous mastery point to boot. Is it time to jump into Ranked? Well let's see!

Preliminary Steps:
  1. Make an ELO goal: Do you care what ELO you end up at? Do you think you'll care in the future? If you don't really care and just want to play some draft mode, maybe Normal Draft mode would be better. If you're looking to troll, may god have mercy on your soul, but yes you may jump right into ranked.
  2. Do you want to get over 1250? Then jump down to the checklist below!

1. RUNES: Make sure you have at least two FULL Tier 3 rune pages. To maximize your runes for all heroes, the cheapest rune pages you should make should look like this:

Page 1:
  • 3 Greater Quintessence of Strength (Flat Attack Damage)
  • 9 Greater Mark of Desolation or 9 Greater Mark of Strength (Armor Pen/Flat Damage)
  • 9 Greater Seal of Resilience (Flat Armor)
  • 9 Greater Glyph of Warding (Flat Mag Resist)
Page 2:
  • Sames runes, but replace the Desolation marks with 9 Greater Mark of Insight (Mag Pen) and
  • Replace Quints with 3 Greater Quintessence of Potency (Flat AP)
This combination of runes will allow you to pretty much play any role except for some special characters like Akali or Jungle Shaco. You won't be the best runed player, but you'll be able to compete. For support heroes either one will do, but you're more likely to use the AP page.

2. Heroes:

You need to own at least 2 of each role in case one of the heroes gets banned.
AD Carries: Tristana is free from facebook, and Ashe/Sivir are 450
Mid Heroes: Ryze is 450 and almost never played
Junglers: Fiddlesticks/Malphite/Mundo/Warwick are 1350.
Top Solo: Singed, Warwick, and Mundo are 1350
Support Heroes: Alistar is free, Soraka is only 450. You can also buy Taric or Janna later on for 1350.

This isn't to say that you need to master all these heroes, but you should be able to play them without feeding. Make your goal every game NOT to be first blood, to have a positive kill/death ratio, and to have the most assists on the team.

Know that other players will rage, sometimes with you, sometimes at you, but it's a learning experience. You won't be in the top 50 from the get-go, and if you are then you wouldn't be reading this blog.

Duo Queuing is also a good way to increase your chances to gain ELO, but be sure to find someone in a similar range as you or else matchmaking will throw you some crazy curveballs.

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