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League of Legends is a a Free 2 Play RPG/RTS game. It's based on the Warcraft 3 mod called DOTA. So if you've already played that game, you are good to go and should skip this guide.
Now, over the past year or so that I have been playing the game I have seen my fair share of noobs, and they all make the same exact mistakes. This guide is to help you, the new players, not make these common mistakes.
#1 Read up on your character. Before you pick a character, quickly look over his/her/it's skills and the tips that the developers gave for each of them. If it says that you should buy Ability Power, than buy Ability Power. Unfortunately new players completely ignore the recommended items, and either buy the complete opposite of what they should, or buy nothing at all. (The recommended items are found in-game at the top of the shopping screen.)
#2 Stay behind your minions. The enemy minions and towers attack whatever they see first, so if you are the first one in to battle than you will take the brunt of the force, and early game, it can be fatal. Which brings me to my next point.
#3 Do not attack enemy champions while you are in range of the turret. If you attack an enemy champion while in the turret's range then the turret will attack you, and most likely kill you, or give your enemy the chance to do so.
#4 Listen to team mates. If a teammate says to play defensively, or go back to base, then that probably means that a group is coming to kill you. You should back off immediately.
#5 If you think that there is an enemy hiding in the bush, there probably is. In most cases it wouldn't be smart to check the bush on your own.
#6 Play easy characters, some good starters are Ash, Soroka, Allistar, Ryze, Master Yi, Sivir, Fiddlesticks, Sion, Twisted Fate, Tryandmere, Tristana, and Xin Zhao. They are all extremely easy to play, and I highly recommend that you start with one of them. Note that not all champions are available at the same time. There are 10 free champions per week, additional characters can be bought with in game money accumulated from playing matches.
#7 Know acronyms! Here is a nice list:
SR = Summoners Rift, the 5v5 mapTT = Twisted TreelineTF = Twisted FateWW = WarwickGP = GangplankMK = MordekaiserMF = Miss FortuneGl & hf = Good luck have funU2 = You too - most common response to the one abovebb = bye byeditto = you too aswellAD = Attack DamageAP = Ability PowerArP = Armor PenetrationMR = Magic ResistanceMP = Magic PenetrationDPS = (Originally: Damage per second) Here: Classes relying on their autoattack to do damage - ie sustained damage over time through autoattackCD = CooldownCDR = Cooldown ReductionAS = Attack SpeedLS = Life stealAoE = Area of Effect (abilities that effect a certain area, like annie's Tibbers, or akali's Twillight ShroudDD = Direct DamageAA = Auto AttackJitB = Jack in the Box (Shaco skill)TY = Thank youThx = ThanksOFC = Of courseRNG = Random Number Generator - alot of games are based on this concept (best example is critting, you have x% of crit, the computer then rolls, if you hit under your x% of crit, you attack will crit, if you hit over the x% of crit you will NOT crit)FB = Usually refers to first blood early game (obviously before it is taken) and later game can mean fall back!OP = OverpoweredUP = UnderpoweredWP = Well playedGG = Good GameBG = Bad GameVGG = Very Good GameGJ = Good JobFeeder = Someone who dies alot to the other team hence "feeding" them goldFFS = For FUCKS sakeomg = oh my god (or in some situations omFg = oh my *** god)n1 = nice oneL2P = Learn to playFTW = For the winFTL = For the looseFML = *** my LifeSTFU = Shut the *** up...IDK = I dont know...IDC = I dont careFYI = For your informationCC = Crowd ControlMM = MatchmakingBS = ***BD = BackdooringBP = Blue pill, a left over term from beta, means teleporting back to baseTP = Teleporting either to another lane or to baseOOM = Out of ManaBRB = Be right backAFK = Away from keyboardUlti = Ultimate, usually used with inc to warn due to a dangerous ultimate being near.INC = IncommingMid / Top / Bot = The three lanes of SR, obviously only top and bot in TTPrem = PremadeF***ING SHROOMS! = a common outburst after stepping in several teemo mushrooms in a rowSS = miss something often followed by the champion nameMIA = Missing in Action(Insert champion)'s gone AWOL! = Absent without leaveOMW = On my wayASAP = As soon as possibleIMO = In my opinionATM = at the momentTBH = To be honestCare = Means someone might approach if you are pushing to much, often followed by pings as to from where.B = if pinged on you means fallback, in laning phase usually means a champion that has been back in base is back to relieve you.Re = Term used after seeing champions stated missing again.BN = Baron NashorRoA = Rod of AgesZhonyas = Zhonya's RingFoN = Force of NaturePots = Potions, both mana / hp onesOracles = Oracles elixir, used to spot stealthers (Twitch in the game? GET THIS, Evelynn in the game? GET THIS, Shaco in the game? BEND OVER)RS = Rylai's ScepterGA = Guardian AngelSotD = Sword of the DivineSotO = Sword of the OccultIE = Infinity EdgeBV = Banshee's VeilWota = Will of the AncientsWards = Reffering to the two types of wards, vision wards (can detect stealth) and sight wards (can not detect stealth).Baron/Nashor = The legendary monster on SR giving a teamwide buffGolem / Lizard / Wolves / Ghouls = The blue/red/green/grey single buffs (respectively)QQ = crying eyes, usually used as a taunt "QQ moar!" also occasionally T_T (Left over term from warcraft 3 where you could quit a game with alt+q+q)Kite - Term describing a hero with a slow enganging an enemy and keeping them out of range by continuously spamming said slowing ability on them, thus keeping them at bayNuke X - Term used for focus this target and blow everything on them to kill it
Obviously it isn't neccessary to know them all, in fact I have only used, or heard of a few once or twice.
#8 play defensively on your first few games. You don't want to run in guns a blazing only to be shot down within seconds, and that IS all it takes, seconds. You should also take advantage of the bushes, while you are in them you are invisible to anyone outside (unless you are attacking.)
#9 After playing a few games and getting moderately good you may want to go to either leaguecraft.com or mobafire.com for more complex guides on how to play specific champions successfully.
Nice Guide. hope it keeps noobs from sucking.
i like the guide, glad to see someone trying to help out those just starting that game. If i may add a suggestion, play with friends. As its a team game, when 1 person sucks it can brings you all down. Playing with friends at least lets you know how reliable they are, and you should work better together than with some silent confused beginner.