How to get better at warding in League of Legends: Vision control guide

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Wondering how to get better at warding in League of Legends? Here’s everything you need to know to establish solid vision control on the map; especially if you’re playing support.

As you continue to rise through the ranks in League of Legends, you’ll very quickly realize that having good vision control is the key to success. Therefore, knowing how to get better at warding in League of Legends is vital.

Whether it’s to stop pesky junglers from ganking your lane, or establishing your own network of wards to help ensnare those who dare to enter your jungle; warding is key at the game‘s highest levels.

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If you’re wondering how to get better at warding in League of Legends, we’ve got you covered with this full breakdown of all things vision control.


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Control Wards are one of League’s most important items.

What is warding in League of Legends?

At its core, warding is all about controlling the battlefield. Most of the enemy’s territory is engulfed in black, known as fog of war.

Wards effectively dispel this, granting a small circle of clarity around the ward itself. This means you’ll be able to see enemies as they step within the ward’s radius, allowing you to react appropriately.

Do only supports ward in League?

While supports do the majority of the heavy lifting, no, they’re not the only ones that should be warding. All players should ward to help their team out so learning how to get better at warding in League is an essential skill that everyone should aim to develop.

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What wards are there in League of Legends?

There are four different types of wards in League of Legends, each of which do different things. Zombie Wards and Ghost Poros are only available to those running the Domination rune tree, but often you would forgo these for Eyeball Collection instead.

Ward Available level How many you can buy What it does Recommended role
Warding Totem 1 1, alongside any obtained via Support items (Spellthief’s Edge, Steel Shoulderguards, Relic Shield, Spectral Sickle) Provides a small radius of vision around the ward until it is destroyed or times out (90s, three hit points) All roles
Control Ward 1 2 Provides a small radius of vision around the ward until it is destroyed (four hit points) Top, Mid, Support
Oracle Lens (Red Trinket) 1 1 Creates a radar-like radius that sweeps around the player, revealing and disabling wars, as well as showing traps and enemy champions. Jungle, Support
Farsight Alteration (Blue Trinket) 9 1 A ward that can be dropped from 4000 units away that reveals the area for two seconds and champions inside for five Top, Mid, ADC
Zombie Ward Domination rune tree 1 Spawn when you kill an enemy ward. Give sight over 1100 units, are visible to the enemy team, have 1one health, last for 120 seconds Build dependent
Ghost Poro Domination rune tree 1 When wards expire, a Ghost Poro takes their place for 60s. Is scared off by enemy champions. Build dependent

Early game warding

Much of the early game is focused around warding – especially as junglers look to gank lanes before players start to peel off for teamfights. This makes having good vision control crucial.

We would advise that you don’t drop any wards before 1:25, though, as these provide little to no information and will likely just be destroyed, feeding your enemies all-important gold.

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Each role has its own designated ward positions, but these are just general guidelines. If you’ve found a spot that works for you; stick with it!

Role Where to ward blue side Red side
Top Scuttle crab river bush post 1:25

Control ward in your river bush

Scuttle crab river bush post 1:25

Top tri-brush

Mid Control ward both bushes, keep the ward to your side of the lane to force enemy overextension

Ward in middle of the lane

Control ward in both red side bush behind Baron pit, and bottom side curved river bush

Totem wards in both bushes, towards your side of the lane to force enemy overextension

Support (ADC to a lesser extent) Scuttle crab bush post 1:25

Dragon pit

Totem ward in botlane bushes to spot enemy supports


Control ward in botside river bush

Totem wards in jungle bushes (tri-brush if you’re losing lane)

Mid/late game warding

As you start to roam around the map and, in turn, contest objectives and towers, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got as much vision as possible.

When you’re ahead, it’s important to try and place as many wards in the enemy jungle as you can, as well as around major objectives like the Baron or Drakes. This ensures you always have eyes on your opponents.

With major objectives, be sure to get your wards in early in order to spot players as they try to collapse, and use your Oracle Lens sweeper to clear out any vision the enemy team has left there. This means they’ll be walking face first into the dark with no real inclination of where you are. Make sure you also ward the bushes behind each pit, as you never know if some sneaky jungler is going to try and blast cone over for the steal.

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If you’re playing from behind, though, you’ll want to make sure that your wards are more centered around your own jungle and your base, otherwise, you may get backdoored without even knowing it. Defensive wards in the river, bottom and top side jungles, and around the mid lane (teams tend to siege through there) are a must.

As a general rule, it’s always worth putting wards at choke points to ensure that, if you see the entire enemy team wandering over to Baron, you can collapse with ease and snuff them out before they even get close.

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The Baron is one of League’s most important objectives; so ward it well!

So that’s everything you need to do to get better at warding in League of Legends and help your team to victory!

Looking for more League of Legends tips and tricks? Be sure to check out our champion guides below:

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