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League of Legends tips for playing “rigged” Top lane

Published: 14/May/2020 0:26

by Alan Bernal


The state of League of Legends’ top lane has left players wondering how to properly play the position, making the “sarcastic but accurate rules” from one player something everyone can learn from.

At its core, the summation of LoL Reddit user Xenton’s rules is a crash course for tips on how to survive in that assignment during a match. But the tone of the post makes it readily apparent that no matter what someone does in that role, the game will probably end badly for them.

“Seriously, so many situations feels like the answer is always ‘maybe,’” user ‘ModularSpaceGirl’ said of the sarcastic tips. “Playing top lane feels like playing a rigged coin toss game. Your answer is 50/50 but somehow you’re always wrong.”

Timing your back

Reading through a few of Xenton’s philosophies on things like how to ward, being cautious of the enemy’s jungler, and the like starts to give aspiring top laners a bleak impression on what to expect.

“Consider what your power spike items are, how the lane minions are pushing, whether or not you have the health to trade your opponent down a little before you leave,” Xenton said about optimal recall timings. “Whatever you pick, rest assured that you made a mistake and you will be punished severely for it.”

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Recalls can get punished as a top laner in League of Legends.

Those are great rules to live by, however, even a correct back timing can still leave a player open to a counter play like dropping a Rift Herald in a free lane, as Xenton alluded to.

Optimal vision

The same sort of advisory was echoed for warding in that you’ll never really know where the enemy jungler is unless you get proper vision down.

“There’s three simple rules for vision,” they explained. “If you don’t ward the bush, yes, the enemy jungler is in it. If you ward the bush, nobody will ever go near it. [And finally,] yes, the enemy warded that bush.”

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Warding as a top laner is crucial, until it isn’t.

When you’re playing top, if you go outside of your lane for a moment, then it’s likely your opponent knows where you could have warded to – essentially negating that trinket due to informed pathing.

Keeping track of Top lane opponent

These tips revolve around the enemy top laner’s Teleport and whether or not you have an advantage in summoner spells, as well as how to capitalize on it.“If you don’t have vision of your opponent, he is teleporting bot lane, why didn’t you stop him idiot?” Xenton quipped.

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Top is oddly susceptible to junglers, even though the lane doesn’t usually have much action.

But if they did teleport and you, as a top laner, didn’t respond quickly enough, the least you should do is push the wave as fast as you can to make them miss out on some resources.

Speaking how a disappointed teammate would presumably talk to their top laner, Xenton pointed out every situation as if it was a lose-lose scenario – since a lapse in judgment from the top laner can yield major benefits for the other team.

With every satirical suggestion, there was a tinge of optimism since the player is convinced the top lane is “not fun and it’s super easy.”

Though players could find these “rules” helpful, the thread is a massive point of feedback for Riot Games to start making League of Legends’ top lane a more enjoyable position to play.

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Riot dev responds to broken League damage bug with Ravenous Hydra

Published: 28/Nov/2020 18:15

by Daniel Cleary


A Riot Games developer has responded to a bizarre bug in League of Legends, which is preventing the Ravenous Hydra from working with certain champions’ abilities in-game.

Riot Games introduced plenty of changes in the 2021 preseason patch such as completely revamping the League Item Shop and items to improve the game’s experience before Season 11 kicks off.

Ravenous Hydra is one of the items that has remained in League, but it received some updated stats amid the changes. The item still provides players with lifesteal, in the form of Omnivamp, but Riot has now removed the Crescent Active and added 20 Ability Haste in its place.

However, one thing that has not changed much is the item’s passive ability Cleave, which allows basic attacks and abilities to trigger extra damage, which varies based on the distance between targets.

Urgot's splash artLeague players called for a Ravenous Hydra fix after a glitch was found with champions like Urgot.

There are some champions with abilities that had unique interactions with this item, such as Aphelios’ Severum Q, but players have now noticed a bug, which stops it from working correctly with certain champions.

The issue was raised with League dev Riot Phlox, with one Redditor explaining that champions with multi-hit abilities, like Urgots W, Renekton W, and Warwick’s Ult seem to be where the problem lies.

Riot Phlox responded to the bug, revealing that they are now aware of the unusual damage glitch with Ravenous Hydra and that it would be passed on to the League Dev team.

“I’ll pass this along so we can make sure there are eyes on it, thanks!” the League dev responded, confirming they would soon be working on it.

However, he also revealed that he was unsure just when a fix might be issued for this broken damage bug, adding that they “can’t give a timeframe.”

While it is unclear when the patch will arrive in League of Legends, this will still come as good news to Urgot mains, and those who play similar champs, after they were quite vocal on this issue, as it will soon allow them to have more build options in-game.