Everything You Need to Climb in League of Legends
The Mobalytics Desktop App is your ideal gaming assistant whether you want to climb faster or want to learn League of Legends in a fun new way. It has all the tools from the browser version along with brand new powerful features and quality of life improvements.
Since it’s a desktop app, it provides a much smoother and seamless experience so you don’t have to worry about having to go back to look at your browser.
Before we begin, make sure that you have the app downloaded. If you don’t already, here’s the Mobalytics Desktop App download link.
Once you’re signed in and you’re set to your summoner name, you’re ready to go!
How to Use the Live Companion
The first new feature we’ll be highlighting in this article is the Live Companion. This is where the magic really clicks for the desktop version when compared to the browser version. To start off, hit the icon here on the left menu:
Once you’re here, queue up for a League of Legends game on Summoner’s Rift (normal draft, ranked flex) and then accept your game. As soon as you’re in champ select, you’ll see the Live Companion transform to mimic your lobby.
In comparison to the browser version which can only provide analysis after champ select during the loading screen (due to technical limitations), this gives you much more time to prepare your strategy for an upcoming match.
Pick and Ban Recommendations
Games can be won and lost at champ select so we want to prepare you as much as we can to give you the best odds of winning. As you’re hovering your champion, you’ll receive pick and ban recommendations.
For bans, we make recommendations based on:
- Your role: The most popular champion from your lane. If you’re a top laner, this would be the most popular top lane champion in the current meta.
- What you struggle against: This takes a look at your most recent 20 matches and recommends a ban based off of that. Even if Ryze isn’t that popular but you’ve been losing a lot to it recently, it might be more worthy of your ban instead of the popular role choice.
- All game: This ban recommendation is for a champ often found in another lane. If you’re a bot laner and Fizz has been terrorizing the meta recently, you might see him pop up there.
For your champion pick, we make recommendations based on:
- Pocket pick: This suggestion is based on a strong pick from your champion pool that may not necessarily be part of the current meta. If it’s just a go-to pick that you’ve been traditionally good on.
- Performance: If you’ve been on fire with a champion recently, there’s a good chance it will be recommended here.
- Meta: The champs that pop up here take into account the most popular champs in the current meta (usually in line with our tier list) and your champion pool and tries to find something that qualifies for both.
These recommendations will stay available until you lock in your pick. You only have a short window of time so be sure to be decisive!
Advice, Insights, and Other Tools
Once you have your champion selected and locked, your pick/ban recommendations will be replaced by more insights to help you win. If you’ve used our Pre Game from the browser version, you’ll recognize these tools in the Live Companion.
For those of you that are using Mobaytics for the first time with the Desktop App, here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll have at your disposal:
- Player Scouting
- DamageType Distribution
- Champion and Team Power Spikes
- Matchup Advice
- Item/Rune builds (Live Companion versions includes a new import system)
- Gank Opportunities
- Current Session Statistics (New with Live Companion)
- Player scouting is the fastest way to learn about all the players in your match. You can instantly see their rank, runes, and summoners, as well as the win rates for their role and the specific champion that they’re playing.
- You can get additional information by hovering the badges such as “Fatigue” which refers to a player who has been playing for more than 6 hours straight or Extra Hot Streak for someone who is on a 5 game winning streak.
- These are useful for understanding which players from each time are likely to be the strongest/weakest for your match.
Damage Type Distribution
- This one is pretty straightforward, it takes account of the five champions from each team and helps you understand what type of damage the team as a whole will be building toward.
- For example, a team with Rumble, Amumu, Lux, Kai’Sa, and Brand is likely to have a very high AP %.
- Use this information to help you itemize. If you’re up against a team that is mostly AD damage, you can adapt your build to use Ninja Tabis.
Champion and Team Power Spikes
- The Live Companion provides power spikes for every champion in your match, as well as the collective power spikes for each team.
- If you aren’t familiar with power spikes, check out our article on scaling.
- Green represents when a champion is relatively their most powerful, red is when they’re weak, and yellow is about moderate.
- Since Brand is a lane bully with a lot of early damage, he has a green early game power spike. He’s still serviceable for the rest of the match but not as good as other champions.
- Sona, on the other hand, is very weak early due to how squishy she is – hence her red power spike. Instead, she thrives in the late game when she has more items and can cast powerful auras to help her team excel in team fights.
- After power spikes, you’ll receive advice based on your lane matchup. You can switch to any other role by clicking the arrow next in the top right (next to Ashe’s name).
- The advice tends to be most relevant for the laning phase, basically up to level 6. We provide valuable information like how long the most important cooldowns to look out for last and how to avoid poke and all-ins.
Builds: Items, Runes, Summoner Spells, and Skill Order
- Finally, by popular demand, our Desktop App allows you to directly import your builds directly into your client.
- Runes and summoner spells will appear for you at champ select while item builds will show up in the Summoner’s Rift shop.
- The builds displayed are straight from our expert-curated champion pages!
Gank Opportunities (Jungle Pathing)
- This tool analyzes all the champions in the game and factors such as mobility and crowd control to determine how difficult it is for each lane to be ganked.
- It uses a similar system to power spikes where
- green = easy to gank
- yellow = moderate difficulty
- red = hard to gank
- This is useful for junglers planning their gank routes, supports and mids who are looking to roam, and laners who want to know if they’re a likely target for the enemy jungler.
- You can see Gank Opportunity analysis from the enemy team’s perspective by filtering for that at the top.
Current Session Statistics
- Finally, we have the current session statistics tool, which measures how long you’ve played and your win/loss streak during that timeframe.
- This is helpful for pacing yourself and understanding the quality of your session. Be sure to take breaks regularly!
Quick tip: Focus on what you need most
At first, the Live Companion might seem overwhelming due to the sheer amount of information that’s presented to you. The best way to go about using it is to prioritize the features that are most useful to your needs.
For example, if you’re a new player, be sure to take a look at the matchup advice for your lane and import our recommended builds. If you’re a veteran player, you’ll probably have a good idea of how to play your matchups and what to build and instead, may want to focus on scouting the players in your match and planning around maximizing your power spikes.
How to use the Post Game
Once your match ends, your Pre Game will automatically transform into your Post Game. Some of you reading this may have been using Mobalytics for a while now so you may remember the old version of the Post Game.
The new one looks quite different than before but its intention is still the same – giving you an in-depth analysis of your recent game. Now you’ll have an immediate understanding of whether you played well or held your team back due to a poor performance.
Here’s what the new Post Game has:
- MVP + high scores
- Player Rankings and Performance Stats: 1st-10th player ranking, KDA, CS per minute, kill participation, total damage
- Build Overview
- Personal Achievements
- Team Summary
- Toggle Stats
Similar to how we covered the Live Companion, let’s walk through all the tools the Post Game provides.
MVP + High Scores
- This section gives you a quick look at the top performers in your match. The very best overall player will be given the glorious MVP award.
- Try to assemble Exodia and get all five of these badges (it’s possible)!
Player Rankings and Performance Stats
- Here, we have my personal favorite for the Post Game, player rankings! Next to each summoner’s name, you’ll see a ranking ranging from 1st – 10th. The first player will be the MVP and the rest will be ranked accordingly to how they performed.
- This is a great way to understand when you won but still played poorly or lost but still played well.
- In this section, you’ll also get some of the usual stats you’d expect, KDA, CS per minute, kill participation, total damage, and final build to give you more details on what happened during the game.
- Clicking on the arrow next to the final build will open up the Build Overview.
- Here, you’ll be able to see how effectively a player used their runes, their skill order, and the timings of their item path.
- If you’re doing research and trying to learn from a high-level player, this is useful for comparing their numbers to your own play.
- Personal Achievements are badges that are based on your highlights (and lowlights) from the game.
- Each one includes a stat to give you more context for the badge. For example above, we can see that Pick Up Artist was given due to having 9 picks.
- If you landed a Penta Kill, you’ll get a badge. If you warded zero times, (yep, sadly some players do this), you’ll get a badge.
- We’ve got a good amount of insightful badges there right now and will only continue to add more in the future.
- Here, you’ll find miscellaneous additional information about your match, such as which champs were banned, total team stats like damage, KDA, and gold, as well as objectives.
- These stats provide a good look at the macro level of a game. In the example above, we can see that the blue team completely dominated in terms of objective control.
- Lastly, we have the toggles which allow you to switch between stats that are part of the same coin.
- You can switch between damage dealt and damage received, CS number and total gold for income, and wards placed vs wards cleared.
- This is useful for not only seeing your own stats but also comparing them to everyone else in your game.
- Aim to outdo your counterpart, for example, supports should aim to place more wards and clear more wards than their rival.
Quick tip: Have a takeaway to bring to your next game
When you’re looking at your Post Game, look for something that you can realistically improve on in your next match. Whether it’s improving the timing of your item power spike with the build overview or trying to improve upon a negative badge, there’s always something that you can make note of and refine. Improvement happens one step at a time!
Other Mobalytics Features
If you’ve found your way here as a first time Mobalytics user, here’s rundown for all the other features we have available for you.
The Dashboard is your home base and the central hub where you can quickly see how you’ve been doing recently. You can access our blog through Live Content, set up your ranked goals, and get a summary of your recent ups and downs.
GPI (Gamer Performance Index)
The GPI is one of the truly unique features that Mobalytics offers (seriously, try to find another tool that does this as well). Its purpose is to help you learn more about your unique playstyle and the strengths and weaknesses that are a part of that identity.
Here’s how it works. We crunch all of your matches for a particular role and game mode and then measure them across 8 skills that are crucial in League of Legends:
Each of these skills is made up of more metrics. For example, Fighting includes your ability to duel, teamfight, and skirmish as contributing factors. Once you understand your strengths and weaknesses, the GPI also gives you specific advice and resources for how to improve in those areas.
As you improve over time and your GPI shape changes, you’ll be continually given new pieces of advice so be sure to check back often!
If you’re looking for the best champions to climb with in the current patch, the tier list feature is your go-to feature. It provides recommendations from high-ELO experts for champions of every role and skill level.
The feature also allows you to search for any champion by their name, class, win/pick/ban rate, number of matches played, and tier. It’s a great way to find a new champion to add to your champion pool whether its for your main role or an off-role.
Want to understand your development as a player over time? The Progress Analysis feature allows you to see how your skills have either improved or gotten worse. Everyone has ups and downs but it’s important that you understand the when and why.
By comparing your skills side-by-side, you can really start to learn more about yourself. For example, if you filter by Survivability and Vision, you might see that in the games where you warded less, you ended up dying more. If you filter by Farming and Fighting, you may see that in games where you had high income, you were more of a force in teamfights.
By the way, if you want to learn more about a specific point in time, clicking on the graph will bring you straight to a specific game. It’s like a time machine for tracking your growth!
Part of the fun of League of Legends is learning how to play new champions. Our dedicated champion pages are your go-to resource for learning about the best runes, skill order, items, matchups, and counters for every champion. Each page is curated by experts and champion enthusiasts who keep them constantly up-to-date so you dont’ have to worry as much about doing a lot of research.
The Improvement Loop
Mobalytics is designed to guide you throughout all possible times throughout your climb. As a closer for this guide, here’s the “loop” that we suggest following as a reference when using our features to really get the most of it and efficiently climb.
Before Your Play Session: Touch Base with the Dashboard and Your GPI
At the beginning of your play session, head to your Dashboard to get a reminder of what’s been happening for you recently and how close you are in terms of achieving your goal. There might also be some new articles or videos that have been released that may be helpful for you before you start playing.
Next, check out your GPI, especially your Skill to Focus to remind you of what you should be trying to improve. Reading through some advice can really help you be mindful of key reminders that can help you win your next match.
During Your Play Session: Use the Live Companion and Post Game
After reminding yourself of what you’ve been working on recently and what to focus on in your upcoming matches, it’s time to boot up your Live Companion before you enter your first match.
Use your Pre Game scouting to sharpen your strategy in terms of how to handle your laning phase and what you expect for the overall match. Once you win your match (of course), take a look at your Post Game stats and badges. If you plan on playing more, use this information going into your next match or take another quick look at your GPI to keep your weaknesses in mind.
After Your Play Session: Check in with Your Progress Analysis
Once you’re done playing for the day, it’s a good idea to take a look at your recent growth. If you’ve been playing well lately, take some notes and try to build routines to replicate the conditions that allowed you to play optimally.
If you’re in a slump, try to understand why your skills have been doing worse than usual and try to identify possible causes. Are you playing after a long day after work or class? Are you playing on an empty stomach? Combine the data presented to you from Mobalytics with factors from your daily life to address the problems and you’ll turn things around in no time!
Outside of Your Play Session – Do Research with the Champion Pages and Tier List
Although you can use the Champion Pages and Tier List while you play, we recommend using them more for research before or after your play session. This will give you more time to research which champions you should be playing and learn about the nuances of their matchups and counters instead of trying to do everything in the heat of the moment during champ select.
That’s it for our Desktop App guide! We hope you enjoy the new features and find them helpful in making your climb easier. As always, let us know what you think in the comments below and we’ll use the feedback to make the platform and its features better. See you on the Rift!