6 Tips to Help You Climb in LoL Season 10
With Split 2 underway, it’s time for everyone to get their groove on and continue their climb. Don’t worry if you didn’t achieve your goals in the first split of Season 10. There’s still plenty of time for you to improve and get your desired rank in the second split.
In this Mobalytics guide by PicklePants, we’ll go over some tips and tricks for you to make the most out of this split and how to climb to achieve your desired rank. While everybody is at home, climbing is harder but not impossible, and our goal in this guide is to help you climb.
1. Stick with one or two roles
There are 5 roles in League of Legends including Top, Jungle, Mid, ADC and Support. For ranked in split 2, it’s important that you stick to 2 of the 5 roles, preferably, roles that are similar and have similar playstyles such as ADC-Mid or Support-Jungle.
If you play more than 2 roles, it’s going to be harder for you to climb as you will not be as experienced or as good if you’re laning against somebody who mains that role. For example, if you are a fill player, you will be outclassed when laning against somebody who has more experience or mains that lane.
When you play 1 or 2 roles, you gain more experience and have a better understanding of the matchups in that role and how you should play the lane out- which allows you to play better. If you spend all your time focusing on those 2 roles, you will be better compared to someone who spends their time playing and learning all 5.
This is why it is key that you focus your time and efforts on playing just those 2 roles and getting good at them. Once you’re good at both of them, you can play them in ranked. I wouldn’t recommend switching roles in ranked unless you really have to. Stick to 2 roles and play only those roles. If you get auto-filled when playing, try to switch roles or dodge the game. The chances of you winning are much lower and you’ll just waste time and lose LP if you try to play.
Here’s a guide to help you choose your main role if you’ve not decided what role(s) you want to play this split.
2. Have a small champion pool
With over 140 champions in the game with a wide range of styles, it’s easy for players to want to play them all. For optimal climbing, it’s best to stick to a select handful of champions and only play them in ranked. A good number of champions to pick are 2-3 for each role.
The champions you should pick are the ones you’re good at and enjoy the most. It’s easier for you to pick champions that are not mechanically difficult unless you’re a one-trick. Playing hard champions that are not very strong like Camille will only slow down your climbing ability because they’re very difficult to learn, and it’s easy for you to go wrong when playing them.
They also require tons of experience as well. If this is your first season, it’s going to be really difficult for you to perform well on champions like Azir, Vayne, Riven, Camille or Lee Sin.
Once you have a few champions in mind, you may realize or find out that they’re just not working out for you. This is when you can start switching them out for other champions. Switching out and moving to new champions is key when things are not going your way.
There’s no point continuing to play a champion who you’re no longer good on or who has received heavy nerfs.
As the season or split develops, you may have found yourself switching quite a lot- but that’s okay as long as you’re winning comfortably and improving/climbing. In season 9, I only played 14 champions in the whole season.
This is why I was able to achieve a high rank of Diamond 1 because I wasn’t constantly switching my champions around. In season 10 so far, I’ve only got around 150 games and have played 13 champions.
If you’re struggling to settle on which champs to play, check out our guide on how to build your champion pool.
3. Use the Live Companion
We have finally launched the new and improved Live Companion. I would highly recommend you give it a go and use it every day. On the Live Companion, you can see a ton of information that not only will help you play better, but it will also give you key insights into the mind or your allies and the enemies.
One really cool aspect of the live companion is the matchup advice giving you key outlines to play against the enemy during the laning phase. If you read the advice and use it in your game, you’re going to have a much easier time during the laning phase and you’ll definitely have the advantage in lane even in the toughest of matchups.
If you want to see what the Live Companion is about or want to know how to use it before supporting us, we have a newly updated Live Companion guide to show you the ins and outs to fully maximize the Mobalytics live companion.
4. Do your research
Just like many things in League, research and constant adaptation to the game is very important and you will struggle to climb if you do not do the research to help you improve. Mobalytics has written plenty of guides to help you improve.
What you can do to really optimize your climb is look at the GPI and see what you need improving on. Once you’ve discovered your issues, head over to the blog page and look for a guide that can help you to improve on the things you’re struggling with. There are a plethora of guides on there- so you will find something to help you climb.
Are you dying a lot? Give this one a go!
Vision score looking low? This one can help you out!
Poor ganking/ counter ganking? This one is a goodie!
Additionally, you’ll want to do your research on how to play certain champions, and I’d definitely recommend looking at our champion pages to get some helpful tips on them. You’ll also see up to date builds for them too which makes them a very handy tool to help you improve.
If reading is not really your thing, something you could do is to check out higher ELO, lower viewer Twitch streamers and ask them some questions about the champion the both of you play. If you actively watch them, you can naturally pick up some of their actions and mimic how they play. Many streamers actually talk about what they’re going to do before they do it- which can also benefit you if you want to improve.
Apply some filters to Twitch and look for some educational streamers, self plugging here but I also stream on Twitch, so if you have any questions for the Support role- check me out!
5. Limit your daily grind
There are a lot of things in League that can go wrong. You might have a bad streak, you might not be feeling it, or you may just be having a rough day. For optimal climbing, you should limit how many games you play a day, and also how many days you play every week.
Note: This includes normal games.
The reason for this is simple, you’re not going to play amazingly in every game if you play 10 games a day, 7 days a week. Things that happen in-game may make you tilt, or you may have a frustrating loss that could carry itself into the next game and make you perform worse. The whole premises of limiting the games played is to reduce the chances of things happening which can quickly snowball into a loss streak.
By playing, let’s say- up to 5 ranked games a day, you will reduce the snowball of your losing streak if things go wrong. You’ll also feel less fatigued and your performance shouldn’t see a dip as the day goes on.
I would recommend that you play at maximum 5 ranked games per day, and up to 5 days a week. If you can, don’t play ranked on weekends. Lower ELO’s tend to have more “weekend players” who work 9-5 during the week and can only play on weekends. While this will sound harsh, they are generally not as good as people who play during the week. They’re usually rusty and can be a liability for your team.
What I tend to do is (if I am playing ranked- this doesn’t apply for normals), I’ll play during the week around mid-day/ early afternoon and play at a maximum of 5 games. I don’t play ranked late at night purely because you tend to play worse if you’ve already been up 12-14 hours. Currently, I do not play ranked a lot due to lockdown, and I’m not playing ranked at weekends.
What you should do is create some sort of timetable for your ranked gameplay. Stick to 3/4/5 days of the week when you’re going to play and limit the games you’re playing on those days. Do not start chasing losses and go over the number of games played you set yourself.
6. Don’t give up
It’s easy to feel discouraged if you start losing lots of games or if the 2nd split doesn’t start the way you’d like. There’s still plenty of time for you to get where you want to be, so don’t feel sad if you’re not diamond yet. There are almost 100 days per split which gives you ample time to climb and improve.
If things don’t go your way at the start, stop playing ranked for a few days or weeks and then hop back on the grind when you’re ready. Don’t get burnt out and lose tons of LP by trying to climb at the start. It’s not a race after all.
Split 2 of the 10th season of League of Legends is underway. Now’s the time to start ranked or push for that rank you’ve always wanted. We hope this guide will help you in the future climb.
If you have any questions or want to learn more, check out PicklePants stream.