The Benefits of Scouting Your Allies
Scouting your teammates before a game of League of Legends is a great way of increasing your chances of winning the game. Ensuring you don’t have any trolls, someone who has 1000 games this season or players on their off-role will be beneficial to your climb. But how exactly do you scout your teammates to give you the best odds before a game starts?
In this Mobalytics guide, we will talk about how and why you should scout your teammates before loading on to Summoners Rift. Before we begin though, we need to understand what scouting your teammates actually is. In its simplest form, you’re basically looking up your allies to find extra information about them. It is a good idea to scout your allies as it can help you dodge bullets that can cost you LP and your sanity.
How to scout your allies
There are a variety of methods you can use to scout your teammates. The easiest way of doing so however is by using the Mobalytics app. At your fingertips, you can see tons of information about your allies thanks to the Live Companion.
Via the Live Companion, you can see who is off-role, if they play the champion they’re hovering or if they’re on a winning or losing streak. Thanks to the system it offers, you can see tons of things about your allies that can help you decide if you wish to play the game or not. Of course, there are other things that you need to be on the lookout for in champion select and you shouldn’t rely on just your allies stats. As an example, if your team composition is bad, you may wish to dodge the game.
Why scouting is good
It’s common knowledge that Riot’s detection for trolls and AFK’s needs improvement. Players are getting away with too much nowadays with little to no consequences seen. While Riot is working on rectifying these issues, it can be horrible to play with somebody who intends to troll. This is why scouting your allies is so important as it can help you notice things are sour before it’s too late.
Seeing who is on a losing streak will help you avoid losing more games as your chances of winning are improved when your allies are winning too. As it’s impossible for someone to solo win a game, but it is very possible for someone to solo lose one.
Having somebody who is on a long losing streak will decrease your chances of winning as they are clearly playing worse than usual. Sometimes, it’s not somebody trolling or deliberately trying to lose a game. It can be a case of somebody being tilted and continuing to queue. You should try to avoid these situations when possible by scouting ahead.
Depending on the ELO you’re in, noticing that you have multiple players who are on their off-role can be an “instant” loss depending on who is on their main roles and who’s not. As an example, a Support main in the Jungle is going to be difficult to play with. This is because the enemy Jungler is going to have so much more impact than your Jungler (in most cases), so the game will be much harder and not necessarily worth playing out.
In these scenarios, the best option for you is to dodge the game as it is unlikely that you’ll win it, especially if someone is deliberately trolling. It’s not worth the stress and the added loss of LP if you truly care about climbing.
I understand that some people don’t like to dodge and feel it’s generally unhelpful, but speaking from experience, I would rather lose 3LP or 10LP by dodging than waste 20+ minutes of my time, 17 LP and get annoyed or tilted for the rest of the day because someone decided to troll. After all, your mental health is worth soo much more than someone on the internet ruining your day.
Don’t forget: if somebody is trolling, toxic or is causing any due harm, make sure you report them before dodging the game.
On the flip side, it’s good to scout your allies to see who is on their main role and see if there are two players who have each others role (yes that happens). You can tell them to switch if necessary to make the game much easier. Having everyone on their main role increases your chances of winning substantially.
There are a lot of good things that you can learn in champion select that will increase your chances of winning. The things we outlined here are the key and what most people should be on the lookout for when scouting.
When scouting can go wrong
A problem that can occur by scouting your teammates is that you may start dodging games that are actually winnable. Everybody ends a losing streak at some point in time, and that time could be right now. It’s also not worth dodging every single bad matchup, bad pre-made, or bad teammates unless there is a big reason to do so.
It is also not worth dodging more than 2 games a day as the LP losses do start to stack the more games you dodge. Dodging too often is counterproductive, so it’s not worth dodging anymore than 2 games every 24 hours.
Seeing your allies on a winning streak is a great feeling. You already have an advantage before the game has started. The problem is, the game isn’t won yet. It’s important that you do not get ahead of yourself as losing streaks can start and end at any given moment and just because your team is winning a lot lately, it doesn’t mean you’re going to win this one too.
Do not think just because your team is doing well, on their main role and on their main champion that the game is won.
Similarly, you can easily get distracted with the fact that you have somebody smurfing or a pre-made smurf in your team. Just because they’re smurfing, it doesn’t mean you’re going to win. Hey, even the best players lose games on their smurfs and in low ranks.
All in all, games can be won and lost in champion select. Just because the signs are telling you the game is won, you need to do the hard work in-game to ensure you win.
Things to be on the lookout for
We’ve already discussed it previously, but to recap, here are the things you need to be on the lookout for:
- Players first timing a champion
- If it’s a ranked game, the likelihood of someone performing well on a champion when it’s their first game is very low. Don’t let them pick it if possible. Once a new champion is released, make sure you ban that champion so your team can’t pick it.
- Long gaming sessions
- The more games someone has played, the more mistakes they’ll be making. If somebody is playing 10 games in a session, the likelihood is that they’re tilted, burned out or will not be playing to their full potential.
- Your allies are on a losing streak
- Losing streaks happen, but if someone is on a 5 game losing streak in their current session, it’s not worth you playing with them as they’re probably tilted. The game will be much harder if you choose to play it through.
- Someone is on their off-role
- Autofill happens and in some roles, it’s not the end of the world. But if one of the most impactful roles has somebody who is auto-filled, it is going to be difficult for you to win the game as they will not be as useful as someone who mains that role. In particular, having an off-role in the mid or jungle can be really hard to play with.
- Teammate trolling (note that isn’t easy to spot without doing some digging)
- While not as easy to spot, if someone is on a losing streak, first timing a champion or has a negative win rate recently, it might be because they’re trolling. Take note that it’s not worth the aggro trying to play a game when someone is trolling, so just dodge it.
Scouting your teammates is overall a good way of increasing your chances of winning a game. Dodging games that have tilted players, trolls, or people in key roles who are auto-filled will make your climb much easier. Be prepared to take the minus 3LP to save your sanity, your rank and most importantly, your time.