Top 5 League of Legends: Wild Rift Tips
League of Legends: Wild Rift is currently in open beta and is about as amazing as we’ve been led on to believe, so let’s focus on a couple of key tips that’ll improve your chances of finding success! This listicle pertains to most mobile MOBAs as well, just in case you were wondering. Wild Rift is ever so slightly different, but the core gameplay elements are pretty much the same as in, say, Arena of Valor.
So, with that out of the way, let’s get down to business!
Always Watch the Map
Keeping track of what’s happening across the map is one of the most important things in the entire game. This holds true for both regular LoL and Wild Rift. As you buy items and transition into the mid and later stages of the game, losing turrets becomes bafflingly easy. Split-pushing in Wild Rift is more potent than you’d expect, and a three-item marksman, for example, can make quick work of a turret in a matter of seconds.
This means that, if you aren’t careful and if you don’t push out your lanes (and keep track of the state of each lane), your odds of getting the win will plummet considerably. Sometimes you’ll come across players who’ll do this intentionally. They’ll evade any team fight, wait for their teammates to engage, and hurry to a lane and start pushing. It’s a perfectly viable avenue for success, although it’s pretty anticlimactic, as you can imagine.
Also, you’ll often play with individuals who are entirely oblivious to the map and its existence (not to mention inherent importance). This is why you should push out lanes whenever possible and protect your base from any potential backdoor attempt.
Knowing what’s happening across the Rift is important for other reasons too. Sometimes your jungler will start skirmishing around, say, a Rift Scuttler with an enemy champion. If you see it happening — and aren’t engaged in a fight yourself — then you should help out. Your lane and its state are incredibly important. Sometimes lending a hand to a teammate can significantly impact the game and its trajectory. The same holds true when your mid laner decides to roam and engage in the river — don’t leave them hanging!
So, to summarize: rotate more often, push out your lanes, keep track of what’s happening across the map, and help out whenever possible. It’s a team game, after all!
Learn More Champions
There are 50 champions available in Wild Rift at the time of this writing (including Wukong). That’s a surprisingly large number for a game that still hasn’t been officially released, but only a handful of them (from each role) can be considered “viable.” Of course, this varies from elo to elo and is dependent on the players’ skill, but the point stands nonetheless.
This means that you’ll often have your champion taken from you by the opposing player — especially if you’re focused on picking what’s most meta. And, frankly, there’s no other way to circumvent this problem other than by learning multiple champions. Now, you don’t need to master every one of them, of course, but having a couple of good picks in your arsenal will go a long way towards getting that oh-so-important ranked win.
Plus, counter-picking is as potent in Wild Rift as it is in the full-fledged game. Don’t be a one-trick pony — branch out and try to learn multiple different champions so that you can maneuver through the drafting phase with more ease. If you’re a support, for example, then Seraphine is probably at the top of your list of priorities. She’s incredibly strong, has poke for days, and a fair bit of CC as well. Oh, and a boatload of damage, too! But she won’t always be a good pick team comp-wise. Sometimes going for Braum will result in an easier laning phase and help your team in better and more important ways.
You get the drift.
But playing multiple champions is just one half of the equation — the other one pertains to in-game roles.
Master at Least Two Roles
There’s still no role queue in Wild Rift, so as far as tips go, this is one of the more important ones. Simply put, you won’t always be able to get your role. That’s just a fact, and you shouldn’t try to fight it. The solution, in this case, is the same as in LoL — flexibility.
Try to master at least one more role other than your main one so that you can switch between the two should the need arise. This might sound daunting, but it’s pretty darn simple overall. Queue up for a couple of normal games and experiment to your heart’s content! Or, better yet, do so first in the practice mode and try to grasp the nuance of the champion you’re playing. Knowing why they’re good and when will go a long way towards ensuring a dominant laning phase and, subsequently, the win.
This flexibility is invaluable. One could argue that it’s also a prerequisite for playing ranked. No one’s expecting you to be equally dominant or effective on a plethora of different champions, but having a pocket pick or two is a wise decision.
Know Your Powerspike
League of Legends and, by proxy, Wild Rift, is a game of powerspikes. Sometimes, depending on the champion, they happen upon reaching a certain level. Other times they’ll occur when you purchase an item (or two) that augment your inherent abilities and strengths. Either way, they’re incredibly important.
Knowing when your champion is ready to “pop-off” is crucial information. It truly makes a world of difference. If you’re playing Jinx, for example, then you don’t want to engage and fight all that often until you have a B.F. Sword, a Vampiric Scepter, and perhaps a Recurve Bow. This way, your attacks will deal enough damage, you’ll have a bit of healing and a substantial enough amount of Attack Speed. This is an example of a more layered powerpike. More often than not, they revolve around full items like Blade of the Ruined King or, say, Trinity Force. If you’re a mage, you’ll crave something like a Luden’s Echo — that’s when your spells will truly leave a mark.
Naturally, certain situations in the game will force you to fight, regardless if you have enough items or not. This will happen more often than you’d like sometimes, but it’s the nature of the game. Still, try not to pick fights you can’t win, and focus on racking up enough gold so that you can eventually take over the game.
This tip leads us to yet another significant one: understanding your late-game potential.
Fight Until the End
Starting the game off on a shoddy note is not the be-all and end-all. Instead, it’s all about the mid and later stages of the game. Bad match-ups can also be neutralized through intelligent itemization (and perhaps a bit of jungler assistance), so there’s always a chance you’ll be able to get the win no matter the odds. It only depends on how patient you are and how hard you’re willing to fight. Well, and how good your teammates are, but that’s never in your control (unless you’re a part of a pre-made party).
Late games in Wild Rift aren’t all that balanced. We’re talking about the full-fledged League of Legends experience but condensed. And very much so. This means that a single teamfight will be the difference between victory and defeat more often than not. If you wipe the opposing team you can push out and win in a matter of seconds. Heck, you don’t even need to kill everyone — three enemies will do the trick! The other two will then try their hardest to defend their base and, at odds, fail miserably. It’s funny at times, too, how you can go from one state (tryharding and teamfighting like there’s no tomorrow) to leisurely strolling through a lane and last-hitting turrets with ease en route to a win.
In Wild Rift, it’s all about the late game. Very little before it matters. Of course, getting Dragons and Barons and the Rift Herald carries a ton of weight as well, but less than a well-executed late game team fight. In that sense, it’s better to wait things out, stack up on gold and items, and then engage on your terms. Or, if you’re getting engaged upon, to minimize your losses if winning the team fight isn’t an option.
In any case, it’s a lot easier to turn the tides of battle than you’d expect, so don’t surrender until the very last second!