Category Archives: Analysis and Opinion

Snapshot Challenge 11:30

The challenge: look at a screenshot of a specific point in a game of League of Legends and use the available information to recommend their next move.

Today we’re looking at the 11:30 mark of a game that pits Nautilus, Lee Sin, Syndra, Varus, and Karma against Renekton, Rengar, Ahri, Ashe, Lulu.

Things aren’t looking so great for our red team. They’re down in gold and Renekton is about to get hit with a 3v1 tower dive, with his Flash already used before making it back to the safety of his tower. Mid lane outer tower is down; Syndra is fed.

But giving up is for giver-uppers: there’s always something worth trying.

Virtually every answer I received on Twitter pointed to pressing the bottom side of the map, typically with the goal of using the ultimates from Rengar, Ashe, and Lulu to lane gank and/or tower dive and thereby trade towers. Continue reading Snapshot Challenge 11:30

Snapshot Challenge 15:33

The challenge is simple: look at a screenshot that shows one team’s perspective on the game, and use the available information to recommend their next move. It’s a technique for testing and training analysts, and it’s a good discipline for improving game knowledge.

Let’s give it a try.


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I posted this example to Twitter and got a lot of responses, with a variety of rationales. Responses to the tweet included different ideas in various levels of detail, but I also received many DMs, including some experienced professionals. Some of their answers are below, as well as the video and a breakdown of what actually happened. Continue reading Snapshot Challenge 15:33

Three NA LCS coaches answer questions about drafting and Rift Herald

Recently, I picked the brains of some NA LCS coaches about drafting strategy, the new Rift Herald, and more. Each coach had their own set of insights, and rather than condense them and lose the unique elements, I’ve decided to share the raw audio of all three interviews below in full. Enjoy!

Core Questions

  • Drafting for comfort vs counterpicks.
  • The importance of flex picks to the draft.
  • How has Rift Herald affected the viability of playing around top lane?
  • What are the best ways to use the Rift Herald buff?

Continue reading Three NA LCS coaches answer questions about drafting and Rift Herald