“League of Legends” has been my main game for the past two years. I used to focus on playing the game just for fun, mainly for casual diversions with online friends. However, lately, I have tried to push myself toward becoming a better player. I used to think I could just do so as a “Johnny style” player who relied on doing his own thing, but I have since started to shift toward becoming more of a Spike. What this entails is an emphasis toward “proper and perfect” execution during the course of a LoL match.
As a result, I have tried to become more of a “copycat” in my games where I am trying to practice. For instance, let’s take the champion Skarner as an example. Now, I will be honest and admit that I used to hate Skarner. I didn’t like his concept, and I didn’t really like playing as or against him. However, there came a point where I got fed up with losing to Skarner that I decided to pick him up and add him toward my arsenal of champions.
Lo and behold, I have found a lot of success with him. I gradually learned how to use him properly, and he is actually a lot of fun when you get the hang of him. Then again, it is always more fun to win than lose, right?
To push the copycat aspect, I used a LoL Pro strategy guide for Skarner. I highly recommend this website because my LoL matches have drastically improved after reading strategies from this site.
So anyway, I first will try to copy the LoL Pro’s strategy to a T, down to the exact Runes and Masteries, give or take some aspects. Sounds easy enough. Just emulate the pro way of playing a given champ and then try to replicate how it is done at the top-tier bracket of competitive LoL. There is no question whether these strategies work or not because, after all, only pro players are allowed to write strategies for this site.
As opposed to trying so hard to rack my brain over how x champion is played, it is a lot easier and much more efficient just to use a tried-and-true formula that will definitely yield results. And once I get a pro’s way of how to use a character down to a science, it is then an ample time to apply my own spin to things as I see fit. Perhaps I prefer a specific item at this phase in the game instead of another, or maybe I just think a different Summoner Spell will be more effective.
At the end of the day, this copycat method is a practical approach toward creating a foundation. Sure, I cut into my creativity as a player in a sense, but when you want to get good at a game, you have to crawl first before you can run. As someone who personally wants to make some strides as a player, I will swallow my pride as a copycat if it means I can improve my skills one step at a time. Climbing up to the top isn’t easy, so only the truly dedicated ever make it up there.