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HOW TO IMPROVE MAP AWARENESS

Several tricks by categories which can be a big help for beginners
who seek for map awareness improvement in League of Legends
21 Apr 2015

League of Legends: How to improve map awareness?

Map awareness is necessary skill for every League of Legends player. There is no benefit in proper vision and gold spent on wards if you anyway miss upcoming enemies or events in which you should participate. In this article we gathered several tricks how you can improve your map awareness in League of Legends matches.

USE INTERFACE FEATURES TO IMPROVE MAP AWARENESS

There are few ways how you can interact with League of Legends interface in order to improve your map awareness.

CHECK SCORE PANEL

If you watching live streams of pro players you could notice that they regularly press “tab” key to check score panel. One of the main reasons is that you can see if a certain enemy is visible on the minimap. You can learn it by color of the summoner name. If it glows white then this champion is visible, if not then foe is missing and you probably should be care about it.

Score panel mechanics in improving lol map awareness

Just a short example of mechanics during the game with bots

INCREASE SIZE OF YOUR MINIMAP

Set 100% scale of the minimap in the game options to make it more attractive for your eyes. Or you can try to repeat this (^^):

increase size of the minimap to improve map awarness

SET A BEEP TIMER

You may set up a timer which would beep each 20 seconds to remind you to check the minimap. By using this way it’s possible to develop the constant habit thus you won’t need this timer in the future. You may use this online tool for this purpose.

CHANGE YOUR PLAYSTYLE TO INCREASE MAP AWARENESS

While you are learning to follow events on the map you may change your playstyle to ease the process.

LEARN TIMINGS

Learn common game timings to know when to expect enemy jungler gank. For example, you can expect first gank on top lane in the interval between 3:30-3:50, at the same time you may use a trinket to put a ward.

PLAY JUNGLER OR SUPPORT ROLE

You may spend some time on playing these two roles because they aren’t involved in the creep slain process. Thus you will have free time to check the minimap which in turn lead to the emergence of habit to follow the events happening in the game.

Improve LoL Map awarness

PLAY CHAMPIONS WITH GLOBAL ULTIMATES

If your champion mechanics forces you to watch what is happening on other lanes then your map awareness would be improved even against your will. We have a list of champions with global and high range ultimates, you may choose there a champion which suits you.

 

USE THE GAMEPLAY PROCESS TO FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION

You can use ingame events as triggers to improve your ability to track events on the map.

GLANCE THE MINIMAP EACH TIME YOU LAST HIT

You can use this simple trick to develop a reflex. Just briefly look at the minimap each time you are going to slain a minion.

MAKE A MENTAL CHECKLIST

We recommend you to focus on the simple things first. Just focus your attention on 1 or 2 simple things that you have to track:

  • Amount of your Health Points
  • Amount of your lane opponent’s Health Points

During the lane phase you just need to check yours and your enemy HP time from time until you start to do that automatically. Then you can focus on next things in your checklist:

  • Amount of gold left for next item
  • Wards expiration time to renew them

At the end of each check make a short look at the minimap. Don’t rush – accuracy goes first. If you make this process automatical then speed will come with time.

 

There are many ways to improve your map awareness in League of Legends. You may use those you like most or try to combine all of them. The more ingame processes you track the more chances you have to win.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. KhanKotal

    Sometimes i’m so involved in lane fights and csing that i notice jungler when he is already too close or someone starts to ping like mad

  2. brook sony

    Well when i constantly fighting with my enemy on a lane my awarness is going straight to 0, dunno what to do with that..

  3. Mirooka

    That’s why you have to ping your team mates about upcoming ganks even if from your point of view it looks obviously. Often people are so focused on their lanes that don’t see upcoming gank while one push on button “V” helps them to get out.
    My map awareness is good and very rare i miss something, but anyway pings of your team mates helps me to be focused on the game + it improves team play. Pings ftw :)

  4. Oltiks

    I love your collection of League of Legends guides and this one is really nice. My map awarness is on a poor level however i’m trying to improve it. I will try to use your advices, maybe it will become better.

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