Options are always great for the end-user. You see it all the time with the everyday choices we make in real life. Soup or salad? Windows or Mac? Strawberry or chocolate? We encounter daily dilemmas like these in-game too. Which champion do you feel like playing today? There’s one question that’s often overlooked, though.
Maybe it’s because we already have our set-in-stone preferences. Auto attack on or off? Both carry some distinct advantages that offer something beneficial, depending on the playstyle. So let’s take a look at some of the key distinctions between these two.
There are a couple of things we need to cover before getting into detail with the advantages of both styles. In the gaming community, APM is referred to when people mean actions per minute. Like the name suggests, it is how much you can do with your character in any given minute. This doesn’t only apply for League of Legends, but to most games as well. This is important because it roughly translates to how fast you can react to things happening.
APM also – again, this is a rough translation – helps you position and dish out spells in an efficient manner, as you’re able to maneuver quickly. Naturally, you’re bound to how quickly your champion moves, but for skillshots and reactive repositioning like dashes and flash, this can be a lifesaver.
Combo-based champions like Lee Sin also benefit a lot from this compared to more passive heroes. Recently though, League has seen a shift towards rewarding high risk moves in contrast to more passive, point-and-click-style gameplay.
You will often see high level players constantly clicking around compared to lower elo players, even during the laning stage. It’s very similar to keeping your momentum up when you exercise and the adrenaline it gives. It also keeps you mobile, even when you’re under tower just trying to soak up some experience.
If we’re looking at it on paper, it’s safe to say that leaving auto attack on has more advantages than leaving it off, with very little downsides. There are some practical uses as well, which we’ll get into later. The way that auto attack works is, when someone hits you, you automatically retaliate. Because of this, your champion naturally moves towards the source of damage. This can reposition you, so you’ll be forced to either press S to stop or just click around to constantly keep moving.
This is good for APM for the most part, and generally keeps your opponents guessing where you’ll be, which is a boon especially when your opponents have skill shots. This is invaluable to bot lane players, as it is often more punishing there when you do get caught out due to your predictable movements.
A practical use for auto attack is also to check if the brush is warded. If you’re confused, let me explain. If a brush is warded, it means minions will have vision of you. Walk to the edge of the brush and see if they attack you. The projectiles coming from caster or ranged minions are sometimes difficult to see. If your champion retaliates, it means the brush is warded.
You could make the argument that melee minions naturally walk towards you if they have vision, but during the laning phase, they’re often busy attacking your own minions. This could lead to accidentally pushed lanes and could potentially cause you to lose wave control. It goes without saying that the brush check method should be used situationally. What this means is you shouldn’t overextend, especially when the enemy jungler paths aren’t warded.
While leaving auto attack on does indeed have it’s pros, leaving it off may have advantages too, but it’s not for everyone. For one, you won’t have to keep on clicking S everytime something hits you. While this might seem like a disadvantage, it’s useful for the types of players who make calculated, deliberate decisions, especially with regards to positioning.
Some players feel that auto attack off is better, simply because they want total control of their champion and don’t want said champions doing anything they don’t command them to. In a way, this is a form of training, since it keeps you on your toes. Oftentimes, slight deviations from calculations or muscle memory causes skillshots to miss, and it can be frustrating when you realize it’s because your champion moved from the position you expected him or her in. Because of this, it is situationally good for champions that aren’t too mobile and have skillshots. This prevents you from being put out of position.
Leaving auto attack on may also cause some problems for ambushes. A specific example of this could be Teemo, who – while a mobile champion – still requires you to stand still when outside of a brush. It isn’t an uncommon scenario, but it could still happen in practice. Sometimes just planning an early brush ambush could also be ruined because of auto attack being left on.
In the end, there isn’t really one style that’s objectively better than the other; rather, there is an option that is better suited for what you want to accomplish. You could compare this to driving an automatic vehicle vs. a manually controlled one. The former is a bit more convenient, and you relinquish some control over to the system in exchange for that convenience.
It works most of the time and it’s one less thing to worry about. The latter gives you more control for precise and premeditated movements. If you’re the type of player who prefers to make use of both advantages and disadvantages, you also have the option of assigning it to a hotkey through your settings tab.
So what do you think? We’re curious to know which works better for you. Do you think it should be kept on or off? Let us know in the comments below!
Season 12 just started, and games are being played left and right. With the implementation of the new items, we can indeed see new styles of clear paths and item builds. A new season means there will be a massive change in the meta, and we can make sure that champion tier lists will be updated as well. Here are the current top 7 of the best junglers you can play in bronze in Season 12.
Taking the number one spot is Rek’Sai. We haven’t seen any Rek’Sai montage for years or even encountered one in our games. Thanks to the newest meta and pick trends, season 12 indeed is the comeback season for Rek’Sai. Extended fights are the name of the game in season 12, mainly because of the newest item that mages can build, the Crown of the Shattered Queen.
Rek’Sai’s ability to hold his own on extended fights is beneficial in this meta, and another reason he is at the number one spot is that he can be blindly picked (being the first pick in draft matches) are little too no counter to him. His build can be adapted based on his enemy’s team composition, but his most popular item is the Prowler’s Claw, making him perform passive faster than using his spells to knock enemies airborne.
6. Nunu & Willump
Second on our list is Nunu & Willump, or Nunu for short. Tanky junglers are making their way back to the meta once again, and he is one of the best champions to pick in the Bronze rank because he has a relatively simple playstyle. You fire up your snowball, stun an enemy with it, bombard them with your E, and once they are rooted, you can cast your ultimate.
Nunu has powerful sustainability from his Q, which lets him heal every time he uses it on enemies. When used, Nunu’s first skill also has a very great true damage, something you can cast on top of a smite, making him a powerful champion to secure objectives during smite battles. Thanks to his snowball, his map influence is also an excellent way for Bronze players to learn about map rotation and jungle pathing.
Master Yi is a monster pick, especially in the Bronze rank, where players don’t care about chaining crowd controls and picking champions that counter Master Yi. It’s straightforward to carry a game in the Bronze league when you know how to use Master Yi. He scales pretty hard, mainly when he focuses on farming instead of ganking lanes. Once Master Yi builds his items, be it Critical strike item build path or Lethality build path, he can slice through enemies like butter with a hot knife.
He has an impressive clear speed thanks to his first skill, which reduces its cooldown every time he hits an enemy with his basic attack. He also has the W that he can use to heal up when he is about to die to a dragon. Master Yi is OP and one of the easiest champions you can play, and he also costs only 450 blue essences. You can read all that I just said, or you can go ahead and search for Cowsep on youtube and see what I’m talking about.
Shaco has many different playstyles, but his strongest one is the easiest one to do. Lethality or Assassin Shaco is one of the strongest junglers, especially in the Bronze league of season 12. He reaches his power spike as soon as he builds Duskblade, and Bronze league, being a low elo, players won’t be picking tanky champions or build items that help them survive a burst.
Thanks to his Jack in the Box, he has a fantastic jungle clear speed that terrifies jungle monsters and deals with AOE damage. Shaco’s Q is his bread and butter. When you play him as an assassin, you can build an oracle lens and use it every time you gank an overextended lane and unsuspecting one-shot players. He can also take on the dragon by himself because of his ultimate that creates a copy of himself that can also deal significant damage.
Poppy’s kit is pretty simple, bash enemies against the wall and bop them with your hammer when they’re stunned, rinse and repeat. The Bronze rank brings out the best in straightforward champions because players don’t care about counter picks and item counters. Poppy is also a tanky champion, and she also has a shield coming from her passive that lets her survive in the jungle for long periods of time.
Being present at all lanes is one of the most important jobs of a jungler, and Poppy can easily do this thanks to her W, which gives her movement speed. Items like Deadman’s plate also give Poppy better roaming capabilities. Her simple playstyle also means you can easily win and climb the ladder with her. She also has a very low pick rate in any league, meaning enemies won’t expect a poppy jungle, and people won’t know how to react to it.
Spin! Spin! Spin! Rammus spins his way to the season 12 jungle meta because of what I mentioned above, extended fights. Rammus is THE best tank champion you can pick in low elo, especially when players pick an all AD team comp. He is the direct counter to champions like Jinx or Vayne. He is also a champion that smurf players hate because his kit has no workaround.
He is a pretty simple jungle champion, but he has a slow, clear speed, which means his best qualities lie in ganking lanes and helping your teammates achieve kills. When you pick Rammus, you will need to be a team player instead of being a lone wolf and carrying the game by your lonesome. Building items like Deadman’s plate or Turbo Chemtank is one way to play him. These items let you focus on ganking lanes and roaming the jungle to help your team. Enemies in the Bronze league won’t know how to counter Rammus as QSS is not a general good item suggested in the shop.
Let’s Bounce! Is Zac’s catchphrase, which you will do when you play him as a jungler. Zac has one of the fastest clear speeds in the game thanks to his ability to jump on long distances and his W that lets him deal AOE damage with a very low cooldown. His ganks are even easier to perform because enemies won’t expect your gank, especially when you have dewarding items. He also excels at extended fights thanks to his passive that lets him heal up every time he picks up his blobs.
When playing Zac, you will be a durable tank that stands in the middle of team fights, tanking every shot that the enemy throws. You will be the one to start fights, and it’s okay to go in on an entire enemy team because you have your passive that lets you live a second time after you die. Items that let you deal with AOE damage are also great on Zac, so Sunfire Aegis is an excellent buy.
And that’s our top 7 for the best junglers you can play in the Bronze league during season 12. I hope you’ve learned a thing or two, and feel free to try these champions on your next game. For more tricks and guides on champions, you can try reading our other articles that give you advice on becoming a better league player. Climb the rank ladder with our guides and be sure to keep on practicing; after all, it doesn’t matter how many guides you read if you don’t practice what you pick up.
League of Legends is, for the most part, arguably still a skill-based game. Sure, you can certainly say that composition and item builds are a big factor. But those are just cogs in what ultimately make up the cohesive technical gameplay, which in fact, are still part of the strategy.
Still, we can’t ignore that certain skills are excellent for more common situations than others. A well-coordinated team truly is a sight to behold, especially in higher-ranked games. On that same note, a peeler who can cause chaos within a well-positioned, tight-knit team is also fun to watch. Wouldn’t you agree?
What is Peeling?
To make it simple, the act of peeling is a fancy way of saying you need to keep your damage dealers alive. In most cases, peelers are often tanks or supports, so the damage dealer is often the ADC. Of course, this varies from game to game. To some extent, any champion can peel. With a few item optimizations and gearing towards that role, sure, it’s doable. It is important to note, however, that some do it greater than others.
Best Peeling Abilities in Game
With Season 12 well underway at the time of this writing, we’ve seen the meta shift towards an even greater preference to assassins. These can spell trouble for your carry in most cases, because assassins are usually mobile, bursty damage dealers who often have tools to enter a clash in a variety of directions. In fact, the best assassins aim to slip past the rest of your team in order to eliminate your main damage dealer.
Here, we’ve compiled a list to give you an idea about what the best peeling abilities are in game. A peel skill could be amazing but have an agonizingly long cooldown. It could also have certain conditions that need to be met that are difficult to achieve in the heat of a clash. Due to several factors that can contribute to how objectively good a peel is, the order here may be interchangeable with what you value most, such as how frequently you can use it or how effective it is in a given situation.
However, the skills in this list loosely have a combination of the above factors in mind. We also considered how well it synergized with the skills the champion using it has. Let’s have a quick look at some of the best peeling abilities in the game:
(Quick disclaimer, we did not include skills like Lissandra’s Frozen Tomb or other similar self-cast abilities despite it being one of the best peels for the purpose of this article)
This ability, in my opinion, is one of the best peels in the game, even when you don’t count Janna’s kit as a whole. She is one of the best peelers overall because her kit is designed to keep enemies away from your carry.
Monsoon works a lot like Gragas’ Explosive Cask. After enemies are pushed away, it also has a persistent healing effect which allows allies within the area to recover quite a significant amount of HP. You can think of Monsoon as a fight reset. It repositions enemies and heals your allies.
This is the skill that basically allows Kayle and her allies to go full-on Rambo mode just like Tryndamere’s Undying Rage. It’s pretty simple. It makes your ally invulnerable for 2.5 seconds. It also has some built-in damage for opponents caught around the area. This basically forces them to retreat from the damage, since they won’t be able to dish out their own because of the invulnerability anyway.
3. The Box
Thresh is right up there along with Janna in the peel-tier ranking. The Box basically puts his opponents in – you guessed it – a box. It forces opponents caught within it to either stay in the box and risk getting targeted, or leave the box and be “slowed” for 2 seconds.
While we do refer to it as a slow, 99% is basically a root in terms of effectiveness. When you count in his Flay that can manipulate movement within the box, it’s no surprise this ability made it on this list.
Lulu’s ultimate is iconic in the sense that it gives allies bonus HP, which means that Grievous Wounds and Ignite won’t affect the targeted ally. It also knocks up enemy champions near the targeted ally, so it’s pretty neat against bruisers who stick to your carries or melee assassins who can just jump on your carries and burst them down.
5. Petrifying Gaze
This ability is Cassiopeia’s bread-and-butter skill. It is what makes her who she is. When activated at the right time and with good positioning, it can absolutely turn the tide of any fight. Any opponent facing her is stunned, while those with their backs turned are slowed.
Either way, it severely limits enemy movement and forces them to re-evaluate engaging in the first place. The downside is the long cooldown and its effects not being immediate. For the former disadvantage, at least, the latest seasons have introduced various items that remedy that.
6. Shadow Dash
Even without Stand United, this skill is amazing. It allows Shen to potentially taunt multiple enemies, is fairly spammable, and doesn’t cost mana. Realistically, Shen is able to use it multiple times in one drawn-out fight.
The reason why Chronoshift didn’t rank higher is because of how opponents will react to it. On that same note, you can also say the versatility is also its strength. Not only can Zilean cast it on any ally that needs it, but it also dissuades opponents from attacking the affected champion. Let me explain.
Compared to Divine Judgment, Chronoshift doesn’t actually make you invulnerable. In fact, if they burst you down immediately, all it gives you is a second wind. The time resurrecting for 2 seconds could have been used to inflict some damage.
However, the buff itself lasts for 5 seconds. In that 5-second window, opponents have less incentive to attack the marked ally because they know he will resurrect anyway. Their time would have been better off used to target non-affected champions. Depending on the situation, this gives them a dilemma. They either have to kill the champion twice, or ignore the champion for 5 seconds and focus on another champion.
Condensing all the skills in League into a top 7 list was no easy feat. Some skills certainly deserve a mention, like Veigar’s Event Horizon or Lee Sin’s Dragon’s Rage. But if we were to make a list of all that, this list would be several times much longer. Do you think there are particular skills that deserve to be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
League of Legends games tend to get utterly frustrating at times. This is entirely natural as League of Legends is a competitive, challenging environment where all players give their best shot at winning.
Using all of your skills, knowledge, and brainpower while ultimately ending up on the losing side certainly takes its toll. People have varying ways of coping with this frustration and difficulty, but some just exceed everything.
So long as your frustration doesn’t turn into sheer anger and fury, you will mostly be fine. Seeking ways of channeling negative emotions into something positive is the best thing you can do in these situations.
However, as I’ve said, some players take different approaches. One of these, which seems to be all too common lately, is leaving games.
In this article, we will discuss whether or not leaving games is a bannable offense – how punishing it can get, and so on. I will also go deeper into some other things to keep it an exciting read.
With the introductions out of the way, let’s begin with our article.
The short answer is yes. The long one is much more complicated.
While you will undoubtedly be penalized after every match you leave, you will not get banned every time. League of Legends has had a system in place since its inception to deal with the issue of leaving. It is promptly named LeaverBuster, and I will explain how it works precisely.
Each leave is penalized separately. After each match you leave in the middle of, you will be punished appropriately. For the first few matches you might end up leaving, you will be blacklisted, so to speak.
This means that you will get less LP for the next few games, which can significantly hinder your ranked progression. Remember that even leaving normal matches applies an LP detriment on your account, so this is a cross-queue thing.
Leaving multiple games in a row will end up putting you in the low priority queue. The queue and the system are quite deliberate once it starts working and it functions thus:
Tier 1: 5-minute queue delay for five games.
Tier 2: 10-minute queue delay for five games.
Tier 3: 15-minute queue delay for five games.
Tier 4: 15-minute queue delay for five games + 24-hour queue lockout.
Tier 5: 15-minute queue delay for five games + 3-day queue lockout.
Tier 6: 15-minute queue delay for five games + 7-day queue lockout.
Tier 7: 15-minute queue delay for five games + 2-week queue lockout.
A huge thank you to the League of Legends wiki for this list. Be sure to check it out for more details on how the entire LeaverBuster system functions. We are strictly focusing on what leaving mid-game does, while the system goes well beyond that.
Back to the topic at hand.
Continuous leaving means continuously growing punishment. This is perfectly logical and should immediately put you off from leaving. However, some players would like to argue that leaving a game is sometimes justified and may ask what goes on if they are forced to leave.
We will discuss that further, so keep reading to find that out.
As I’ve discussed in our BM article, this sort of behavior only seems to be a negative thing. Firstly though, let me address the situations of forced leaving.
Forced leaving can be summarized as a situation where you simply have no other choice but to be left out of the game. These can be connection issues, real-life moments, etc.
You will not be penalized for connection issues, server crashes, or when every player leaves the game. Real-life situations that might be calling your attention are mitigated by the LeaverBuster not banning you outright.
You will receive a minor penalty on your account for the first few games of leaving, which can be lived through without effort. However, if you keep leaving, you won’t be able to justify your situation with Riot and will have to face the penalty in its full capacity.
I understand that you might find this frustrating, but understand Riot’s position on this. They cannot go over tens of millions of cases each day to individually check if you have justifiably left a game.
The LeaverBuster system is, well, a system. It is automatized and created meticulously to make as few mistakes as possible. They give you a grace period of a few games, and I think it is perfectly fair in this regard.
The case of morality and justification of leaving a game that you are losing for any reason – I think that this is a downright stupid notion. As with the BM case, doing anything negative will have negative consequences.
Giving up mid-game will make your team just lose, you included. There is no point in giving up; even when all seems lost, you can still make a comeback attempt. I believe that no game is truly lost until you see that Defeat screen. Believing that has allowed me to win seemingly impossible games, and honest to God, I think you can do that, too.
Give every game your all. That will allow you to learn how to play in difficult situations, cope with your negative emotions and frustrations, and help you achieve greatness in this game. Hell, it can even help you become a better person in life generally.
Keeping a positive attitude about everything is about the best thing you can do as a person. The game is a team game, and personally taking leave and abandoning everyone else is selfish, unsportsmanlike, and deserving of punishment.
Yes, you can get banned for leaving. More often than not, this ban is entirely a justifiable thing. There are rare cases where you actually have a proper reason to abandon everything and quit the game. In those cases, Riot gives you a few games of a grace period before applying the actual penalties on your account.
They have thought of real-life responsibilities and have promptly given you space in this regard. However, acting selfishly and ruining the game for everyone is perfectly bannable and should be. I highly recommend you don’t do it as it is just nothing more than a cowardly act.
I hope you’ve found this article fun and informative to read, and I wish you all the best on the Summoner’s Rift!
You would think that, with all the variety League of Legends has, this wouldn’t be so much of a problem that we’d have to discuss it. And while that is technically true from a technical perspective, it isn’t uncommon to find yourself in an irritating situation where harassment isn’t too viable because your opponent can just heal back up. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to counter them.
Different Kinds of Healing
Firstly, let’s address the elephant in the room. There are a couple of ways champions can heal up. Several, in fact. One of the most common ways is from some kind of healing or lifesteal spell. Think Vladimir’s Infusion or Soraka’s Astral Infusion (are you seeing a pattern here?). There’s also the summoner’s spell Heal and passive lifesteal or regeneration. There’s a lot to go through here, so let’s dive right into it.
We can classify active spells like Infusion, Astral Infusion, and Heal as burst heals. That is – spells that give you a noticeable amount of health immediately. They vary greatly from passives like Garen’s Perseverance. All heals – to some extent – are countered by Ignite and the Grievous Wounds status.
Some will be more effective in certain situations, which we’ll get into detail later. Certain items inflict this status on opponents, so if you find yourself struggling either in lane or during the roaming stage, this can be a good option.
Healing can be especially annoying earlier on in the bot lane when you don’t have much poke and the enemy support constantly heals. Examples of these supports would be Sona, Soraka, Taric, and for the purpose of this specific lane topic, supports who can mitigate damage through shields as well. This becomes even more aggravating when they start to build items that give bonus healing or shielding when used.
For the most part, a good place to start would be at champion select. A “kill lane” basically refers to champions that can go all-in and pack some CC with them. Examples of champions like these would be Alistar, Leona, and any similar initiating champion. If the enemy team exclusively relies on healing, you’re either going to have to play very conservatively or very aggressively. There is no middle ground.
When we talk about absurd amounts of lifesteal, it’s safe to say that a lot of us already have someone in mind, depending on the lane. Warwick comes to mind since he has it built-in, and therefore will have it at all stages of the game. Some champions like Vayne have an “okay” laning phase but may build toward it as the time progresses.
The difference between champions like that and champions like Dr. Mundo or Garen is that carries who depend on lifesteal are not inherently tanky. What does this mean? Carries, when targeted or caught out of position, tend to take damage and heal them back.
This is under the assumption they receive sustained damage and do not get burst down immediately. In cases like these, oftentimes a coordinated attack and an Ignite will do the trick nicely.
Grievous Wounds and When to Get It
Examples of items that include this are the following:
Bramble Vest and Thornmail
Oblivion Orb and Morellonomicon
While some champions also have a built-in healing reduction, it isn’t as common as you might hope, so for the purpose of this list, we will not include it. As you can see from the list, there is at least one item for most roles: AP, AD, and tank.
The actual healing reduction varies from around 40% to 60%, and the different items have different conditions for activation. An example of this is that Bramble Vest requires an enemy champion to hit you for the debuff to activate, while items like the Chempunk Chainsword simply require you to hit the champion.
For this reason, it’s important to adjust to the enemy composition. For this reason, it’s important to note that the enemy champion you’re trying to counter is just as important as who on your team actually picks up the counter item. Some theories might sound good on paper but not translate as well into the real application.
Earlier we used Vayne as an example for lifesteal champions. Let’s use her again in a scenario. Imagine the enemy Vayne gets so fed, she’s able to melt your team’s tank in seconds. Your two options here would either be to build Grievous Wounds for your tank to buy your team time to retaliate, or for your ADC to build it if he or she can land free hits from a safe position. Again, this is as dependent on the enemy team as much as it does on yours.
Earlier we talked about how Grievous Wounds would be more effective on certain healing compared to others. You might be wondering why. While it does work with basically all forms of healing, you are usually limited to it’s time limit. It doesn’t work quite as well on certain effects like Grey Health, at least, on paper.
Grey Health refers to the post-mitigation damage that some champions store, often to heal a portion of it back to normal health. Examples of this would be Tahm Kench’s Thick Skin, Dr. Mundo’s Heart Zapper, Pyke’s Gift of the Drowned Ones, and Rengar’s Battle Roar.
In the case of Grey Health, yes, Grievous Wounds does help, especially with its passive effects. However, oftentimes it is simpler to just coordinate attacks to burst them down. Exceptions of course, still apply, such as Mundo having many ways to heal over both short and long periods of time (in which case Grievous Wounds is almost a necessity) and Tahm Kench being able to just outright convert it to a shield if he feels like he would have a higher chance of survival doing that. For the latter, baiting out the shield is a better option.
I firmly believe that all the complicated mechanics and technical intricacies here in League of Legends are what makes the game so fun. There isn’t really one crazy item that changes the game too drastically, and you get a bit of a choice in terms of how you react to your opponents instead of relying on one cookie-cutter build.
Healing is an integral part of the game, so it’s awfully nice of Riot to provide us with some options on how to respond to that.
As a game that’s hung around for nearly 13 years, League of Legends has undoubtedly gone through a lot. So many Seasons have gone by that I’ve even lost count. Ups and downs, controversies, and greatness have all graced this game’s insane History.
But nothing is meant to last forever, League of Legends included. “The light that shines twice as bright burns half as long,” was said in the famous Blade Runner quote. This can easily be reflected on popular and hot titles like League of Legends, but is it really true?
In this article, we will go over League’s History, my own experience with it, and try to draw out a conclusion on the topic question. As always, with these brief sorts of articles, we can bluntly answer the question. But, as we’re here to learn and have a bit of fun, we’re going to go into some more detail.
League of Legends was released in 2009. That might as well be ancient Rome at this point. It feels so long ago that I actually immediately fall into an existential crisis. Having League of Legends by my side has definitely helped, and as long as it’s there, I can say that I’m not that old just yet.
It has had a lot of exciting moments throughout the years. Moments that have significantly contributed to the fun factor. But none can compete with the insanely powerful Worlds Championships each year.
I think that nothing has kept me glued to my seat playing League as professional games. I’ve watched countless hours of pros battling it out in insane games that we could only dream of playing.
Great plays, Champion mechanics, team fights, and more have all contributed to keeping League of Legends alive. In recent years that seems to be dwindling a bit. Through franchising and some other controversial decisions, small-scale teams can never really have those “rising star” stories anymore.
It is a shame that everything has turned into pure business now, and I hope that changes someday. Until then, I can only remember the story of Dignitas and the like who more-or-less saved the game from completely dying out.
League of Legends is undoubtedly here to stay. However, the fun factor may have changed throughout its History. What was fun then may not be fun now. I won’t be reaching the verdict on that just yet, so keep on reading to find out.
League of Legends is a game that has gotten way more serious as it ages. As is the case with people, so it seems to be the case with games. Everything in the game has become hardcore, try-hard, and serious. I never felt so much pressure playing casually as I do now, and that really isn’t a pleasant experience.
Way back in 2012. when I first started playing, people experimented, doing crazy and fun stuff in each game. No one really knew how the game was supposed to be played. Hell, even Riot didn’t intervene too much in that regard. They just let everything blend and mold into itself and allowed players to be the rulers of their own experiences.
With increasing interventionism from Riot, who wished to create a stable and coherent game, things have changed a lot. Specializations among players who are one-tricking Champions and roles have given birth to a vast array of interesting personalities. There’s not a single game today where you won’t have some try-hard seething in the chat and warranting himself a ban.
On the topic of bans, you can’t even have friendly banter anymore. Saying anything remotely obscene risks you a long-term ban, or in the worst case, a permanent one. I know I’m starting to sound like a grandpa, but back in my day, permanent bans were unthinkable.
Following the Tyler1 controversies, Riot seems to have begun giving out perma bans for just about anything. Hell, having fun in the /all chat is one of the best things the game had to offer. I’ve made more friends from my enemies than my allies, but that doesn’t seem to be possible today.
Riot even wished to remove /all chat entirely, which shows how much they actually care about the game and the community. I don’t know what the future holds for this game, but it indeed doesn’t look too bright so far. I hope that we can come together as a community and influence Riot’s ways.
Unfortunately, with an insane increase in League’s popularity among laymen and disinterested casuals – I doubt we can make much of a difference.
But that fun isn’t what it used to be. There’s no more friendly fun. The sole source of the fun is the game’s gameplay loop, which is incredibly well designed and represents the pinnacle of the MOBA genre. Other than that, there are rarely some genuine and memorable moments in the game today.
It has lost a lot of the charm it used to have, and I feel unfortunate about that. The surge of trolls, angry Eastern Europeans, and other toxicity sources has severely damaged the game’s fun factor.
I sincerely wish that this game goes back to the glory days, and perhaps some of the new players can contribute. It may just be that we have all gotten old(er) and have all lost our childhood banter capacities. Whatever the case, League certainly is less fun than it used to be a couple of years back.
What will happen will happen, so let’s just keep the belief that it will be positive.
I hope you’ve found this article informative and fun to read, and I wish you the best on the Summoner’s Rift!
If you’ve stumbled upon the Vsync option when looking into the graphics settings and wondered what it was and should you use it, we got you. Here’s what you need to know before you turn on Vsync.
What is VSync?
VSync was the original syncing technology for video games and monitors. Vsync is short for vertical synchronizing, and essentially it synchronizes your game’s frame rate with your monitor’s refresh rate. This technology was developed by GPU (graphics processing unit) manufacturers as a way to deal with screen tearing which is a more technical term for glitching. Glitching happens when your screen displays portions of multiple frames simultaneously. This can make your game look choppy, or the picture can split vertically.
When you are playing time-sensitive games such as League of Legends or any other game that requires a fast reaction, avoiding glitches can mean life or death! Win or lose! Today, there are other syncing technologies, such as Nvidia’s G-sync or AMD’s free sync, but is the original Vsync for you?
Vsync can stop glitches that occur in-game when your FPS (frames per second) exceed your monitor’s refresh rate. Most mainstream gaming monitors refresh at 60Hz, meaning they can’t display more than 60 frames per second. When your FPS jumps over 60, you get a glitch. Vsync can be a useful option to fix this because it sets up a frame rate cap. This cap then limits the game’s FPS to match your monitor’s refresh rates so that your GPU does not have to process more than your monitor can handle.
However, there are some downsides. If your GPU fails to consistently provide around 60 frames per second, your in-game FPS can be reduced to as low as 30. Approximately 30 FPS can be fine for some games, but not for League of Legends. Ideally, your monitor must be consistent at 60 FPS to provide an optimal gaming experience. Anything between 90-60 FPS is considered very smooth. As for League of Legends, 30-45 FPS is considered playable but considerably choppy.
GPU manufacturers are well aware of VSync’s potential issues, and they have been working on improving versions ever since. As a result, different syncing options may appear in your GPU control panel. VSync in its more advanced forms includes:
Adaptive VSync: This is an Nvidia enhancement that keeps track of the monitor’s maximum refresh rate. VSync is only enabled if the game’s FPS is equal to or greater than the refresh rate. If the FPS falls below a certain threshold, it is disabled, preventing some input lag issues from occurring.
Fast Sync: Fast Sync is a more advanced version of Nvidia’s Adaptive VSync that enables VSync when needed and adds automatic triple buffering to select the best frame data possible. The only downside is that it uses up a lot of power.
Enhanced Sync: AMD’s version of Fast Sync is Enhanced Sync. To avoid problems, it disables VSync when the frame rate falls below the monitor’s refresh rate.
It is important to mention that Vsync cannot improve your resolution, colors, or brightness levels like HDR (high dynamic range) can. It is a preventative technology that is more concerned with stopping a specific glitching problem than making overall improvements.
In short, Vsync is an excellent option for you if your GPU can match your monitor’s capacities and consistently do so. If not, consider tweaking other graphics options. Other than changing different settings, there are a few more expensive alternatives to Vsync, such as the newer synchronizing technologies that we mentioned before.
Another alternative can be purchasing a new monitor with a higher refresh rate. Currently, the highest you can go is a monitor with 360Hz. But you do not need such a high refresh rate for LoL, and these monitors can cost as much as a new PC! Instead, the best option for you would be a 144Hz monitor, and you have to make sure your GPU can keep up.
Vsync is the original syncing technology and is still an excellent option for many gamers. Whether this option is for you depends on your monitor’s refresh rate and the capacities of your graphics processing unit to consistently maintain the same amount of FPS.
SAS in Clinical Trials: How to Use SAS to Accelerate Your Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are necessary to determine if new medical devices, drugs, or treatments are safe and effective for patients. These trials can take years to complete, costing millions of dollars.
One way to speed up clinical trials while also reducing the cost of clinical trials is through SAS software (such as SAS Viya). This blog will discuss how to use SAS software in clinical trials by discussing ways that clinical trial managers can use SAS software during clinical trials.
What are Clinical Trials?
Clinical trials are research studies that test drugs, therapies, and medical devices. Clinical trials aim to determine if a new drug, therapy, or medical device is safe and effective for humans. A clinical trial involves three phases.
1) Phase I studies test a new drug or therapy in a small group of people (20-80) for safety and effectiveness. The focus is on determining if a drug or therapy is safe and how it affects humans.
2) Phase II studies are designed to determine if a drug or therapy is effective and how it compares with standard treatments. The focus is on effectiveness and further determining side effects and risks.
3) Phase III studies are designed to confirm effectiveness, monitor side effects and risks, compare a new drug or therapy with standard treatments, and collect information that will allow an application for regulatory approval of a new drug or therapy. Again, the focus is on safety and effectiveness.
What is SAS?
One of the most used statistical analysis software programs is called SAS. The program has been around since 1976. However, their claim to fame is creating software that helps with any type of scientific research and analysis.
What is SAS Used for?
You can effectively centralize your clinical trial data collection and management processes using SAS. This process streamlines communication between your research team and other stakeholders involved in a clinical trial.
Benefits of Using SAS for Your Clinical Trial Data Analysis:
SAS has a long history of success with clinical trials.
It’s easy to learn, allowing seamless integration with other programs.
You can easily customize your reports, making them easy for even non-technical users to understand
It’s a secure, reliable program that offers top-notch support.
It’s easy to use and can be applied across many types of clinical trials.
There are two types of clinical trial data ripe for SAS use– structured and unstructured. Unstructured data is more complex and consists of text that computer algorithms cannot interpret. For example, narratives or free-text descriptions written by study participants. DCT platforms focus on creating a database for both structured and unstructured data. You can then use this database to store your clinical trial information, from patient recruitment to patient follow-up. According to Medable and National Center for Biotechnology Information, a DCT model recruited three times as many patients three times faster than the traditional model.
What Are the Different Types of Certification for SAS Programming?
There are three kinds of certification for SAS programming. For individuals who want a career as a programmer, having one is a great way to stand out from other candidates for new jobs. These certifications can also help people looking to advance their careers or move into management positions within their companies. The first type of certification is for SAS programmers with at least five years’ experience.
Clinical trials can be time-consuming and cumbersome processes. You’re responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating massive data on your patients.
People’s attraction to the world beyond the horizon has already lasted for lifetimes now. There are more astounding facts about the universe than we can ever think. For centuries, watching the sky was limited only to the eyes, then the telescopes were discovered and everything changed for the better.
Telescopes are known to be precious possessions that come with delicate parts. Good quality optics mean the views will be clearer and detailed. This is mainly the reason telescopes so expensive. Well, if you doubt making such an investment, we are here with every detail you may need in this respect.
An Introduction To Telescopes
A telescope is an astronomical tool that allows you to view distant objects in the sky as the moon, stars, and galaxies. It is designed with lenses and mirrors that gather light and bring that light in focus, consequently making the image available for observation, photography, or any kind of visual study. There are different types of telescopes that can be used for both photography and astronomy. They are perfect for any situation that requires you to get closer to faraway objects on the horizon.
Moreover, there are several different types of telescopes available. The structure and use for them differ and so does the price. They generally have an objective lens placed at the end of the tube and come with an adjustable eyepiece. Some also come with a mirror recessed inward. It is placed away from the incident light. The mirror gathers light from the target and focuses it on the eyepiece which reflects the target magnified several times, making it visible. Thus observations, photography, and study become easier.
Types Of Telescopes
Obviously, there are different types of telescopes, intended for various purposes. However, there are two major types you should know about.
The first one is a refractor telescope. You may know a lot about these already if you are one of the fans of the Pirates Of The Caribbean. It is generally identified as a long tube whose length can be adjusted so that it gets to the lens. The lens used in these telescopes requires special crafting which also adds up to their price.
The second type is a reflector telescope. These telescopes have mirrors in place of objective lenses, unlike refractor telescopes. Reflector telescopes generally become more pricey when the size of the mirrors increases. These mirrors need to be flattened out and polished which is the main addition to the overall cost.
Telescope Features That Determine Its Cost
We often hear people saying, “you get what you pay for” and that completely applies to telescopes. A telescope with better optical quality will certainly cost you more. There are various other features that are indirectly related to the former like mounts, tripod features, and other accessories which also result in the price hike. Mentioned below are some features that determine which is the most expensive telescope to buy.
Aperture is one of the most obvious features of a telescope and directly relates to its cost. The larger the primary mirror or objective lens, the more expensive your telescope will be. This is equally true for refractor telescopes although they are known to be costlier even with a smaller aperture. In such cases, the major reason for the cost is an additional feature that’s responsible for improving its performance.
2. ED Glass
It is an additional glass element for refractor telescopes that mostly drives up their price. ED glasses allow extra-low dispersion and keep chromatic aberration in control. Low-dispersion is an obvious benefit with an achromatic doublet which gets enhanced through ED glass which offers extra CA correction performance. Subsequently, the telescope becomes more expensive than a usual achromat.
3. APO Optics
APO or Apochromatic refractors are known to be extremely expensive. They are fledged with at least three major elements that help in improving the performance considering the inherent design flaws of the refractors. These are often sold with only a tube and no mount. A perfect CA corrector enhances the quality of the optics multiple times.
4. Glass Coatings And Mirror
The quality and type of optical coatings also make up an important contribution to the price. Both types of telescopes necessarily need an optical coating since it is responsible for maintaining the right light transmission, reducing glare, and providing various other optical benefits. However, elements like coating formulas, materials, layers, density, and application procedure varies for different telescope models. Although there are some standard materials and terms, there are no regulations for keeping up with industry standards.
Mostly, these coatings are supposed to be proprietary formulas. Experienced users can tell the difference immediately while others just have to observe how long does their tool holds up.
5. Upgraded Mounts
Manual mounts often get underestimated. People end up associating them with flimsy and cheap plastic mounts that come with budget telescopes. However, just like other products and accessories, you can find different quality levels of these mounts. There are several parts like the brackets, tripod legs, bearings, Teflon, and other cheap materials. Also, mount accuracy, slow motion controls, smoothness, metal parts, plastic parts, etc. Apart from these, any other additional technical feature in the mounts may lead to a hike in the overall cost.
6. Other Technical Features
This factor is also one of the important contributors to the overall cost. Telescopes involve tech in forms like GPS, WiFi, Pushto, GoTo, app control, and various other features that support astrophotography and more. All these features come at a specific price which is generally high. Even though you may get a few of these features in a lower price range the deal will definitely involve a compromise with performance or quality. As said earlier, you will get only what you pay for. When you spend a significant amount, you will see a significant change in performance.
While you can find a wide variety of telescope online India, you should understand that the price tags they carry are there for a reason. The above-mentioned factors will also help you to make a more informed decision during the purchase.
Patios, decks, backyards, and balconies are great spaces around the home to enjoy the outdoors. And easy-to-use patio doors are ideal for granting access to these relaxation areas while keeping your home safe from the elements, pests, and burglary attempts.
Patio doors/sliding doors come in many different types, sizes, materials, and even color options, so you can find products to suit your needs and preferences. The best sliding doors will fit perfectly into your door frame to help protect your home from the elements and keep mice and insects out.
Impact-resistant glass is also a smart safety measure. Energy-efficient materials will help insulate the home to reduce utility bills. Use this guide to learn what other factors and features to consider when shopping, and then check out a host of products that are considered among the best patio doors you can buy.
Buying Guide For The Best Sliding/Patio Door
The energy efficiency of patio doors refers to their ability to prevent heat transfer through the material or around the door and through the frame. High-efficiency products have very little heat transfer, so an air-conditioned home will stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Low-efficiency products can add to the cost of heating and cooling bills.
Solid wood is a better insulator than metal. While glass can be susceptible to heat transfer, many sliding glass doors have two panes of glass in a frame. This creates an air cushion that helps slow heat transfer and insulates the door. Look for the Energy Star logo on products to indicate high efficiency.
The weatherstrip is an integral part of exterior doors of all types, including car doors. These strips run along the edges of the door frame so that when the door is closed, it abuts the weatherstrip to form a seal, blocking airflow, moisture, dust, dirt, and pests.
Sliding doors use a particular type of weather stripping. These doors have a solid frame that they slide into, so thin pieces of weatherstrip are applied to the inside of the frame. When the door is closed, it slides between two thin pieces of weatherstripping for a tight seal.
To keep your home safe, patio doors should include one or more built-in locking systems. French doors will generally have a simple door lock that prevents the handle from being turned, although there may also be a deadbolt to further secure the door.
Sliding doors, multi-slip doors, and folding doors will have a simple lock that connects to the door frame, preventing the door from opening. They may also have a rail lock that locks the rail so the door cannot slide.
Impact resistant glass can help prevent thieves from breaking through the panel to gain access. Door and window alarms are a smart security measure that will alert you if someone tries to enter your home.
Color And Finish
Door color and finish are largely subjective decisions based on personal decorating preferences. The door color should stand out from the house as a focal point or blend in to blend in seamlessly.
A popular option is to match the door color to nearby windows and window frames for cohesion. Keep in mind that, like exterior doors, they are likely to get dirty, so consider a color and finish that are easy to clean.
In addition, some doors have decorative accessories, such as blinds built into the panes to provide privacy and block out light.
Frame And Fit
The first thing to do before shopping for a new patio door is to measure the old door. Take measurements of the width and height of the door and then take the measurements of the door frame.
If you are installing a new sliding door, also measure the rough opening of the driveway so you can find a frame that can fit the stiles.
Common patio door sizes include:
72 by 80 inches 60 by 80 inches 72 by 96 inches 96 by 81 inches
Tip: Door width and height measurements are rounded. For example, a door measurement of 71.5 by 79.25 inches should be rounded to 72 by 80 inches. This practice is an industry standard for doors and should in no way be adopted for other projects.
The patio door installation process depends on the type of door. French doors hang on hinges on the door frame. They should be measured to make sure that the doors are in the middle and remain tightly closed.
These doors must also be supported from the bottom during installation to prevent their weight from breaking through the frame screws before the entire door can be secured.
5 Best Sliding/Patio Doors In 2022
1. Andersen 70-1/2 in.x79-1/2 in. 200 Series White
Andersen’s sliding patio doors include one fixed door and one sliding door with a stainless steel frame and tracks. Each door is constructed with two panes of glass to create an insulating air pocket between the panes. Inside the air pocket are built-in privacy blinds that can’t become tangled and never need dusting. The blinds operate via the slider mechanism located on each door.
The sliding patio door opens to the right-hand side, though left-handed options are available. It measures 70.5 by 79.5 inches and comes with a simple door latch lock located right above the handle.
2. JELD-WEN 72-in x 80-in Primed Steel Left-Hand
The well-priced JELD-WEN French patio doors have a left-hand inswing that’s ideal for left-handed individuals. There are holes to install a handle and lock on the left-hand door, making it easier to operate the door with the left hand. The doors each have a five-by-three grid of energy-efficient dual-layer glass windowpanes to help insulate the home.
These glass panes sit in the center of the durable and rust-resistant galvanized steel doors, which come in a neutral white color and can be painted. The doors measure 72 by 80 inches, but only the left door opens. The right door remains stationary, similar to the stationary panel on a standard sliding door.
3. MP Doors 60 in. x 80 in. Fiberglass Smooth White
This MP Doors product is a good option for those who prefer a hinged door to a sliding model. Each door has two panes of glass, forming an insulating air pocket to help reduce heat transmission. The panes are held in place by the lightweight, durable fiberglass frame in a neutral white color.
These French doors are resistant to moisture, corrosion, and temperature fluctuations. While the handle and lock are on the right-hand side, left-handed options are available. Choose between 60-by-80-inch and 72-by-80-inch sizes.
4. MP Doors 72 in. x 80 in. Smooth White Left-Hand
Sliding doors tend to be more durable than French doors, and these are a particularly solid choice. They’re made with lightweight, durable fiberglass that’s resistant to rain, sleet, snow, dirt, dust, wind, and pests. Fiberglass is also energy efficient, helping to reduce heating and cooling costs.
These doors come in 60-by-80-inch and 72-by-80-inch sizes and are available with a left- or right-handed design. They each feature two panes of insulating glass with an air pocket between to slow the transfer of heat through the door. This air gap also contains built-in blinds that can be raised, lowered, and tilted with ease and are not vulnerable to tangles, dirt, or damage.
5. National Door Company Z001657R Steel, Right-Hand Inswing
Actual unit dimension is 71 inch x 81.75 inch. Fits rough opening of 71.5 inch x 82.25 inch. Internal white blinds are encased in clear, tempered, Low-E glass. Blinds are controlled by a single operator 24-gauge galvanized steel door is resistant to rust and corrosion.
Prehung on 4-9/16 inch wide primed wood frame. Right Hand Center In-Swing Door Handing – Standing on the inside of your home, if your knob is on the right door, you have a Right Hand Center In-Swing. Comes primed, ready to paint
FAQS: 5 Best Sliding/Patio Doors In 2022: Buying Guide
Why Choose A Sliding Door?
There are many reasons why you should go for a sliding door over the standard types. The most important reason is that it increases the curb appeal of your home and subsequently its value.
When used to separate your home from an outdoor space, this type of gateway helps enrich your indoor experience. Getting that magnificent view of nature is a bonus! In addition, sliding entrances improve the lighting and ventilation within your property, and they pair very well with sliding windows.
How Many Types Of Patio Doors Are There?
The best sliding glass doors can help create a feeling of bringing the outdoors in by providing an easy transition from inside the home to the outside deck or patio. These doors open and close horizontally, making them an ideal choice in tight spaces, as they don’t take up space inside the room like a hinged door does when opened.
And, thanks to the glass panels, the sliding doors can provide expansive views of the exterior and plenty of natural light. Energy-saving glass can also be installed on the door. This will not only provide more comfort to the occupants but can also help reduce energy bills.
Sliding doors can also be easier to adjust compared to French doors and have a contemporary look that works well with a modern-themed home. Multi-point locking hardware is also an option for increased security.
Remember, you will want to select a door that complements the look and overall style of your home. Sliding glass doors may not fit the aesthetics of, for example, an older home or one that has a more traditional design.
Swing or hinged doors are also known as French doors and can open outward or inward. They are typically seen in homes that have more traditional than contemporary architecture. Usually, one panel can be operated and the other is locked in place. Remember, since these are swing doors, you will want to make sure you have the necessary space for the doors to open.
French doors offer a classic look and feel and may also come with multi-point locking hardware for added security. This door option can also be easily customized to match the unique look of your home.
What Is The Difference Between French Doors And Sliding Patio Doors?
French doors are typically two hanging doors that are secured to opposite sides of a large entryway and close together in the center. Each door is supported by two or three hinges that connect to the door frame. These doors are typically made of wood, vinyl, or fiberglass with multiple glass panels to see through and allow more light into the home.
Sliding patio doors fit into a full-frame with two sets of rails at the top and bottom of the frame. These doors slide on the track to open or close and are generally made of glass with steel, aluminum, vinyl, or wood frames.
How Do You Lock The Sliding Glass Door From Outside?
It is better to install a sliding door lock indoors, but it is better to install a lock that opens with a key if you need it outside as well.
Sliding glass door locks offer sturdy support and security when attached to your patio doors. Also, they are one of the best devices to baby-proof your house and keep your pets indoors. There are many types of locks available on the market and they have different uses and mechanisms.
You can buy a suitable lock from our extensive list of the best locks for sliding doors according to your needs, the aesthetics of the home, the type of door, and other parameters.
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