League of Legends Tip of the Day: The Secret to Solo Queue

by James Bates

(Photo: Riot Games)

What if I told you that by doing one simple thing, you could win a vast majority of the solo queue games you play? What if I told you that the answer to your woes was something so blindingly obvious that you would facepalm upon hearing it?

Would you want to hear it? If not, now is your chance to stand up, polish off your bronze cup, and ignore the rest of the article.

Still with me?

For the brave would who didn't immediately close the tab, let me congratulate and offer you the nugget of wisdom that you stuck around for.


The secret to solo queue, is to do everything in your power to get all five member of your team to stand in the same 700 unit area as often as humanly possible. That's it. For the vast majority of us, we're not at a ranking where any player in any game is going to be making optimal decisions, thus worrying about whether what you're doing is Hai-level smart or as dumb as possible is irrelevant, what matters is that you do it with the team.

One of the first things I tell any player that I give solo queue coaching to is that it's better for you to do something mind-blowingly stupid as a unit than to do something incredibly intelligent alone. We've all been there. We're off doing that thing we just know is the right play, but our numbskull teammates just won't come help us. Then we watch as our whole team gets picked off one by one by the enemy team, who just groups up and plow up and down the map steamrolling everything they see.

Which team would you rather be in this all-too-familiar scenario? Most of you probably said the latter one, right? Good. That means your head is in the right place. 

And let me be clear, I'm not saying that you need to trust in your teammates. They may still be dumb as rocks, and there's nothing you'll be ever able to do about that. Still, it's better to have an idiot handy as a meatshield than off in a side-lane giving away free kills. Solo queue is an environment where every player is inevitably going to play the fool at some point. More often, both teams act like a complete ship of fools, as they throw the game back and forth faster than professional hot potato players.

Ask yourself if you'd rather be the team that's alone or united when it comes time to face a potentially game-throwing situation. That's today's lesson.

By James Bates

A wanna-be novelist turned coach turned journalist, James is living proof that you never know where you'll end up. He's in love with narrative-heavy games, which he proves by spending his days writing about a game with less lore than Doom. His greatest regret in life is not having his name in the credits of Life is Strange, and it's galvanized him to truly pursue developing games that don't begin in packed taverns and use D20s.