League of Legends Tip of the Day: You Need Crowd Control!

by James Bates

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Quick! Quiz time! You're just starting a huge teamfight in front of the baron with the entire fate of the game on the line. The enemy team has all their gold invested into their unbelievable fed Master Yi, while your team's gold is more evenly distributed among all of the team. The onset of the fight is going well for you, but then the dreaded Master Yi appears. What do you do?

Stun him? Snare him? Suppress him? All excellent answers. There's just one problem.

Your team composition is Fiora, Evelyn, Talon, Kog'Maw, and a Karma. You don't have any of those “stun” things. Unfortunately, in this case, the enemy Master Yi simply runs right through your team and slaughters all of you, easily lifestealing through all of the damage you can deal to him. Yi gets a pentakill, tanks the baron, then you get to watch it all over again because he got the play of the game.

The lesson here is, I imagine, a rather obvious one. Put a Malzahar in your mid lane instead of Talon, and you get a totally different story. Instead of the Yi running through your whole team like an avenging angel of death, he instead gets tagged by Nether Grasp and has to watch as your crabs rip his face from his body in quick fashion. Put a Nautilus in the top lane instead of the Fiora, and the Yi would have been stunned for three seconds straight upon entering the fight, ample time for your team to rip him to pieces. Hell, even the ability to tag him with Chains of Corruption from a Varus pick would have been invaluable in this situation.

But, you say, I can't choose what my teammates pick! It's not my fault that my team chose such a bad team composition.

But, I reply, I'm not asking you to be accountable for what your team is picking. All you need to do is keep an eye on what the team is picking and pick accordingly. While you might not be as comfortable playing Zac and you are Evelyn, you're still way more likely to win if you have some crowd control than none. For a good half of the roles in the game, there's really no excuse for being unable to pick a crowd control heavy champion when required, as it's not as if there's any lack of choices for supports, top laners, and mid laners to pick from.

If, however, you truly don't play any such champions, no matter what role you play, then you should make learning one a top priority. You will win vastly more games that way. As a quick recommendation, top laners should look into learning Nautilus, junglers should always be able to pick up Elise if necessary, mid laners can always play the relatively skill-independent Annie, ADCs can pick between either Varus of Ashe, while supports can choose between a plethora of mages such as Zyra or Malzahar. If you can pick up those champions, you're well on your way to being able to field effective team compositions, and effective team compositions are the key to winning the game. We all like doing that, yes?

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.