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What is metagame?

I have heard a lot of people tell me that your Meta Game is just as important as playing well. What exactly is the Meta game and how does one go about improving it, or even getting it to begin with?

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From Wikipedia:

Metagaming is a broad term usually used to define any strategy, action or method used in a game which transcends a prescribed ruleset, uses external factors to affect the game, or goes beyond the supposed limits or environment set by the game. Another definition refers to the game universe outside of the game itself. In simple terms, it is the use of out-of-game information or resources to affect one's in-game decisions.

Simply put, it is the set of strategies that have been tried and found effective by the general community at large in how to win in the game you are playing, whether it is Starcraft 2, Starcraft, League of Legends, DoTA, or any other video game/board game that you are interested in.

To improve it, you first need to understand it to the point that you understand its strengths and weaknesses. You need to understand the intricacies of the game in question enough to understand how you can then improve upon the existing meta game.

To get it is much easier, you can play a lot, you'll see it used enough to get a basic understanding or you can watch others play a lot. Alternatively you can also read articles/books of strategies that people have used with success. The resource depends with what game you are talking about. For instance, Chess has lots of great books as many have studied the game and chosen to write books on the subject. On the other hand, video games may better be learned online or watching streams of "professional players"

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wonderfully put ^_^ thank you for the information I will be observing the GG classic and hope to pick up an small bit of knowledge that I can put to use in my gaming as I would like to become a pro player. –  DarkAveril Mar 25 '12 at 9:34

Meta is a word for the currently most used/most viable things. You can use it to builds, team setups,champions.

Example:

Solo Top, Jungle, AP-Mid, AD-Carry + Support Bot combination would be a meta.

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ah I see thank you for the information ^_^ –  DarkAveril Mar 25 '12 at 9:26
    
@DarkAveril You're welcome.Best way to thank me is to +1 my answer and since you are the one who made the question you can mark it as accepted question.Btw you shouldn't bother with meta crap,play the way you like it and the way you think is the best. –  ChrisHateZ Mar 25 '12 at 9:27
    
I would still like a little more input on what a meta game is because your information has told me something but I still would like to know more and maybe some other people can shed even more light on the subject... and what is marking as accepted do? XD –  DarkAveril Mar 25 '12 at 9:30
    
@DarkAveril Well accepted answer is the answer you think answered your question the best.Once you accept someones answer other people know that there is no need for them to further answer the question (but it does not stop them to).And both asker and the person who answered question get reputation once you accept someones answer. –  ChrisHateZ Mar 25 '12 at 9:36

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