League of Legends is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Riot Games, inspired by the Defense of the Ancients (DotA) map for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

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What do those abbreviations mean in League of Legends?

I'm quite new to League of Legends (LoL) but try to improve through reading guides. All too often I stumble upon abbreviations I am not sure what they mean. Some of those are: AD AP ArPen AS bot ...
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How do I ward properly in League of Legends?

I tend to like to play a support champion. Since I'm slowly making my way to mid and high level play its getting more important to get good wards up because ganks become more common. I am therefore ...
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How can the damage reduction from Armor in League of Legends not have diminishing returns?

The formula for calculating damage reduction from armor in League of Legends is Damage Reduction = Total Armor / (100 + Total Armor) It seems clear to me that this formula dictates that adding more ...
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Smartly using smart casting

In League of Legends, I saw a smart casting mode in the options. What does smart casting do exactly? And is it useful/helpful playing against people with it? When I was playing Soraka it seemed to ...
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How much IP do you get for winning & losing games in the various modes/maps?

My understanding is that you get a base number of Influence Points (IP) for losing each game and a little more for winning a game. In addition, the amount of time a games goes on seems to factor into ...
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How are all diminishing returns calculated in League of Legends?

It was brought up in another question about how two slows would stack. I am wondering how do diminishing returns work and are calculated. For instance, if I would stack dodge on a Jax if I was able ...
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When are Teemo's bomb's damage calculated?

This is something I've often wondered when playing Teemo. If I place a bomb, and then an enemy walks over it seven minutes later, how is the damage calculated? Is it based off of how much AP and ...
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First thing to learn when beginning League of Legends

So I just started out playing League of Legends. I've got a friend who plays and we started up a bot game so that I could learn the basic commands. It wasn't pretty. The bots basically slaughtered ...
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How do I become a better League of Legends player [closed]

I think the most commonly asked question in League of Legends is "How do I escape Elo hell?" or "How do i gain Elo fast" Because most players are in silver or bronze. Now I play this game since Beta ...
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Can you drop Tiers in LoL Ranked?

... and if so, what criteria must you meet? I keep hearing conflicted info, like "Only through inactivity." "Only from challenger." "You can never drop Tiers." "Yes." Does anyone know ...
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What are the characteristics that a champion should have to jungle?

In general, what characteristics should a jungling champion have?
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What is the precedence of Guardian Angel compared to other revive effects?

In League of Legends, there are a number of effects which revive a champion upon death. The item Guardian Angel is the most well-known and widely used of these. I was wondering, however, whether its ...
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When should I baron?

When should you be doing baron? It spawns at 15 minutes but what a good time to start considering baron or preventing the other team to get it. Sometimes I see a team around lvl 12-13 starting baron ...
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If Mordakaiser's, Zilean's, and Yorick's ults are placed on a champion, in what order do the ults take place?

As you can tell from the question, if all three champion ults were placed on a dying champion, which one would take priority. I feel like it would be Zilean's ultimate but Yorick's ultimate is very ...
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Escaping from League of Legends Elo Hell

What are the different ways to boost your Elo rating in LoL? It seems like when you lose 5~7 games in a row there is no way to get a decent team to play with, thus leading you to lose more and more. ...
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What is the formula for armor/magic resist reduction?

As far as I can tell, it's something like this: damage reduction = armor / (armor + 100) Is this accurate?
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How do you counter Mordekaiser?

Mordekaiser seems to be a character that pick-up groups tend to have trouble countering, if the Morde player knows what he is doing. Iron Man allows an armor-heavy Morde to absorb a lot of punishment ...
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How to counter Karthus' ultimate?

Are there items or rune sets that would be good to negate or mitigate Karthus' ultimate or any other champions with high burst AP damage?
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What effect do neutral buffs have in League of Legends?

I know it is desired to get the blue buff for Ability Power (AP)-base champions and the red buff for Attack Damage (AD)-base champions and baron buff is good for everybody. I think blue buff at least ...
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What is Leona's Secret Passive?

While I was aware of the Inverse Ninja Law reducing the base HP of Akali / Kennen / Shen when present on the same team, I have recently discovered that they are not the only such champions to have a ...
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A question about Attack Damage red and Armor Pen Red, which is better?

Whats the trade of for running flat AD, doesn't it decrease your damage mid game. Whats the advantage of armor pen, does it increase your damage later on in the laning phase or is just inferior to AD ...
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What's the point of jungling?

I'm fairly new to League of Legends (or DotA-likes in general). What's the point of jungling versus just killing minions? Do they give significantly more gold or experience than the peons from ...
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What's honor for?

The FAQ page at League of Legends.com is broken and clicking the FAQ links does nothing. League recently brought honor into play. You can be awarded honor for several different reasons after playing ...
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How to maximize summoner XP gain in League of Legends?

What is the most efficient way to gain experience in LoL? How is experience gain calculated? I've heard Dominion is better for experience than classic; is that true?
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League of Legends: How do blind effects work?

How do blind effects such as Teemo's blinding dart and Heimer's grenade work in League of Legends? For example, does it work against an enhanced auto-attack such as Nasus' siphoning strike?
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What is the optimal way to play the remade Evelynn in the jungle?

After the remake Eve has become much stronger in the jungle. Her base stats have improved and she has a much faster clearing time. Her Q can hit all mobs in the camps and her E helps trigger slots of ...
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How to make good rune pages for general use

I watch a lot of streams and I see many people like TheOddOne and Guardsman Bob using a bunch of mixed up rune pages. Are there all around good in general rune setups to be used for say an AP carry, ...
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How does negative armour / magic resistance work?

What happens to your damage when you are giving your opponents negative magic resist / armour? For example I am playing Fiddlesticks and I have: Passive (-10mres) Abyssal Scepter (-20 mres) ...
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Why are characters banned in tournament play for DotA-likes?

Why are characters banned from DotA-likes in tournament play during selection? Are there characters that are actually imbalanced; why not just balance them? If it's just for the sake of another ...
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When is more advantageous to choose magic penetration over ability power?

When is it more advantageous to choose magic penetration over ability power with my AP champions? Is it better to have a balance of the two stats, or is better to focus one more than the other? ...
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Do traps improve when you level the ability after you place them?

For example, if I place a Yordle Snap Trap and then put a point into that ability, will the placed snap trap benefit from the higher level when it is activated?
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Why are Armor Penetration runes considered much stronger than atk speed runes?

In lots of forums, ArPen runes are considered the best marks (along with Insight) and AS runes are referred as "do not buy runes". I'm not quite sure why. 9 Tier 3 ArPen runes comes to 11.61 ArPen. ...
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What happens if the target of Nautilus's ult teleports?

Nautilus's ultimate, Depth Charge, seeks out opponents and pops up everything en route, and finally pops up the target when it reaches him. What happens if the target teleports just as Depth Charge is ...
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What is the idea of a bot “kill lane”?

I'm familiar with the standard bot lane meta, but recently I've been learning about "kill lane" combos. What exactly is the idea of a kill lane combo? Could you give some examples of common combos ...
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How can I counter Thornmail?

Thornmail Unique: On being hit, returns 30% of damage, before any reductions such as armor, as magic damage. At least 15 damage must be received. As an AD Carry that relies in auto-attacks ...
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Spell vamp / Life steal and AD scaling abilities

What do AD scaling abilities scale on for leech effects? Take the following skill for example, it is pure AD scaling: Lee Sin Spell Summary Sonic Wave: Lee Sin projects a discordant wave ...
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Do placed units increase in damage when you level up the ability? [duplicate]

For spells like Heimerdinger's turret and Shaco's boxes, say I place the unit then level up the ability. Do the existing placed units increase in damage, or does the ability level up only apply to ...
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How does the Co-op vs AI IP award system work?

I really like the new Co-op vs ai, match type introduced on LoL. AFAIK, it awards a reasonable good amount of IP for winning once per day, just like your First Win of the Day double IP Boost. I ...
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When should you give up top tower for Dragon?

Here's a rather deep question for those of you who play a lot of ranked. Without teleport, I have no real way of reaching my team short of physically going there from top lane. My question is this: I ...
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Do any on hit effects from any champion abilities or items get affected by Spell Vamp?

I always wonder how early I should get a Will of the Ancients over Hextech Revolver. How much it will it affect the rest of my team?
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Which Aura Items Can Be Stacked?

There are certain items in-game that you can stack, like WotA for example. What other items can also be stacked? Curious, because I've mistakenly bought Aegis when somebody else had...
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Which champion goes in which lane?

I'm trying to figure out which champion belongs in which lane just as a general rule of thumb. A friend told me that I needed to "learn the meta" after a bit of searching I found this: The meta ...
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Is Wriggle’s Lantern worth getting on an AD carry?

If so, in which situations is it good to buy a wriggles?
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What are the Key Gameplay Differences between Valve's DOTA 2 vs League of Legends?

Valve's new game DotA 2 is a sequel to the popular Warcraft 3 map of the same name which is nearing release. The game follows the same paradigm of a similar game, League of Legends which was inspired ...
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How do I choose which Runes to get in League of Legends?

Since runes cost influence points, I'm reluctant to just try getting a bunch of them. Also, as a low level summoner, I am still experimenting with different characters. Are there some guidelines for ...
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Good hero for a beginner?

I am new to League of Legends and not used to games of this style. What would be a good choice of hero to learn in this case? On table RPG I usually like playing mages, but on LoL it seems hard and ...
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What is the “halo” under all my runes?

On my rune pages each seems to have a halo under it, but occasionally with a different color from that of the mark/seal/glyph it's in. What does it mean?
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Understanding last hitting and freezing a lane

Every champion is going to be different in the last-hitting department, depending on their auto attack speed and animation, their attack damage, if they're ranged or melee, ect. This much I know. ...
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How cost effective is Recall

So this is a decision I often have to make, is it faster to run back to base or Recall? For those unaware recall is a 8 second cast time before instantly being transported back to base; thus we can ...
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What makes an effective 5v5 team composition in League of Legends?

I've been wondering which 5v5 team composition would be the best. The heroes can all be classified under various roles like AoE, Globals, Tanks, Heals, etc. What combinations of these roles lend to ...