I just started playing League of Legends, and my friends who have more experience often play with me. They keep telling me to ping, and I have seen the "Fall back" or "On my way" pings and know a little about the G hotkey for pinging, but I can't find a definitive guide on how or when to ping.

Google searches yield few tutorials about pinging/alerts, since it seems like people assume that everyone knows how to ping (and partially since ping is typically not used in this definition and I can't figure out what else to call it).

So, my questions are:

1) How do you make different alert pings, and

2) When should I ping in a match?

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    Quick tip, don't spam ping if you want to keep friends.
    – LTPro
    Commented Dec 17, 2013 at 10:06

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Hitting just G or V without dragging the mouse will show the standard blue/yellow pings. These don't provide much information but they are a start. Tagging an enemy with a blue ping (G) will target them letting your team know they're are a priority. It will even show a target above their head for everyone on your side. Tagging an enemy with yellow (V) shows the opposite of that and tells your team to retreat from that champ. You can hit G, V, CTRL, or ALT and a direction to show the following pings. Note it says G-direction but as above you can use any of those keys to replace G.

G-up gives the danger ping similar to just pressing V and shows a red exclamation point. Use this to tell teammates to fall back from an area. Or use it on an enemy champion to tell your team to avoid them.

G-right gives the On My Way alert and will draw a green line from your hero to the location where you pinged (Note this just draws the shortest way to that location and does not necessarily show the path you are currently taking). Use it as a jungle or while roaming as mid to let your lanes know you are coming in for a gank.

G-down is the Assist Me ping and shows up as a blue flag. Use it to let your jungler know you need help with your lane opponent. Also can be used later if you get caught out and need your team to come and try to save you.

G-left signals Enemy Missing displayed as a question mark. Use it to show your lane opponent may have left lane to gank another.

Of course these aren't the only situations you would use these pings in however. There is plenty of times to use any sort of ping depending on situation.

NA Forums link to the smart ping system

  • I always use the V ping on enemies if I don't want my teammates to approach them. I would use the G-up ping if I want them to retreat.
    – LTPro
    Commented Dec 17, 2013 at 10:09

"G"-Alert ping "V"-Retreat ping

Just pressing these will ping regularly, when holding them down you open the smart ping menu where you can choose specific ping commands.

If you alert on a gem it will tell your team what type of gem it is. Likewise if you ping a tower it shows a defense (team) or offensive (enemy) sign.

The 2nd part of the question is harder to answer, it mostly comes down to experience. You have to know the difference between good and bad situations. Other then that there are many cases you want to alert your team about situations. Like when you are ready to gank, you ping the enemy player to "mark" as a target when you come out the forest. Or when there is a low HP hero running from you you can alert your team to intercept.

Putting down retreat pings really only works if you are a good player, good leadership skills and a team willing to communicate and play together. Since when only three retreat and the other two die that would not benefit very much. The easy cases is to retreat ping when there are 5 enemy heroes engaging and you just want your team defending at a tower instead of the open field. Or tell a noob that is far out in his lane without enemies showing on the minimap, but noobs would not be so noob if they listened to your pinging :D.

  • This question is about League of Legends, not Dota2. While the advice here can still apply, the hotkeys may not be the same and you definitely can't draw on the map. Commented Dec 14, 2013 at 17:46
  • Lol, mixed it up. Going to change the hotkeys. Thanks!
    – Madmenyo
    Commented Dec 14, 2013 at 18:14

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