Is there any way I can not forget seeing the chat and the minimap while I play? I mean, I look at them but when I focus on farming or when I try to kill an enemy under turret I completely forget about the map and the chat and I'm very vulnerable for that time to gangs and everything. Is there anything I can do to remember to look at those two often while I play?
A pretty cool thing I heard, that there is a eye dominance (ocular dominance). If you are for example right dominant, then your minimap belongs on the right side. And if your left eye is dominant then the minimap belongs on the left side. You can change these settings ingame :) How to find out which eye is dominant: Point to an object in the distance with a finger. Then close one eye. If the finger is still 'correctly pointing to the object' (rather than a little bit to the left or right), the currently open eye is your dominant eye. That helped me as well ;) I wish you good luck with it
And another good tip is to give yourself that task to have a look at the minimap after you last hitted 1 minion :) that will give you some regularity on looking at the minimap
Map awareness only comes with practice. By "practicing" looking at the map, you will learn this skill so that it becomes automatic.
Before we look at what you can do to improve your awareness, let's look at what stops you from looking at the map in the first place. The two most common factors are:
- Trading/fighting with enemy laners -- just before ganks, many people will initiate trades to divert focus from the map. Even high ranked players fall bait to this!
- Farming -- just make sure to be doing other things when you are NOT farming: harassing, looking at the map, thinking about the situation, etc.
So the best times to look at the map are when you are not doing either of these. A quick glance can help not only you, but your allies as well!
Prompts can be useful when getting into the habit of looking at the map:
- Every two minions, glance at the map.
- When the enemy laners suddenly adopt aggressive positions, take a quick glance at the map. (But don't get hit by the thresh hook while you do this!)
- MIA pings!!
- Ally/enemy deaths.
New chat messages will make your chat log appear automatically. If you still can't notice it, you can actually make it bigger (drag the corner of the log).
As for the minimap, anything important should be expressed as pings by your teammates, so you will hear and notice it. You can also increase the UI scale in the settings menu.
I don't think there is much to remind you to see the minimap. It's already huge. It has annoying pings too.