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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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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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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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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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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 of sound to ...
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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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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 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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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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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'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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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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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 definitively?
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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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'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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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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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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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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Attack moving or Attack Canceling

I watch streams sometimes and i see the high elo Ranged AD move between each shot. Do they gain anything with this? And if so whats a good way to practice it.
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What does Yasuo's Wind Wall not block?

It blocks everything from skillshots to even auto-attacks, but is there any skills that go through it? Things I have in mind would be dashes or certain attacks like Lux's ult. How does it interact ...
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When is 'Challenging Smite' a viable option for top laners

I saw some top laners who use smite and teleport as spells and (if I'm correct), it's becoming pretty regular and although I don't play as a top laner, maybe when I have to adjust, I know I may find ...
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How does Hextech Crafting work?

How do you earn free loot? What's the deal with essences and why are they so important? What do the different options mean when dealing with Redeeming Rerolling Disenchanting and Upgrading? How ...
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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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Skins that cannot be in mystery gifts?

Yesterday I had a discussion with some of my friends while playing league. It was about the contents of the mystery gifts and while I said there are restrictions, they were convinced that you can get ...
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When is better to swap top and bot lanes?

I've seen a lot of games in the LCS and All-Star, and they sometimes changed bot and top lanes. When is this a good practice? What do you gain from doing this? Should I do this to avoid counters or ...
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How or where can I edit in-game text?

Nowadays League of Legends game version : 3.15 Is there a way to change any in-game text? For instance: When you win a game, instead of reading "victory", you read "AWESOME!!". Instead of this: ...
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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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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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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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Runaan's Hurricane effects for these champions

How exactly does Runaan's Hurricane work for: Draven, spinning axe Jayce, transform mercury cannon Jayce, hyper charge Jinx, fishbones Kayle, righteous fury Kennen, electric surge Lulu, pix Orianna, ...
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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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Is IP gained based at all on performance?

Is there any correlation between how well I do in game and how much IP I gain? I already know that winning a game nets you more IP than losing a game. But for example, if my team carries me to a win ...
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What does SS stand for when an opponent is missing?

When someone from the opposing team is missing I have noticed people writing "SS bot/mid/top" to indicate to the rest of the team that they don't have visual on one or more of the people in there lain....
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What items are announced to chat when bought?

I have noticed that some items get announced to chat when purchased, what items gets anounced and what makes them so special?
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