The map at the bottom right of your screen plays a crucial role over the course of the whole game. There is no benefit in proper vision and gold spent on wards if you anyway miss upcoming enemies or events in which you should participate. This article will help you improve your map interactions.
Part 1: Knowledge
Part 2: Positioning
Part 3: Breadth of Roster
Part 4: Mechanical Execution
Part 5: Map Awareness
Part 6: Team Coordination
Part 7: Resilience
Part 8: Strategic Decision Making
Part 9: Reading Your Opponent
The article will contain tips on how to improve your map awareness through interface configuration, adapting your playstyle or other helpful tips. At the end, every single one of you hopefully will leave with an idea of how to improve your map-wide play.
Using the Interface
Check score panel
If you sometimes watch live streams of pro players, you might have noticed that they regularly press the “tab” key to check score panel. One of the main reasons next to keeping track of farm and items of enemies is that you can see if a certain enemy is visible on the minimap or not. You can learn it by color of the summoner name. If it glows white then this champion is visible, if not then foe is missing and you probably should be care about it.
Increase your minimap size
Go into your interface options in the game and set the scale of your minimap to the maximum possible. That way, you’ll pay more attention and make it more attractive for your eyes. Or you can if you have an additional screen, you can try to display your minimap on it if that helps.
Change Your Playstyle
Learn common timings
Try to keep track of common game timings like the first jungler gank with level 3 or when a midlaner usually hits level 6. This way, you know when to expect the enemy to show up and can foil their plans. For example, you can expect the first enemy jungler’s gank around the interval between 3:00-3:45 so place a trinket ward beforehand and stay alert.
Play roles and champions that emphasize on the map
You may want to spend some playtime on specific champions if you wish to improve your map-wide play.
For roles, i recommend playing either Jungle or Support, the Jungler in general is constantly required to survey the entire map and assess where the team needs him to be the most. Supports are the main provider of vision in a team and act as a map-wide enabler for their allies. Watching the map and placing key wards are common practice as a support.
For champions, i recommend any hero with a global ability. Those might be the ones that target allies, like Shen or Galio, as well as the heroes that use their ultimates for themselves to get around, like Taliyah or Twisted Fate.
Other Ways to Improve Map Awareness
Set a beep timer
You might consider setting up a timer which consistently beeps each couple of seconds. That beeping noise will remind you to check the minimap.
This is a neat way of drilling yourself into the habit of check the map, and at some point, you won’t even need the beep timer anymore. This free online tool as an example can be used for this purpose.
Glance the minimap each time you kill a minion
You can use this simple trick to develop a reflex. Just briefly look at the minimap after each time you slay a minion.
Make a checklist of important knowledge
I’d recommend you keep track of a mental checklist (or write it down if that works better) of simple things. To start, just focus your attention on 1 or 2 basic things that you have to track:
- Your Hit Points
- Your opponent’s Hit Points
During the lane phase, just check yours and your enemy’s HP from time to time again until you start to do it automatically. That’s the signal that you can focus on the next things in your checklist:
- Amount of gold required to purchase your next item
- When your trinket wards are going to run out
Keep repeating this procedure in order to teach yourself to track the important information. Don’t rush this process – accuracy goes first. If you managae to make this process a habit then speed will automatically improve with time.
Now that you know how to use your map properly, if you feel like stepping up a different aspect of your game, check out the other parts of this series. Next week will be about how to coordinate with your team to outrotate the opposition. Good luck on the rift, summoner. 🙂