With another Clash weekend fast approaching, some League of Legends players will be wondering how to get the most out of their time and effort committed to the popular tournament-style event.
In short, the better that you perform in the tournament, the better rewards you’ll receive. However, many players fail to grasp the important steps to take to ensure that they are finishing in the top half of their bracket, thus improving the chances of getting better rewards.
If you are looking to compete in the Shadow Isles Cup on 5 or 6 December, be sure to follow these steps to get more rewards out of your Clash:
Carefully select the members of your team
When connecting with your friends to form a Clash team, it is essential to take into account several factors: positions, skill level, reliability, and level of competitiveness.
You will want to make sure that you choose teammates who can cover all five positions as either their main role or secondary role. It’s not wise to head into Clash with five mid-lane mains and have four people playing “off-role.” In the best-case scenario, you’ll have a player for each position that has “mained” that position for at least one ranked season.
As for skill level, this is a fairly relative concept. You’ll want to have a team of players who are around the same skill level as you, but you’ll also want to account for variance in rank. While all players must be ranked to enter Clash, the matchmaking system will pull you towards opponents that are around the same ranking of your highest-ranked team member. This means that a team with four bronze players and one diamond player will likely be facing teams comprised of platinum and diamond players.
It would also be best if you made sure that all of your team members are reliable in terms of scheduling. The last thing that you want is to prepare for a three-to-four hour Clash session, only to have one team member not show. Additionally, make sure that all team members are able to commit to the entire time block to Clash without distractions or interruptions.
Finally, be sure to feel out the level of competitiveness of your teammates ahead of time. While some play seriously and some play for fun, it is good to have some cohesion across the team with respect to your team’s approach to the event. If one player is incredibly competitive and four players are playing for fun, the one player will likely get frustrated. Set expectations as a team before you even sign-up, just so that everyone heads into the event with a similar approach.
Expand and narrow down your Champion pool simultaneously
The most interesting aspect that makes Clash unique to other game modes on League of Legends is that you get to scout your opponents ahead of the Champion select phase. It isn’t uncommon for opponents to target-ban Champions based on mastery points, win rates, and recently played Champions in a player’s match history. If you are one-trick-pony, there is a good chance that you will not be allowed to play your Champion throughout the event.
With this in mind, it is crucial to expand your Champion pool and learn one or two from outside your usual Solo Queue Champion pool. If you don’t have the time to learn and master these extra Champions, you can opt for ones that are more useful in Teamplay, regardless of how your lane plays out.
For example, selecting Ornn for top-lane is a safe pick. As a scaling tank that also upgrades his teammates’ items, Ornn will always be useful in any match. Additionally, he can safely farm from range to avoid misplays or being denied farm gold.
Additionally, it is vital that you avoid practising with too many different Champions. If you try to expand your Champ pool too much, you’ll miss out on valuable practice time on your main Champions (new additions included). Overall, comfort picks beat meta or counter picks the majority of the time as the player should know how to play with their comfort pick for the entire game (rather than just the first ten minutes of lane phase).
Research tier lists
While you should mostly stick to comfort picks in Clash, there are certain Champions which are so strong that you should keep them in mind as a pick or ban option.
For example, Amumu was extremely powerful at the release of Season 11 patch. He is also a relatively simple Champion who requires little practice to learn. This allowed many players to play Amumu in the jungle, regardless of cChampion mastery. In the off-chance that a player really felt uncomfortable on Amumu, teams would be wise to permaban the Champion. Knowing this Champion’s strength ahead of time was valuable information to any teams competing in the initial Season 11 Clash event.
This example was quite specific to that particular patch, but the practice of researching tier lists and overpowered picks is sound for any Clash event.
Discuss team playstyle strategies ahead of time
The main perk of playing on a team is that you get to avoid the mess of nonsensical play that exists in Solo Queue. Your team should all be in voice comms and able to play around objectives and various styles of play in an organized fashion. That being said, player skill and split-second decision making still play a role in the outcome of these strategies.
If you know that your team tends to succeed through team-fighting or split-pushing, it is important to adjust your Champion picks and overall team playstyle to be more effective at these particular tactics. Trying some tricky strategies is fine, but when in doubt, play to your team’s strengths.
Have a predetermined shot-caller
One of the most challenging issues to deal with in organized play is competing decisions regarding playmaking. It is not uncommon to have multiple team members thinking that they are the best shot-caller on the team. As such, it is wise to have one (sometimes two) main voices in the team that make and call the strategic decisions.
It is also important to make sure that all of the players on the team are willing to follow the calls without much hesitation. Even if the calls end up being erroneous, it’s good practice to avoid pointing this out in the middle of a match. The correct time to adjust these calls would be in between games or after the entire event is finished.
Determine which Clash ticket to invest in
In order to enter a Clash tournament, you must purchase an entry ticket. Players have two options when it comes to ticket purchase: a basic ticket or a premium ticket.
A basic ticket will cost you either 195 Riot Points (acquired via monetary purchase) or 975 Blue Essence (earned freely by playing the game). A premium ticket will cost you 975 Riot Points, but grants access to superior rewards.
Rewards consist of trophies and banners to display in your profile inventory, as well as Clash orbs and capsules based on your final placing. These orbs and capsules may contain Clash team logos, skin shards, orange essence, or emotes, depending on how you finish.
Following these steps to hone-in on the right Champions and the best team set-up, you’ll be able to earn plenty of rewards in Clash.