League of Legends Dominion mode: Goin’ Around, pro l33t tactic
It’s been a while since I’ve played League of Legends, I’ve been distracted by TF2 and Highlander and Super Monday Night Combat. Anyway, I decided to have another go the other evening.
Last year, Riot introduced a new game mode to League of Legends, Dominion mode. Rather than pushing lanes and getting kills, this mode focussed on capturing and holding areas, very much like on a TF2 5cp map. Each team of 5 starts with 500 points. The team that holds the least number of areas starts to lose points. The team that reaches zero first, looses. All over the map there are buffs and health packs to help you on your way. It all seemed more straightforward than the conventional League of Legends with all it’s talk of Dragon and Baron, laning and jungling; slightly less daunting for a newer player. I thought I’d try it.
Once I’d selected a players vs bots game, I found I could select between beginner and intermediate levels, for playing either Dominion mode or Summoner’s Rift. I wasn’t sure that that had been there before. Whatever, it felt reassuring. I selected Beginner and my fave champion, Alistar, the tanking minotaur.
The game was a disaster. I was confused. One of my team mates was floundering too. He announced it was his first game ever and that he was French. I said bonjour and we commiserated (with our newness, not his Frenchness). However out of the other three players, one at least was obviously an L33t uber pro. After we lost badly, he cursed us and called us noobs. I said we were. Beginner game + vs bots + level 9/10 matchmade game = new players. Not difficult.
But anyway, first game; Defeat. Second game; Defeat. Third game; Defeat. It wasn’t going well. Alistar was slow, it was hard for him to reach areas. I felt I was always running to catch up and leaving myself isolated and vulnerable to ganking. So I decided to change to Tristana. Tristana is a ranged carry; basically ranged dps with reasonable movement speed and with her, I won my first victory.
It was also during this game, that everything suddenly clicked, it helped that this was the first team I’d played on where people actually seemed to be working together, and I developed my pro Dominion tactic; Goin’ Around. To briefly explain:
- You stick with at least one other member of your team. This is important. Sticking with a member of the opposite team would be less effective.
- Together, you ‘Go Around’ the map, from point to point, capturing each one but remembering you only need to hold 3/5.
- As you Go Around, avoid the other team unless there are lots of you
And that’s about it!
Now, full of confidence, I changed back to Alistar; and a string of Victories followed. As a pair, Alistar and his chosen champ could protect each other. We used the mini-map to watch for ganks, but also timing our own and moving out to support others when needed. There were some lovely moments when Alistar used Pulverise to throw back a bot closing in on a low health ally then topped them up with a healing Triumphant Roar, giving them just enough space and health to survive and escape. Then Alistar and/or another could step in to finish the bot off.
Even though they were only Beginner bots, it was good.
And the less intense environment gave me an opportunity to explore some of the items and learn some of the basics of skills and teamwork.