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Severezz

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11-02-2012

Can somebody explain me (as detailed as possible) how the meta works, what "meta" means, and why everyone thinks you have to follow it in order to have a chance of winning?

cause, I have been playing this game for almost a year now, but I still don't get the idea of a meta in general. IMO you should just be able to play whatever champ you want, wherever you want, cause that's more fun...

(not trying to QQ about it or anything like that, I just want some more clearness about it...)


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Gank Luxus

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11-02-2012

shaco + clarity+promote= meta


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Gancillian

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12-02-2012

Meta is a style of picks, currently its Ap mid, ad support bottem, bruiser top, and tanky jungler. The meta might change depending on higher skilled players that find out new metas (champ comps)


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Shiikan

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12-02-2012

Evelynn + Revive + Promote = meta


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Sharksn

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12-02-2012

The current meta Targets on getting the maximum possible farm concentrated in 3 Champs who are able to Carry the game. This 3 Champs are the Bold ones:

- AP Caster mid, cause mid is the second best Ganker having access to Botlane and Toplane. Usually APs can push a Wave prety fast if they dont care about the Lasthits. This gives them time to roam other Lanes.

- Tank/Bruiser Top or AP Top: Bruiser/Tanks are iniciators and^usually need good farm. So they get a Solo-Lane. The Toplane should have high Sustain cause Mid and Bot usually are more important Lanes in terms of pushing and Lanecontroll. Midlane cause its the shortest Lane and Botlane cause Dragon is there. If Bot and Top are having problems and need help from the Jungler Botlane is more likely to get that help cause this Lane is just more important. 4 this reason u can often see AP Top. APs usually have a big advantage over Bruiser cause they have range and better/safer harass.

AD-Range/Support Botlane: The AD Range is the classik Carry. Hes designed to have the highest DPS output. The Supporter is there to ensure the AD-Carry can focus on Lasthitting by warding the Gankroutes, heal the Carry if possible and harrass/zone the enemy. The supporter can be a classik one like Soraka, Alistar or something like Leona/Blitzcrank/Lux with more CC. It depends on playstyle and Mates. Important is that the Supporter is a Champ that can perform with lowfarm cause the AD-Rangecarrys are the most farmreliant Champions in the game. The Supporter lets the AD-Carry all Lasthits while hes in Lane. If the AD Bluepills to Shop or dies and the Supporter is still in Lane then he can and shall farm of course.

- Jungler: The Jungler farms the NPCs that are not placed in Lanes (Creeps). His Job is to help everywhere, gank Lanes, steal Buffs from enemy Jungle, Coordinate Baron/Dragonkills, alert Mates from incoming ganks and countergank and lots more. A well played jungler is the player with the most influence over a game. Jungler usually are Bruiser/Tanks themselfs and also need lowfarm to fullfill theyr rolle but also can Carry Games themselfs if they get fed. Jungler Scale most with theyr Mates and therefore with theyr own Comunicationskills. As Jungler u should be able to farm ur jungleroute fast while u write in chat where u gonna try a gank next, warn ur mates or give them advices per chat/ping. So to make it short, the jungler just should be the most skilled player in the Team.

This is at the momment the most effective way to play the game if u want to win. By exploiting the most farm possible u ensure an Itemadvantage for ur team while having the farm concentrated on the Champions who fullfill a Keyrolle in a Teamfight. The Initiator, the Physical Range Damage Dealer and the Magic Damage Dealer.


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Gilanguar

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12-02-2012

Meta means about the subject it refers to. So in the case of LoL meta is about the choices pertaining to overall game objectives.

The current meta is what Sharksn commented above. However its in reality completely contrived and unimportant. An example being Sivir could happily sit in mid because of her spell shield and how it counters alot of the AP casters quite well. The reason kassadin is so strong right now is because people put AP in mid and he counters AP.

Other aspects of meta which are completely ignored by the community are things like lane period longevity. An example of this being Nasus, lets say he gets an early jungle gank and is able to destroy the enemy's tower super quick (5 min) whilst this may seem good, pushing towers is an integral part of the game. The consequence of this is forcing an early mid game. 9/10 when a tower is pushed it kicks off the mid game where players leave their lane to roam and gank normally forcing all players into and around mid. Now in the instance of Nasus he need as much farm on his Q as he can so its in his benefit to not actually destroy the tower to prolong the laning phase as much as possible.

In summary meta in the sense most people use it just means laning composition. Which really isn't a large determinate into which team will win. Assuming no one is awful and feeds a great deal or afk which happens most games, counters and minion farm are a much greater indicator to which team will win. Counters are unavoidable in blind pick, and minion gold = items = better in fights = winnar.


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Numzok

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12-02-2012

I agree on the counter picks and farm and I'd like to add that your rune page/mastery page and the first items you pick can also decide the turn of the game pretty early.


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Fluoman

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12-02-2012

Metagame means, by definition, everything that isn't the game itself but revolves around it: Team composition, lane composition, counter picks, bans, champ synergy, general stategy, game phases etc...

Having a good knowledge of the metagame means you can effectively pick the right champ in the right team, therefore getting the most out of your pick.
Metagame is, at least in LoL, defined by high elo players and enforced by tryhards who don't understand the reasons behind the current meta's choices. That's why one can easily see mid champs never ganking, bot lanes pushed under their towers, top lanes never ganking, junglers never disturbing the other jungler's jungle.


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Hi Own Supply

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30-04-2013

Sharksn gj!


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Synea

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30-04-2013

Everyone forget the support ):


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