The ONLY Top Lane MACRO GUIDE You NEED for Season 11! - League of Legends

The ONLY Top Lane MACRO GUIDE You NEED for Season 11! - League of Legends

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for all the top laners out there we figured we'd make a comprehensive macro guide for everything you need to know about laning objectives side laning and grouping to get you started on season 11. let's jump right into it the very first thing we have to go over is definitely drafting unfortunately for top laners the draft phase is probably one of if not the most important part about playing top lane it is the counterpart role for a reason top lane is usually a battle between two melee champions unlike ranged characters that can farm from far away top laners have to get up
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close and personal for every single cs they want to get this makes picking the right champion all the more important since getting counter-picked might leave you having a very very bad time as a comprehensive macro guide we can't go super in depth about every counter pick possible there's just no way what we can do though is offer you a selection of blind pickable champions that can do well into almost every matchup we understand that there are players who like to stick to the champions they enjoy and don't really deviate away from that that's totally okay
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you can always win your lane in low elo regardless of the matchup and we'll be covering how to do that in a bit that being said for the players who don't care what they're playing we want to offer some advice so you don't end up blind picking tryndamere only to be met by a malphite on the other side and hating your life for 30 minutes our selection of blind pickable champions are these for tank players mundo or cho'gath for a bruiser go set for ranged champions go vladimir kennen or ryze if you know how to play him don't get us wrong all of these champions have counter picks just like
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every other top laner that being said they all have tools to deal with even with the worst of matchups cho'gath and seth have powerful passives offering a ton of sustain regardless of what they're up against with options like doran's shield and second wind they can withstand almost every lane out there the other four are incredibly safe as well they all scale relatively well and can farm from range mundo seems odd here but his cleaver is on such a low cooldown with next to no cost that he can basically last hit a ranged champion most of the time allowing him to go even in almost every
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lane like we said you can always play whatever you want but we highly recommend the 6 champions whenever you're unsure as to what you'll be up against odds are you won't be super counterpicked and the game won't feel unplayable alright with that covered let's get into some actual macro starting during the laning phase for top laners there is one very crucial skill you must master above all else and that is simply the art of slow pushing slow pushing is relevant for every lane but it's the most important for top due to the fact that you'll generally find yourself in melee vs melee matchups
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when two melee champions are looking to trade early on the big deciding factor on who wins the trade is going to be based on who has more minions since the trades happen so close to the wave and minion damage is so relevant early on they very often decide who comes out the victor in most trades that's the main reason why slow pushing is so effective in top if you have the bigger wave you gain a ton of benefits let's go over each of them one by one one they set up free map movement crashing a slow push into the enemy tower forces them to stay
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and last hit a bunch of minions this gives you ample time for whatever it is you want to do on the map for example you can set up a recall and come back to your lane with an item advantage since there's no way your opponent will have crashed a wave by the time you're back with your item lead you can easily take control of the lane and get a guaranteed advantage not only that but if you see an opportunity to roam then doing so after a crash slow push is perfect your opponent can't follow you without missing a ton of farm giving your team a guaranteed numbers advantage elsewhere on the map
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the second advantage of a slow push is that it keeps you safe from ganks minions are very threatening early on and sitting on a huge wave can easily deter junglers from trying to gank you in a lane as dangerous as top any advantage you can use to avoid ganks is a godsend of course players mess up this particular advantage quite a bit for example this yonei is doing something very wrong can you tell what that is he's focusing way too much on trading instead of just crashing his wave into cho'gath's tower it just results in him getting easily
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ganked and likely calling jungle diff the ideal way to avoid ganks with slow pushes is to use them to completely avoid the dangerous side of the lane altogether once your slow push is at around the halfway point of the lane then you should instantly look to crash it into the enemy's tower by doing so you can avoid ever having to commit to their side of the lane for an extended period of time even though ergot didn't manage to do that properly he still recognizes that this area is unsafe unlike hyone he instantly clears the wave to crash it and backs off since his jungler is doing dragon and he
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doesn't know where the enemy jungler is and the final advantage of a slow push is that your melee opponent should not be able to walk up to the wave to last hit with a minion lead in a melee vs melee match up like we said you should be able to win any trade because of how relevant minion damage is early on you should be zoning your opponent almost entirely until you've crashed the wave into their tower this creates a bit of an ev and flow to top lane since both players technically shouldn't be able to interact with each other while the other is slow pushing then the lane should go a little something like this
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one player builds a minion lead the other plays safe waits for the crash and farms a wave after crashes waves tend to bounce back and encounter slow push due to the even minion rule this means that the other player can now build their own slow push and the process repeats itself for the other side the wave crashes and the cycle continues to repeat if you watch pro players you'll notice this cycle happens quite a bit between two evenly matched players well that sounds boring and not really at all what happens in solo queue right that's because players are constantly mismanaging their waves
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one of the biggest ways to punish this back and forth is by looking for windows of opportunity when your opponent messes up and look to trade managing to chunk your opponent during their own slow push is one of the best things you can do in top lane remember that the difference between a slow push and a freeze is only who is in control of the wave if you manage to chunk someone while their wave is pushing away from them then they'll either have to recall and miss a ton of farm or stay in lane and die trying to farm the way you'll out trade them is match-up dependent and based on the mistakes your opponent is making
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you won't always be able to beat someone when you're at a wave disadvantage but if you manage to do so it is by far the most punishing tactic you can accomplish besides outright killing them freezing in top lane is so powerful simply because of the melee vs melee nature of the lane if you're in control of the wave and they can't break the freeze then your opponent literally can't ever touch the wave again and things can begin to spiral out of control for them towards the end of the laning phase and before 14 minutes one of the best macro plays you can make is setting up a rift herald capture
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intentionally or not riot has made the herald pretty easy to take any champion can solo it as long as you dodge the big swipe and hit its eye whenever it spawns usually the herald is a good objective but it does have a drawback when you let your junglers take it you can't decide when to use it and you may be forced to share your spoils with the adc who left lane out of tilt if you take it alone though you can use it whenever you're by yourself for a massive spike in gold by taking a ton of turret plates top laners may feel isolated from the rest of the map and your team may lose every dragon
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but having easy access to the herald when you're winning is one of the biggest perks of being a top laner with the laning phase done let's cover the mid and late game the most important thing to remember is that you should be spending most of your time in a side lane there's always one concern players have when we suggest this though won't my team just die if i leave them alone all the time yes but side laning is kind of like driving a car yes there's a risk that you'll get into a crash that's always a possibility that you can't avoid but the benefits of driving a car far outweigh the risks you're taking by being in one
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your skill level will never prevent your teammates from dying while you push a side lane but let's talk about all the benefits you'll get simply by taking that risk in the first place the first being solo gold and experience if you and your team are grouped all the time you'll all be sharing a single wave worth of minions sure you're safe and grouped but you'll never become nearly as strong as you should be ideally everyone on your team should be in their own lane to get solo farm even if they're not though that's fine you being on your own guarantees solo farm for yourself and it's still better for your adc and
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mid to share farm between only two people rather than three in mid side laning also provides insane amounts of pressure when done well let's go over each different type of strategy you can do when you're in a side lane the first is simple and a bit obvious if you've acquired a lead and drafted a good match up you can just kill your side lane opponent over and over and take their towers this occurs way more often in low elo where players don't respect their opponents nearly enough one of the reasons we covered draft at the very beginning is so you don't ever find yourself in such one-sided matchups
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this is the easiest way of both winning and losing a game which is why draft is so important obviously you can't just solo kill your opponent all the time though the more realistic advantage you'll be going for is side lane collapses the idea is that by pushing a side lane you're forcing someone to react to the minion waves that you're crashing into their tower after forcing them to defend you can rotate over to your team and force a numbers advantage elsewhere on the map this is one of if not the most consistent way of building leads as a top laner it doesn't rely on you being overly ahead to accomplish
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and it's a realistic goal regardless of the game's circumstances that being said we do strive to show you how to hard stomp games here at skill capped one of the best ways of winning games is by forcing the enemy team to collapse on you with multiple players if you're so strong that the enemy solo laners can't deal with you whatsoever you should continue pushing to try to bait the rest of the enemy team to collapse onto you the goal is to distract the enemy while your teammates grab an uncontested objective on the other side of the map killing most of them is obviously not the goal with this tactic but can be a
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nice bonus if you're incredibly fed we definitely don't want you to think this is just a camille thing either even tanks can apply this in this particular game it doesn't matter that mundo's team is mostly losing he has so much sideline pressure that the enemy team is forced to send multiple people to stop him constantly which results in a completely uncontested baron for his team as a player one of the best mindsets to have is to pretend that you're a tryndamere every game that will literally make you a better player in the long run if you're constantly practicing how to pressure the sideline like this
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regardless of what champion you're playing and lastly there is one final benefit of pushing away from your team you may be wondering well what if no one comes and they just group and kill my team that's totally okay in this other mundo game he's trying to set up split pressure while his teammates begin to continuously die in mid one of the worst mindsets to have is that you can somehow predict this would happen there's no way for mundo to know that his team would keep dying for free over and over but as we can see even in the worst of circumstances side laning comes with benefits
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even if your teammates suck if no one is responding to your split you can trade objectives somewhat evenly with your opponents okay there's a lot of benefits but we quickly want to reel it back just a bit we love split pushing here at skill caps but obviously there's times when you should be grouping with your team as well that's exactly what teleport is for even when you're away from your team you can join them at a moment's notice to help win a fight you also shouldn't feel afraid to just walk towards objectives like dragon as they're spawning to help your team secure it whether you walk down to an objective or
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stay in the sideline is kind of hard to discuss it's not really something we can teach and it's more on you to think about how the game is going and what your specific team needs to win in that game if you think you can accomplish more in a side lane stay there if not then group with your team at the objective that being said if you're unsure then you should walk to the objective when it's coming up it may not be the best play available but it ensures that you're doing something positive at the very least there is one final issue that may arise in your games though what if you fall behind and can't split
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whatsoever what do you do then that's going to happen quite often and there's really only one answer to that for example in this poppy game despite having the counterpick she misplayed the lane and fell pretty far behind so what did poppy do she just grouped try your best to coordinate with your team to take out the side laner you lost to if you can't beat them alone then use a coordinated effort to take them down otherwise when you're not defending your towers from their push group up with your team do your best to punish enemy mistakes and use the best teamwork you can
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in order to take back control of the game there's one thing we have to say when it comes to grouping like this though it's all random this initial pick on the riven was random she was in the wrong place at the wrong time it's not something poppy premeditated she just got lucky these initial picks poppy managed to make in the jungle were also random the enemy team overextended for blue buff and were in the perfect position for poppy to engage on them we don't ever really recommend grouping the whole game due to this reason by grouping you're hoping that the enemy
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team plays poorly and that your team plays fights well there's no predictable outcome every fight you take will be mostly rng as to who wins at the end of this chaotic encounter the fed top laner just killed everyone since she was in complete control of the game that being said you do have to fall back to grouping whenever you inevitably lose lane when it comes to that in your post game review don't focus too much on what happened while you were grouped you should always question either your draft or the mistakes you made in lane that eventually forced you into the
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single option of grouping that should always be the main takeaway when you're forced to group not what happened during the actual team fighting before we continue we just want to make sure you guys all know where this guide came from skill capped it's the best place to be if you actually want to improve at league of legends we have the best and the most league of legends guys on the internet that really do work the best part is you don't have to take our word for it if you don't climb 5 divisions while actively using skill caps you can claim a refund so give it a shot
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and get the rank you've always wanted for season 11. check us out after this alright guys that's going to wrap up our comprehensive macro guide for season 11. we hope you achieve your new goals this time around and hopefully this guide helps you in that regard good luck

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