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Moving Your Ass: How To Land Skillshots

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  • 26/01/2016
Hey lads! Today our LoL elo boost team will talk again about the macro aspects of the game, focusing on skillshot and how to hit them, and positioning in general. During our duo queue boost sessions we see many players not considering the position of their allies and enemies, but just standing there; but to climb the ladder knowing how to create pressure with positioning and how to move to land as many skillshot as possible is crucial.

Believe it or not, your last steps before casting a skillshot are really important – just as important as the cast direction! You can use your movements to bait your opponents and “outsmart” them. In the most common scenario you have to predict the enemies’ movements, forcing them to dodge.


Know Thy Enemy

According to our LoL elo boost team, to hit more skillshots you should carefully observe your target during the game. When you get close to him, where does he run? Does he try to hug a wall, or prefer hiding in a minion wave? Anticipating your enemies can be tricky, but very rewarding. Also remember that to increase your chances, getting as close as possible is a good idea, since the enemy will have less space to dodge.

If you want to land more skillshots, start casting them in a less predictable fashion, “faking” a direction. My favourite example is with Thresh Q, Death Sentence, a spell with an unique cast animation, because when casting it Thresh will always face the same direction, but he will later caster the hook at the angle chosen by the player – with simpler words, you can bait your opponents into thinking that you will cast your hook in the direction you are facing but aim for the opposite side. Try this trick in your placement matches and let us know if you make some cool plays – I’m sure you have seen this trick many time in the LCS.

Keep in mind that you will require a certain mechanical skill to pull this trick smoothly – that’s why many players will just throw skillshots in the same direction they are facing. It’s not necessarily a bad idea, but according to our LoL boost team it’s really predictable. Don’t make it too easy for your enemies, try to fake a different direction. Walk closer to an enemy and then aim for a different target; face a direction and cast your skillshot in the opposite direction; create a false sense of security if needed. Get as creative as possible and surprise your enemies.

Pressure Zone

Keep in mind that simply having a skillshot ready means having a high pressure zone around you. Simply your position will zone your enemies, scaring them away. You don’t even have to aim the skillshot, just sit on it. According to our elo boost team, your position matters as much as the angle.

Keep in mind that in higher elo players will become more aware of this pressure zone, and will react accordingly, staying away from the skillshot range when its cooldown is available. The first example that come to mind is Blitzcrank, but there is a long list: Lux, Elise, Fizz, Sejuani and many others. When you are moving, the “pressure zone” is moving with you, and in higher elos the enemies will move as well, creating a “dance” in the lane. But if after your placement matches you will need start from a lower elo, keep in mind that many players won’t respect your movements. Keep dancing and moving around the lane until your opponent fails to react in time and surprise him with a well placed skillshot.

You should always be aware of the pressure zone, and try to extend it moving towards or away from your enemies accordingly, and even consider minions, since they can block many skillshot. Keep also in mind that missing a skillshot will make you vulnerable, “dissipating” this invisible pressure zone – according to our LoL boosting team, if you aren’t confident, sitting on a skillshot is better than missing it because of the lack of pressure. That’s why you often see Blitzcrank players coming almost into melee range while spamming laugh before firing their Q – without his grab, Blitzcrank is almost worthless in lane. So just taunt your opponents until you get the opportunity for the perfect hook.

Movement

Another factor to keep in mind is the movement speed. If you are faster than your opponent, you will have two advantages: you can get closer to him before firing your skillshot, and more importantly you can move your “pressure zone” fastly, giving your enemies less try to react. During our duo queue boost sessions, we often see many players running in fear when Blitzcrank is chasing them with his W, just sitting on his hook. We can almost hear their screams on Discord..

There are many other examples: Ezreal can you his E to get in a favourable position before casting his Q; those dirty Nidalee pickers can Pounce with his W in cougar form and use their spear as soon as they land in human form. Hell, Kalista can do the same thing just with basic autos using her passive! According to your elo boosting team, using these technique can help you hitting more skillshot – often even using your flash for the same purpose is worth. Or you know, you can just buy Boots of Mobility and run towards your enemies..

This ends our article. If you like our content, check our site in the next few days for more guides and tips. If you need help with your placement games, consider purchasing our boosting services and starting the ranked season in the best way possible!

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