This week, Commnity Gaming interviews LoL coach Evan Longdo on game mindset and how to be at the top of your game through solo queue.
First off, a little on Evan Longdo:
Evan has been playing LoL since mid season three. He has geared his play and coaching to Mid-lane, Support and Top-lane. Evan has been coaching for the past year and remains highly sought after on League Coaching and Gamer Sensei.
CG : Let’s start with something simple. How do you get your head into the game?
Evan Longdo: When you queue for a game, I get my confidence up by imaging myself with the win and I grab champions I feel most comfortable with. Once in the loading screen, I take a look at both teams and try to gauge compositions as well as how the lane matchup should pan-out. The biggest mistake you could make is doing an Alt-Tab and taking your mind off the pending game. Programs like LoLWiz or websites such as LoL Nexus can help you with the loading screen by giving you information on your opponents such as games played on the champion, their ranking, and runes/masteries.
CG: Often times there are players that will place the blame on others, often quite aggressively, how do you handle that?
EL: I don’t believe that /muteall is the best approach for any game. My method is to start each game giving my teammates the benefit of the doubt and only mute them when they begin to flame (get mad at people) or their typing becomes a distraction. Otherwise it is good to keep your teammates free to communicate summoner spell cooldowns, plays they want to execute, and praise for your plays. When players flame, it is often the case that they will not be contributing anything useful so you have full right to mute them individually. Don’t let their words affect your gameplay (CG suggests: take three seconds before you respond so you can be in control of your words instead of feeding their emotional fire with your emotional fire) and work with the positive players on your team to achieve victory.
CG: How do you deal with a teammate that is on tilt (they make a mistake and they become emotional which leads to further mistakes)?
EL: This is a lot different than dealing with ragers. The solution isn’t to just mute them, since it is partially your job to help manage tilt in solo queue. Without writing out an entire essay, try to address the problem and offer encouragement to the tilted player. For example: an Orianna just missed her third ult of the game and says something along the lines of “wow i’m so bad! F this game!!!” My response would be: “it’s all good. just farm up and you’ll land the big one in a team fight :)” This way the Orianna player isn’t focused on their mistakes and is looking forward to impressing with a sick ult later in the game. Make sure you compliment them on their play if they start to perform better.
CG: How do I deal with someone who has given up and/or is spamming the surrender vote?
EL: I treat these players the same way as the ones who are on tilt: communicate with them as long as you can stay positive and give them a reason why your team still has a chance. Once they’ve reached the AFK stage, you have the choice between trying to win 4v5 or just accepting the loss and moving on to the next game. The key is to not let someone else’s bad game affect your future ones and that goes for all teammates in all games.
CG: After playing a few games, I start to notice my emotions are getting the better of me. What can I do to keep a healthy mindset in game and between games?
EL: Dealing with teammates in solo queue can be a frustrating experience for sure. In game, practicing the communication techniques we discussed above will help minimize frustration and maximize your teamplay. In between games, it is good to reset by spending ten to fifteen minutes away from the computer doing something you find relaxing like getting a snack and filling your water, taking a walk, taking a shower, or doing an exercise that you enjoy (CG says: I like to do 10 push-ups and 10 squats, filling my water and resting my eyes by closing them or looking outside for a minute or two). Even if you are not on a losing streak, each game takes its toll and playing more than three games is not recommended.
CG: How do you build team chemistry when each game has different players? Is it even possible?
EL: It is definitely harder to build chemistry in solo queue versus when you are playing flex queue with your buddies. Trust that everyone is proficient at their champion and role; the worst enemy of team chemistry is mistrusting your teammates. Once you’ve made a few plays with your teammates, you’ll have a better understanding of who you work well with. Being friendly and communicating well is vital to building and maintaining chemistry.
CG: Our team is at a massive gold deficit, what’s the best way to keep my focus on winning?
EL: It depends on your team composition. If you have a lot of tanks and AoE damage, your team excels in team fights and you should group up and fight together. On the other hand, if you have assassins or fighters on your team with good waveclear (the ability to quickly and safely kill minions) then a splitpush strategy (sending one person to each side lane and leaving three in the middle to defend) would give you the best chance of coming back. Finally, if your team has good pick potential (ex. Blitzcrank/Morgana/Tahm Kench) then try to get vision/wards in the enemy jungle and catch a straggler, then use your numbers advantage to push for an objective. Basically, play to your team’s strength while keeping a positive mindset. When behind, you must be proactive otherwise the enemy team will slowly choke you out.
CG: Say I’ve been having a bit of a losing streak, what do you do to get back into it and start winning again?
EL: I like to take a moment and review each game, either a replay of it or the stats, and try to spot any patterns. If you can’t spot them by yourself, you can have someone at a higher level than you take a look (coach, friend) or watch professional gameplay and see what they do that you can work on. If you notice you have bad winrates on specific champions or roles, consider going back to what you know or sticking with champions you have more experience on rather than playing what’s meta (what’s best) this patch.
CG: This week’s meme Question: how come every Yasuo on my team goes 1/12/4, but every Yasuo on the enemy team goes 12/1/4?
EL [chuckling]: This phenomenon has stumped the community ever since his release. As far as I can tell, this champion opens a dimensional rift to split reality into two timelines. In order to go from the Yasuo-on-my-team reality to the Yasuo-on-their-team reality, one must achieve a speed of 88 mph while driving a DeLorean. Mobi boots, multiple Zeals, and a Dead Man’s Plate are all recommended items.
We hope this Q and A was helpful, did you learn anything? Was this too in depth or not enough? Let us know in the comments below. If you would like to connect with Evan for coaching/lesson opportunities, check him out Here and Here.
Check out our free coaching event with Evan coming up July 11th!