Monday, May 28, 2012

A warding guide like you never saw before

So I bet that you, fans of LoL, want to be the best , so you possibly searched for warding guides...
If you are like me you didn't liked them, found them boring.
I'm here to change that, I'll show you the proper way of warding in first person, you will now see what is warding, not just a map with places where to put wards.

For the new ones, you will find that this guide will be easier to understand than the general guides that are out there.
This guide will have a short and a long version , the long will have tips and tricks for warding. The short will only have the images with marks where to ward ( it will be in the end of the post together with the pictures for the general).

The basics

There are two types of wards:

Sight Wards  
Vision Wards
Sight Wards - These wards reveal an area of the map(1100 units)they last for 3 minutes and cost 75gold.
Vision Wards - These wards reveal an area of the map (1000 units) including stealthed    units(champions and wards), they cost 125 gold and last for 3 minutes.
Only if you are in the role of support or if your team is going to start baron you don't need to buy Vision Wards.

I'll give you some facts about wards

  • If you place a ward in the range of an enemy tower, it will be visible but won't be attacked by the tower.
  • You can place wards through walls, this is pretty handy to save you time and it is a safest way to place your wards.
  • When you place a ward in a brush, all the brush will be visible.
  • You can teleport to them, that will make them to become visible but invulnerable to attacks.
  • A ward is only destroyed by auto-attacks.
  • If you click on a ward you can see how many time your placed ward has left.
  • If you are playing with Lee Sin or Jax you can jump to them( Q from Jax , and W from Lee sin).
  • You can stack 5 wards in one equipment slot.

Now I'll teach you how to properly ward considering your position.

Solo Top

If you are in top you won't need many wards at the beginning.
You really SHOULD buy some defensive wards, you can place them in the first brush of the river,or near it, and in the tri-brush.
What for you ask ? Just to spend 75 gold you say?
These wards can save your life.
The river ward will provide vision if someone comes to gank you, so you can fall back and hug the tower.
The tri-bush ward will protect you from ganks that come from the inner jungle, and when you are pushing your lane, some junglers are smart and don't come from the river.
Top river

After you destroy the enemy top tower

You should keep placing the same wards as above but you should also put wards inside their jungle, near red buff for example. Pictures in the end


This is one of the roles that needs to buy more wards! Since you are the jungler you should buy defensive and offensive wards.
In the beginning you should ward the river since you want to gank and need to see if someone from the enemy team places wards or if they are alone passing in the river, that could be an opportunity to gain an easy kill. 
A good item for AD junglers is wriggle's lantern , it gives you armor , life steal and you have a free ward each 3minutes.
So the places for you to ward are:

Your red buff, in the brush so you can see the buff and people coming.
Your blue buff, again in the brush. Or near the entrances.

If you see the enemy jungler in top lane for example get that opportunity and ward their blue buff. If you see him in bottom lane you should ward the red buff . If he just died or won't respawn in some seconds just choose and go ward it.

You should also help your teammates and if mid isn't warding you should ward it, same to bott and top.


If you are mid you will have principally two choices, ward far or ward near. What I want to say with this is that you must adapt to circumstances. I'll explain you that.

You are playing an almost impossible to gank champion, for example : Morgana, LeBlanc , Sion... etc. Champions that have stuns, bindings, flash like abilities . 
In this situation you can ward near, so you should ward both sides of the river in the first brush.

You are playing a Champion with low escapes, so you need to ward far. In this case you should ward in the second brush , or in the entrance of their jungle, so you can see the river and the jungle. With this wards you will have enough time to run away.

The enemy team has a jungler that has leap abilities (Lee sin, Jax, Alistar...). In this case you should also ward like said before.


In bottom due to the current META of the game it is going to be the support to buy the wards.
So you are the support where should you ward?
In the beginning you should ward the river. There are many ways to ward it.
I normally ward it in the first brush or near the corner before dragon.
You should also ward Dragon, in a way that you see the entrance for their blue and the Dragon.
The bottom brushes should also be warded sometimes, since the jungler can be there and gank, not usual although.
After you destroy the bottom turret you should start to ward all the map. The most important places to ward are the buffs, yours and the enemy ones, but be careful, when you want to ward the enemy jungle you must ask for help or use CV before.
Also try to ward the most brushes possible, near the corners so you have more vision.

Short Version 

Solo Top

The yellow ones are before destroying the tower, red ones after destroying.


Yellow ones are the essential ones, red ones are when your team starts  to push more and you have to be aggressive, blue ones are defensive when their team pushes and invades.


Same as solo top, yellow before tower destruction , red after.


Yellow ones are in the beginning, red are when your team starts to push and also when the other does it, you're the support after all.

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