In this episode, sOAZ covers the mechanics of the laning phase and explains how to play both a melee vs. ranged matchup as well as a ranged vs. melee matchup. Positioning and bush control will be crucial. The first auto attack can determine the outcome of a duel, and controlling the middle bush will usually provide a massive advantage when going for creep score or when harassing the opponent. In the early stages of the laning phase, minions do a lot of damage. If your opponent tries to all in on you, make use of the creeps by running towards your tower or minion wave. However, some matchups are too one-sided, and in this case, you will have to be patient and wait for the minions to come to your side of the lane.
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1. SOAZ INTRODUCTION
Paul "sOAZ" Boyer has been playing competitive League of Legends ever since its debut more than seven years ago. He's attended Worlds 6 times, making it out of groups multiple times and even taking home second place in 2018. As one of the most established western top laners, sOAZ will teach you everything you need to know about League of Legends in this course.
9. WAVE CONTROL
Hard pushing the second wave is a great way to ensure you get it to bounce back to you by the three-minute mark, letting you ward and play safe. In this episode, sOAZ explains how to manage your wave control and provides an in-depth analysis of how and when to fast and slow push waves or set up freezes.
15. INFLUENCING THE MAP
When basing, taking a look at where your waves and opponents are will provide vital information that will allow you to decide on a strategy and decide what to do next in the match. In this episode, sOAZ explains how to influence the minimap and how to play the macro-game from the top lane.