Originally Posted by Glichdot
There is so much more to track in a 5v5 game. 3v3 seems simple by comparison. I don't even know what champs are AD/AP/Carry/Mid/Jungle/Top/Bot with any great accuracy. I know if I play riven they tell me to go top all the time and I do. If I play Cait they tell me to go bottom. I'm ok with that. When to hit dragon, baron, stealing buffs, ganking, counter jungling, and stuff like that I am just beginning to understand from watching vids and endless reading. It kind of makes my head hurt.
As a top laner you are essentially on an island it is noy attypical for you to stay up there for 20 minutes and farm as long as you call mia and as long as you are pushing their tower whenever your opponent top is ganking another lane. Counter jungling is essentially keeping an eye on your jungler and seeing if they are going into enemy jungle. If they do and they get attacked by an enemy jungler be prepared to help or ping for someone closer to go help them. Other than that counter jungling is the jungler's job but how successful is up to your lanes. Any other lane you will have to learn these objectives which I will do my best to sum up for you.
The golem buffs respawn ever 5 minutes. Assuming their jungler is starting blue and clears relatively fast.
Blue buff 2 min, 7:10, 12:30, 18:00
Red buff 3:30, 8:30, 13:30, 19:00
These are all very rough estimates since all champions have different clear times and whether or not the jungler ganks but buffs play an extremely important role especially early-mid game. This is because it can cover some champions weaknesses. Let's take Anivia for example, strong burst but very mana dependent, blue buff covers that weakness. Therefore its typical that Anivia will go grab blue buff around 7:30. However, if you deny Anivia that blue some people may be able to eploit that weakness or difference in strength. As a result you can expect certain champs to be at certain places just by when buffs are up. This is extremely important information.
Dragon respawns every 6 minutes. Begin warding dragon pit around 8-10 minute mark and be sure to refresh the ward there. Basically whenever the enemy team is out of position you want to rush baron. Example, there are 3 people top including their jungler, that is when you should ping baron and have your mid, bot and jungle take dragon. You will keep up in gold and experience as a result. Then add 6 minutes to the current time and type it in chat. Then you can see when the next dragon will spawn. Since the gold is significant there will be a lot of fights that happen here so always be prepared to fight there.
Baron respawns every 7 minutes first spawning at the 15 minute mark. This is a task that you should only do if you are confident you can do it fast with taking minimal damage. It's not worth it if you finish off baron and then get aced. Usually this is done late game where members of the team have a lot of items already but need the buff.
Sorry for wall of text but its a lot of information. Just keep track of the time and expect fights to break out around then so always be prepared for a fight especially around those times.