Originally Posted by Bridget FF
[FONT=Georgia]May I recommend The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
1. [FONT=Georgia]"He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious."[/FONT]
[FONT=Georgia]2. [/FONT][FONT=Georgia]"He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious."[/FONT]
[FONT=Georgia]3. [/FONT][FONT=Georgia]"All warfare is based on deception."[/FONT]
[FONT=Georgia]4. [/FONT][FONT=Georgia]"The enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution."[/FONT]
[FONT=Georgia]5. [/FONT][FONT=Georgia]"To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill."[/FONT]
[FONT=Georgia]6. [/FONT][FONT=Georgia]"Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster."[/FONT]
[FONT=Georgia]7. [/FONT][FONT=Georgia]"If fighting is sure to result in victory; then you must fight"[/FONT]
[FONT=Georgia]8. "[/FONT][FONT=Georgia]The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, ..., is the jewel of the kingdom"[/FONT]
An elaboration to this most elegant post, and how it specifically relates to LoL:
1. One of the more general maxims. I would translate this as "don't force things", or, more specifically, don't get greedy.
2+6. These two are part of the same idea. One of the hardest challenges that face new players in LoL is the sheer number of abilities and items that can affect any battle. It is critical that you are aware of these. Know your opponent's hero like your own. Know their inventory. Know their current mana pool. Know their summoner spells. Be prepared to deal with your early gank failing when the opposing hero pops his heal or drops his rally. Don't go "wtf" when that 100 HP veigar turns around, stuns, and drops 3 nukes on you that do well over 1500 damage. Once you know which heroes have stuns and snares, how they work, how much mana they cost, and what kind of range they have, the game becomes so much more ordered and strategic. Familiarizing yourself with all the details of a game like LoL or DotA (especially the latter) can take a significant amount of time (which is why the learning curve is so steep), but at least a basic knowledge of the enemy's heroes is vital to avoid feeding and eventually succeeding.
3. Mind games. Use them. Against more skilled players (particularly those who heed #s 1 and 2), deception loses power. But if you're that 100 HP veigar running away from an eager hero looking for a kill, you might be able to get him to pursue further if you wait to pop your heal until the last second. The enticement of the kill is what draws him deeper into your territory. Maybe after he tanks a tower hit or two, you can nuke him down for an easy kill.
4. Listen to your teammates and heed their mias. Good communication is key for things like timing stuns, executing ganks, etc.
5. You could link #5 to things like backdooring or pushing to avoid confronting a more powerful foe, but in a fighting game, #5 doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
7. Don't dally! If there's an opportunity to end the game, or a temporary advantage that can be exploited, then by all means exploit it! Capitalize on the fact that your early gank forced the enemy lane to blow their flash/heal in the first minutes. Play aggressively and either deny them farm or force them to take damage (or death) if they get close to the creeps.
8. Probably the most important rule, depending on the kind of person you are. E-peen stroking is a big part of every competitive online game, but let's say you want to show off and you, as Jax, leap into the middle of 5 enemy heroes. You kill 2-3 before being gunned down as you attempt to make a getaway. Now, this secures you epic bragging rights (depending, of course, on the relative skill level of the enemy heroes), but wait! Turns out, you were the only worthwhile player on your team, and with you gone, the remaining enemy heroes push down an inhibitor. Sad day!
Disclaimer: I enjoy e-peen stroking. I would completely disregard #8 in anything but a "serious" match.