Let me just say, I went from being stale and getting nowhere fast, to actually enjoying games by learning the ping system and making the most of it.
Pings must be spot on. Don’t hesitate, just ping. Embrace it and use it to the best of your ability. This is your only method of communication in Solo Queue and your best friend, once you learn the perks of proper pinging.
There will hopefully be a shot caller in each team. This is usually the most experienced player and/or the player with great map awareness.
- recognize who is the shot caller. This will be either very obvious from the beginning OR you’ll have to step up and become it.
how to recognize the shot caller - The guy who immediately pings “GLHF” and and immediately pings the target location on the map to group up.
the player who is getting all kills is a good bet to listen to, but I usually find mostly if they don’t like pinging and making the shot call, they just want to kill stuff.
A Good Baron, Celeste or Kestrel player can be recognized by how well they place their ULT’s and hopefully will join in the pinging to let the team know where to be and what objective to take.
If a player is not listening to pings, just keep trying and don’t tilt, learn to adapt, keep your eye on the objective, keep your pings spot on and keep making the plays.
- if there is no shot caller: it usually means there is a lack of ping knowledge and confidence in making pings, OR they’re just using a tiny phone, like I used to.
I’ll try to impart some of my understanding of pings.
Use the ping to warn of a possible gank. Mainly if you spotted the enemy but your teammate might of just came and not seen them hiding. you ping the spot you think the enemy is at.
if you want the team to meet at that point or just to point at a enemy to focus down. ping directly on top of the enemy or the area you want the fight to be at.
is kinda similar to but more for objectives and grouping up. ping directly at the meeting point.
retreat ping is timed at the exact moment you think your teammate is going to get outnumbered. Ping directly in the area of combat. and then the area to retreat to. It’s ok to spam this ping, because overconfidence is real, spam it and hopefully, they’ll get out of there before they die.
Roams should really pay attention to " I need help " pings.
“announce your health and energy” prior to porting back home. this will give your team a chance to cover the lane while you’re gone.
Show your appreciation when good plays are made by thumbs up.
“take the objective” pings should be followed up by a on the objective to be taken.
“we need vision” pings to be followed by a or to the area in question that needs to be checked.
Do not spam 2 word text pings in a row, as this will be your maximum and you’ll get locked out of pinging for 5 seconds, which could mean missing out on a potential and a “enemy is missing” ping or other helpful pings.
when using the “enemy is missing” ping, it should be followed up immediately by a ping on the dragon that is possibly under attack or a choke point that the enemy could be hiding in.
Pay attention to pings. and ping more. My best moments is when another player pings the exact same ping as me and knows the enemy is missing as well, and knows the dragon is being taken. clutch moments that make or break the end result.
You will find, like I did, that once you use Pings all the time, even those pings due to bad plays or bad skills become understandable and when you get pinged for making mistakes, show that you know it was a bad mistake by pinging
Another use of the Sad face ping is when you come back from a disconnection to let your team know that you had trouble with network issues. I usually ping this constantly when i experience lag spikes.
Even those funny moments when you get a kill from across the screen or face checking a brush full of enemies should be taken light heartedly and humor is very hard to convey so I have yet to use this ping, but I understand it when i see it, so don’t get tilted when you see the ping.
Last but not Least, Always remember to ping “GG” in that tiny little 3 second window when the vain shatters, so everyone can appreciate it was a GOOD GAME. I usually follow this up with a
For all those who are not confident in pinging, I hope this gives you confidence in using pings more, and for those who just don’t like pinging all together, a simple ping to say you recieved the ping loud and clear.
Pinging is here to stay. Let’s all get on board and understand pings, whether they’re used constructively or not, is up to us.