Runes to Win #3: "My First Runepage" Infographic
As a continuation of the massively successful Runes to Win series (find Part 1 and Part 2 here) today's edition of #VVinning/A DIFFerent View brings an update to LoLmanac's "My first League of Legends Runepage" flowchart, which you may have seen a few months ago inside of the RoG forums and a few weeks later on the frontpage of Reddit. After reaching out to us via e-mail, ADV and LoLmanac put our collective theorycrafting heads together and came up with an update to the popular flowchart -- exclusive to Reign of Gaming!
How to read the chart
Given the complexities of reading flowcharts, we tried to simplify things as much as possible. If you're a fresh level 20-30 player with no runes to your name, you should start at the top of the image -- the part that says "START." Pick up 9 Greater Seals of Resilience and then 9 Greater Glyphs of Warding. After that, follow the directions and buy the runes that best suit the roles that you play, as indicated by the directions on the picture. When you have finished a basic runepage for your preferred role, consider either buying the "Advanced" runepage for your role or branching out and buying the other basic runepages.
When you have every rune in the upper half of the flowchart ("Basic") you should have the tools to build an effective runepage for almost every champion in the game!
Why these runes were chosen
One important thing that should be noted is that the runepages that are recommended for purchase are good as general runepages. For individual champions, there may be better runes suited for their ability kit -- but the runes that we have chosen should be effective across most champions in that specific role.
I believe that there are 2 runes that can be used for literally every champion in the game -- armor seals and flat MR glyphs. Both of these runes make you much stronger in the early game and serve to help you live longer in every role. It's nearly impossible to jungle without armor runes, and the extra tankiness aids you in trades across every single lane, especially if your opponents don't have runes yet. In addition, the armor/MR combination is only 205 IP/rune, which is the cheapest possible Tier 3 rune inside of the store.
Your third rune choice should be quintessences. Arguably, you could get attack damage marks before your quintessences (they are more cost-efficient) but in general quints have the greatest effect on the power of your runepage. Without the specifics effects of quintessences, your runepage is just another generic runepage. The same goes for your marks but that with a slightly lesser effect; you can use your marks and your quintessences to accumulate offensive stats, defensive stats, or a mix of the two.
Mixing and Matching
As noted above, these runes are not perfect for each champion in a specific role -- there may be a better combination of runes for a specific champion. This means you can mix and match many of the recommended runes to make an optimal runepage for your champion and playstyle -- don't feel like you have to use only basic or only advanced runes as part of a runepage. You could use AP/lvl glyphs and armor seals on the same runepage; you have to experiment for yourself to find the best runepages for yourself. Guides made by professional players, or even by our blogging team can only bring you so far. Play the game yourself, experiment, and make great runepages! :)
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