Tutorial: How to build lineups for tourneys
09/13/22 0 comments
In this article, I explain how Riot Lock works, bring many lineup methods and some tools to help you ban decks.Edit Article
Seasonals. With a scene full of opportunities, there are always new players just starting out their competitive journey. However, there are always some questions that flood rookies' minds: What is Riot Lock? How do I build an ideal lineup? How do I ban? And that is what I will answer in this article. Let's go!
About Riot Lock
What about Runeterra champions?
no. As I explained previously, Runeterra is more of a tag than a region, the champions from there are actually the region counted for Riot Lock, and like so, we have: Kayn Shurima, Bard Shurima and Evelynn Shurima. Again, there wasn't a region combination repetition, and no champions were repeated as well, so the lineup is according to the format.
Lineup Building Methods
3 Meta DecksStarting simple, the idea here is to get the 3 strongest meta decks and you're done. Halfway there. But you need to know how to play these decks because you can't just take something strong just because it is strong and then not know how to play it, right? At the time Kai'Sa and Bard Illaoi were dominating the meta with Azir Irelia, it was quite common to use all 3 of those decks in one lineup.
2 Meta Decks + 1 Comfort DeckAs it is quite common for folks to use the first method, mirror matches are quite common and the idea here is to indeed put in a third deck that is different, which can catch your opponent off guard. It is recommendable that it is a deck you're quite comfortable with and that you've played lots of matches with, so you can pilot it inside and out.
Triple XThere are players that prefer to build lineups centered around one game style. It is the case of triple aggro, triple rally, triple control lineups, etc. The positive side of this type of lineup is that they can perform really well against certain lineups (example: triple control is quite good against triple aggro and triple aggro is strong against triple midrange), but the negative side is indeed in the presence of only one game style.
Target LineupWhen there is one dominant deck (Kai'Sa is a great example of that), it is quite common for players to build lineups centered around winning against this strong deck. In this strategy, you won't ban the strong deck and instead will do everything you can to win against it twice. The problem with this type of lineup is that in case you find many different lineups that don't bring the strong deck, you can feel lost. That is without mentioning that decks that win against the strong deck don't necessarily win against other meta decks.
3 Comfort DecksLast but not least: follow your heart. It's not worth it to build a thousand and one different strategies, when you can simply just play with what you know how to play. Your mastery with each deck counts a lot in tourneys, because you can pilot them better than anyone, so it is a great idea to bring decks that you feel pleasure playing. I speak from experience in this matter, because the Seasonals I had my best performance yet was the one I brought 3 entirely different decks from one another, but that I enjoyed playing a lot. The lineup in question was Scouts, Caitlyn Ezreal and Taliyah Ziggs.
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