There are many different aspects of a League of Legends team that needs careful consideration when attempting to build one, and creating a successful one is even harder. Here are some key points that need to be considered when attempting to create a team.
In a game where communication is one of the most important factors, if the players can’t talk or display what they want to do in the game, it breaks down the flow of the game and they will struggle to do well. Even if the best players, who couldn’t communicate were on the same team, they would have a difficult time against lesser players who could talk and plan what they wanted to do.
This one is relatively obvious. If you want a successful team, you’re going to need players that are good at the game. Even if there is one weak player on the team, other teams can and will spot that weakness, target it and exploit it to gain an advantage.
While 5 individual players can go a long way, there are many behind the scenes things that need sorting, which the players may not be able to manage whilst staying at a high standard of gameplay, a coach, or analyst can help a tremendous amount in this, as they can create strategies and team compositions for the team, while the players can focus on improving their skill. A good coaching staff can greatly increase any team’s capability, take for example Fnatic’s Deilor, who coached them to go 18-0 in the regular Summer Split, and eventually to the Semi-Finals at Worlds 2015.
Players need to be comfortable with each other and with coaching staff when they aren’t playing the game, if they get on well with each other, it creates a more positive environment and players will give and receive constructive criticism more gracefully, take for example, when Dyrus was thinking of retiring just before Worlds 2015, there was lots of friction behind the scenes, which caused a reduction on gameplay standard as there was conflict which stopped progression of analysis and review of previous games, meaning the team couldn’t learn from their mistakes.
Players need to be bought and maintained, from initial transfer costs, to living costs, to transport, players need a lot of looking after, potentially requiring more staff members to look after them, take for example, Oliver ‘IzpAH’ Steel, Fnatic’s Manager, who looks after the players, from the food they eat, to the clothes they wear, and also becoming the legal guardian for one of the players. In his words “A gardener does not make plants grow, a gardener creates an environment where plants can grow by themselves.” People like this are vital to a professional team, but of course, hiring people like this requires money.
Creating a League of Legends team, especially a professional one, is a big commitment and players must be dedicated for it to work. If there is a player who constantly complains, or flames other team members, they will single-handedly wear down the rest of the team, causing worse play overall. Also they must be able to practise with the team, so that you can improve as a team, as opposed to just practising as 5 solo players.
Each team needs one player to guide the team, while in game. They must be a highly knowledgeable player, and one that the rest of the team trusts. For example, if the leader needs to make a snap decision, they must know that their team will follow. Some teams have tried putting different aspects of leadership on different players, such as Dragon/Baron control to the jungler, and warding to the support.