Articles for August 2013

LoL tip – Know your enemy

Knowledge is one of the best weapons in LoL. Knowing your opponent’s runes, masteries or rank can help you itemize against them more efficiently. Per example, if you’re up against a Pantheon with 21/9/0 masteries, it would be a good idea to start with a cloth armour and five potions in order to mitigate most of his damage.

So, how can you find this out? There exists an awesome tool called “LoL Nexus Scouter” (http://www.lolnexus.com/scouter) that does just that!

Using the tool is fairly simple, join a LoL game, and wait for the loading screen. This tool will not work in champion select!

Now, minimize the LoL loading screen by pressing ALT+TAB and go to the LoL Nexus Scouter. Type your summoner name in the text box, choose the correct server, and press “Search”:

 

This is a screenshot of the LoL Nexus website, precisely the "Scouter" tool, before we've entered a summoner name.

 

After a few seconds of loading, you should now see a screen similar to this one:

This is a picture of one of my games on LoL Nexus. It shows the information you can get via this tool.Simply by analysing this screen, I know a bunch of stuff that could be very useful. I’m playing Zac against Ryze top, and I know that him and the jungler (Jax) are premade. Therefore, it is important for me to only go all-in against Ryze when I’m sure that the jungler is far enough to not be a threat, since, chances are they’re on Skype, and Ryze could bait me into a fight that will result in my death (as always, wards op!).

There’s also a bunch of other interesting information, such as the rank of the players, their number of normal wins, their rune and their masteries. If you know your enemy, you win lane, and win game!

 

That’s it for this article, I hope you found it interesting!
-Icosebyte

Change the announcer’s voice in LoL

 

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes im a bit tired of the normal announcer in LoL. So i tried to find a way to change the announcer’s voice into something else and I found this beautiful program : Demonic-Announcer V2.

It is very easy to use and the results are very good, the only sad thing about it is that you can’t change the voice for whatever you want, but other than that, it’s an awesome little program.

Available Announcers:
-Unreal Tournament
-UT3
-Killer Instinct
-Mortal Kombat
-Halo
-Halo 4
-Phreak Troll (“Tons of Damage”)
-Draaaaven (“Welcome to the League of Draven”)

Here’s how to change the announcer’s voice in LoL.

First Step

Go on the official download page and click on Download :

http://demonicannouncer.net/download

Demonic-Announcer Download Page

Step 2

When the download is complete, you will have to select a folder to install Demonic-Announcer. When it’s done installing, you only have to open the program. It will have to download some updates the first time you open it.

Step 3

When the updates are installed, it will ask you if you want to sign up as a tester for the V3, I said no but it’s your choice :P Then, you follow these images :

Click on settings

Then select your LoL launcher :

Launcher Location

When it’s done, click on the small black box on bottom left and it will take you back, but this time you can select the basic button :

basic

Create Rebuild

Create Rebuild will run a backup for you, so your LoL file is safe. then wait, the backup can take a moment. When it’s completed, click on Next Step.

Now, you have to select all the sounds ( voices ) you want. You can mix them. The left red circle shows the different announcers, if you click on one of them, a list of sounds will appear in the centre red circle. You can select a single sound and click on (Add) to add it or you can click on (Add All) to add all the sounds from this announcer. You can also hear a preview of each sound. When you are done selecting your sounds, click on the (Use Sounds) button, here in the blue circle.

Select your sounds

When you added the sounds you want, click on (Next Step).

Next step

And finally, click on (Compile & Install).

Compile & Install

When it’s done, click on (Finished!) and here you go ! You have your new announcer’s voices ! It will create a new Demonic-Announcer folder, don’t be surprised.

 

Last thing

When there’s a LoL update, you will have to change your voices again, but the backup will not be as long as the first time so it’s not very long. Have fun using your new voices !

 

Thanks for reading,
SteakOfJustice

How to install custom League of Legends maps

I think we all agree that the stock League of Legends maps are pretty cool. Nonetheless, wouldn’t it be nice to have a bit more variety? Perhaps a winter version of Summoner’s Rift?

Fortunately, the LoL community has come up with a marvellous program that allows just that! In this article, I will show you the steps you need to follow in order to install these so-called “map skins”.

 

Step one – Downloading “Skin Installer Ultimate”:

First and foremost, we need this nice little program. “Skin Installer Ultimate” is the program that will allow you to easily mod your LoL installation in order to install whichever skin you like. To download the program, go to this link: https://sites.google.com/site/siuupdates/ and click on “Download Version x.xxx Now!”

This will download a *.zip file containing the program. Extract the contents of this file to a folder of your choice and open this folder:

This is a screenshot of the folder in which has been extracted the contents of the downloaded *.zip file

Now, click on “Skin Installer Ultimate.exe” to start the program, which looks like this:

This is a screenshot of the screen that appears when we start "Skin Installer Ultimate"

Great, now we need to download a new map!

 

Step two – Choosing a map skin:

Choosing a skin is the hard part ;) there are so many awesome ones out there! Those I would recommend you try are Beach Rift and Snow Rift (both from Yurixy: http://yurixyworks.com/category/game-mods/league-of-legends/summoner-rift/).

For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be installing Snow Rift, which can be downloaded at the page below: http://yurixyworks.com/2013/06/24/snow-rift/

Scroll down to “Download” and select the version you want.

Once the download is finished, go back to Skin Installer Ultimate and click on “Add Files”:

This screenshot shows how to add the newly downloaded map in SIU

Then browse to the map you’ve downloaded, and select it:

This screenshot shows how to select the downloaded map with the siu file browser

Now, wait a few seconds for the file to load, the click the “Add to DataBase” Button. Enter a meaningful name in the text box that appears, and click ok.

This screenshot shows hwo to add the newly imported skin to the SIU DataBase

Finally, go to the “==Install Existing Skin==” Tab, select the check box that corresponds to the skin we’ve just added, and click “Install”:

This screenshot shows how to install the skin once it has been imported to the database

You will be shown an “Install Preferences” windows. Check the options you want, then click save. You’ll now have another window, this time for the “Skin Character Selection Options”. Select the options you want and click “Done”.

Wait for several seconds (can even go up to a few minutes), and you should now be prompted with an “Install Complete” message!

This screenshot shows the SIU prompt that confirms that the skin has been installed correctly

That’s how you can install custom League of Legends maps! You can now start LoL and enjoy your new Summoner’s Rift!

A picture I took of my Summoner's Rift with Snow Rift installed

Thanks for reading!
-Icosebyte