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How to Choose League of Legends Runes

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The loot system - runes of League of Legends will improve your character, progression accomplished by acquiring runes that add passive stat bonuses to your character. This article will help you decide which runes are best to use.

Rune introduction

If you're new, check out our Beginner's Guide to LoL). You have a rune book (with two separate pages than can be switched) that you fill up with runes that can only be purchased with IP, earned from playing games. These runes have many different effects, everything from gold/10 to crit chance, and come in three tiers. Tier 1 is available from the beginning, Tier 2 is available at level ten, and tier three only become available at level 20. You also don't get access to all of the rune slots until max level 30. The effect of a single rune is small, but an entire page can make a great hero better and a weak hero powerful. Here are some suggestions on how to use them to full effect.

Choosing Runes

Almost every rune you can purchase will give you some benefit, but there are a few rules to follow when picking which ones to buy. Within reason, the scaling runes (runes that give increased benefit as you level) are more powerful than static runes. This rule can be ignored if the rune is important to the early game. For example, static HP runes and HP/MP regen runes are going to give you a large boost early game, much more than the scaling ones would give late game. If you are unsure of what to choose, here are some of the best choices for the varying types of play:

For any character, especially those with powerful ults with long cooldowns (Like Kayle), scaling cooldown reduction runes are a good choice. For a tank, static HP runes will give you a powerful edge early game (Magic resistance runes can be a good idea, especially on magic weak tanks like Rammus). For physical DPS, Armor Penetration is a good choice, and likewise, Magic Penetration is excellent for magical nukers.

Combining Runes

The League of Legends rune system also comes with a handy mechanism for combining your older and weaker runes into more powerful ones. The concept is fairly simple - go to the rune combiner on your rune page, and insert either two or five runes of the same tier. Two runes of the same tier will produce a different rune, and five will produce a different rune of the next tier up. This can make building a lower level rune page less costly when you want to upgrade to higher tier runes. Note that runes of different types can be combined and that there is no way to consistently predict the result of these combinations.

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