League of Legends solo queue tip: playing around Baron

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Role of the ADC

Your job is to DPS the Baron as long as the jungler stays on it. Ideally, you do NOT want to be tanking the Baron, because the person tanking does reduced damage and you need to be contributing the most DPS.

Your secondary goal is to avoid taking damage as much as possible (avoiding Baron’s splash pools of damage, knock-ups, and the like) and position yourself so you can escape the fight quickly. Since you do so much DPS keeping the Baron buff active on you after the take is of critical importance, because you can safely empower the allied minions while damaging the tower.

If the jungler and/or tank peel off Baron to take the fight instead, STOP DOING BARON. It doesn’t matter what your opinion is if the smite leaves the pit, you have to leave too. Not only are you now tanking the Baron’s damage and doing reduced damage, you’re now preventing the Baron from resetting and continuing to leash for the enemy to possibly steal.

If you’re playing a champion that can burst down and secure Baron quickly (Kalista or Vayne) and you decide to stay on Baron, that’s fine. But understand that it’s now on you if the Baron gets stolen.