League of Legends solo queue tip: the objective order of operations

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Step 7: get Baron (if available)

Once you have all the inner towers down, it’s time to start looking at Baron Nashor. As we said before, you still want to make sure that the waves are set up properly, you have ample vision (and are clearing out vision around Baron), and you’re taking any free towers outside the base or dragons that are spawning.

You can read more about how to play around Baron here but, like with the inner towers, make sure you are cognizant of what your team is best suited for. If you have poke, keep your distance and whittle them down so they can’t fight. If you have team fight or pick, be looking for that engage.

The key with Baron is to know the line between just trying to brute force take the Nashor and using it as bait. If the enemy team gives it to you for free and you have full vision, take it. But do not risk the 50/50 chance it gets stolen away, especially in instances when you are ahead.

Step 8: get inhibitors

Ideally, you want to use the Baron buff to get all the remaining towers on the map (taking those piles of gold) before cracking the base. Use the empowered Baron minions to bolster your team’s siege and take down as many inhibitor towers and inhibs as you can.

Don’t make the mistake of stopping at one and trying to use your empowered minions to push for the end. Remember, inside the base the enemy team can heal up and run back out at you with ease while you’re fighting off them plus two Nexus towers.

Instead, use Baron to its fullest potential. Take as many inhibitors and objectives as you can while it’s up. Then wait for the super minions to push into their base so you can finish the job.

Step 9: end the game

Notice there is no step to “take the Nexus towers” first. Taking those two towers are basically useless if you aren’t able to end the game right after. I mean, if they are free to take, fine, but the gold they grant (50 global gold and 0 local gold) isn’t worth risking your death.

Instead, if you can’t end the game it’s better to go after another objective like a free dragon, that last inhibitor, or even just stealing their jungle camps. Remember, the super minions are going to pin the enemy team in their base for the next five minutes, giving you plenty of time to end the game if you manage to get that one pick.

Ideally, you want to kill all three inhibitors so that the super minion siege becomes so overwhelming the minions will end the game on their own. Of course, if you get a pick or win a random fight and death timers are long enough, you should end. The point is to not take an unnecessary risk in ending the game when you could take the safer route and make the game easier.

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