League of Legends Guide: Dominate Lane by Using the Cheater Recall

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A cheater recall is a new strategy in League of Legends that allows you to get a huge advantage in lane. This guide will show you exactly how and when to do it.

Cheater recall” has been probably one of the most-uttered phrases by LCK commentator Nick “LS” De Cesare, along with “freeze.” While freezing is a concept that most League of Legends players and pros understand, the cheater recall is a relatively new term. Though the concept is not revolutionary or groundbreaking, this strategy can get you a huge advantage in your lane, so it makes sense that it would be the subject of our latest guide.

In this guide, we will discuss how to perform a cheater recall, when you cannot perform a cheater recall, the benefits this strategy has, and how to counter the strategy if it does happen to you. If you want to improve your laning in League of Legends, let’s explore the cheater recall.

What is and how do you do a Cheater Recall?

The first questions we must therefore answer is “what is a cheater recall and how does it work.” The “what” question is relatively easy to answer: it’s when you recall on the third wave to spawn in a game (the cannon minion wave) in order to secure a purchase that will help give you an advantage in your lane.

The “how” is relatively more difficult. In order to achieve a lane state that is favorable to a cheater recall, you must get the first two waves pushing (but not fully pushed) to your opponent’s tower. Then, your goal is to clear that third wave (the one with the first cannon minion) and immediately recall.

Because the wave is pushed to your opponent’s tower, they will not be able to match your recall. Further, because it will take so long for your opponent (who is low level and doesn’t have access to all his spells, or a large mana pool) you can walk back to lane while losing only one or two minions of gold or experience. You’ll return to lane with a massive advantage because you can buy an extra item, top off your health and mana, and will have control of the wave.

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