An In-Depth Look at Combos (Maximizing Damage):

INTRODUCTION:

Knowing your champion’s combos is crucial since it lets you deal the most damage in the shortest span of time available. It generally involves a combination, if not all, of the following rules:
(1)    Using skills to reset your auto-attack timer

(2)    Reducing your skill’s cast times (such as Zed’s Q cast animation being hidden by his W) 

(3)    Understanding your champion’s delay times to insert actives in between (such as Ravenous Hydra) 

(4)    A deep understanding of your champion’s abilities and attack speed

 

Putting all of these together will generally require a considerable amount of your time and

muscle-memory. So don’t be discouraged if you can’t accomplish the combos perfectly. I’ve provided a few examples demonstrating the potential good combos can bring to your repertoire of necessary skills to help you climb the ladder and get that rank you’ve always wanted.

 

Renekton:

As a beginner Renekton, his combo’s simple enough: Dash into your enemy, Stun, Q, then dash out. However, incorporating rules 1 and 3 means that you can do more than just that. For the purpose of clarity, I will highlight the ways by which you can improve this simple combo:

(1)    Dash into your opponent

(2)    Auto-attack 

(3)    W immediately after your attack hits 

(4)    Cancel Empowered W’s long cast-delay with Tiamat/Hydra active 

(5)    Q 

(6)    Auto-attack 

(7)    E immediately after #6

Examining this improved combo yields the following benefits: 2 autoattacks, reduced delay on Empowered W, and another opportunity for an auto-attack if you decide to dash INTO the opponent again instead of out.

 

Fiora:

From a glance, Fiora’s all-in seems pretty basic. Q your target, land an auto-attack, Q again, activate E and keep attacking before finishing them off with her ultimate. However, by incorporating a couple of “resets” into her combo, you can increase the damage exponentially. Here’s an example:

 

(1)    Dash into your opponent with Q

(2)    Auto-attack 

(3)    Reset your auto-attack by activating E 

(4)    Activate Tiamat/Hydra 

(5)    Auto-attack 

(6)    Immediately cast Q after your auto-attack deals damage 

(7)    Auto-attack

 

Once again, it’s easy to see how a seemingly simple 1-2-3 combo can actually become capable of taking down enemies rapidly if you take the time to study Fiora’s delays, adding a mix of cancels, resets and knowing when to sneak in Tiamat’s activation: all before activating her ultimate  (which already deals a gazillion damage on its own.)

 

Riven:

And, of course, let’s not forget the Queen of Combos (who single-handedly turns League of Legends into a Fighting Game ANYDAY)… Riven. Her high burst damage can only be offset by the fact it takes great skill and discipline to be able to perform her combos perfectly. One only needs to look at highlight videos featuring Boxbox , BestRivenNa, or Shy to know what I’m talking about. Even Faker’s Riven is something to behold. She’s a very complex champion with a high skill cap but the payoffs for learning her well are quite huge.  Her passive also reiterates the importance of combos well. Every time you activate a skill, her next autoattack does bonus damage. Theoretically, that means 6 of her basic attacks will do bonus damage if you sneak them after casting anything. For the purpose of this article, I will show you one of Riven’s all-in combos:

 

  1. Get 40% CDR, space out your Q’s activations so the last one is just about to end 
  1. Flash into range -> Dash-in, immediately activate ultimate in the middle of the dash, and activate the 3rd Q
  1. Cancel Q’s delay by moving 
  1. Auto-attack 
  1. W immediately after your attack hits 
  1. Activate Tiamat/Hydra 
  1. Auto-attack 
  1. Immediately press Q (to start the first part of Broken Wings) 
  1. Cancel Q’s delay by simply moving 
  1. Auto-attack again 
  1. Immediately press Q (for the 2nd part of her Q) 
  1. Cancel Q’s delay by moving again 
  1. Auto-attack 
  1. Immediately cast your ultimate right after you see the auto-attack does it’s damage 
  1. IMMEDIATELY cast the final part of Q BEFORE the ultimate even comes out. 
  1. Be amazed as Riven seems to simultaneously use Windslash and finish her Q combo as if they were one skill. 
  1. Click to reduce the Final Q’s aftercast delay, and finish off with an auto-attack 
  1.  Dash out

 

This is one of Riven’s most complicated but important combos to learn. But don’t sweat it if you don’t get it the first 50 times. It’s heavily based on knowing her attack speed at the time you do this combo so it’s equally frustrating and amazing to know that the time it’ll take for you to execute this combo also changes as you level up or buy attackspeed-increasing items. A majority of Riven players will advise you to test these combos out in the jungle first (and that’s good and all, but it’s still a different experience when your target is constantly moving or actually reacts to what you’re doing.)
While being able to pull any of these combos off require some mental preparation and dedication, some of the flashiest plays in league came from simply studying how they work. By the end of it all, advanced mechanics like these are what separate the Challengers from the Bronzelords. So make sure you learn these if you ever decide to utilize champions that are rely on combos to gain an edge over their opponents.

Happy Hunting!

 

 

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An In-Depth Look at Combos (Maximizing Damage): INTRODUCTION: Knowing your champion’s combos is crucial since it lets you deal the most damage in the shortest span of time available. It generally involves a combination, if not all, of the following rules: (1)    Using skills to reset your auto-attack timer (2)    Reducing your skill’s...