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Coach’s Corner: Strategies for Improving Team Coordination and Shotcalling in LoL Esports

An esports roster might boast a world-leading player, but without staying synchronized, there’s little chance of a line-up landing a championship win. For a team to emerge as truly great, coordination is key. In a competitive scene where inflated egos are the norm, keeping larger-than-life personalities in check is no small order. Are you a coach looking to take a team from the minor leagues to the big time? Perhaps you’re a casual gamer who’s finding it tough to draw the line when playing with friends. In either case, we’ve got all the insights you need to take team coordination up a notch.


Rethink the Way You Communicate

Want to match the record-breaking highs of LoL teams like T1? A well-oiled team is also one that communicates effectively. If you’re struggling to keep your team coordinated, your current communication strategies probably need an overhaul.

Keep communications short and to the point. Whether you’re interacting verbally or using pings to alert teammates to enemies, keeping things concise means nothing is going to get lost in the din. Does your team use any shorthands? Make sure everyone’s on the same page here to avoid confusion. This is even more important if you’ve recently brought on a new player from another roster. Chances are, they’re in-game vocabulary isn’t a perfect match with yours, so sidestep any issues by touching base and comparing notes.


Look to Great Shotcallers for Inspiration

Are your shotcalls forever falling on deaf ears? If you’ve been trying all manner of tricks and realizing no positive changes, it’s time to see how other players have mastered it. If you’re currently playing casually with a stable roster, you can look to your teammates for inspiration. Pay close attention to how they shotcall. If you have a memory like a sieve, make sure you’re recording games and accessing replays.

You can also look to the professionals for ideas. Why not check out the 1337PRO LEC schedule and pencil in a few dates. The likes of G2 Esports and Fnatic will inspire all manner of refinements you can put into practice.


Be Analytical

If you’re studying another player to improve your shotcalling, remember that there’s more involved than simply parroting the shotcalls of someone else. If you want to wield these in-game commands effectively, you need to understand what you’re actually saying.

Generally speaking, shotcalls can be assigned to one of four categories. Some shotcalls provide information, such as where you are or what an enemy is doing. Other shotcalls deliver commands to your teammates, while you can also use shotcalls to put a plan together. Finally, you can turn to shotcalls to raise simple questions to your teammates. When analyzing the in-game performance of other players, group their shotcalls into these categories to find out who’s delivering the most effectively. Aim to emulate the more concise ones and rule out the ones that are largely ignored.

Ultimately, no single player is perfect. Even the best shotcaller will be met with blank faces from time to time, while others can come undone when faced with new meta changes. To keep your shotcalls as sharp as possible, make sure you’re always looking to new avenues to enhance the way you communicate with teammates.