Hey, this is Ciderhelm. I love League of Legends. I am passionate about helping people by creating great content. You may have seen some of my movies featured inside League of Legends or on the official League of Legends website and Facebook page.

I believe gamers are smart. I believe gamers want more than simple tips and stats. I believe "strategy guides" are better when they talk about real strategy.

I wrote Learn the League for gamers. With this guide as your companion, you will have more fun playing League of Legends, and you will win more games.

Patrick "Ciderhelm" O'Callahan


More Fun.

Catch up to your friends or impress them with new skills and knowledge. Practical tips and advice will remove obstacles that prevent you from enjoying the game.

Higher Ranks.

Discover the secrets that the world's best players are using to stay on top. With the tactics and strategies in Learn the League anyone can reach Gold and higher.

Better Streams.

Get informed on winning team compositions and accurately predict the outcome of matches. With Learn the League you'll be just as knowledgeable as top analysts.


What Is Learn the League?

Learn the League is a paid strategy guide for League of Legends with over 400 pages of exclusive content. The guide covers everything from getting started as a brand new player to understanding and using the tactics and strategies seen in international tournaments.


Is It Current?

Yes. Learn the League is on the 14th edition and fully updated for Season 5. Along with making sure the guide stays accurate to game patches, each edition also brings new content. Owners can download updates at any time.




Strategy Illustrated

Over 150 high quality illustrations are included in Learn the League. Because these were created with the same methods I use for my YouTube movies, they provide a crystal-clear look at advanced subjects.


Companion Movies

In some cases I feel movies are helpful additions for explaining and providing examples. Because of this, several movies are provided to help teach important concepts.




Will The Guide Help Experienced Players?

Yes! My goal in Learn the League is to bring newer players up to speed quickly, then teach the advanced subjects everyone benefits from. More than 65% of the guide covers advanced topics like strategy, tactics, and game theory. Click on the subjects below to see what Learn the League offers:

New Players

A guide through your very first steps, from setting up an account and downloading the game to understanding runes, masteries, and the matchmaking system.
This section is filled with practical information, such as strategies for using Riot Points, basic concepts behind champions, developing solid muscle memory and understanding game mechanics, and dealing with "smurf" players and other players who aim to make your League experience worse.
This section is an introduction to each of the primary roles, as well as many secondary roles. As we look at each role, I also recommend several champions and offer my personal thoughts on why they’re unique and enjoyable.
This section covers what is expected from many players in the early levels, including what types of champions are played in which areas of the map, as well as the reasoning for this. Ultimately, Learn the League should bring you to a level where you can make smart decisions regardless of the strict social rules of the meta, but this is a good resource for when you're getting started out.
While not every player is ready to jump into using quickcasting (or quickcasting with range indicators), this section will give you the knowledge of where and how it's useful, as well as how to start using it.
This set of short movies covers playing with an unlocked camera, using pings and smart pings, and using shops and item sets effectively.
This section covers the metagame strategy behind ranked matches and draft pick, and also offers an in-depth look at how Matchmaking Rating interacts with Tiers, Divisions, and League Points.

Advanced Players

In this section we look at the concepts of map control, game balance, and champion traits to see how they all fit together.
The Tactics section offers a look at personal positioning and movement. We’ll look at how short and long range champions work against each other, how to use effective feints and other mind games, how to effectively juke your opponents, and smart ways of using terrain to your advantage.

In the Strategy section we look at the anatomy of skirmishes and teamfights and the different roles each champion will play. Beyond this, we will look at teamfight positioning, how to set up powerful ambushes, and how to use objectives to your advantage.

In the Grand Strategy & Team Compositions section we look at the overarching decisions that determine how a game is played. Starting with champion select, teams can often be categorized by specific game strategies. This section details how these strategies work, what they’re best at accomplishing, and how you can build teams to make the most of them. At the end, we take a look at how to analyze these strategies in tournaments. 

Learn how to set up team plays that force your opponents to make bad choices. By understanding the concepts here you'll get a broader insight into how the best teams in the world implement their game-winning strategies.
As the name implies, this section offers tips and advice for all stages of the game. This covers decision-making, objectives, lane extension, and virtually every major bit of information about how and why certain plays should be made.
What kind of player are you? How can you use your personality to improve your play? What common traps are you falling for that are holding you back from being a better gamer? How can you better work with your teammates? This section offers a very personal look at how to play smarter and have more fun.
You may know wards are important and map vision is a huge part of winning games, but this section is designed to lay out exactly where and how to make the best use of vision tools. While ideal for support players, this is important knowledge for anyone who wishes to get ahead in the League.
As one of the most unique roles in League of Legends, I've dedicated a large section just to jungling and counter-jungling. Alongside this is a subject important to understand for all players -- ganking. These subjects are accompanied by three companion movies.

Game Mechanics & Miscellaneous

The Summoner's Rift guidebook goes into detail on how every map-related system functions, from jungle monsters to structures to the fog of war, with an emphasis on cool mechanics you may not know about. You'd be surprised just how much is involved in a Baron Nashor fight!
This listing of champion stats covers functional details (ex.: the order that armor and magic reduction/penetration is applied), as well as the relationships stats have with each other.
This section covers all of the summoner spells in detail, allowing you to make smart decisions on when to use them and when to avoid them.
Members have access to an extensive listing of awesome and core League of Legends resources around the world. If you want to jump into the broader worldwide community but don't know the places to start, check out this list.
Though this e-book is not intended as a champion-specific product, I've also included written transcripts of my in-depth YouTube guides for over 40 champions.
A variety of small downloads, such as countering tips, jungle timers, and patch updates are included for completeness.


Success Stories

"Learn The League has greatly improved my LoL experience. I was finally able to have a full grasp of how the game works and how to quickly improve myself as a player. The many tips and tricks aided me in my climb to platinum over the course of the season. Whether you're a beginner or experienced player, Learn The League will definitely help you improve in the fields of justice."
"The in-depth information in this ebook is great for anyone trying to learn to play League of Legends, or for anyone looking to improve their play by learning more about the mechanics and strategy of the game. Reading this book and watching Ciderhelm's videos has improved my gameplay and changed my mentality towards playing the game!"

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"Long story short... I bought your learn the league a while ago now, at the time I was over the moon with how in-depth it was and i think it was was an incredible value for the money.  Anyway, I stopped playing the game for a long time, I log in and see that it's STILL being updated. Wow man. I was happy with the value a year ago... today I'm flabbergasted."
Rob, Learn the League Owner
"Above all else I want you to be aware that your book has been a significant help. Thank you."
Isaac, Learn the League Owner




Updates for Life

After purchasing the guide you will be able to log in and download updates at any time in the future. This is a one-time purchase, you will not be charged monthly, and you will not need to pay for updates.

60-Day Guarantee

Learn the League is backed with a 60-day money-back guarantee. If you don't enjoy the product for any reason, let me know, and you'll get a refund with no hassle and no questions asked.

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