How to Get Better at Defending in League of Legends: Vision Control Guide

Wondering how to get better at defenses in League of Legends? Here’s everything you need to know to establish solid map visibility control; especially if you play support.

As you continue to rise through the ranks in League of Legends, you will very quickly realize that good vision control is the key to success.

Whether it’s to stop pesky junglers from blocking your job, or to set up your own network of departments to ensnare those who dare to enter your jungle; fending off is key at the highest levels of the game.

If you’re wondering how to get better at defenses in League of Legends, we’ve got you covered with this full rundown of all things vision control.


League of Legends Pink Control Section
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Control departments are one of the most important items of League.

What is Surveillance in League of Legends?

At its core, it’s all about shielding: control the battlefield. Most of the enemy’s territory is shrouded in black, known as war fog.

Departments effectively dispel this and create a small circle of clarity around the department itself. This means you can spot enemies if they step within the department radius so you can react appropriately.

Only supports division in League?

While props do most of the heavy lifting, no, they are not the only ones to guard. All players must enforce to help their team.

What divisions are there in League of Legends?

There are four different types of divisions in League of Legends, each of which does different things. Zombie Wards and Ghost Poros are only available to those running the Domination runic tree, but often you’d leave these out for Eyeball Collection instead.

Department Available level How Much You Can Buy? What it does Featured role
guarding totem 1 1, in addition to all Support items acquired (Spellthief’s Edge, Steel Shoulderguards, Relic Shield, Spectral Sickle) Provides a small view radius around the ward until it is destroyed or times out (90s, three hit points) All roles
Control department 1 2 Provides a small radius of sight around the ward until it is destroyed (four hit points) Top, Middle, Support
Oracle lens (red bauble) 1 1 Creates a radar-like beam that swings around the player, revealing and disabling wars, as well as traps and enemy champions. Jungle, Support
Distance Change (Blue Trinket) 9 1 A division that can be dropped from 4000 units that reveals the area for two seconds and champions within five Top, Middle, ADC
Zombie Department runic tree domination 1 Spawn when you kill an enemy unit. View over 1100 units, are visible to the enemy team, have 1 health, last 120 seconds Build dependent
Ghost Poro runic tree domination 1 When wards expire, a Ghost Poro takes their place for 60s. Get scared off by enemy champions. Build dependent

Early Game Shield

Much of the early game focuses on defenses, especially as junglers look to ganklanes before players start shelling for team fights. This makes good vision control crucial.

We would advise that you do not drop wards before 1:25however, as these provide little to no information and will likely just be destroyed, supplying your enemies with the all-important gold.

Each role has its own assigned department positions, but these are just general guidelines. If you have found a place that works for you; stick with it!

Role Where to ward off blue lace? red side
Top Scuttle crab river bush post 1:25

Control department in your river bush

Scuttle crab river bush post 1:25

Top tri brush

middle Check the ward both bushes, keep the ward on your side of the lane to force enemy overextension

Department in the middle of the lane

Control department in both the red side bush behind the Baron well and the bottom of the curved river bush

Totem divisions in both bushes, on your side of the lane to force enemy overextension

Support (ADC to a lesser extent) Scuttle scratching post 1:25

dragon pit

Totem division in bot lane bushes to spot enemy supports

Control department in the river bush at the edge of the river

Totem divisions in jungle bushes (tri-brush if you lose lane)

Mid/late game defense

As you begin to roam the map, in turn fighting targets and towers, you want to make sure you have as much visibility as possible.

If you forwardit is important to try as many departments as possible in the enemy jungle as you can, as well as around big targets like the Baron of Drakes† This ensures that you always keep an eye on your opponents.

With important goals, make sure you keep your departments early to see players trying to collapse, and use your Oracle Lens Sweeper to Clean Up Any Vision the enemy team has left there. This means that they walk with their faces to the dark without really knowing where you are. Make sure you too protect the bushes behind each welllike you never know if some sneaky jungler will try to destroy the cone for stealing.

If you play from behindhowever, you want to make sure your departments are more centered around your own jungle and your baseotherwise you can be put behind the door without knowing it. Defensive divisions in the river, lower and upper jungles, and around the center lane (teams tend to besiege there) are a must.

As a general rule, it is always worth departments on bottlenecks to ensure that, if you see the entire enemy team wandering towards Baron, you can easily collapse and take them out before they even come close.

league of legends teemo fighting baron nashor
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The Baron is one of the League’s main targets; so watch it carefully!

So that’s all you need to do to get better at defenses in League of Legends and help your team to victory!

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