Perhaps you're new to league of legends. Perhaps you've created a smurf to start leveling up a second account. For whatever reason, you're low level and are looking to purchase some runes to help you out in game.
There are two main strategies when it comes to buying runes. The first strategy is to simply ignore runes until you reach level 20, and can then purchase tier 3 runes. If you want to do this, continue leveling up to level 20 and then look at the next chapter. You'll also want to save up LOTS of IP - try to save up close to 10,000IP to purchase tier 3 runes at level 20.
The second strategy is to purchase a set of 25 tier 1 runes that can boost your gameplay until you reach level 20. Upon reaching level 20, these 25 runes can be combined in the rune combiner to create a single tier 3 rune. Since the rune combiner is random, the rune created may or may not be useful, however it could be worth anywhere from 200 to 2000 IP. I like this path as it gives you the advantage of some runes early on, and a chance to mitigate some of the costs of your level 20 tier 3 rune purchases. If you're interested in this path, then read on.
First thing is first. Tier 1 runes cost less than 10% of their tier 3 counterparts, but provide of 50% of the stats of the tier 3 counterparts. Its a very good deal.
Tier 2 runes cost around 40% of tier 3 runes, but only provide around 75% of the stats. This makes tier 2 runes MUCH less efficient than tier 1 runes. NEVER BUY TIER 2 RUNES.
Its a waste. Just use the tier 1 runes, even if you're already past level 10. You'll save tons of IP and still get enough of the stats. So again, NEVER BUY TIER 2 RUNES.
So here is a basic plan which will provide 25 runes to use for levels 1-19. We'll use these runes to create 2 basic runepages, since you start out with only 2 runepages.
Runepage 1 - AP
- 6x Magic Penetration Marks- (30IP ea)
- 6x Armor Seals - (15IP ea)
- 6x Magic Resist Glyphs - (15IP ea)
Runepage 2 - AD
- 1x Health Quint or 1x Movement Speed Quint - (165IP)
- 6x Attack Damage Marks- (15IP ea)
- 6x Magic Resist Glyphs - (Reuse)
- 1x Health Quint or 1x Movement Speed Quint - (Reuse)
The total comes out to 615IP. We'll use these two runepages to cover all our champions. Any champion which uses AP and can benefit from the magic penetration should use the first page. Anyone else should use the second page, where the attack damage marks will at the very least help with last hitting. The choice of quint is up to the player. Both of these quints are useful on EVERY champion, and they are both the same price. I personally like movement speed, but theres nothing wrong with going with health either.
You can purchase these runes either all at once, or buy a single rune each level as you open up slots. Either way is fine, but make sure you're getting tier 1 runes. After hitting level 10, the shop may default to tier 2 runes, which we don't want. Make sure that it says tier 1 runes like in this picture.
You'll also want to save up runes as you get closer to level 20. Tier 3 runes are expensive, and you'll want around 10,000IP for them when you hit level 20.
I just hit 20!
First of all, congratulations! You've unlocked tier 3 runes and we can now take the 25 tier 1 runes you have and turn them into a tier 3 rune!
Head to the runepage in your profile. Right click on each rune to remove it from your runepage. Do this with both runepages so they are both empty. The rune combiner won't let us use runes that we currently have assigned to a page to prevent accidents. After you've removed the runes, click the rune combiner button in the bottom right of the page that looks like this
A window will pop up with 5 empty slots surrounding another empty slot in the middle. Pick any 5 of your tier one runes to place around the edge. Click to complete the combination and you'll be rewarded with a tier 2 rune. Repeat with the rest of your tier 1 runes and you should end up with 5 tier 2 runes. We'll combine these 5 runes to create a single tier 3 rune. Wooh! Remember that we spent 615IP originally and got plenty of use out of our tier 1 runes. The tier 3 rune you get can range from 205IP to a whopping 2050IP. You may get lucky, and you may not, but the important thing was getting the use out of our tier 1 runes. Now head to the next chapter to get some basic tier 3 sets!