Author: A.M. Reid

April is a support main in League that dreams she’ll one day get the honors she rightly deserves. When she’s not saving her allies on the Rift, she spends her time writing about LoL, esports, tech, and whatever else takes her fancy. Besides Speed Gaming News, her words have popped up in PCGamesN, TechNewsToday, Dignitas, FandomSpot, among others.
5 Best Gaming Chairs – Ergonomic, Fairly Priced, Comfortable
Gaming Gear, Speedruns

5 Best Gaming Chairs – Ergonomic, Fairly Priced, Comfortable

Obliterating your enemies shouldn’t kill your back in the process. Gaming chairs are designed to support you through all your battles while keeping pains, aches, and poor posture at bay. There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a gaming chair. The shape, size, style, material, and your budget, to name a few. Here are our top picks! These gaming chairs are sure to have your back (even when your teammates don’t). The Best Overall Gaming Chair – Secretlab TITAN Evo  No chair makes your butt feel like a champion quite like the Secretlab TITAN Evo does. It provides everything you could possibly want as a gamer in dire need of back pain relief, from 4-way lumbar support and a full length, reclinable backrest, to a pebble seat base that promotes good posture. It even has a m...
Preparing for Ranked in League of Legends
Esports & Competitive, Guides

Preparing for Ranked in League of Legends

Ranked in League of Legends is a daunting and grueling experience. Unlike normal games – which are usually treated as the practice grounds for ranked – your enemies are putting their all into everything they do. It’s a fast-paced, stressful environment where mistakes don’t go unpunished. But the ranked climb doesn’t have to be daunting. Today, we’ll be covering how ranked queue works, the rewards on offer, and how to ace your first ranked game. What Is Ranked Queue in League of Legends? Ranked queue is essentially the competitive version of Draft Summoner’s Rift. Players face off against similarly-skilled players for a spot on the ranked ladder. There are two ranked game modes in League: Solo/Duo: Solo/duo is the main (and most respected) competitive game mode in League. Players can...
How to Play Clash in League of Legends
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How to Play Clash in League of Legends

Clash is a tournament game mode that lets you live out your dream of becoming a professional esports player. You team up with trusted allies, scout out your enemies, and prove your skills in a grueling, high-pressure environment. While you won’t be obtaining the Summoner’s Cup any time soon, winning Clash does give you hefty rewards and major bragging rights. Clash is one of the most exciting game modes LoL has released in recent years. But it can be difficult to navigate. This is especially the case if you’re not an avid watcher of LoL esports. That’s why today we’ve compiled an in-depth guide on how to play (and dominate) Clash in League of Legends. What is Clash in League of Legends? Clash in League of Legends began in April 2018. It's a monthly tournament that still runs today. Ul...
The Best Gaming Laptops in 2022 – High-End to Budget Options
Gaming Gear

The Best Gaming Laptops in 2022 – High-End to Budget Options

Sure, PC purists might despise the evolution – or, “devolution” – of the desktop to the laptop. But you can't deny the practicality gaming laptops bring to the table. They’re compact and portable, making them ideal for those who don’t have much space at home or are constantly on the go. You won’t have to sacrifice power either. Modern gaming laptops are loaded with fast processors, high-end GPUs, and heaps of SSD storage. The best gaming laptops can even run triple-A titles at max specs effortlessly. There are all kinds of gaming laptops in today’s market. Whatever your budget, preferences, and needs, there’s sure to be a gaming laptop out there for you. Why not start off your quest for the perfect rig by browsing our top 5 gaming laptop picks below? The 5 best laptops for gaming in ...
How to Analyze Replays in League of Legends
Esports & Competitive, Guides

How to Analyze Replays in League of Legends

Watching your replays is one of the best ways to improve as a player. It allows you to easily identify your mistakes and can help strengthen your macro awareness. However, knowing how to effectively watch your replays and learn from them is a challenge in itself. Without the right approach, you can end up spending hours sifting through replay after replay, only to be no better off as a player from when you first started. In fact, the wrong approach can even make you a worse player. That’s why today, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on how to effectively spectate yourself and make the most out of your replays. These tips and techniques are sure to help, no matter your elo. To analyze replays in League of Legends, first, focus on your own mistakes rather than observing your teammat...
How to Stop Laptop From Overheating While Gaming
Gaming, Gaming Gear

How to Stop Laptop From Overheating While Gaming

Portable, slim, and packed with FPS-bestowing power, gaming laptops let you battle it out in your favorite virtual realms. And you can do it without being constrained to your desk. You can take your gaming setup anywhere and everywhere without feeling like you’re lugging around a power brick. But unfortunately, the laptop’s slim and compact design is a double-edged sword. It makes the device prone to overheating, especially when you’re putting the GPU and CPU under heavy load. Stuttering, thermal throttling, hardware damage – overheating can cause a whole host of problems. These problems will no doubt ruin your gameplay experience and affect the longevity of your laptop. A hot-to-the-touch chassis can even leave you with some serious thermal burns. To prevent your laptop from overhe...
How to Earn Blue Essence in League of Legends
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How to Earn Blue Essence in League of Legends

Previously known as IP (Influence Points), Blue Essence (BE) is the main, in-game currency in League of Legends. Every single champion in League can be bought from the shop with BE. However, champion prices vary. Newly-released champions cost 7800 Blue Essence, while old champions cost as little as 450 BE. Aside from champions, Blue Essence can also be spent on rune pages, mastery tokens, and chromas during the Blue Essence Emporium. Today, we’ll cover all the different ways you can earn Blue Essence in League of Legends. We’ll then discuss the best strategies for earning BE fast.  Blue Essence can be earned by leveling up, completing missions, accumulating honor, and disenchanting unwanted champion shards. You can find out how much BE you currently own in the client. Look for the...
Top 8 Gaming Mouse and Keyboard Combos in 2022
Gaming, Gaming Gear

Top 8 Gaming Mouse and Keyboard Combos in 2022

Sure, you could settle for your bog-standard office keyboard and mouse, but they aren’t going to level up your gameplay any time soon. Whether for casual gaming, competitive gaming, or speedrunning, gaming mice and keyboards are designed to give you a competitive edge. Gaming mouse and keyboard combos come with speedy response times, precise controls, and ergonomic designs that provide long-lasting comfort. Many even sport programmable macros and customizable RGB lighting (to "glow up" your gaming setup). Everyone had different needs and wants when it comes to their gear. We’ve gathered the top 8 gaming mouse and keyboard combos in 2022 (see also our favorite ethernet cables for gamers), from budget-friendly picks to premium sets with all the frills. Each set in the list caters to total...