Recalling vs Walking Back – When To Use Each One?

In League of Legends, you can never remain in the Lane for too long. There are many reasons for this – you’ll need to get your items, restore some HP, or get back some Mana. All three of these reasons are pretty much core and fundamental to the gameplay and will eventually have you in the base. 

But returning to the base has two different options as well. You see, Riot thought of the importance of getting back to the spawn as fast as possible and therefore included the Recall function. It allows you to, well, Recall from any place on the map – provided you don’t take damage in the process. 

However, walking back is also a viable path to take. Due to its slowness and rare applicability, it becomes more or less overshadowed by Recall. 

I will go over both and explain when to go back on foot and when to Recall in some detail.

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When To Use Recall?

The Recall should be used in every single situation where you are safe. There is no reason to go back on foot, losing a lot of precious time. Recall can take you back to base in 8 seconds, from anywhere on the map. It can only be canceled when you take damage, and in the last 0.5s, sometimes even damage cannot prevent it. 

The Recall function comes as a much-needed quality of life addition from the previous MOBA iteration – DOTA. DOTA has no recall, and walking back is the only way of doing so. So, it can be viable if an entire game has it, right? Let’s take a look. 

When To Walk Back To The Base?

Walking back in League of Legends is a viable strategy but painfully slow. The average Champion with about 350 movement speed will take minutes to walk to and from the base, which can severely detriment their game. Losing so much gold and XP, just handing it to your enemy, is a huge mistake. 

However, it does have its uses. Whenever you are close enough to the base, i.e., you were pushed back up the Inhibitor Turrets. There, recalling would usually take longer and have you pinned to a single spot, making you an easier target. Walking back is also perfectly viable whenever you don’t feel safe. 

But, even if you aren’t safe for a while, you’re bound to find a spot where you can safely recall. If you’re far enough from the base, walking back a bit to safety and recalling from, there would be much better. 

So the argument is distance. If you’re close enough and unsafe to recall, you should take a hike back. If not, and there’s no threat to you, just press B. 

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So, Recalling is the name of the game when you want to go back. Walking back to the base is a viable path in a few very isolated cases. However, these cases are rare and isolated, so much so that Recalling pretty much overshadows them. At any rate, it is up to you to judge your situation as well as you can and then act accordingly. I hope you’ve found this article informative and wish you all the best on the Summoner’s Rift. 

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