Welcome to the Factor.gg Visualizer!
This article will guide you through a few different use cases for our newly released visualization tool: Heatmaps. From gaining insights into competitive matches, leveling up your own gameplay, or studying your favorite player’s strats, after reading this 101 you will be able to get the most out of Factor.gg's latest tool.
The Visualizer aggregates data from hundreds of matches thanks to Factor’s open database, in order to generate a heatmap of the selected data variables. Want to see where first bloods occur the most? What about specifically in LCS? Visualizer can do that.
Currently, the Visualizer supports four different types of heatmaps: ward placement, kills, deaths, and first bloods. Each of these options can then be further refined by region, season, or team – and even narrowed down to red or blue side or individual players. With historic team lookbacks, the Visualizer will always show you accurate information about the roster of players on a team during the season you’ve selected.
Additionally, you can further refine your search by game time. With the game time slider, data points can be carefully narrowed down to the minute. Using this feature allows you to focus on the early, mid, or late game – a critical asset when data in a vacuum can be misleading.
Scroll and drag to see even more precise information on the map and click “Clear Filters” when you want to start over. You can also share your most interesting findings via image download, share link, or Twitter.
Want to think differently about professional League? Factor has comprehensive data for 23 competitive leagues, including LCS, LCS Academy/Amateur, LEC, LCK, LJL, LCL, and CBLOL going back to Season 10. Compare and contrast the strategies of top League pros from around the world with access to data sorted by individual players or teams.
By saving visualizations, you can compare them side-by-side. Take a look at the following graphs of first bloods in LCK vs in LCS: something interesting is going on in the red side bot lane that may be worth watching for next time you catch a live game!
Tips and Tricks
With a brand-new ranked season comes a new ladder to climb, and Factor’s recently released Visualizer provides not only deeper understandings of trends in professional play, but also ways to level up your own gameplay.
Now, all the support players out there can take advantage of comprehensive data visualization for warding in competitive matches. We’ll be showing an example of how to glean insights into warding in Korean pro play.
First, let’s note what warding patterns appear for the support player Beryl.
The left heatmap shows Beryl’s warding patterns in LCK’s 2021 season on the blue side, prior to the 20 minute mark, and the right heatmap shows his warding post-20 minutes.
There are a few takeaways here: first, that Beryl’s early-game warding is understandably concentrated in the bottom half of the map while mid- to late-game warding actually prioritizes the top side to protect against sneaky baron takes; and second, controlling the center of the map and enemy jungle are crucial elements of strategic dominance.
On the heatmap, note that there are two significant points of coverage on the blue side of the mid lane river brushes. The best support players are consistently assisting their mid laners when they can find time to roam, and mid- to late-game strategies often revolve around monitoring the push of the mid lane. Being able to consistently secure vision around the center of the map could thus be a key factor in controlling dragons, rift heralds, and barons.
In 2020, Beryl’s excellent ward coverage helped DAMWON Gaming bring home the World Championship for Korea. Now that Beryl is on DRX for 2022, it’ll be interesting and insightful to see if his gameplay changes as a result of his new teammates.
That’s all for now, but the Visualizer can do so much more! Play around with it on your own to find out even more using the same data that the pros are using to make their most crucial strategic decisions.