Hello everyone! I’ve definitely been trying to get myself to play better so as to be able to tackle ranked games efficiently. I still have lots of work to do as far as keeping my nerves in check but at least I’m not toxic; still, my zero-tolerance-to-bullshit policy might cost me in the long run.
Last season, I played my placement matches and went through a heartbreaking 3-7 start. I still managed to play some games and get to Silver, but the drive was gone. I was shattered by the fact that I would never get teammates who know what they’re doing, so I just let it be.
Here comes Season 3 with its changes to the Leagues, though. Strange to see an adaptation of StarCraft II’s ladder on League of Legends, but I think it’s for the best. While I do think that the Elo system would be far better on StarCraft, I just don’t see its use in League given how you depend on 4 other people in it.
And so I embarked with Karthus, Soraka, Sona, Graves and Thresh on a journey to “NO BRONZE PLS” on Ranked. My objective was to make sure I was not going to be put in the Bronze Leagues (or it would be *my* hell). To be honest, I was quite happy with the way it turned out. Despite an Elo handicap (I was under 1150 at the end of S2).
The first game was me playing my trusty unicorn, a character I have come to appreciate through my playing career, being my first-ever main and having learnt the basics of PvP with her. I was rewarded a rather quick win without having to do much, except healing and doing all the things Soraka does… though I had to starcall. The second game was just as uneventful on Sona (between QWE and Flash-Rs), pretty much a free win.
It started getting rather funny starting the 3rd game. I picked Karthus (huehue) and was put against a Cassiopeia. I noticed that we were both as testy as the other but I used Karthus’ kit (suicidal tendencies) to enable plays for my team, which would lead to turrets being taken and objectives being secured. I was basically some sort of… tanky mage who would take it all just for the sake of everyone else. The suicidal tendencies, coupled with the fact that Karthus can still do stuff beyond death, allowed my team to secure the win.
The next game was not as good, though. Being forced to pick an AD carry – Graves – (actually panicked due to the lack of communication within my team) I put our team at risk of having an incompetent mid – on top of definitely having an incompetent AD carry, me. Fortunately, the dude who took my place was more than up to the task and we just cruised to a win. I definitely got carried on that one.
Game 5, I am Karthus. I manage to utterly shut down the mid lane, make plays left and right… but then our Miss Fortune’s connection gets dropped every now and then. This allows the enemy team to farm themselves to relevance, sadly. How sad is it that we have a Shyvana/Renekton to face a Mundo/Singed tandem? Well, yeah. You get it. That game rested solely on my shoulders starting then and I just couldn’t drive it home, mainly due to nobody listening to my instructions on how important it was to ward.
Game 6, Karthus again. This time, I am against an Anivia. Well, it went smooth-sailing until everyone in my team decided to feed the other lanes. Given how it ultimately fell back on me (and given how I could not snowball) it was an agonizing loss. I had to temporarly ignore the enemy Singed due to his chronic laughspam – was giving me headaches on top of endangering my sanity. All is good though, he was taken out of my ignore list right as the game ended.
Game 7, I had to play Thresh due to a massive mishap in our team. The problem is, I left mid open to someone who I couldn’t count on. Paid for it dearly as said mid proceeded to just curbstomp almost everyone not including botlane. I did more than okay, but I can’t do anything else when top, mid and jungle all falter.
Game 8, 9 and 10 saw me insist on playing Midlane Karthus. I had enough and was resolved to get everyone to ride my back. While game 8 was a picture-perfect of that (getting everyone to heavily ride my back, despite being against Katarina – who supposedly is a counter to Karthus), game 9 was more of a gamble. I’d only ‘wake up’ in bursts. I noticed that my teammate Miss Fortune was overly fed (way more than I was – especially given that there was Akali against me, so no way to get fed), I ultimately turned myself into an AoE meatshield. Basically, the same stuff that happened in Game 3 happened in game 9, except it was far less glamor – far more scrappy. Game 10, though… showed what happens on the other side of the ‘I carry yet lose’ argument as I basically staged a situation where the enemy AD carry (a Caitlyn who was obnoxiously fed) could not do much. Taking their turrets, forcing objectives when someone was down, calling the shots (especially that) allowed me and my team to throw curveballs at the enemy team. We didn’t have vision of everything but given how spread out we were, they had to react to everyone of us doing gimmicky splitpushes, only for us all to gather and take advantage of our superior teamfight.
Game 8, 9 and 10 meant more. Game 8 allowed me to discover the true power behind defensive AP runes as I could still bully Katarina in lane (using Exhaust when she ulted just to finish her). Game 9 showed me how to stay safe against an Akali as Karthus. Game 10 showed me that not all Kassadins go for the punish – and when they do, it’s recommended to have your own jungler be around for the big punish.
I’m glad I’m not in Bronze, at least. Well, I’m Silver, Division 4, on Kog’maw’s Legion. Why couldn’t I be on Karthus’ legion? Riot please D:
Well, regardless, I will keep playing Karthus for quite a while. I am working on picking up Twisted Fate, Syndra, Cassiopeia, Katarina, Kassadin and Annie. I’m already deep in there as far as Kassadin and Syndra are concerned, but the other ones are coming around quite nicely too.