We didn’t have four people from our regular ranked fives team so we decided to use a ringer and play a normal game. We had Iggie invite and before we realized what was up we were in a Blind Pick game. I hadn’t done a Blind Pick normal in months and months. They just seem so silly now. In this game our goal was to have Iggie play as an aggressive support with Ignite and see if we could snowball bot lane. Second highest gold in the game? Lux support.
We got out to a pretty impressive start. We did get zoned slightly because the blue side bot lane pushed with Graves’ Buckshot. We had to sit back for a second and get to level two. Once we matched them in levels we were able to even out the lane slightly and get Lux in position in the bushes.
Playing against a sustaining bot lane really means that you have to commit to a fight and count on them having the bonus health and armor from their support. If you try to trade and disengage you will almost always lose just by the nature of the support. If you are using potions while the enemy carry is able to save that 35 gold, as minor as that may seem, 10 potions later you’re really wishing you had finished your Infinity Edge and had that 50% spike in your crit damage. Luckily, we had a comp that could hard engage and then finish people off.
Tristana is a very snowbally laner because of her awkward mobility. If she gets ahead she will always be in range of everyone on the team because of the reset on her jump. Once I was able to get slightly ahead in the lane (thanks to some amazing Lux burst) I was able to jump towards the enemy, finish them off, and then jump away from the jungler coming to assist the lane.
Probably the straw that broke the camel’s back was when Graves and Soraka unloaded everything they had on me and I jumped back to the safety of my turret. Then I baited Graves into using his Flash to try to finish me off. He didn’t have mana for his dash and his Buckshot, so he chose to Flash and then Buckshot. I timed my Barrier to soak up all of the damage from his Buckshot and then turned on him. Lux laser came ripping across Graves as I jumped and landed on him. I quickly moved into the bush, avoiding as much counter-attack as possible. I finished off Graves but was critically low and knew that Soraka could finish me off if I didn’t lifesteal from her. A perfectly-timed Lux shield helped my life total stay somewhere decent as I shot Soraka a few times and managed to finish her off for the double. That moved me to 7-1 and I knew we wouldn’t be looking back.
Another funny part about this game was the lack of assists. Lux and I were the only ones who got assists! What kind of team doesn’t assist their carry?! It felt safe to say that an aggressive support worked well on the first attempt, at least in a Blind Pick game.