This was a big game that we were all looking forward to. We were both doing well in our Division, which made us look like top dogs. We knew that Microsoft would be some of the fiercest competition we would see because we had played Zenimax in the pre-season and done well against them. Here are the standings going into our Microsoft game:
As you can see we were sitting at the top of the Division, but Microsoft and Zenimax are nipping at our heels. If we’re not careful Zenimax or Microsoft could knock us down from our current first-place birth.
Our first game got twisted on us because we wanted to run a different comp with me in the bottom lane, but when Microsoft banned out three champions that Choppes plays we knew that I should take LeBlanc mid. I was convinced I would be matched up with their mid player, who played Nidalee. Nidalee even picked Cleanse which was characteristic of a person who was scared they would die to LeBlanc. However, Microsoft sent Cho’Gath mid instead, which the announcers said was a “good counter” to LeBlanc.
In Champion Select we ran into a slight hiccup because with Pantheon out our bot lane composition was up in the air. However, Jake offered to play Kha’Zix which could make bot lane work. We figured why not! We could give something new a try!
After I started 3-0 I decided to get a Soul Stealer and start feeding. It was extremely aggravating to burst Miss Fortune down to 20 HP, cast Ignite, only to look down and see that Ignite didn’t cast. Welp, that sucks!
Czarni’s jungle was fantastic this game. It seemed like he was always there when we needed someone to peel or to tank, but he never died. That’s the idea jungle, one who out-farms the enemy team’s AD carry, never dies, but still has a massive impact on the game. The announcers were really pleased with the activity they saw from Vi.
SirSpam was put in a precarious situation when the lands swapped because he was holding top just fine, but when the lanes swapped he was forced to play the lane as two versus one. I tried to sneak up to help, but for whatever reason Miss Fortune was just barely surviving my burst. Sad day!
We went into a second game, but things got real interesting. They banned out Jarvan IV, LeBlanc, and Riven I think, which left up all of the global ultimates that we wanted to use. We decided to try our global ultimates team against Microsoft. Microsoft had a fresh line up, so it was like playing against a whole new team!
I almost died first blood to a Shaco gank, but using a potion saved my life. The tick on the Ignite probably would have killed me if I had used my Flask, but I used the spare potion I had purchased instead and just barely squeezed out of that one alive. Shen ganked shortly after that and helped me pick up First Blood against Katarina in mid. She did not forget that.
Before the 10 minute mark I was actually diving inside of the enemy team’s base. Here’s a quick picture just to make you laugh!
Yup, 9:57, going for it. After I died I let the other team know that it was worth it. It really shows our attitude in this game. We had complete map control once everyone hit level six. It was pretty great. We could turn team fights around so easily. I can remember being chased only to have Shen ult to me and Pantheon’s circle show up behind the enemy. Oh yeah! Stuff is about to get real!
We ended up taking the game in commanding fashion. Microsoft never backed down and never surrendered, which was a good thing because with a Singed and a Katarina you never know if the game is over until it is over.