I didn’t really look to see what was happening at first. I had assumed that Shaco was jungling and Warwick was going to play in top lane and I would have an unconventional support, thus the safer Ezreal pick. However, before Champion Select ended I noticed the double Smites and knew I would be alone. Three solo lanes and insane gank potential. I was really looking forward to my lane match-up. Ezreal versus Caitlyn and Janna. Joy.
I didn’t have a ton of kill potential early on, but luckily Janna and Caitlyn had even less. I just got to sit in bot lane and try to last-hit at my turret. This actually went surprisingly well. I was willing to spend mana on my Mystic Shot to get last hits from 1100 range because it would keep me safe from Caitlyn and Janna poke. I was actually ahead for most of the early game in creep score, and felt like we wouldn’t lose as long as the game went late enough that I could get some items.
Shaco eventually just had to come lane with me because he was falling behind quickly in the jungle. He really wasn’t a good laning partner, but his clone worked well to block Caitlyn’s ultimate.
Elise’s early game strength started to taper out and eventually I was strong enough that I could lifesteal through her burst. With her unable to kill Irelia, Warwick, Malzahar, or myself she was almost useless, only providing a slow, unreliable skill-shot stun. Unfortunately, she was just a better player than our Malzahar who repeatedly got hit with her silly skill shot. At times it would have been more effective for him to just press R on some poor un-assuming Janna, instead of trying to grab Singed, Elise (had QSS), or Caitlyn (had QSS).
When this game went late I finally got to pick up some kills. We had a couple team fights where I got to pick up some Double kills, but I never got to spend my money! You’ll notice that Caitlyn had 1000 less gold than me, but had a completed QSS and an extra Doran’s Blade! I was sitting on so much cash at the end of that game, but we just had so many opportunities to chain from team fight to Baron to team fight to buff steal and Dragon to team fight. Then the enemy team surrendered. It was probably smart that they did because if I would have spent my money I would have actually been useful.
Real reason we probably won: the enemy Yi disconnected.