Season Three preseason is in full swing, so when Thursday rolled around we were ready to get some Ranked games played.
I felt like this was really the first time our team bothered to counter-pick a lane. When the enemy team first-picked Malphite we decided to run a Vayne top. This isn’t a champion that Dan has extensive experience with, but we figured it would be better to have a ranged dps late game.
When we were banning I remembered having a Caitlyn in bottom lane that just destroyed the kill lane that we normally use. I honestly thought about banning her out. Her range is very strong and her net really breaks a melee Mantheon as he tries to run at her. However, I didn’t ban her, because what are the chances the other team is going to pick Caitlyn?
It wasn’t until they had picked their whole team that I realized I was going to be matched against Zed in mid lane. This should be interesting. Glad I watched the spotlight and saw when Phreak took Veigar down from 100 to 0 before Veigar could react. Veigar has an AoE stun while LeBlanc has a silence. Luckily, I never really got to see Zed in action because the game was only 61 minutes long.
I got first blood on Zed and then his game plan was to try to last hit with his ninja star ability. This was fine because it kept him back far enough to be safe from my harass, but there were a couple flaws with his game plan. His shuriken was dealing minimal damage because he didn’t seem to be maxing it first, and it would push the wave. So he was missing CS, and zoning himself by pushing the creeps to my side of the lane. Every now and then I would just push him away from creeps and call MIA. More than half the time I was standing in mid lane I was by myself. This let me get WAY ahead in creep kills and experience. When the lane finally started to push (because Zed had been gone for so long) I killed him from about half health under his turret.
When I went back to get my Soul Stealer the enemy jungler showed up and pushed mid lane! Not to my turret, he just pushed it out a little bit so my creeps caught it and started to lose, meaning I’d be able to freeze the lane again! I guess he didn’t realize that I was level nine and Zed was just hitting level six because I had the zoned Zed with lane control. Maybe Zed thought that he was doing his team mates a favor by keeping me in mid so I wasn’t roaming, I was just last-hitting. However, with the best late game ADC in the top lane, and a kill lane setup in the bottom lane, I knew we would have a smooth early, mid, and late game regardless of how well I did in mid. I just got to farm!
After I bought Soul Stealer I shot off to a 15-0 start in this game. For whatever reason saying 15-0 start sounds better than saying 23-2. I think if someone went 8-2 I would still say that’s a good game, but finishing 8-2 after starting 15-0 just didn’t feel as good.
In all reality I should have died 10 times in that game. However, I was six item and had 5k gold, so I sold some items to get other items to even my build out. With 20 stacks and Athene’s Grail my cooldown reduction was looking really good. Zhonyas let me ignore more of Amumu’s and Malphite’s damage. This is actually the item that kept me alive the most. I made big mistakes around Amumu that let him catch me out away from my team. He would Flash into a bandage toss and then ult immediately, even if he only caught me. Once I had control of my character I would pop my Zhonyas and assess my options. Normally I would be able to clone my blink with my ult or I would have my Flash up. In a 61 minute game I never took damage from a Malphite ult. I almost felt sorry for the poor guy.
The game was won in a Baron fight. Pantheon jumped into the middle of the enemy team, Lux gave us some vision with her spells, and we picked them off one by one, never giving them a chance to combo multiple members of our team. Our only casualty was Pantheon who knew he was jumping to his death. We won the fight and immediately ran to the enemy base and finished it off.
So far my average stats for Season Three look like 23 kills, 2 deaths, 11 assists and 363 cs per game. That is what I would consider to be a good start.
Gold difference at the end of the game: 94.9k vs 76.8k