Graves isn’t new, I’m new to Graves. I unlocked him the day I played this game, so 9/25/2012. However, I have multiple ranked wins with Graves. He used to be my favorite AD carry. I loved harassing with his Q, dodging with E, and shutting down strategy with his W. The burst from Q and R are scary enough to win trades bot lane. His E lets him abuse lanes and has almost no cooldown with a friendly jungle Nunu and Phantom Dancer. This happened to be extremely convient, because I had both!
We dominated bot lane by baiting both of Trist’s summoners. Once she didn’t have ignite or heal, we knew she wouldn’t have flash. It was nubehound’s first time on Taric, but he did a great job knowing when to stun and when to run. Tying for fewest deaths in your first game as a champion is pretty admirable. Also, I told him to max W first, and I don’t think the enemy Taric followed suit. This gave us a huge armor advantage in the bot lane, combining Grave’s passive with Taric’s passive made us a bursty, tanky bot lane combo. Tristana’s magic damage from her E was still quite effective without extra MR, but I knew that if things got ugly and she jumped, used E, and ignited me, that I could just flash away and it would be k. After I was 7-1 we decided to wander to mid lane to find other stuff to kill.
The other team’s top and mid were doing very well. We were in a stand-off mid, and were afraid of getting poked down by Syndra and Cho. I had just gone back to finish my Phantom Dancer and said “I wish we could get to that Syndra.” Nubehound, not understanding the dangers of a fed mid, said, “Here, she’s stunned” and proceeded to stop forward and just dropped a stun on Syndra. I unloaded everything. I’m assuming my team did the same. Syndra melted and was nothing but a greasy spot on the road. A team fight broke out where we aced in exchange for our Cho’Gath (if I remember correctly). It seemed like a fair trade. We shoved so hard mid that the game was basically over. The enemy team just stuck around to let me get my Guardian Angel, then they gave up.