During champion select I requested that our first pick leave Ryze up for me to play in mid lane. However, the enemy team banned out Kayle and then immediately first-picked Swain. Not wanting to brawl with Swain as Ryze, I opted for my champion of choice: Evaine LeBlanc.
I was much less calm going into this match up. I don’t know why, but every time I play LeBlanc I get very nervous and shaky. I think it’s the fear of falling behind and being completely worthless in fights later. The fear of missing out on kills in mid lane and watching the enemy mid become the snowball that I longed to be. I hoped that wouldn’t be my fate.
I took Swain’s Flash at level three, but had to use my ignite to get it. I should have known that I could take it. He doesn’t get a chance to respond to my mobility and burst. Once his Flash was down I checked its cooldown: 300 seconds. I knew Swain had no Flash until 8:30. I messaged Shen and let him know that Swain’s Flash was down for a good while.
When Shen came to gank I made a few key mistakes. First, I responded just a second or two too late and had to walk through an army of creeps. Second, I missed my skill shot E ability. Technically I didn’t miss it, but I’ll explain what happened. The creeps proc’d my passive, so I got a clone. I walked the clone down into the river to face-check the Swain while I walked around the back side in case Swain was running. My clone found Swain, which kept me at a safe distance so that I couldn’t get bursted. Shen got to just beat on Swain, but Swain is a durable monkey. I wanted to get in the mix, help Shen, and make sure to pick up the kill on Swain.
You have to understand where I am now! I just looped down the ramp to the river where if I turn right I walk over to the dragon pit and if I turn left I walk into a row of bush that leads to mid lane. I am shooting Swain from that bush. My Q lands and I shoot my Ethereal Chains to hit Swain and A MINION STEPS IN THE WAY!!!!! Why on Earth was there a minion tanking for Swain?!?! Ugh. So Swain ISN’T silenced and proceeds to unleash all of the spells he’d been holding on me. Sad face.
So now I’m headed back to lane and I’m 0-1-1, Shen got the kill on Swain, but Swain is a kill up on me and I didn’t get any extra time in lane to myself. By the time I get back to mid my blue is about ready for me to get. I go and pick it up, it had eight life left, so I was thrilled to get to kill it with an auto attack. I walk back to mid, having just leveled to six, I see Swain using his ultimate to clear the creep wave. He probably knows whats coming. I blink into the lane, get my full combo down on him, and finish him up with another Q when it came off cooldown. Swain is dead, but Ignite and his E are ticking on me. I’m dipping lower and lower. Potions aren’t healing fast enough. I’m going to lose blue buff. Suddenly I’m shielded. By the time Shen lands he’s already walking away to go farm more of his jungle. All he says is “I didn’t know if you’d make it!” What a pal!
I clear out mid lane and run back to buy my first item: Mejai’s Soul Stealer. This has been a pretty core item in my LeBlanc build lately. My decision was based on my belief that if I could kill Swain with just an Amplifying Tome before, then if I got a couple levels and had my Soul Stealer then I would be just fine against him.
I don’t know if Shen saw my Soul Stealer purchase but it seemed like he did because he swung past mid to gank a couple times. Each time he did I netted myself two stacks. Eventually I started to roam bottom because top was winning on his own. Bottom was doing quite well themselves; the enemy bot lane was 0-3 combined at the time. When I went down and snuck through the lane in the bushes the enemy team was too afraid to come out and farm, so I wandered up the river to Dragon and the enemy blue. We were converging on what was beginning to look like our first team fight. The enemy team had a much harder time fighting with us in close quarters. We cleaned up anyone who got too close, stole their blue and took Dragon for free.
By this point we owned their jungle. I was walking towards their blue, chasing Lulu and Miss Fortune when Hecarim started to pincer me from the backside. Hecarim was below half. He must not have realized that I wanted him to chase until he was close enough. He was within range and still charging fearlessly. As soon as I hit the bushes I turned back on him and instantly destroyed his health bar. I was walking towards him as I cast the two spells that dropped him. I walked right through where he was standing to the tune of a double kill. I was left unscathed, but I wasn’t ready to leave.
Shen was standing in bottom lane while the enemy team grouped to stop his push. He wasn’t afraid of them, but couldn’t exactly engage them either. I was in their jungle, but got as close to the lane wall as I could and waited patiently. The enemy team grew tired of Shen taunting them and they slowly pushed forward. I blinked over the wall and instantly wrecked Lulu then blinked back. Nothing left. The enemy team tried to chase but they were met with chains of ethereal. Shen and I walked out, laughing.
At the 20 minute mark the surrender vote came out. I could be considered a feeder this game, but I prefer to be called the feeder that helped force the surrender vote. After all was said and done I was honored by each of my team mates for achieving 16 stacks in a matter of 20 minutes. They all thought that was pretty special.