I really hate picking LeBlanc before the enemy team picks their mid. There are so many champs that can go mid, and I’m always curious which will be a strong counter to LeBlanc. This game was no different. When the enemy team picked Blitzcrank, Cho’Gath, Xin Zhao, and Volibear, I was scratching my head pretty hard. I was hoping Cho’Gath mid, because I had recently matched up against one, and did really well to avoid his skill-shots and beat through his passive by simply zoning him from creeps. No such luck.
Volibear mid. Who plays Volibear mid?? I swear this is the result of Volibear showing up in the Euro LCS. Blast you, Gambit Gaming! When Volibear killed me really early in lane all I could hear echoing through my head was “IMMABUR!” Ya, I got baited by his silly passive. After that I knew that I could win lane just by using ult to make his passive start healing him, then backing off and going again when I got my ult back. Also, I knew I would be too slippery for a clumsy old bear. The lane turned into a breeze. I had my Soul Stealer, I just spent the rest of the game looking for kills to put all the other lanes behind.
Choppes man-handled top, Iggie dominated as AD carry, Czarni still hasn’t learned how to die in ranked games, and nubehound died just to make me feel better. Even though we were up like 20-2 at one point we were unable to take objectives with how hard the enemy team could initiate. After their team made a big stop and forced us away from an inhibitor Xin Zhao actually had the gall to say “we can win” to which I replied “I believe” referencing the document on HotshotGG’s desktop before the Season Two World Championships. I made sure to crush his dreams. Here’s a very brief run-down of what happened:
I see Xin Zhao walking from mid towards bottom lane. You can see our whole team gathering in their bottom jungle just after we stole their red. This is late in the game, just about a minute or two before we destroyed their Nexus. I see that he’s going to walk to defend the bottom tower. We already have mid and top inhib down, and they just had five players mid clearing out the creeps. Going into this blind was a bit risky, but I was hoping that I found Xin and no one else.
After I blink over the wall I see that I have found myself a lonesome Xin Zhao. I think if he would have been expecting this he could have ulted me back over the wall, which would have been really suck for me, but instead I do the best combo a LeBlanc can do while blind. Led in with W to get over the wall, pegged him with my DFG, and my QR finished him off.
He had just been responsible for the shut down on me before that, so it felt really good to get a clean kill like that, with my chain fastened securely to one of his team mates to keep them from chasing me too far. I got two people on my team a level without them even getting an assist. That’s the real team player right there! *shakes head*
That freaking bear finished with Youmuu’s, Shurelya’s, and Homeguard Boots of Mobility just to make life awkward. When he wanted to chase you, he would catch you unless you went over a wall. Did I mention Ghost instead of Flash? It was ballsy, but didn’t quite work out the way he would have wanted.