I needed a first win of the day and decided to just throw myself into the ranked queue. It’s slightly depressing that you have to accept matches like five or six times because people don’t accept. I guess it is better to have them drop at that point than during the game.
Once I finally had a queue with nine other people willing to accept I was put into last pick. I knew what this meant, and started planning my supports accordingly. First pick just locked Hecarim without saying a word. Next two picks were Karma and Rumble, who wanted mid and top respectively. I had seen a lot of Karma play in higher elos who would play either mid or top, so I had to trust this guy. Later I saw that he didn’t have any Karma games in ranked. Whoops!
When it came to the last two picks Caitlyn locked very quickly, but had Cleanse, which gave me hope. I picked Lulu after juggling a few thoughts on Alistar and Taric. The enemy team picked Taric last, which really surprised me. They already had a Nunu and a Shaco, so I was set on them running Nunu support. Maybe lane Shaco, jungle Taric? Solo top Taric, Nunu support? I had no idea.
Solo top Nunu wrecked our Rumble so hard. Rumble started 0-4-0. We didn’t care. We picked up First Blood in bottom lane, and did it right as three huge creep waves got to the enemy turret. We immediately recalled so we could buy and get back to lane without missing much experience.
When we got back to lane Caitlyn walked into the bushes and just started auto attacking non-stop. I caught on very quickly what had happened when I saw her miss CS and not move between autos. Caitlyn had disconnected. My mind went into panic. At least she was attacking, which made her seem alive and showed presence and would push the lane so that Varus and Taric didn’t move in closer. I walked in and stood next to her, fearful that she would get targeted by the enemies.
After an agonizing wait Caitlyn finally started walking down the lane towards our base with the announcement of “A summoner has disconnected.” I felt like I was in the Hunger Games and the odds were ever in my favor. Or maybe it wasn’t the odds, maybe it was karma.
Cait was gone for awhile, but I took the time to get some CS. I knew it wasn’t money wasted because I would need it the longer this game went on. I actually was surprised how well I last hit at tower. I probably had two or three waves come into tower range and I managed to get most of them. I had two points in both Glitter Lance and Help, Pix! so the damage was spread evenly enough that either could last hit for me. It worked well and I ended up getting 25-30 CS waiting for Caitlyn to come back.
Caitlyn apologized when she reconnected, and came back to lane and we continued to do well. Shaco pressure was definitely a thing in our lane, and it held us back a little bit, but Shaco could only do so much.
I was pulled top to rescue our failed top lane and ended up getting a kill on Shaco as the rest of the enemy team pushed mid. I recalled and let them know I was coming. I saw Cait get snagged by Lux and figured she was a goner. I honestly looked back at myself on the Nexus platform and started walking to defend the turret. No kill call out. Cait had used Cleanse, but wasn’t safe. I walked towards her as fast as I could. Varus had jumped into our base and was fighting with Caitlyn. When she was about to drop I popped my ultimate and Help, Pix! on her just in time to save her life. Then I simply wrote “hi” and we walked out of the base to chase down the rest of the enemy team.
We were able to siege mid because Karma’s AoE heal was so massive that our whole team would get filled up rather quickly. The burst she was putting out was amazing. We stood in their base until the Nexus went down. Caitlyn and Karma got a lot of credit for kills this game. Before we moved onto Baron I had enough for Bulwark and three pink wards. I just never had to go back with Chalice and Karma heals. It probably would have really helped my team to let me use my Homeguard boots, but oh well. A win is a win, right? Ultimately, Karma carried.