I am going to show you the score screen from this game, but I don’t want you to get mad at me. I specifically gave this post this title to show you that the other team was having a good time too. I got five honor from this game, three of it coming from the other team.
We were having a LAN at my place to practice up for a future AHGL tournament and I needed to have fun. Having fun is an important part of a LAN. We had some good games, I’ll post about that double quadra-kill later, but for this game I had a short discussion with my fellow LAN players. I suggested that each of us play the strongest possible champion for our lane.
Team comp was Pantheon with Lux in bot lane. This was something that Jake and Jeff had done time and again. They always love it. I picked LeBlanc for mid. We had Teemo go top. We had Shen in the jungle. Kill lane bot. Ridiculous burst mid. Annoying shrooms top. Over-powered ultimate in the jungle. We knew we would have a good time. Let’s see what we’re up against. This is when my heart began to sink.
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The other team looked nasty. Akali and Rumble. How can they have both?! Don’t both of those play top? I know Akali is going to kill me mercilessly late game, but I don’t know how I feel about Rumble. Bot lane for the enemy team is Taric and Vayne. Taric has a clean disengage with his stun. Vayne has a great distance creator with her E. Vayne is also running cleanse. The enemy team has a Riven jungle, who also scared me, as she is highly mobile, and normally too thick to burst down quickly. This Riven had won ten of her last ten games as reported by lolking. I was discouraged. Bot lane was discouraged. This game is starting to look better and better.
If bot lane could get their feet set I knew it would be a race to most kills. I managed to get First Blood from Rumble. I normally would recall after getting a kill that early, but I hadn’t burnt through my potions yet, so I stayed in lane. By the time Rumble was back I was level four and he was still level two. I took advantage of this level discrepancy and killed him again. However, despite my success in mid lane I didn’t have anyone on my back. By the time I got my third kill on Rumble bot lane was legendary. They had gone to work on Vayne and were just destroying her.
This bot lane quickly escalated into late game by keeping Vayne at a monstrous 0-15. I had managed to zone Rumble completely from creeps, keeping him from precious gold and even more precious experience. However, Akali, as expected, was able to take me from full health to completely dead in less than two seconds. My triple blink potential wasn’t enough to keep her off me. I had ventured top once or twice to help secure some kills in top lane, but Akali’s late game is very fun to witness.
It was around the middle of this game that we had a nasty revelation; Vayne wasn’t worth any money. We found that it wasn’t worth a summoner spell or an ultimate to kill her. She was only granting us about 15 gold per kill. We knew what needed to be done. We needed to sacrifice Lux to the feeder.
Vayne felt very comfortable around us by this point. Earlier in the game we had actually cornered her, murdered her support, dropped her to ~150 HP, and then walked around bot jungle with her. Lux, Pantheon, LeBlanc, and Vayne, a lovely looking posse. Lux was in a constant panic after I shouted out “don’t attack her!” to the guys in the room. Vayne eventually stopped walking and just started to recall, three enemies within a ranged auto attack’s distance. I tried to tell her to stop, then just gave Pantheon the go-ahead. He stepped forward and used the pointy end of his spear to cancel her recall. It also awarded him 15 gold.
Now we wanted to have a similar situation; Vayne caught by herself so she wouldn’t be able to escape or bring her team mates into battle, and have her attack Lux. Eventually the situation arose and Vayne took the bait. However, immediately after finishing off Lux she ulted, rolled, and then flashed to get distance from a then 10-2 LeBlanc. I had no intention to kill her, we simply needed Vayne to be worth money again. I congratulated Vayne on her heroic ability to run away so cleverly, and Riven interrupted to tell Vayne, in all-chat, that we let her have a kill so that she would be worth money again. I scolded Riven for having such a terrible idea. Of course we wouldn’t do such a thing! Vayne simply outplayed three very fed champions while she was 0-16! It could happen! Don’t crush her dreams!
The feast continued. We were chatting with the other team, they were chatting with us. We were apologizing that the game got so skewed so fast. They were very understanding. However, the wouldn’t surrender. We never asked them to, it just seemed strange to be down so many kills and not surrender. So we developed some more games.
I started to let Taric stun me. It started when I was attacking tower with a creep wave nearby. Taric came to defend. Knowing that I could kill him he bravely walked forward and used Dazzle on me. I stood still for a second or two as he retreated as quickly as fabulously possible. I continued to attack the turret and simply wrote “ow!” to which he responded, “I can’t do anything!” From that point on I would let Taric Dazzle me without any repercussions. I felt bad for the support in that game. I’m sure he did all he could for his AD, but Vayne going 2-25 was anything but his fault.
Rumble remained frustrated all game. I could understand his frustration, LeBlanc can be a strong pick for a blind pick game. Being melee versus LeBlanc is not something people enjoy. Congratulations to Akali for going positive in a game this one-sided. Thanks to everyone else on the team for staying positive and not raging.