Just like millions of other gamers out there I have been working on my placement matches for Season Three. This stage of the game never feels easy. I always dread losing, but when a loss has such a large impact on where you are placed it can really mean the difference between Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
On the flip side, wins bring so much more satisfaction; it is such a sigh of relief when the win has been secured, the enemy team has lost, you are riding on to the Victory screen! It’s those moments that we all wait for.
There are always going to be reasons that you don’t win. I had games where people didn’t understand basic concepts of the game. I had games where people raged because I banned Xin Zhao. I had games where last pick said “AD or feed” and then picked LeBlanc. I had games where bot lane went 0-X and later said “mid can’t carry”. I had games where people picked champions they had never played before because they are “OP”. I could go on for days. There will always be reasons that you lose games.
There are always going to be reasons that you win games. The secret weapon that we used to win a number of those games was a Twisted Fate and Vi combo. I would play TF mid and have my jungle Vi gank side lanes all day. It was so devastating to have four people show up in bottom lane. It was so easy to coordinate. It was so easy to execute. Bot lane wouldn’t even try to fight, they would just run into a Twisted Fate gold card.
In one of our games we actually had someone request to play as a jungler. When they saw me pick Twisted Fate they pounced on Nocturne. This got me really excited because I figured it would be awesome to coordinate global ultimate ganks with Nocturne! I would only use my ultimate after Nocturne used his and I would get to show up right with him anywhere on the map! However, this Nocturne would rather be a hero and fight 1v4 than go with the team and pick off the straggling fifth player. Sigh. We still managed to win.
I’m going to include screenshots of all my placement matches so you can see how my wins and losses went. Some were sad. Some were happy. I’ll let your imagination decide which was which!
I did notice that my fourth game is missing. I played LeBlanc and dominated a Twisted Fate mid and a Xin jungler. I was the only one on my team with kills at the 10 minute mark. Nidalee lost to Singed top. Corki and Lulu lost to Miss Fortune and Sona in bot lane. It was a pathetic show from my team mates. I couldn’t believe that I went positive in such a bad game, but someone on my team had to! Other than that one game that is missing all the others are accounted for. This blog has really kept me accountable. I guess that could help explain my ranked KDA of 10.1/5.5/8.5 over 30 games, 18 wins, 12 losses. Our ranked team is currently 11-8, and I’m currently 7-4 in solo queue.