Last night’s ranked games were a learning experience for all of us. Jack probably got to learn the most because he got to experience solo mid twice!
In retrospect I think that Jayce would work better in our team comp, especially where we want to clear waves and pressure turrets. His kit works so much better against dive comps and hard engage. He has his gate which the whole team can use, he can smack someone away with his hammer, he can shoot three fast shots at the turret, and he can shock blast either a full creep wave or a large chunk of the enemy team. If we have good snare from mid and bot then I think Jayce works perfectly in this comp.
I tried Sivir out in this game to see if she fit well into the comp. I was too scared of facing Caitlyn and Nunu in bot as Kog because I knew I wouldn’t have an escape. I didn’t want to play as Ezreal because I wanted higher sustained damage to the turret. Sivir seemed like a solid pick because of her long poke range and insane wave clear. What I didn’t realize was that her spell shield blocks so much of Caitlyn’s and Nunu’s damage. This allowed me to play extremely aggressively in the lane. Also, that same shield blocks all of Master Yi’s damage, and a good deal of Akali’s burst. Sivir’s wave clear trumps Kog’s without a doubt. Kog has more range on his sustained damage, but Sivir has higher poke potential on a target that can’t move.
This game turned out in our favor thanks to us grouping early and taking towers. The only scares were when we would get flanked by the enemy team. Vi had enough engage to destroy about anyone on our team before the fight started. This would sometimes result in Master Yi getting a reset. Akali is also benefits from those same resets. Caitlyn had a surprisingly good game, but in the final Baron fight she only attacked me, which meant that I got to attack her back, and with the extra health from Frozen Mallet and bonus lifesteal from Bloodthirster I came out ahead. We squeezed out of that fight and pushed down the enemy base before they could respawn.
This turned out to be a much closer match than we wanted it to be. We won all of our lanes and had decent pushing power. I think our lack of focus and vision resulted in some of us getting picked off early in fights which really hurt us. If the enemy team was able to flank us then they normally would win the fights.