With the new Ranked system coming out I wanted to practice up picking LeBlanc in Draft Pick Mode. I had just lost two games in a row to heavy teams and I needed a win. LeBlanc is a good option for a free win.
Luckily, for me, despite being last pick my team allowed me to play AP mid. I know that pick order doesn’t mean anything in a Draft Mode Normal, but it was still nice of them. The enemy team picked Kassadin. I had always wanted to see the LeBlanc vs Kassadin matchup, and I wouldn’t trust anyone else on LeBlanc.
Kassadin refused to harass me in lane. I was very careful to make sure to get auto attacks in when I hit him with Q. However, it felt like he was baiting me because he wasn’t using his silence on me. I also noticed that Kassadin started a Faerie Charm and eight health potions. He was hoping to just out-last me in lane. I immediately started saving up my mana. I knew that once I hit level three I could kill him with some good burst if I had enough mana.
My jungle Shen came by, so I decided it was time to kill Kassadin. Before Shen could get close I blew Kassadin up. Shen just laughed and helped me shove to turret. I recalled and got some very early AP. I got back to lane the same time that Kassadin did, so Shen and I killed him again. This time, Shen was holding the lane, taunted so I could Flash, blink, and then combo Kass. He died before he could get back to his tower. Second blood.
Mid was won, so I roamed bottom. I told bot that I wasn’t settling for a Leona kill, I was going to focus Graves no matter what. I came right through the lane as Graves stuck his neck out. Boom, two spells killed him, and we ran right up and finished off Leona for a double kill. I was 4-0, but I wasn’t done. I actually ended up with the first six kills of this game. I had killed Warick, Kassadin, Graves, and Leona. It felt marvelous!
I did notice that I spent too much time roaming and not enough time containing Kassadin. I wanted to let me team get back into the game. I knew that eventually the combination of Warwick ulting me and Kassadin silencing me would take me from about full to dead. I actually died to Warwick ulting me. I lost vision of him in a bush after his ult finished channeling, otherwise I could have killed him and walked to safety. Instead, I just winged him, and tried to walk to my jungle where a wild Rumble appeared and dropped an ult on me to kill me. I’ve played Rumble a couple of times and I’ve never noticed his ult deal hardly any damage. I was surprised when it finished me off instantly.
Vi is still considered “release week” so she hasn’t been nerfed yet. I guess they had to release a champion that beat everyone. Vi started to get out of control as well. For most of the mid game I gave up my farm to Shen so I could roam and just get people behind. It was great! What a fun LeBlanc game!