We knew this day would come. In our Ranked Fives matches the enemy team picked LeBlanc. Iggie was immediately upset because he was supposed to be going mid, but nubehound was trading a champion to him, so Iggie would have to pick from nubehound’s champion pool to face LeBlanc in mid lane. The enemy team had picked Garen to try to stop me top, so I offered to go mid against LeBlanc.
LeBlanc has boundless potential because of the varying abilities in her kit. She brings good crowd control and amazing mobility to a team. As Akali I was worried that she would be able to burst through my health pool and then trap me to prevent me from dashing and getting away. I knew the early laning phase would be the worst part of the game, but I could play back and just wait for the mid game when I can really shine. I just couldn’t let LeBlanc get early kills on me.
At level one I had my Mark of the Assassin and LeBlanc had her Sigil of Silence. We traded those one for one. I went to step back but saw LeBlanc running away. I immediately knew that she didn’t want to trade with me so I stayed up as close the creeps as possible.
I recently made a rune page and a mastery page specifically for Akali. I had copied them from Crs Voyboy who designed them to give him both of his passives at level one. I used to question why he needed both, but I felt the benefit from it immediately in that lane against LeBlanc. I had sustain in lane, and LeBlanc did not. After we would trade I could use Crescent Slash once in the middle of the creep wave and heal to almost full.
I beat LeBlanc to level six, which is a big part of laning against her. If she can beat you to level six then she has the potential in her base damages to kill you from full. I waited for my ult to get an extra stack, then baited out LeBlanc’s Ethereal Chains. If she landed a chain on me I wouldn’t be able to sustain damage on her and could potentially get trapped under her turret. Those easily make the list of things I don’t want to have happen.
My moment of opportunity finally came. LeBlanc hit a creep with her chain and I went berserk on her. Even with her trying to blink away I stuck with her and finished her off. I escaped out from under her tower with about 300 life left, most of it from spell vamp. However, I was not alone. Lurking in the tall weeds near the river was a doctor, waiting to hit me with one of his infected cleavers. I had picked up the kill on LeBlanc, so I had an extra stack on my ultimate. As Dr. Mundo charged at me I kited just slightly into my creeps. That extra damage, coupled with my ignite let me finish Mundo off before he could retreat. I was on a roll.
I started wandering the map after I would kill LeBlanc, looking to pick up kills. This game snowballed so hard. I was honestly shocked when the enemy team didn’t surrender at 20. I felt bad for Sheik9 because I knew how to play against LeBlanc better than most people would. I added him as a friend so I could give him words of encouragement and some pointers for his next game, but my friend request was never accepted.
I would like to point out that this is probably the fault of Riot’s Match Making system, and also that Sona did a fantastic job at having more gold than her mid, and leading her team in kills. Way to go, Sona!