I was honestly nervous about being second pick and just slamming the pedal down on LeBlanc. I wanted to wait until the enemy team picked their AP mid and then I would choose LeBlanc. I agreed with habasaba to trade me an AP for a support, but when the blue team picked Ahri and locked with their first pick I just said “never mind” and locked LeBlanc. Time for a Soul Stealer!
Our game plan was to sprint to the enemy blue at the start of the game, but despite moving as quickly as humanly possible we only tied the other team to mid. They spotted us out as we dropped into their jungle, so we had to retreat. We didn’t want to be seen again, so we cut down river and hooked around to their red. While waiting for that to spawn Leona came walking through the jungle. I guess it is her jungle, but no one was going to get away from that gank. Luckily for me one of my auto attacks picked up the kill, securing me First Blood!
We leashed red for Shyvana and I wandered to mid. Ahri started Crystalline Flash, which made her easy to pick on. She figured she could trade and just heal up using that. Sadly, she didn’t get to trade because she was silenced the whole time. After I chunked half of her life at level two she started to play back a little bit. However, the damage was already done. I had lane advantage, I just needed mana. This is always a conundrum for me as LeBlanc because I don’t build any mana items. Honestly, her mana pool is good enough late game, and I do end up picking up cooldown reduction through my 20 stacks and blue buff. However, this game, when I hit level three Shyvana started pinging our blue buff. My dreams were coming true: Shyvana was giving me first blue.
One interesting part of this game was that we had an AP-tank top in Singed and I was a super fed AP carry in mid lane, but the enemy team bought minimal Magic Resistance. Maokai literally had none. Vayne eventually got a Negatron, but it was too late at that point, and Zed only had Mercury Treads and Hexdrinker. Ahri started to build MR, but she was so far behind that she ended up with 95 AP in her two items, while I was at 500 before 20 minutes.
I had just ran top to help Singed dive Zed. The idiot in me made me tank tower, which left me just about half health by the time Zed was dead (around level seven). I was walking back to mid and made sure I had vision of where Ahri was. Just as I was getting back to lane she shot her charm at me and tried to follow it up with all of her spells. I stepped back to make the charm miss and just blew her up. She didn’t make it halfway back down the lane because of silence and my root.
Something I didn’t realize before was that Soul Stealer gives 16 Ability Power for each kill, which means that even if you’re killing a target that is worth less and less gold it still is granting you money. Depending on which money tier you use 16 AP is worth different amounts of gold. If you spend 435 for 20 then 16 is worth 348 gold. If you spend 860 for 40 then 16 is worth 344 gold. Lastly, if you spend 1600 for 80 then 16 is worth 320 gold. So each kill I get is worth an extra 320-348 gold. Even with this knowledge I was still careful to make sure to spread the love and hunt down each person on the enemy team, and that’s why they were all within one death of each other!
Their Zed did the best on their team in terms of gold, and he was still lower than our support. This game was very one-sided. However, I went to split-push top lane to get some free turrets. I could escape from anyone on the enemy team, or I could duel anyone if they came 1v1. Zed was pushing. He ran away when I got to lane. I pushed in and took the turret. I walked up, cleared the creep wave and started hitting the next turret when Zed came charging out at me. He must have back up because he’s committing to fight me. He ulted on me, and as soon as he came back up I QRW’d him. Dead. His ultimate timed out and I looked up and saw the other four members of his team in mid lane. That means I get top inhibitor tower for free, that’s nice.
The funniest part of this game was the enemy team’s desire to kill me. When we were doing a Baron dance, the enemy team hid on one of our wards in the diagonal bush right at the mouth of river opening to mid lane. I stood right outside of their gap-closing distance on a ward and watched as they drooled. While they were standing there wishing they could pounce on me we sent in Shyvana and Singed to disrupt. Singed flung Maokai my way. Zing, dead. The enemy team tried to retreat, but you can’t escape this team. Shyvana was fast, Nami was fast, Singed was ridiculously fast, and LeBlanc can keep up with blinks and snares.
After our final battle we were attacking inhibitors and the enemy team surrendered. I felt like we had earned it 11 minutes before, but they felt defeated. I’m hoping that I can keep winning these games to make sure I get some awesome placement. If I get seven more of these games I’ll be a happy camper!