My brother asked me why I hadn’t written about this game yet. I told him the reason I hadn’t written about it was because I didn’t know what to say! I’ve given it a fair amount of thought and I think it would be best to go through the chronological order of what happened, what I bought, and how the other team died.
Morgana lost lane at level one. I haven’t checked the replay to see what she was doing. Maybe it was an extra strong leash for her jungler, maybe she was still in base and was AFK, I’m not sure. What I do know is that if you show up as a level one Morgana against a level two LeBlanc you had better be willing to eat some free harass. Morgana ate two spells and an auto attack when she showed up to lane. Silenced, no counter attacks. Another Q put her down to ~125 HP. She was under her turret while I last hit minions. I rolled up to level three and Morgana was still level one. I had 45 CS to Morgana’s 25. She would cast her puddle from under her turret and then just hide there again. This was great because it pushed the lane! I could keep it balanced and just abuse the space to zone Morgana!
I had about 2500 gold when I went back to shop. This was a big decision for me. Normally, AP mids go back rather frequently to replenish mana, buy wards, get potions, etc. I didn’t have any kills, but I was well ahead. I justified a risky purchase. I bought myself a Mejai’s Soul Stealer. Without any kills I knew I had to start farming champions in order to snow ball this game in a way that I wouldn’t fall off late game.
Morgana kept her distance from me. I was wary of her jungle Malphite because his ult combined with her ult could kill me. Then Morgana made a mistake. Her jungler was top and she rushed me. She hadn’t hit me with a snare in the game up to this point, but she figured she would just go for me and hope for the best. The combo hurt. I saw myself drop to about 150 HP. I was starting to panic. Morgana was critically low, but her ult was about to get its second tick and finish me off. With no alternative I hit Morgana with everything I have. My last desperation Sigil of Silence finishes Morgana off and I survive to see another day. Two stacks.
The only other time I came that close to death was when I over-extended and ate some mean damage. I was walking away with ~1/4 HP. I start to recall and see as Caitlyn starts to ult me! I have no idea how much damage this ultimate is going to do to me. I look at my pathetic health pool and try to calculate my chance of survival. With no way to make my passive proc and no team mates nearby the bullet crashes into me taking me to ~30 HP. Sweet! I start walking back towards creeps from mid tower and my whole team starts freaking out on me. Ok, they’re right, I should go back and heal!
There were a couple highlights from this game. One was the fact that I dodged three Malphite ultimates. He was a good sport about it, claiming after the game “I pride myself in those ults” and acknowledging that he had messed up a couple times. The last one I dodged actually caught one of my team mates. It was as we were diving the fountain to get 45 more gold out of Maokai. I blinked past Malphite to full combo Maokai and as I returned to my initial position Malphite ulted my team mates. They were sacrifices to the lazer gods.
The other highlight that I thoroughly enjoyed was when we were sieging the enemy base. We were standing in mid lane and the enemy team knew we would eventually get their base if they didn’t make a stand. Yorick, being the brave soul he is, led the charge for his team. We all stepped back from this strange act of aggression by the other team. Well, not all of us. I hit Yorick with a full combo. He walked into my range, he showed signs of aggression, so he deserved it. I was already at 20 stacks by this point, but my DFG was a huge initiation, and the ridiculous burst from Sigil of Silence followed by an ultimate version of Sigil dropped him to just a few hundred HP, which quickly disintegrated when I blinked forward on top of him. The enemy team immediately started to retreat. That was a great battle!
After they let us take their middle tower I just abused the walls of their base to pick people off. I was so fed I could blink over the wall, lead with DFG and gib someone in less than a second. This accounted for most of Caitlyn’s deaths.
This was the best score that I can remember getting in a Ranked game. I was very nervous picking LeBlanc early and getting counter-picked with a tanky team comp and Morgana. It’s very intimidating to see the enemy team picking champions like Yorick, Malphite, and Maokai because I know they are going to be inherently tanky and difficult for me to kill. Last item would have been Void Staff and I think I even had the cash for it, just didn’t get a chance to go back and buy.
Also, for the record, Lux/Panth beats Cait/Mao.