I remember Shushei and CandyPanda discussing the strongest bot lane duos and the best bot lane synergy in Season One. Something they mentioned was Tristana and Sona. I was out into the AD carry role in my most recent solo queue game and we got to try this combination.
I was third or fourth pick in this game. I knew that I would get some kind of carry role, and I have no problem with ADC. Last pick hovered on a couple different supports, but finished on Sona. I told her to run Ignite so I could keep my Barrier. Sona obliged.
Twisted Fate has a hard time against Zed. If Zed times his ultimate perfectly he can get a lot of damage down before TF can get another Gold Card locked. Our Twisted Fate did a good job of just providing pressure on the map and reacting when his lane opponent would roam. I specifically remember getting out of a bad situation in bot lane, looking up and seeing TF close enough to ult in and save me if need be. Luckily, he didn’t need to.
Vladimir had a poor match-up as well. He didn’t have a way to stop Shen’s ultimate, which did prove troublesome at first. Shen would appear in team fights and Vladimir was stuck in top lane. One key time was when Sona and I were going for a kill on Graves. Graves and Alistar matced our aggression and I heard the Shen ultimate start and Graves got a shield. He was already so low that one more auto finished him off. However, the shield that was showing on him was Barrier and not Shen’s ultimate. Shen was warping to Alistar. Rather than run I actually stood still and Shen appeared behind me and missed his taunt because of it. I had minions where I was and I didn’t want to retreat. I finished off Alistar and then started to run from Shen, being very crippled in the fight. I ducked into the bushes, waited for Shen to chase after me. When I was a hit away from death I used my Barrier and we were able to finish Shen off before he had a chance to kill me. Sona followed that up with “I love you so much, man.”
Because we had such control over bottom lane we quickly tried to move around the map and take objectives. I headed mid with my fun items and pressured Zed. However, I felt like my team didn’t want to make a move on mid lane. Any time I stepped forward when the enemy creep wave was cleared, I would look around and see my team just disappearing. I couldn’t make much sense of that. Then we started to throw.
We had just taken a mid turret and it was time to head to Dragon. I ping for it and start walking down and see Sona move up towards the enemy Elder Lizard rather than towards the Dragon. Oh em gee, she is throwing Dragon to get a ward in the Wraith bush. Well Shen and Zed weren’t about to let that happen. This is going to be a ninja threesome that Sona hadn’t dreamed about before.
I have to look away. I write her off and just start to kill Dragon. I’m watching her health bar get lower and lower. Serves her right. She feels invulnerable because she was in bot lane with me and we rolled the other team. Now she… wait… why isn’t she dead? Watching for the Dragon timer I see Sona write in all-chat “LOL!” Uh oh, the other team isn’t going to be happy about that. Sona managed to make both of them use their gap-close abilities and then she positioned next to a wall and used Flash to hop it. Boy those guys looked dumb.
We started positioning for Baron and just caught people out. I got a few lucky last hits and picked up another couple kills. While we sprinted down mid lane after taking a bunch of people from the other team the surrender vote was passed.
It was a fun Tristana game. I know people rush Blade of the Ruined King these days, but I haven’t converted to that build yet. I enjoy seeing the crits from Infinity Edge so much more! I’ll run crit runes and then I can rush Blade. Jk, I’m not doing anything crazy like that until I’ve run the math on it.