Ok, so I have a couple champions to talk about, which I have underestimated...
Firstly, Riven. I've not met many good Riven players, so I always thought she was pretty strong, but with incredibly short range and easy to harass. Boy, did I find that wrong today. I went as Cho'gath against Riven in top, and she knew exactly what she was doing.
I was almost too scared to go last-hit because she was so aggressive, taking good bits of health every time I got too close. She got a couple kills on me first, but eventually I managed to get some feed as well, and won over her in duels (barely). But she simply amazed me, I had never thought she could be that strong, and she completely dominated me in the lane-phase. I praised her in-game and after the match, because she was just damn good.
Next... Sona. Now usually, I'd say I am a pretty good support (I do a good Taric and Alistar), but when it comes to the more squishy support types, I have not been as good. I have tried Sona before, but she seemed rather underwhelming.
Well, I found that once you get some teammates who know what they're doing, her buffs, heals and pokes are incredibly handy! And I find people tend to underestimate her until they're really in trouble. After having a terrible losing streak, she was my salvation out of hell. I've finally found another support I'm handy at.
My Sona game also housed my probably best teamfight ever. The enemy bunched up, our Orianna took the opportunity to ulti their whole team together, then we barraged them with Sona ulti, Ezreal ulti, Jarvan knock-up and Lee Sin ulti. We absolutely demolished them in the cleanest team fight I've ever been a part of. The feeling you get after such a successful teamfight is amazing.
I just had a game as Taric (ranked) and my friend was with me as Ashe and we just dominated a Draven and Alistar in the lane which is weird because a Draven should have given us a harder time.
I mostly play Janna since she is the support that I feel is the most consistent throughout the game. You can make plays and make up for your carrys stupidity in bot lane. Around mid game I just rush shurelyas and walk around trying to save teammates getting caught aswell as gank mid lane a lot with my cc.
Taric is quite boring but I prefer him over Sona since he isn´t so outrageously squishy. Sona is so unforgiving if you get caught, and she isn´t easy to play.
Cho'gath isn't such a great champion to deal with Riven as his true damage comes at level 6 and he cant get his +hp before that level, which leaves Cho'gath open for low level harrass, which Riven is good at (especially when she gets her Q+W+E at level 3).
Which means that Cho'gath WILL get stomped by a good Riven player (Rule of thumb; if Riven has a Wriggles Lantern, she probably sucks)
Riven CAN win any lane, but with some champions she has to try harder than others (Teemo, Kayle, Kennen, Olaf, Garen/Garenv2.0, AKA Darius)
So if its Draft Pick and you see a Riven just pick one of those champions and buy a Ninja Tabi or something
Grats on Mod Axethor
I find that I lose to riven a lot actually. Especially as rumble. I abuse her a little bit then she gets some levels and I get way too cocky or something. idk, I don't solo top very much.
Anyone been watching the MLG summer event today?
Curse just did absolutely terribly against TSM, who they (TSM) got creamed by Blaze's aggressive tower pushing strategy earlier in the tourney, and then TSM adopted that strategy to go 3-0 on Curse.
did they give a reason for ruining the Proving Grounds ARAM map?
single nexus tower is so shit........
Last edited by reverendball; 2012-08-05 at 06:07 AM.
Seeing alot of Chos atm. Have been in game with 3 and they all did pretty good. He is a fantastic tank I must say.
Also I have noticed this trend, people don't really pick tanks. All they want is a bruiser and build them dpsish O.o getting Triforce and Rylai/Frozen Mallet. Then going BT and IE. It's becoming a nuisance. I have to pick tank all the time.
Also on Tris, what will be the last dps item you would get? I go for an extra BT, getting 1.1k crits from Bersekers/IE/BT/PD/LW/BT combo. I know the last item should be defensive, but games were I know the team is capable enough to defend me so I can nuke people down, I get a dps item. Not sure if BT is the best item or not.
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Oh and grats on Mod Axethor.
I don't get a last DPS item on Trist, unless it's Frozen Mallet, which I only get if my team is far enough ahead that I don't have to worry about any major opponents (other than possibly some true damage folk). It's actually quite sick on her, as it will pretty much ensure people will never be able to kite or dive you.
boots -> double doran's or pickaxe + vamp sceptre instead of second doran's -> finish boots -> Infinity Edge -> Zeal -> Either finish PD or Last Whisper -> grab whichever I didn't get of the last two -> finish Bloodthirster.
Add appropriate defensive item at appropriate time.
Thanks everyone for the congratz.
I've also noticed the bruiser trend, since it keeps me from playing something other than a tank in the jungle. A little annoying, but it's got me playing Skarner and Cho'Gath again so I don't mind.
Not much help on the Trist side since I don't play her often and the only carry I play that actually makes it to late game is Kog'Maw, so I buy a Madreds if I feel I don't need the defensive item.
So yeah, I'm playing Skarner again. I always loved him and now that I'm playing him again I'm going to try to perfect my Wit's End Skarner build order. I feel he does better and more consistent damage with Wit's End since his spells come up that much faster. It also means I never go into a team fight without my ult.
Speaking of bruisers, I just bought Volibear (mainly to make bear puns in chat) and he rocks so much! I hardly ever see him in games, but the games I just played I ended was 12/4/22 (duo top with Teemo) and 8/2/6 (they surrendered at 20) as solo top. a lot of fun to play and damn is he tough as nails, plus the damage he does to carries is pretty lol-worthy. Q -> R -> E -> W and they're pretty much dead in a second or two
Not getting a defensive item on an AD carry is the worst thing you can ever do. If you can survive a teamfight as you say without a defensive item, you´ll win the teamfight regardless if you have 2 BTs or not. At that point in the game one single misstake will lose you the game. I see so many AD carrys throw the game because they feel all god mode so they buy another PD, then they get caught in a teamfight and throw the game. ALWAYS get a defensive item.
QSS or GA are amazing adc items. If I recall correctly, QSS gets rid of Exhaust and other debuffs, ultimately making it better than any damage item you'll be able to pickup. If it doesn't get rid of Exhaust then I'm sorry for misleading. If you're just 100% committed to damage, a stacked Bloodthirster will give you the most output, Frozen Mallet probably the most uptime on champions. I've wondered about getting a Trinity Force on her too. Black Cleaver can be a nice addition if you feel the other team is super tanky and need more ArP but I'm not quite positive how attack speed stacks/falls off.
Gratz Axethor on moderator status. I'm sure you have been promoted to lead pimp of the moderators as well.
Anyways, I have a question regarding roles in ranked teams. I know how to play all roles but should I focus on 2 main roles and my teammates the same?